Tuesday, December 21, 2010

For the Unemployed

Heavenly Father, we remember before you those who suffer want and anxiety from lack of work. Guide the people of this land so to use our public and private wealth that all may find suitable and fulfilling employment, and receive just payment for their labor; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”

This prayer caught my attention last Sunday. I wonder whatever happened to the sentiment of “use our public and private wealth that all may find suitable and fulfilling employment“? Just a thought.

While we squawk about tax breaks, “cuts” that aren’t cuts, debt and deficits...

The truth is that no one in America needs a tax cut. What we need to do is pay our bills. The businessman doesn’t need a tax break and he surely doesn’t need an incentive to become rich. What he needs is a better mousetrap and customers with the money to pay for it. The world will still beat a path to his door. And the unemployed don’t want more handouts. They want a job.

The corporations? Frankly, I don’t care what they want or need. They aren’t people. The way I see it, men form institutions to serve man. When those institutions no longer serve the cause of humanity, humanity no longer has a use for them. The widgets that corporations can provide us are nice. Sometimes they are wonderful. But if men can no longer afford them, they become irrelevant. I’m assuming the board of directors -- the people that supposedly run a corporation -- realize this. I hope they start acting like it. Soon.

There are 15 million Americans without a job this Christmas. We have “American” corporations sitting on billions in cash. It’s time for the institutions of man to serve mankind. Or it’s time for us to question the need for their existence.

Don Brown
December 21, 2010

1 comment:

Kevin said...

But haven't you seen what Bush's tax cuts have done for our economy? How will we survive without them?

What little faith I had in our elected officials to lead us out of this wilderness was lost last week when we added another T to our debt in the name of stimulating our economy and in the name of politics.

Our unemployment numbers may seem daunting now but they'll be nothing compared to the crushing weight of the debt we owe once we finally are tasked with accounting for it and our smoke and mirrors no longer do what the once did.