|OPINION AND COMMENT: Don Criss, Munday WV|
A massive rockslide may be eminent on Mt. Rushmore.
Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Roosevelt will probably start crumbling
when they get wind of the $700 billion bail out of Wall Street.<
Look at the back side of a dollar bill, while you still have one.
"Novus Ordo Seclorum" - a new order of the ages begins.
Indeed, a new
chapter in humanity's struggle for the rights of the common man was
written with the blood of those who sacrificed to bring this new order
into being by men of uncommon genius, vision, and integrity.
American Revolution stands out in humankinds' struggle to build and
maintain a just and sustainable society.
Have we become so lost from the
real American values, from our own history as a people, that we can
believe any of the founding revolutionaries would approve of giving such
a blatant reward for mismanagement, dishonesty, and outright fraud?
real American values, I mean self-reliance, a strong work ethic, the
freedom to make mistakes, and the personal and collective integrity to
take responsibility for those mistakes.
It took the government 10 years to raise the minimum wage for this
country's workers just $1.14. How long does it take the Congress to raise
their own salaries?
Recall President Bush's veto of the CHIPs program to
insure children? This could not be allowed; it was a 'budget buster'.
The income guidelines were too high - some middle class children might
get on the "rolls."
How is it that a $700 billion bail out of Wall Street is not
considered a 'budget buster'?
Surely Washington should be penalized.
As a penalty, let them figure out a way to pay their own hospital
Citizens, I ask you to consider what we
may have purchased with that $700 billion.
Consider the lack of funding
for our educational system, our industrial base abandoned and left in
decay, the closure of veteran's hospitals, and the disgraceful condition
of the ones that remain open.
This is OUR money that we are asked to fork
over by Treasury Secretary Paulson with little oversight or accountability
Have we as a people become so
dumbed-down that we are willing to fall for a notion that this is a good
idea and that this situation has been made too complex to understand?
That only the management geniuses who got us into this mess in the first
place have the wisdom to lead us out of it?
You don't have to be a
rocket scientist (or even an earth scientist like me) to figure it out.
We have long ago lost control of our Republic.