The Senate passed the Middle Class Tax Cut Act, hopelessly knowing that the House will veto it, that it was what we call "symbolic." I have never imagined a Congress that could be so arrogant relative to the needs/lives of their people.
The middle class is bearing the burdens of the policies of the "unfunded wars" of the last 10 years, and also those shiny tax cuts. We did not want these wars, and they have helped bring this country to its knees. There are vast numbers of people suffering quietly, feeling ashamed to be hungry, gradually impoverished and wondering how everything changed.
I remember the day my accountant told me that people in my bracket, which was rather high then, would not be helped by the tax cuts. They were structured to help wealthier people than I. I found that hard to believe; however she was in a position to comprehend the fine print, and I wasn't.
But utimately, in my personal life, she was proven correct. When I lost everything, the whole matter became irrelevant. I write for my fellow Americans who live in the shadows, waiting to become homeless, not knowing where they will go. People like me.
I've heard the grumblings from others ... (intense sarcasm) ... as we all fall down ...as I fall down ...
How did America the Beautiful turn on Herself and begin to devour her children? I just heard an ad on television stating that 7,000 students drop out of school every few days. How could that be? Simplistically, I'll say too many video games, tech stuff, television, and not enough basic education and outdoor life.
America, is now the land of missing teeth, an overweight, diabetic, numbed-out population that visited "Pleasure Island" for a little too long (remember the island for "bad boys" in "Pinocchio"?) and have/will become mules or pigs -- the new peasantry.
Our children and grandchildren are being bred to be common, bred to be ill-informed and proud of it. They will be used in this country in ways that were never meant to be. I thought slavery had been outlawed, but it's coming back in a multi-hued form. Minimum wage is slavery.
How is it that many of the rich have contempt for people who got smashed in the crash, believing they somehow deserved it? Why is it that people like me, who with an "unguided" mind*, could have been so taken advantage of? And yes, yes, I know it was my fault too!
That old saying about a "chain is only as strong as its weakest link" -- why do our leaders insist on building a nation of weaker links? Under the proper circumstances all have something to offer, and since a chain is as strong as its weakest link, why weaken them?
Eventually you will either have to exterminate/ignore/ the weak ("Soylent Green is People"), set 'em on those ice floes, or you can strengthen them, and in so doing, the Union.
If not, some of you will remember the old film, "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?" We should have a "Time's Up" option where you could just disappear ... else where shall we go? The Powers that Be, whoever they are, aren't planning for us as we fade into darkness.
* my reference to an "unguided mind" means that I have a severe problem with BiPolar Disorder. My lack of judgment and inability to see that a close relative was helping himself to my money has led me to inhabit the America of the "nouveau pauvre," or the "new poverty."