Greeting President Barack Obama on a visit to western New York yesterday was the billboard pictured above. The message is simple and spells out what many Americans feel – and need – right now.
Dear, Mr. President, I need a freakin job. Period.
The administration can put as much of a happy face on the economy as they want but the fact is unemployment remains at 9.9%, our deficit continues to grow, and there are no real signs of a turnaround. The bogus “saved or created” numbers from the so-called stimulus package have done nothing for Americans living in the real world.
The billboard was put up by a group of unemployed workers in Buffalo who are trying to send a message to Washington D.C. An accompanying website at inafj.org further drives home the point.
Will the president and Congress hear it? Will they listen? I doubt it but come November they will hear us all.
On their website the group has posted their feelings about the current state of affairs and they urge others to join “The Movement.” What follows is what they have written and what most Americans feel today:
Stupid is believing the problems we have can be solved by the same people that created them.
Crazy is saying you’re going to create jobs by spending unimaginable amounts of money that you borrow from the very same people (China) that you gave all the jobs to.
Sick is the billions of tax payer dollars spent on bailing out the financial institutions, while their own immeasurable greed was responsible for the collapse of America’s future.
Tired is listening to career politicians saying one thing while doing another, most having never created a job or felt the burden of meeting a payroll.
Inexcusable is the rape of the U.S. Treasury in plain sight and in broad daylight.
Apparent is the government’s responsibility to stop digging a hole that the American people have no chance of getting out of, as they have proven time and time again that they are the worst managers of everything.
Unbelievable are the economic policies that have forced 65% of the manufacturing jobs in America to low wage countries over the last decade.
Betrayal is the feeling you live with while watching elected officials seek all the glory and take none of the blame.
On the net: INAFJ.ORG