29 October 2010

What's it going to take?

The American dream? America, land of opportunity, of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The opportunity for a good education, the opportunity to work in any sector you want to work in. Where has the American dream gone? It's not in my back yard. I was born here, I was raised here, I was educated here.

What American dream....I should be having the time of my life. I should be looking forward to retirement. I shouldn't be worrying about where my next meal or shower might come from. I can't retire, I'm not having the time of my life. I'm screaming inside....I'm homeless! I'm unemployed! I need a job! I need insurance to cover medical expenses! "Who can help me?" I certainly don't have a clue anymore. What's it going to take?

What's it going to take for you to realize our elected officials are not only paid from our tax dollars, but also from excessively large donations paid through 501-C not for profit entities that don't have be reported because the Supreme Court ruled these 501-C contributions don't have to be. You wanted clean elections? Not happening!

So what's next? The rich get richer and the middle class slides into the abyss to become poor, and those that were already poor to begin with get poorer. More and more become homeless right along with those of us who have been under employed for more than two years, or have already lost jobs, lost their health care coverage, and are now loosing their homes.....

And they say times are tough? Who made times tough? It certainly wasn't me or or you? Who was it then? My opinion...Corporate America, the need for absolute control and power over the government! I don't care much about political party affiliations. I don't have any. I want fairness within the system.

I do care when I haven't been able to buy health care coverage for over ten years, because employers I've worked for haven't been required to offer it, and haven't paid enough wage for me to afford to buy my own. I certainly don't live above my means in anyway shape or form, either.

Then I lose my job and apply for unemployment. I get sick, too. I ask for help to cover catastrophic medical expenses and do you know what I was told? You make too much money to qualify....denied!

After all that, my unemployment benefit gets delayed while the Congress (republicans and democrats, house and senate) debate where the money is going to come from to help states pay for extended benefits, because more and more people are becoming unemployed.

Wow! I'm homeless now! What a shock that was, especially since it happened just before I went in for major surgery (I did get medical coverage because of this catastrophic illness). I still don't have money coming in, my health will suffer because I have to jump through hoops to get medical services...pretty sad state of affairs for someone who is close sixty years old, and should be looking toward retirement. I'm still looking for a job, too.I will have to keep working past retirement age, too.

I pay taxes every year, faithfully. I get taxed on the limited amount of money I receive from unemployment, too. I earned the right to have this benefit, and it's a pittance of what I could be earning if I could find a job. I'm not asking for much.

To hear some extremist say people receiving unemployment are lazy, makes me crazy! It is so not true! Who are these people and where have they been? Have they been hiding in their cushy offices, not paying attention to what's happening in their districts, getting paid to look the other way by some special interest lobby group while a 'mega' corporation can reap in ridiculous profits in a recently past quarter? To hear another say they will work (if elected) to raise the retirement age, to do away with Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid (I'm sorry privatize Social Security and Medicare). What are they thinking?

Aren't these people in D.C. are supposed to be working for 'main street' America? They're not working for me! They aren't working for my district! They aren't working for the state I live in! They're working for special interests and the lobby's. My tax dollars pay their salaries, pay their health care, and pay their retirements even if they're not re-elected. Your tax dollars pay for that, too. This kind of stuff really, really makes me angry! Who are these people? What's it going to take?