February 3, 2004
Our Rubber-Stamping Congress and their Compassion for the Wealthy
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It is a sad fact that President Bush is pushing hard for our conservatively-held Congress to rubber stamp his tax cuts for the richest 1% into permanency,
...while his First Lady is "compassionately" calling for citizen volunteers to help feed the growing number of America's starving children.
The irony of Laura Bush's Public Service ad is more than a little hard to swallow, considering that the richest in America are stealthily forking over obscene amounts of cash over to her spouse so that they'll have a lock on a second helping of BushCo's special tax considerations.
This year, the First Lady's husband is expected to raise an unprecedented $200 million for his 2004 Presidential campaign, yet according to her ad, 9 million children face hunger on any given day right here in the U.S. And although that amount could represent over $2 million towards a healthy and secure future for every needy child in America, no one would ever expect BushCo's "generous" supporters to voluntarily donate enough cash to do that.
So, instead of all that corporate cash benefiting the underprivileged, these kids must rely on citizen volunteers to man America's food banks. Because the Bush Administration leadership is being abetted by a GOP-held Congress, the number children forced to go hungry in America is growing steadily. Social programs are getting cut or eliminated entirely in order to afford the tax breaks tailored for BushCo's wealthiest supporters.
Don't get me wrong. There is, without a doubt, a dire growing need for volunteerism across this country as unemployment soars, social services are cut, and folks lose their homes. "Compassionate" conservative leadership apparently considers it a terrible waste of taxes to fund a program to pay folks a living wage to work at food banks. However, this year, citizen volunteers will have the chance to be far more effective than ever before. All it will cost is a few moments of their time. The graphic below is to remind us all that God helps those who help themselves. Print it out and post it at your local food banks, soup kitchens and other prominent public places.
While you're at it, you might wish to print out some voter's registration forms
...so that you'll be able to register our less fortunate brothers and sisters right on the spot. When November rolls around, remember to help them get out and vote. Help them to help themselves.
In the meantime, it also might be a good idea to contact Congress
...to let them know that they're expected to reject Bush's call for Congress to make permanent his tax cuts for the rich.
That $200 million they've donated just to get George Bush's attention more than proves the point, doesn't it?
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