Thomas Benigno / Columnist / Bilingual Weekly
Here we are again, a few weeks away from another election. Do you know who you are going to vote for?
Myself I feel that things won’t change. The Republicans tell stories that it will be a sweep for them to take over Congress. I don’t think it will happen. The right “TEA PARTY”, who broke away from the GOP and split the party in half has created a new problem for the Republicans.
As for the Democrats, they are just moving along trying to make something happen.
Most of the voters on both sides are unhappy because of the job shortage, housing crisis and the bailouts.
One issue that will divide this country is the so called 99ers, who are getting a second chance at more unemployment for another year. Many say,” where is that money coming from?” and, how do the people who get this unemployment, continue to qualify for it?
I don’t know how many of you out there lost jobs in the past and even qualified for 6 weeks of unemployment.
Trying to collect unemployment insurance was a hassle. It took hard work filling out the forms, and listing all the places that you went to, to look for work —now I’m speaking of a check that was only about $35.00 per week in the 60′s. Today the checks are around $375.00 per week for 99 weeks. In the 60′s gas was only 19 cents per gallon, rent was about $35.00 per month and the average checks were about $95.00 per week.
As the cost of living went up, so did the wages and never stop. How long will it be before we see a leveling off of inflation? Most likely never.
One good thing may come out of this recession, and that might be a lower cost of living, if the regulators keep their noses out. The regulators are the cause and the effect of the collapse of the economy, and now the inflation that will only help the rich. When will the people ever learn not to trust the judgment of the elected officials, especially in the last 15 years when Wall Street controlled the entire country? With that come the effects of the Global economy that originally hurt the American economy.
Let’s just hope that we can heal the division of power in America on November 2, 2010.