Memory is often the first thing to go!Whatever happened to those days? Lately it feels like scores of people are suffering from a memory disorder -- they can't recall anything that happened four or more years ago.
Some of the folks I know who are clamoring the loudest for Romney/Ryan are the very ones who were hurt the most by the schemes this duo wants to bring back. Take the the guy I know who managed to hang onto his job at the auto components factory. Four years ago his company was shutting down every other week and Mitt Romney wanted to let his whole industry fail.
Or take the lady I know whose husband lost his management job of almost 20 years in the recession. Four years ago he was unemployed. Being an older guy, it took him a while to find a job. Thank goodness he had extended unemployment benefits -- but he wouldn't have if Paul Ryan had his way. Ryan voted against extensions in November of 2010 when unemployment rates in Indiana were still almost 10%.
Or take the guys I know who were heavily invested in the housing industry, one of them lost his house, the other lost his house, his job, his car and his wife too. Four years ago he would have been homeless if family hadn't taken him in. Romney thought the best thing for the housing market was to let all those foreclosures happpen so that investors could buy them up cheap and then rent them out. The ideal of owning a home has been part of our American dream since the days of the founding fathers. Jefferson, Adams, Hamilton, all of them knew the importance of home ownership ... and you do too. Which would you rather live on -- a block where 90% of your neighbors were owners -- or renters? BTW, that guy? He's working again, full time ... and renting.
Or take my aunt who was all set to retire -- until the stock market took a dump and she lost half of her nest egg. She's 69 years old, suffers from severe rheumatoid arthritis and is still humpin' it every day trying to gain her hard earned money back. Maybe if she hadn't freaked out when Obama was elected, and completely withdrew from the markets, she would have met her goal by now. Under his administration the Stock Market is almost at an all time high.
And yet each of these voters is actively -and loudly- supporting Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. Try to remind them that Romney/Ryan's plans are really just the same old deregulate, untax, trickle down, supply side, rising tide, horse and sparrow slight of hand that screwed them four years ago, and eight years before that, and twenty years before that, and sixty years before that, and thirty years before that -- and they just cram their fingers in their ears and scream lalalalala, I can't hear you!
These schemes have NEVER worked. They may raise revenue briefly but they don't do squat for the middle class and we NEED the middle class to buy the stuff the "job creators" want to sell us. When income is unfairly concentrated at the top there is not enough demand for goods, the economy falters and, well ... if you're not one of the recently-memory-challenged you know what happens next.
I wish someone would ask ME if I'm better off now than I was four years ago because I remember. I remember what it was like to have a husband whose commissions had dried up, a son who was unemployed and uninsurable, a 30+% loss in my investments that made me wonder if I was going to be able to keep my daughter in college. I remember the day my son asked what we would do if the depression really hit. We talked about doing with less, everyone moving in together, starting a garden, raising chickens.
Things aren't hunky-dory yet -- but they're better. My husband is selling stuff again. My son is working. And insured. My daughter finished school and just closed a software sale for her company on a 24 million dollar project.
I'd rather give my vote to the guy who started turning things around than the guys who want to _turn around_ and try to pull the same tattered wool over our eyes again. I know I'm preaching to some of you who are already in the choir but, for the rest of you, please, take your fingers out of your ears and take a moment to remember what it was REALLY like four years ago. You barely survived it. Are you sure you'll be so "lucky" next time?