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The Tentacle


December 23, 2003

Merry Christmas from Congress Ė And Dr. Bartlett

Mike Kuster

For all of you struggling to find a job in this recovering Bush Economy, Congressman Roscoe Bartlett placed another hurdle in front of you for Christmas.

Congressman Bartlett, and his GOP colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives, voted down a proposal to provide an extra 13 weeks of checks to the unemployed whose benefits run out on December 21st.

One would think that this time of year would bring about a change of heart for the Grinchís Old Party.

Wrong!

Never mind that the collapse of major corporations in the United States due to corruption have forced millions of people out of work.

Forget the fact that these people are at the end of their ropes.

God forbid anyone take into account that these people will be without income during the coldest part of the year.

Maybe, Congressman Bartlett and the other Grinchís would like to start taxing firewood and Christmas presents.

This move by Congress, and this vote by our congressman, is a black mark on our soul as a society.

When we have so much, why canít we help the few of us without?

Oh, yes. Weíre sending $87,000,000,000 to help rebuild Iraq!

Guess that doesnít leave much for our own poor.

Heck, the Grinchís took us from a balanced budget to the largest deficits in decades. Why canít we just make some more money out of thin air?

Letís hope Santa has something for those without this year. It seems they canít rely upon their fellow mortals to help them.



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