In the name of economic stimulus, corporate carpetbaggers
are receiving windfall benefits as unemployed workers become faceless
statistics. Tax breaks for the wealthy abound: IBM will receive $1.4
billion, General Motors will receive $833 million, and General Electric,
$671 million. Refunds on alternative minimum taxes paid in the past
15 years by corporations will total almost $25 billion. The Wall Street
Journal claimed this was the result of quiet and effective lobbying
by U.S. multinational companies.
Hundreds of thousands of unemployed workers founder with debt,
and corporate America gets to dine at the trough of taxpayers
dollars? Are we not ashamed? Are we not angry? And are we not going
to defend our needy fellow citizens?
I am told to support the president in these trying times, yet the
founding fathers never meant for us to be passive sheep rather
jealous and strident guardians of democracy. President Bush was
asked about sacrifices, and the best he can do is to tell us to
fly to Disney World and take a vacation? Why doesnt President
Bush ask those corporate powers to take care of their unemployed
workers or raise the minimum wage or give relief to the working
poor by eliminating federal withholding taxes on these good Americans?
Now, opening Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is a matter of national
security? Why are we not asked to drive less, buy hybrid cars, develop
our abundant wind and biomass resources? This transparent attempt
to use a national tragedy to further corporate profit is completely
un-American and desecrates the lives of those Americans killed on
And when Bushs spokesman, Ari Fleischer, warns Americans
that they should watch what they say, a cold chill runs
up my spine.
Stand beside her and guide her does not mean that you
stay quiet when autocrats and fearmongers threaten civil rights
or exploit a tragedy for profit. We are American citizens who must
stand up, speak out and be counted. Then, wave our flags.
John F. Borowski has been teaching Marine Science, Environmental
Biology and Earth Science for 21 years at North Salem High in Salem,
You can contact John Borowski at firstname.lastname@example.org
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