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On Thursday, March 27, 2014 the US House and the Senate voted to approve a $1 billion aid package for Ukraine. There were only 19 votes against in the House and 2 votes against in the Senate. That adds up to 96% approval! How was our dysfunctional Congress able to act so quickly and almost unanimously? Why would the president sign such a bill?

Who are these people to us?

The distance between Washington D.C., USA and Kiev, Ukraine is 4,873 miles.  Is Ukraine now our 51st state?  What do we owe these people? Are they holding some kind of marker on us? us to ukraineOr is it the special interest groups in our country lobbying to protect the profits of private companies who want our government to cover the risk they took when they set up deals with foreigners. They get the potential profits, we get the potential risks.

Big Money knows no borders!

It seems that this is another instance of the rich taking care of the rich because this money is meant to guaranty bank loans made by Ukraine.  We are protecting the banks, not even the people of the Ukraine.  Our congress seems to have very specialized definitions of who is worthy of financial support.

The congress has said we do not have enough money for our own citizens: Veterans and active duty military people, Social Security recipients, Food Stamp recipients, and those greedy Head Start kids and other non-important people. How about our decaying roads, bridges and national parks?

Those same congressmen should explain to the people of their states why another country is more important than U.S citizens.

The European leaders financed the Trans-Atlantic slave trade to support their desires for riches in the Americas. Spain, Portugal, Holland, France, England and others sent agents to Africa to buy humans to work their businesses in the “New World” and elsewhere.

For centuries European leaders soaked their own people for money and kept the best assets, such as land, for themselves.  The class system in Europe has always been rigid.  That is why millions of Europeans voluntarily left their home countries and came to the United States hoping to improve their lives.  In the past 70 years the United States has expanded its financial and military reach all around the planet.  Yet we claim that we can’t afford to take care of our own people.

 

Bailout Mania 

When our own country was experiencing economic difficulties a few years back our Congress that saw fit to bail out incompetent banks, insurance companies and private corporations.  The individuals responsible for causing the economic collapse were allowed to slither under the wall of responsibility.  They should have been locked up at least until those who suffered from their theft have been made whole. U.S. government gave billions to keep them afloat and did not ask most of them to give the money back.  Perhaps the money for Ukraine should come from the individuals who still have the stolen money from our last collapse.

In the United States minority people and the middle class people of all races still carry the weight of the burdens created by greedy people who obviously have good political connections. The regular people are expected to cut back and sacrifice while the few and powerful get richer and send more money out of the country to their off-shore friends and accounts.  The regular people spend their money at home. Maybe that makes them more patriotic.

Dear Congress and The President,

HANDLE YOUR OWN BUSINESS.  Since you can’t take care of your own house, stay out of other people’s houses. Your own house is falling apart. Your own children are getting more ignorant and less healthy. You are acting like an unfaithful spouse who can’t support their own family.

 

I am a former teacher, marketing representative, labor negotiator and small business owner. As a black man born and raised in New York City I learned how to survive in the "neighborhood" and in business. Hearing about and witnessing the trials, tribulations, hopes and fears of my extended family and the people in their lives helped mold my life. Helping others with their own life journeys is my goal.

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