To Comfort The Afflicted
And Afflict The Comfortable

To Comfort The Afflicted And Afflict The Comfortable

Monday, July 22, 2024


Same Old Spiel



The Super Committee can’t come to an agreement, but what did we expect? Congress can’t even agree to improve the nutrition requirements for school lunches, so we shouldn’t expect cooperation on the economy.

We’ve managed to stave off another Great Depression, just. And still, men with no clue about the economic plight of millions of Americans propose fixes that won’t fix anything.

Their answer to the uninsured? Cut government spending. Their answer to the unemployed? Cut government jobs and pass free trade agreements. Their answers to the economic crisis caused by deregulation? Cut taxes and call pizza a vegetable.

These were the best we could elect?

The American people have to make tough choices every day. Do our legislators understand? Which of them has ever had to choose between paying the rent and paying the electric bill?

Do they understand the worker who has to choose between going to work or staying home with a sick child? I bet they’d say, “I’d stay with my child, of course.” But what if it meant they’d be fired?

The economy is on just about everyone’s minds these days. Those who speak tend to fall into one of two camps.

One side says, “I’m hurting and I’m angry.”

The other side shouts, “It’s your own fault, bozo.”

What’s missing is empathy, an understanding of what life is like across the aisle or across the street. If you take it for granted that the bills are paid and your house will be warm as you sit down for supper, how do you wrap your mind around the choices that some citizens have to make? Evidently many of our representatives and their supporters can’t.

Companies cut jobs. They lay off skilled workers and replace them with those who will work for less. They send jobs overseas.

They replace pensions with do-it-yourself plans that look good until the stock market goes south. And this is just the way it is for those lucky enough to have a corporate job that has a retirement plan.

What about those who live pay check to pay check? What about the self-employed and the small business owners who may or may not have health insurance? What choices do they have to make, and who is listening?

We could try to call our lawmakers, let them know what it’s like out here, but it doesn’t appear that anyone with a lick of sense, or empathy, is at home.

Sharon Martin lives in Oilton, OK and is a regular contributor to The Oklahoma Observer



  1. Sharon:

    You should be ashamed of yourself! Anyone using common sense should know better! You clearly just don’t understand the difficulties of governing. But you know what? YOU’RE RIGHT! Your last paragraph says it all: No one is home. Not even the illustrious Oklahoma delegation. They’re no different than the rest of the nit wits in Washington. The average American is NOT represented by responsible people any longer. What we have is a bunch of arrogant, pompous career elitist politicians who just don’t give a damn about America or its people. They’re traitors to both. While they fritter away our country and its wealth (what’s left of it) and its greatness, they continue to live well, have great benefits and hoodwink American voters every election season into returning them to office. Maybe the voters are the stupid ones; otherwise why would they continue to return these worthless do-nothing boobs to office? Rep John Carney (D-Del) and Rep Jim Renacci (R-OH) are two of perhaps a very few responsible people in Washington who see the problem for what it really is: Partisan politics as usual. (Read “Bipartisan path for Congress” in Tulsa World Friday Nov 25). Congress has passed only 44 bills this session…the very worst in modern time! There has to be a voter revolution to THROW ALL THESE BUMS OUT regardless of party and vote in people who aren’t accountable to special interest groups.

    As for contacting your congressman or senator: Don’t waste your time. They don’t care what you think, All you’ll get is a computer generated response produced by some flunky aide who thinks they’re in tall cotton working in Washington. They’re all losers!

Arnold Hamilton
Arnold Hamilton
Arnold Hamilton became editor of The Observer in September 2006. Previously, he served nearly two decades as the Dallas Morning News’ Oklahoma Bureau chief. He also covered government and politics for the San Jose Mercury News, the Dallas Times Herald, the Tulsa Tribune and the Oklahoma Journal.