Every night the television is on and the news is telling us more but less – knowing the information comes from the inside – out. The talk about how a few people behind closed doors will fix the state of our country. Behind closed doors they believe it can be figured out quickly, and we will begin to see changes - another large plant closed today.
Mr. President, you have to understand we are the citizens who see, feel, and suffer because of this country and are facing drastic changes, which have already hit the average family, because of “Fear Itself.” Insurance companies are changing their rules, and when a doctor gives someone a slip for a great medication, the patient arrives at the drug store and finds out after a small payment (if any) on the part of their insurance, the new drug costs the patient over three hundred dollars, because it is new on the market. But I believed this was the case in the past, but today drugs which were on the market for twenty years, for certain conditions are being manufactured as a new drug, or a 24 hour release drug, and the cost goes to the sky.
What the government needs besides your cabinet of leaders, is a cabinet of talkers, who can tell you exactly what is happening in their community – and records are kept on how they are still falling apart, or are things changing in their specific area. It is time Mr. President that the people who voted you into office, and those who did not, have the chance to update those who sit around a conference table, behind closed doors.
I believe, is one important step in government that has been a missing piece of the puzzle, especially when the middle class and the poor are the ones feeling the crunch. The rich and ultra rich need only sell a home, or down size on a second or third car. The middle class and below stops using medication, cancels doctors appointments, refuses to let their children spend thousands of dollars because the cost of sporting events in the school, including equipment, uniforms, travel, has gone far beyond their budget. Now, those who do have the extra money can continue down the same hopeful road, while parents sit on the sidelines cheering for their son or daughter, and they will be the ones with a free trip through college.
What about all those times I hear President’s talk about the down time to spend with their children, on a vacation, you yourself have taken many. Now, think about the average American, one who has not received a pay raise, or lost their job, maybe a single parent, or has two of three children, those barely making it by, but want some time away from stress during a five day school break, something about traditions. The transportation during those times, are outrageous, as airlines and trains up the price by the day. What would cost a couple, round trip today – about four hundred dollars to Florida, will cost that same couple, with three children, about two thousand plus dollars, just to arrive at their destination. This is the time where a family in need has saved for a few days away from the troubles back home. Every year the price climbs, and every year nothing is done to fix the prices and help out the average American family.
Take my word, a group of common, ordinary people – who once had an average job, or still do, who perhaps live only on SSI, and Medicare – and they are dying a slow death, a single parent, a man or woman without a job and no one to help support them, as they use up their three months of unemployment. If someone takes a low paying job, 28 miles from their home, the cost to drive to that destination and back soaks up a good amount of their weekly pay. If you are one who does not driver and depends on taxi to get into a city, I have asked in various states and cities, and the price to travel seven miles, and back, is thirty two dollars plus tip. Only 11 years ago the same trip was less then half the price.
I suggest you consider a different cabinet of people in addition to those behind closed doors, but one who serves as the investigator of the times, and reports back to you and others what exactly is changing in their communities. We need a hands on approach beyond the political figures, we need the real people who feel change, live with it, and it must be heard in Washington D.C. in an appropriate manor.
I am part of the majority who is facing changes everyday but the paycheck never changes, or for some, it simply disappears. There is no Congress out here on the streets,
in cities, in alleys where the homeless sleep in parking garages, and far too much more to mention here. I want you, Mr. President, to understand life in the cities, country-sides, farmlands, and Sir, it doesn’t matter what city or town, it matters who tells their story. Those who run for seats in the Senate and/or Congress – and those employed in the White House and other Agencies are not touching the issue from the inside, they are listening to what is being said – but shoving it off to get back to the facts someone printed on paper, it isn’t enough.
You could change the way people look at elections, especially if they were a part of the needs in their own community at a national level – knowing, these people would never be considered for the big spot in Government when rules govern who can run by how much money is in their hope chest. We have thousands of areas, but combined, they can be well represented by the people, around a table behind closed doors – but open them, I want the world to hear… Finally we will hear from those in the field, per say, what is happening in different areas of the country on a personal, community level, without fear of ones government position. The reports given by such a group, will help you, and this country by knowing what one area has done to get a green light, while another is stopped dead at a red light, and one is barely crawling, inching it’s way to a yellow light.
A new way to look at this big country of ours, a country for the people, and remember, by the people. Consider this, it may save more than Government, it may save families,
children, and begin a new road to stability.