Sunday, February 22, 2009

help returning veterans

Copy and paste this or use whatever parts you like or add whatever you feel is appropriate and send it to your Congressman and Senators.
Where is the bailout money going?
Far too much of the bailout money has gone to failed Wall Street paper shufflers. These characters who sent our economy into a tailspin have gouged us like never before. Eighteen billion, four hundred thousand dollars were awarded to failed businessmen. The mismanaged corporations have purchased private jets with our tax dollars. It looks like the working class will have to wait for the trickle down. It's golden parachutes for the wealthy and golden showers for everyone else, including our returning veterans from wars in the Middle East.
With unemployment rising faster than hot air in Washington, and the specter of depression looming, Wall Street shysters giving themselves unqualified bloated bonuses are courting another Bastille Day followed by guillotines and head baskets. They just don't get it, and neither do the elected officials who gave these bums blank checks.
We have thousands of veterans returning from combat with slim prospects of finding gainful employment. Their health, mental and physical, is at risk, and funding for their well being and readjustment to civilian life is shortchanged so the wealthy who profited from the war can get smaller tax obligations and unwarranted bonuses.
There is class warfare going on, and the top one percent is not only winning, but winning at the expense of our brave men and women in uniform dedicated to preserving our way of life. Neglecting our returning soldiers is tempting fate and morally bankrupt. They deserve our best efforts to help the restore their lives and repair the damage done by combat.
We have money for the greedy who have no compunction about their feeling of entitlement. Wealth derived from inheritance or chicanery has no idea what our soldiers sacrifice for our well being. Contrary to Gordon Geko, greed is not good, and it's one of the primary factors that got us where we are today.

"With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations."
(Abraham Lincoln, Second Inaugural, March 4, 1865)



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