A Passionate Appeal to the Democratic Base
Please do not sit out this election on November 2nd; a lot is riding on you.
If liberal and progressive are two ugly words, as our rightwing conservative friends would like us to believe, then I am guilty of being both. Living a privileged life in a third world country where many children go to bed hungry at night, I have seen how harsh realities of life can be for the downtrodden, through no fault of their own. Yet, I had a sheltered life because of my parents, and no other particular virtue of my own, and I never forgot that lesson.
Then I came to the USA, the country of flowing milk and honey, where people allegedly have a cradle to grave pampered life just for the good fortune of being born here. My first experience with politics in this country was a rude awakening found in the anger and disdain showed by US Congress towards the hapless people by naming them welfare queens and cutting their benefits.
In Barack Obama, I saw a President who is so far removed from the needs of the ordinary people that I thought I would never write an article with the title above. I am absolutely dismayed with politics as usual, but I tell you my friends, if we the people have any power over the politicians, it is in our right of franchise, and remember people have given their lives fighting for this right that you and I take so nonchalantly.
Just take note, what is at stake in this election. Sahil Kapur wrote, “A high-profile Republican budget plan would slash Social Security benefits in the long-run – perhaps even by up to half of what they are now, the program’s actuary concluded in a new study.”
This proposal is from Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), who is the GOP's ranking member on the budget committee and may become its chairman in January. The plan was unveiled by Rep. Earl Pomeroy (D-ND), chairman of the Ways and Means subcommittee on Social Security. The Ryan vision "Roadmap for America's Future," has 13 co-sponsors (all Republicans).
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However disenchanted we may be with Barak Obama, we need to remember that we are here today because of thirty years of Reaganomics that was practiced by even Democratic President Bill Clinton. The utter failure of supply side economy reminds us that the GOP domination in the next House and Senate would make life worse for ordinary people. If one has any doubt about this, they may only look at what is going on in Europe now. After the turmoil in Greece, Portugal and France, watch what is happening in the erstwhile Master of the World—the United Kingdom.