After watching in awe what has been going on in Washington, I feel compelled to write this letter to my fellow citizens. First of all, I will admit that I did not support Mr. Obama but I was willing to give both he and his new administration the benefit of the doubt. Unfortunately, it did not take long for me to come to the realization that our new President and Congress have proceeded to take our great country down the path of no return. I have watched in sheer amazement as our President has continued to talk down about the economic situation and use fear mongering tactics just to get the bills passed through Congress such as the so called stimulus bill and now the mortgage bill that do nothing but pay back the groups that supported him in the recent election. In fact, the stimulus bill was rushed through before anyone had the chance to know what exactly was contained in it’s over 1,000 pages. Now as we come to find out, it is loaded with “pork” and pet projects and will not do anything to help the Nations small businesses and hard working people who go to work each and every day and give 100% to try and support their families! It only pays back the Unions (who have ruined this country) and the other special interest groups to thank them for their vote and make sure that they vote for the Democratic party in future elections.
We need real leadership in Washington during this period of uncertainty, not a bunch of kids that are getting their on the job training at our expense! There have been a lot of respected economists and savvy professionals that have tried to point out the policy flaws but their voices have fallen on deaf ears. We cannot continue to print money to bail out failing businesses that have been run poorly for many years and to bail out anyone who has been living beyond their means and have made bad monetary decisions. What about helping the over 90% of the people who are actually paying their mortgages and their obligations and are working everyday as we have been taught by our parents to do? What about helping the well managed businesses that are struggling to stay afloat in this economy so they do not have to lay off or cut the salary and benefits of their hard working employees? But no, our President and Congress have seen fit to help those that cannot help themselves. We have all suffered with the downturn in the stock market and our real estate investments etc. but what has the government done for us by passing the stimulus bill? They have only succeeded in mortgaging the Country and the futures of our children and their children.
If anyone really believes that the stimulus bill just passed will accomplish what it was intended to accomplish and we will not be required to spend and print more money in the near future, they are sadly mistaken. Until Washington and all of our elected officials realize what is really needed to turn around our economy, we will continue to go down the same path as we are on until it is too late. I urge all of you to contact your elected officials and express your opinions before it is too late – we are running out of time. If we do not act now, I am afraid that the U.S. will become another Luzerne County, only larger.
Jeffrey S. Dickson