i think this op-ed really expresses the value of caring for and about others....
from mother jones: http://www.motherjones.com/news/upda...ders_oped.html
the president still believes that the economy is booming as a result of his tax breaks. but the president fails to note that since he has been in office, 5.4 million middle class americans have slipped into poverty, 6.8 million americans have lost their health insurance, median income for working-age families has declined for five consecutive years, and 3 million manufacturing workers have lost their jobs. at the same time, the costs of education, prescription drugs, energy, and housing have risen dramatically.
meanwhile, the wealthy have never had it so good. the richest 13,000 households earn nearly as much income as the bottom 20 million and the top one percent own more wealth than the bottom 90 percent.
in terms of our federal budget priorities there is one key question which must be asked. which side are we on: the rich and the powerful or the middle class and working families?
if, as a nation, we are serious about addressing the long neglected needs of the working people of this country and creating a more egalitarian society, we have got to invest in education, health care, housing, infrastructure, environmental protection and sustainable energy as well as many other areas.
we also have to reduce our national debt. given that reality, congress must develop the courage to stand up to the big money interests and roll-back the tax breaks for the wealthiest one percent, eliminate corporate welfare and demand that the wealthy and powerful rejoin american society.