by Congressman Dennis Kucinich
Washington, Jul 1, 2010
Today Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich (D-OH) made the following statement on the floor of the House in support of legislation to extend emergency unemployment benefits:
“In Cleveland, where I come from, unemployment is devastating our community. People are demanding that their government, our government, recognize the suffering of families who have lost jobs and can’t find work.”
“Will Washington tell my constituents and people like them, all over America, ‘We have money for war but no money for the unemployed? We have money for military contractors but no money for the unemployed? We have money, billions, for corrupt foreign governments but no money for our unemployed in the United States? We have money for tax cuts for the wealthiest of Americans but no money for the unemployed? Hundreds of billions for Wall Street but no money for the unemployed?’
“Instead, the out-of-work, poor, and middle class get lectures on balancing the budget, lectures on pay-fors. What are people supposed to do when they don’t have budgets because they don’t have money? When they can’t pay for food, shelter, and clothing? Yes, we need jobs, but people out of work can’t find a job and they have to survive. People need unemployment benefits because they have to pay for their mortgage, their rent, their utility bills. So many Americans are hanging on by their fingertips. Some exhort our constituents, ‘pull yourselves up by your boot straps.’ What if you don’t have money to buy boots?” said Kucinich.
Americans Are Hanging By Their Fingertips
DJKucinich | July 01, 2010
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Add Israel to that list of corrupt nations getting billions while Americans suffer. Add Egypt, which uses Uncle Sam’s Sugar to imprison their own population to protect the economic elites. But also add to this list the supra-national corporations which benefit to the tune of billions through ignoring their obligation to pay for the protection racket run by the Pentagon on their behalf while already impoverished Americans by the debt with their lives.
This will continue until we insist that it stop.
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While I agree with most of what Representative Kucinich says, I’m not sure what he means by “billions, for corrupt foreign governments”. Unfortunately, the item in the federal budget that by far the most people–approximately 70%–in a recent poll agreed should be cut is foreign aid. In reality, less than one per cent of the federal budget goes for foreign aid, and we are the stingiest in terms of percentage given of all the industrialized countries. Kucinich’s statement just perpetuates the myth that we give money to “foreigners” but don’t take care of our own. Shame on Kucinich for not being crystal clear about what money he was talking about.
What country Kucinich was referring to was Afghanistan. See this post: https://dandelionsalad.wordpress.com/2010/06/28/dennis-kucinich-we-are-losing-our-nation-to-lies-about-the-necessity-of-war/ Although he could have meant Iraq, as well.
He wasn’t talking about foreign aid.
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