Tell Congress to stop foolishness

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

To the editor: Regardless of one’s political affiliation, I think we can all agree our nation is facing a severe economic crisis. Pointing fingers and laying blame will accomplish little.

Finding solutions to ease the pain of people should be our government’s first concern.

Clearly, members of Congress took that position when they freely, without accountability, gave Wall Street and its millionaire tycoons unimaginable billions of dollars. Now, having realized the financial institutions that received this gift are not doing what Congress thought they would do, some in Congress have decided they don’t want to be fooled again.

So, what to do? Well, that’s an easy one—take it out on the working stiff!

I recognize I am living in an area of the country where unions are non-existent or weak at best and that “some” people want to break all unions. I cannot accept this approach.

How dare these members of Congress take out their revenge on working people. They claim autoworkers make $70 per hour—don’t be ridiculous!

This imaginary figure takes into account the costs for healthcare and other benefits our federal government refuses to make available to citizens.

Those same members of Congress and their families get free healthcare for life. Clearly, what’s good for the goose is not good for the gander.

As a person who enjoys a well-deserved pension and health benefits because I had a union, I am appalled others are being denied jobs by these hypocritical members of Congress.

The Republican senators leading the charge against the American autoworkers all represent states that give millions in tax breaks to foreign automobile companies. It makes one wonder who these members of Congress represent. They extol the non-union wages at the Mercedes and Toyota plants and believe American wages need to be reduced

What country ever said, “Let’s reduce the wages of our citizens. It will be good for the nation?” It is a bizarre concept.

You probably know someone who is connected in some way to the automobile industry. Do you really want to see that person lose his/her health benefits, suffer under a reduced pension if already retired, or lose their jobs if they are still working?

Every honest, hard working American, union member or not, should stand on the side of their fellow American workers. If the American auto workers lose this battle, who will be next?

Every American worker’s job is at risk. Tell Congress to stop its foolishness and do the right thing for once.