A few posts ago, I wrote a letter to my congressman. Actually, I wrote three letters. A month later, I hear from him. Below is his reply – quite canned – and under it is the reply I just fired off to him. I’m mad. I’m going to do something about this. I don’t know what, but I’m going to do something. Somehow I will get myself in front of the House of Representatives, since he’s blaming them. In essence, he says: “I’m really sorry, but I can’t do a damned thing for you.” And I’ll bet he then went and had lunch with and friend in the House and didn’t even discuss this issue. Nope.
On 2/28/2012 12:13 PM, Shuster@housemail.house.govwrote:
Ms. My Name hereMy AddressMy City State and ZipDear Ms. My Name:Thank you for contacting me regarding your support for the American Jobs Act of 2011. I appreciate hearing from you and having the benefits of your views.As you may know, H.R. 12, the American Jobs Act of 2011 would amend the Internal Revenue Code to allow employers a tax credit for payroll increases in the last quarter of 2011 and 2012, extend the 100 percent bonus depreciation allowance through 2012, and increase the work opportunity tax credit for hiring unemployed veterans. It would also make specified funds available for the Department of Transportation for highway and rail projects, among others. Should H.R. 12 come before the full House of Representatives for a vote, I will be certain to keep your views in mind.In these challenging economic times, we need to ensure that we do everything we can to create jobs at home and put Americans back to work. This is why the House of Representatives has passed over twenty job-creating bills to stimulate the economy and help Americans get back to work. Unfortunately, the Senate has not taken action on any of these bills. These pieces of bipartisan legislation passed by the Republican majority include bills reducing our dependence on foreign oil, removing bureaucratic barriers to energy permitting, and made it easier for entrepreneurs to have access to vital job-creating capital.Again, thank you for contacting me. For your convenience, you can receive further information on issues important to the Ninth District at http://www.house.gov/shuster/. Your thoughts and comments are always welcome.Sincerely,BILL SHUSTERMember of CongressWFS:dwMy reply:Dear Congressman Shuster:How much do you really know about corporate America? That payroll tax credit doesn’t do a thing to provide more jobs. It just means that Mr. CEO gets a bigger tax write-off. I’m not an unemployed veteran, so while I think the work opportunity tax credit for unemployed veterans is a great start, it’s not going to get me hired. Won’t even get me an interview.
As far as the 100% bonus depreciation allowance goes? Have you worked in the private sector in an entry level position since 2000? None of these measures will help create jobs. They will cause many CEOs to grin at each other over their morning coffee while they check their financial statements, though.
The private sector must be mandated to hire the unemployed FIRST – before even considering those who are already employed. Those who are employed don’t need jobs. Those who are unemployed; particularly those who are long-term unemployed, are looking at – well – exactly nothing.
I’m 50 years old. I’ve been unemployed for 52 weeks. I can’t get a job – not even flipping burgers, and believe me, I’ve tried.
Congressman Shuster, what do you propose for those like me, whose benefits are due to run out soon? Do we all just drive off a bridge, en masse? That’s not sarcasm. Where are we supposed to live? HOW are we supposed to live? Corporations are blithely just throwing resumes like mine into file 13. I’m “too old.” I use my health benefits for something other than wellness checkups – at least I do when I have health benefits.
Mr. Congressman, next time you spend $50 at lunch with cronies, think about how many groceries that money could buy someone like me. Think about the fact that I don’t qualify for food stamps, and so I have to make ends meet on approximately $1,000 a month, after taxes. After my rent, car payment, cell phone bill, and the small sundries of life (internet connection so I can job hunt), I don’t have $100 to spend on food if I want to have any gas in my car in case someone might want to interview me. Granted, those opportunities are few and far between, but one must be prepared.
I spend approximately $50 a month on food. Think about that next time you order an arugula salad…
When was the last time YOU ate Ramen?
What do I want you to do? Easy. I want you and all your fellow congressmen/women, to live as an unemployed individual in this country lives – for six weeks. I want you to attempt to pay all your bills on the money paid to you, and then I want you to go back to your well-paid jobs, your comfortable offices, and I want you to write a bill (and push it through) that states corporate America MUST SHOW PROOF THAT THEY ARE NOT ONLY CONSIDERING, BUT INTERVIEWING AND HIRING THE UNEMPLOYED BEFORE THEY EVEN LOOK AT THOSE WHO ARE ALREADY EMPLOYED.
Our nation is in a crisis situation. Can you not see that? Maybe it hasn’t affected you, personally. Trade places with me, and then tell me what you think should be done.
Our corporations have control of our government. Take that control away from them, regulate them, and tell them to suck it up – the same way they tell their employees to suck it up when they lay them off and then say they won’t hire the unemployed.
Mr. Congressman: DO SOMETHING! PLEASE!
(my name here)