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Friday, May 04, 2012

Reply To Vice President Biden

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As an economist, I am astonished that the American economics profession has no awareness whatsoever that the U.S. economy has been destroyed by the offshoring of U.S. GDP to overseas countries. U.S. corporations, in pursuit of absolute advantage or lowest labor costs and maximum CEO performance bonuses, have moved the production of goods and services marketed to Americans to China, India, and elsewhere abroad. When I read economists describe offshoring as free trade based on comparative advantage, I realize that there is no intelligence or integrity in the American economics profession.
- Paul Craig Roberts, Truth Has Fallen And Has taken Liberty With It, March 10, 2010

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I’m tired of getting mail and phone calls soliciting donations for President Obama’s reelection fund. 

I got layed off from my job and can’t even get unemployment insurance - not a cent.

What happened to the SAFETY NET?

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Joe Biden:

Elvis,

I need to ask you something.

If you know you’re going to donate to this campaign eventually, what’s stopping you from doing it right now?

You’re already a part of this movement—now take the next step and say you’ll help grow it.

You know, this has never been about Barack and me.

We’re just two guys. It’s folks like you out there who will decide this election.

And what you’re capable of is incredible—if you decide to do it:

https://donate.barackobama.com/Decide

Thank you,

Joe

Me:

Dear Joe,

I’d love to help you out, but the THE JOB MARKET IS BAD and government has all but told people like me - ”YOU’RE ON YOUR OWN,” by IGNORING THE UNEMPLOYED.

I’m NOT WORKING thanks in no small part to the continued OUTSOURCING of AMERICAN JOBS to cheap OVERSEAS labor, and the 2012 AMERICAN JOBS ACT.

Have you heard the story of KEVIN FLANAGAN?  I though things were bad when he killed himself ten years ago after his job at BANK OF AMERICA was OUTSOURCED TO INDIA.  Things AREN’T any better TODAY

IN MY STATE unemployment insurance is a fully taxable $275/wk between 12 and 23 weeks (DOWN FROM 26). Not that it really matters since I was refused unemployment benefits because of (a 2011 LAW that denies UI for people that got) SEVERANCE PAY. And Emergency FEDERAL UI EXTENSIONS expire this December 31.

If Kevin were still alive, he’d at least have gotten unemployment insurance.

I have to use what’s left of my 401K and be punished with a 10% EARLY WITHDRAWAL PENALTY to pay my bills while looking (HOPING) for work - else I’d be LOOSING THE HOUSE and living on the streets or in a TENT CITY, or contemplating SUICIDE right now.

The JOB OUTLOOK for unemployed - ESPECIALLY long-term-unemployed - DOESN’T LOOK optimistic despite a couple of good months and some encouraging reports in the MEDIA.

How about DOING SOMETHING meaningful that will bring back GOOD PAYING AMERICAN JOBS, cancel the prepayment penalties for LONG-TERM UNEMPLOYED cashing in their retirement accounts to pay for food, and undo cuts to unemployment benefits?

I’m sure you’re aware WHAT’S GOING ON IN EUROPE - like in GREECE and Spain - AUSTERITY, slashing SAFETY NET programs, and cutting government spending DON’T WORK.

Although NEOCONS ARE WORSE, Democrats and Republicans are two sides of the SAME COIN.  I’m DISAPPOINTED and DISGUSTED this administration and the RULING CLASS aren’t doing ENOUGH for its people.

Have you heard about THE COUNTRIES that passed mortgage debt forgiveness programs for their ailing economies? I find this PREFERABLE to the United States’ big bank BAILOUTS or a FAUX AUTO INDUSTRY BAILOUT that sold out future auto workers with a new two tired pay scale - further eroding the middle-class, and escalating America’s RACE TO THE BOTTOM

Government policies these days MAY BE GOOD FOR SOMEONE, but they decimate safey net programs in effect for over 60 years, as well as weakening unions, and the standard of living for most of our population. It does little more than lip service for creating JOBS for the underclass of long-term out of work Americans. 

This administration’s support of income INEQUALITY, spells DOOM for average Americans.

People like me are on our own. That wasn’t President Obama’s MESSAGE in 2008.

I support an end to CORPORATE RULE or whatever it is our republic turned into - and stand with GRASSROOTS EFFORTS that are against MOVING WEALTH TO THE RICH and challenge CORPORATE, SPECIAL INTEREST, and BANKER control of GOVERNMENT like THE 99% and OCCUPY WALL STREET movements.

Do you?

Elvis

PS. Please stop bugging me for donations. 
You’re on your own.

Update 2015 - Joe never answered my letter, and President Obama stopped spamming me for donations.

Posted by Elvis on 05/04/12 •
Section Dealing with Layoff • Section American Solidarity • Section Dying America
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