You don’t know me personally. That’s ok. I don’t know any of you personally, either. But I am a voter. I’m a non-traditional college student. I’m a single mother. I’m a daughter. I’ve been unemployed since December 2007.
The only income I have coming in is the child support I get for my child. I can't afford the medication I need to function without migraines. Under the ADA of 1990, I'm disabled. But, I can't get help.
I sit here watching the petty bickering amongst your members and have to wonder at the fact that your members are so cut off from the common American that it’s not even funny. Tell me, how much does your average member make? In 2006 it looks like it was a little under $170,000 a year. With a 2.5% raise each and every year.
You know how much I make? Technically zero as I am unemployed. But I get a little over five thousand dollars a year in child support. If I had a minimum wage job? If I made six dollars an hour, and worked all forty hours a week, I would get $12,480. Before taxes.
So, could you please tell me, Congress, why you have a complete lack of common sense? Tax cuts will not help me. If anything, I’d be among to 99% that will get a tax increase. Those special few in the one percent will get a nice, cushy tax cut, right?
Why? Don’t give me a cock and bull story. I don’t have time for it. Are they not American citizens? Do they have some sort of special magic power that makes them immune?
Wait. I forgot. They do, don’t they? It’s called being rich. Boy, it must be nice for them. What about the rest of us?
But, enough about that! It’s a dead horse that’s been beaten for too often. But, you know something, Congress? I really think you need to brush up on your 20th century history. Especially the twenties and thirties.
Let’s take a look at our infrastructure, mm’kay? The vast majority of us can’t afford luxury cars with super-smooth rides. Quite frankly, our roads suck. So do the railroads. For being such a wealthy country, it doesn’t look it on the roads.
Another thing that someone would assume to find in a third world country? Our so-called healthcare system. For the most of us, me included, our health policy is don’t get sick. But a state-funded healthcare system is naught but dirty, filthy communist hippie freaks would want, right?
Congress, tell me something. Have you ever heard of Morgan Spurlock’s series called ’30 Days’? It’s really quite interesting. For thirty days someone lives in another’s shoes.
Can you get your members to do that? Walk a mile in the so-called middle American’s life? Or lower middle class? I think it would be eye-opening for them.
Yes, there are a few bad apples in amongst our ranks, but the vast majority of us just. Want. To. Work. Possibly even have a little left over for the occasional movie. But let’s not get too greedy. Food for our families and taking care of the mortgage would thrill us to the bones.
Now, I understand that it takes time and compromises and all that jazz, but really? All the backbiting and finger pointing is just a little silly. Not to mention more than a little immature. But then, so is waiting for the last moment.
If I did that on the job, I’d get fired in a heartbeat.
Walk in my shoes, Congress. Please. I dare each and every one of you.