Our legislators get their pay in time while poverty stricken citizens worry whether they can scrape together enough to feed their families. The legislators forget they were sent to the Washington to fix the broken economic system; they were not sent to Washington to enjoy the good life. The legislators must solve the problem of an economy where the rich get richer and poor become poorer. Access of the very poor to schools and colleges gives them a ladder on which to climb from poverty into the middle class. Assurance of continued health care and social security gives our poor elders the safety net they need to live in dignity.
It is high time now to balance the budget with tax increases on incomes of the wealthiest Americans without jeopardizing the status of low income and middle income Americans. Let’s stop paying out the salaries of our legislators so they can experience for themselves what is like to be poor and resourceless. We must make the US not merely a wealthy society but a just society.