February 14, 2009

I went grocery shopping today — a fairly typical weekend activity in a house of four. When I reached the counter to check out, the clerk, a young man with a big smile on his face, greeted me with a “Hi, how’re ya doin’?” I told him I was fine and asked how he was.

“I’m great; happy to be working.”

I smiled back at him and said something along the lines of, “Yeah, these days that’s a good thing.”

Still grinning, he said. “Yes, sir, it is,” and then shifted the conversation to what a beautiful day it was. He didn’t complain about having to be inside on a lovely day. He didn’t seem to be bothered by the fact that the store was crowded and he’d been on his feet for hours. He was working, and he was happy. You’ve got to admire that.

Those folks in Congress who dismissed provisions of the stimulus bill as “make work,” or as “pork” miss the point entirely. There are literally millions of people in this country who have no job, but who still have mortgages to pay or car payments to make, children to feed or elderly parents to support, health insurance to buy and dreams of maybe taking someone they love to the beach or the mountains. They don’t care if their next paycheck is for weatherizing schools, or repairing government buildings, or rehabilitating trails. They care only that they can go to work everyday and bring home some income. They want to live with dignity; they want to get by without handouts. And you’d think that Republicans, who spent sixty years railing against welfare in every form, would WANT to give people jobs. You’d think they might understand that in order to create jobs you have to spend money. The other day I listened to my idiot Senator, Lamar Alexander, whining about this stimulus package being “a spending bill, and not a stimulus bill.” How do you think you get stimulus, moron?! You have to spend money, and everytime you call for tax cuts and claim that those cuts aren’t spending — they are — and don’t raise the debt — they do — you’re lying, either to yourself or to your constituents.

Creating jobs in the midst of an economic crisis so that people who need work can take care of themselves and their families is just about the most noble undertaking I can imagine for my government. Thank goodness our President, most Congressional Democrats, and three brave Republican Senators understand this.


One Response to “Working”

  1. J White said

    all i can say…….so true

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