Upon hearing the good news Friday morning that the jobless recovery would continue, I called Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr.’s Washington D.C. office. During a conversation with Jackson’s press secretary I was informed that only two thousand of our resumes had been presented to Congress to date, as it will cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to print them and the cost could not be justified. Via further inquiry I found out Mr. Jackson has addressed our Congress on the 99er issue twice in January for one minute on each occasion, making a grand total of two minutes of time allotted to 20 million long term unemployed.
Jackson’s aid further indicated that Speaker of the House Boehner is responsible for the no-action being taken for the 99ers. Apparently one man is running our Congress and neither Jesse Jackson Jr., nor any other Congress person can do any business without his permission. If this is true I guess all the rest of the so called representatives might as well come home and stop collecting a pay check and let John Boehner run our Congress as an undisputed dictator.
I then called Congressman Bobby Scott’s Washington D.C. office. His press secretary seemed a decent fellow but said that he could not give me any information on HB 6556, which Bobby Scott is a co-sponsor of. Apparently our Congress has become so clandestine that one representative cannot speak to a citizen about another representative’s bill, even if he is co-sponsoring it.
By the time I got to Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s office, her press secretary had left town until Monday.
I found out this afternoon that Gregg Rosen, co-founder of the American 99ers Union, has been involved in talks with Booby Scott and Barbara Lee. Personally Rosen does not represent me and I find his talking my business behind closed doors without me being privy to the fact that it is even going on outrageous.
On the release on the American 99er’s Union website, the fact was not mentioned that our resumes were being shit canned, supposedly because there is no money to print them. This is the 21st century; could not the resumes have been simply placed on a zip drive and presented to our Congress?
When Rosen attends the press release next week, I will be interested to see if he repeats the same useless rhetoric he has spewed in the last two appearances in the press. And also I will be interested to see if the 99ers he brings with him are representative of anyone on this site.
I did confirm via Barbara Lee’s receptionist that HR 6556 is supposed to be introduced next Wednesday.
I tell you Gregg Rosen, this had better not be another stalling ploy to get our hopes up. The fact is the best reports we had said we would see no action on our issue until March. I believe that if Scott and Lee have gone into back room negotiations with Rosen, it is the radical end of the movement that has caused it to happen. That being said we cannot let up for promises. We cannot cease our head-on attack until we see results. And I maintain I will never accept socialism as a condition of getting an unemployment check or a job.
God save the Republic, death to the international corporate mafia, we the free people shall prevail.