Tueday's headlines announced 60,000 jobs lost in a SINGLE day. 60,000 people out of work. That number also represents all who depend on them - the husbands and wives, sons and daughters, and aging parents.
The numbers are fed to us in an aseptic fashion, as raw numbers, curiosities. We still have no collective consciousness of what these numbers represent - people who may not be able to pay for their rent or mortgage, their utilities, their groceries.
How did the Republicans - who got us all into this mess - respond? Not a one voted for Obama's stimulus package, even after he stripped out infrastructure projects and contraceptives (let them eat children) and added tax cuts.
Tax cuts are for people who pay taxes. If you don't have an income you're not taxed. Anyone who has an income is hanging onto every penny against the possibility that their income disappears.
While Americans starve the Republicans congratulate themselves with a "we showed them" camaraderie.
Tony Perkins, at Family Research Council wrote yesterday.
Although the legislation passed this evening 244-188, the GOP did set in motion a new era of opposition, voting unanimously against a bill that would take government into the final frontiers of universal health care and federalized education. In the face of the most popular incoming President since JFK, Republicans stood together in statement of solidarity...Government - for the people. God forbid!
I've lost my objectivity. Republicans are greedy, thieving bastards and it will warm my heart to see one or more of them donning an orange jumpsuit.