Black ‘Tuesday’

In four days millions of Americans will be facing black ‘Tuesday’ — November 30 when unemployment benefits begin to run out. If the Republicans stick to their game plan of freezing our budgets, little can be done to rescue millions of Americans unemployed, cut off from monies for basics — food and their homes:

http://budget.senate.gov/republican/

I cannot imagine what the consequences will be. Violent crimes are now on the increase in NYC. What would you do if you could not feed your family and it had been evicted from its home?

My guess is that we are going to see more violence of various crimes — robberies, wife abuse, and, sadly, suicides. We have seen the last item increased among our over stressed military:

http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=49971

I hope this will not extend to our similarly over stressed ousted from homes and cut off from food for their families.

Ironically our TV reports today show people lined up outside stores offering black Friday bargains. There is little or no mention of the crises facing millions of Americans and their children as a consequence of their control of Congress gained with the recent election.

I get scolded by people claiming that I despise Republicans. I don’t. I view them as people who have been terribly misled by their leaders for many decades. It is so easy to believe a lie that one thinks is to one’s personal benefit and to hold in contempt people who are suffering by blaming them for their unavoidable emergencies.

Let’s face it, with our global economy working people’s jobs have been shipped overseas where exploitation is rife of workers. We cannot maintain our standards of living under such conditions. A good number of CEOs have laid off people simply to raise stock prices in their companies which they control and which pay them massive bonuses. And then there is the insider stuff that is being reported.

We are (sadly) a nation terribly divided. Obama has tried repeatedly to bring us together, but has faced endless attacks for his efforts. We need the truth told, but our TV would rather cover Black Friday bargain hunting as Black Tuesday approaches all too quickly.

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

Ed Kent [blind copies]

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