…by Sami Jadallah
Never in my 58 years of living in America, I felt so sad that I to want to cry. As I watched the news and read the stories coming from home and watch the number of deaths rising every day and on occasions watching the president recommending people drink chlorine and expose themselves to the sun as a cure, it does make you cry.
I want to cry for the tens of millions of workers, wage earners living on a minimum wage, and working two jobs to survive left out of the big corporate bailout. With Secretary Steven Mnuchin suggesting $1200 should last a family ten weeks.
I am sure he pays that for one dinner at Ruth Christi, a corporation that got $20 million in bailout when last year it earned $20 million in profits.
Maybe the Democrats should have their say so insisting on a monthly subsidy of $2,000 per family until this whole thing blows away. It is only a few billions they could have asked for, but they too chose to give away $6 Trillion incorporate social welfare.
I want to cry for the tens of millions of small family-owned businesses owning a little Vietnamese, or Chines, or Indians, or Falafel or a hamburger place where the entire family work over 15 hours’ day to cover their monthly expenses without the need to go on welfare or food assistance.
The millions of service employees in grocery stores and delivery services who to are cheated out by the likes of Amazon when one-day stock appreciations could pay for the healthcare and paid sick leaves to all of Amazon’s employees for a year.
I want to cry as I watched thousands and thousands of cars lining up the streets of every American town and city waiting for hours to pick up a food basket for their families.
And as I look at it, we are the most potent (military nation) in the history of the world with our ships and aircraft carriers and soldier are all over the globe, ruling the seas. Yet we look back on our own Homefront to see an army of millions of unemployed, lost their jobs with no health care, no sick leaves, and no paid lay off.
Tens of millions of families are only days away from being evicted by the big landlord like Jared Kushner and Secretary Mnuchin. These two wealthy New York Jews, during the last financial crisis, picked up tens of thousands of rental units on the cheap as a special favor from their banker’s buddies. How is it possible that the wealthiest country in the world allowed millions of its citizens, hard-working citizens, to be a few weeks if not days away from starvations and evictions from homes.
I do not blame the corrupt “bought” political institutions and political parties. Still, I do blame the very citizens who have lived for decades on the margins by not taking the few minutes to cast their votes and vote out the entire members of both House and Senate and reclaim Congress for the people and away from big donors and big corporate cheaters.
It is not so surprising to see the Senate full of financial crooks who cheated the government out of billions in fraudulent billing of Medicare. And to view members of the Senate shedding tens of millions of stocks based on private briefing and confidential information of what is coming with this Coronavirus.
One needs and must cry to see that when discovered, we did not have the most basic medical supplies and gears and have to wait for China to send up what is needed for our medical staff to care for the hundreds of thousands of patients. It is such a shame to see nurses using garbage bags as medical gears while we are waiting for shipments to arrive from China.
Our reckless, self-serving Congress wasted two years investigating “Russian” intervention in the presidential election. But did not spend one day or one week to look at our This November, there are no more excuses.
It is time for those tens of millions who became unemployed overnight, living on the handout, and in total poverty humiliated by Mitch McConnell and his Republican colleges to rise to the occasions and vote all the bastards out of office.
This November it is time to give Congress a lesson of a lifetime, vote them all out the office, and make sure that Mitch McConnell (Ali Baba) and his gangs never return to public office. This guy who channeled over $180 billion to his state, now wants the rules to go bankrupt in favor of bailing out greedy, corrupt Wall Street.
The question is will our people do it this November?
Sami, a Palestinian-American and a US Army Veteran (66-68), recipient of the “soldier of the month award and leadership award from the 6th Army NCO Academy, is an international legal and business consultant with over 40 years of international experience, in construction, hospitality services, conservation and defense, in the Middle East, Europe and North Africa. Sami is a holder of BA, MPA in Public and Environmental Affairs, Jurist Doctor from Indiana University. While at IU he was elected class president, student government president and chairman of the Indiana Students Association,
Active in peace movement as a co-author of the pre-amble for the One State for All of its people and voluntary service program SalamNation. A frequent contributor on national and international affairs. He resides in the United States.