IT IS NOT BECAUSE WE ARE LAZY!
My career as a draftsman was dominated by “temp” jobs that could last 3 years or 3 days. My wife and I both worked and still couldn’t keep up. I was laid off by the auto industry many times. I finally had to travel all over America for aerospace and any jobs I could find. We sold our house and moved from job to job. Big corporations left me with a 12 month lease and only 6 months of work. I had to pay rent where I had no work available, or move and send the money for rent back. I was offered a job in Arizona and they waited until I quit my job and broke my lease to call me (enroute) and say that they changed their mind. When my wife was dying of a brain tumor we were uninsured. Every move required a move, trailer rental, security and one month in advance. some jobs didn’t even pay for the moving. When I was out of work for a couple of months they branded me as unemployable. They claimed I had forgotten 30 years of skills in that time! I wound up living with my dad in spite of having a skilled trade. I still use the same design software but I have to start my own company to get work.
INDUSTRY IS MOVING JOBS AND PEOPLE OUT.
This is NOT fixed by depending on “charity”. Bringing turkeys to soup kitchens on Thanksgiving is insulting. Food banks are pitiful but do help a little. “Here’s a meal, live long and prosper”. We cannot trust the CEO to care for people, and the church cannot reach this vast need. There is a moral failure in progress and we all need to be involved in fixing the problem.
HERE ARE A FEW MORE
Anthony in Detroit, Michigan: I worked for American Axle for over 20 years. I thought I had a career and a future there. First, they cut wages trying to get us to quit. Then conditions steadily declined. Plant after plant closed with workers being paid to break down the equipment to ship it to Mexico. Buy outs. Buy downs. Finally, they closed the doors.
Kathy in West Olive, Michigan: I worked at General Electric when they moved their plant overseas and had 2 kids to support. It was hard to find a job that would support us. I ended up asking for help through the Department of Human Services to help me feed and house my children… My family was very affected by their move.
William in Flint, Michigan: I was born here. I’ve witnessed the fall from one of the most affluent regions of the world to the second poorest city in the country. I remember the lights and bustle of Christmas shopping downtown, the vibrancy of Saginaw and Detroit Streets, and the boarded up, empty lots and brownfield of today. And then, the water. I’ve watched what happens when corporations get their way. Flint is it. That’s exactly why I am excited to vote for Senator Bernie Sanders as President of the United States.
Nancy in Goodells, Michigan: 3 of us worked at the same plant, they sent our work to China, and we went crazy trying to not lose our home and for 2 of us, that was our retirement. What a nightmare for us. Many people in Michigan lost their homes, families with children lived in cars and shelters.
H. in Schoolcraft, Michigan: My husband worked for a steel mill in Ecorse, south of Detroit. My dad worked there his entire career, and my grandfather worked there, too. My husband started in 1990 as a laborer. He did everything from sweeping floors to overseeing multimillion dollar infrastructure installations. He worked there for 25 years, until last May, when his position was “eliminated” by an accountant in Pittsburgh. The steel industry has been gutted by subsidized imported steel from countries that are not subject to the strict environmental controls steel mills here have to deal with.
Cheryl in Oxford, Michigan: I grew up in Flint. I was one of the very lucky ones – I lived in the best of times. My husband and I both worked for General Motors, and we have been very lucky. I watched as Flint went from a thriving city to what it is today. Due to the loss of jobs because of trade deals there was a sense of hopelessness and despair. I saw daily the brutality of poverty, and the ensuing despair that sets in as a result. And now these very same people are being poisoned. It is an outrage in this great country and I believe Bernie truly sees this and is our best hope to turn this country around!
Robert in Saginaw, Michigan: As a union electrician and as a citizen in the United States, I have seen how trade deals hurt me and the majority of people in this country. In Saginaw, MI there used to be 4 GM plants, now there is 1, with drastically reduced workers. As the jobs go to other countries so does the money. This used to be a community of over 100,000, but now is less than 50,000, our good paying jobs have dwindled. If we do not stop the bleeding from bad trade deals, all people except the corporate few will feel its effect and wonder, where did we go wrong? Bernie Sanders IS the only presidential candidate who cares about people in need and willing to do something about it.
INSTEAD OF BAILING FAILED CORPORATIONS, LET’S BAIL OUT THE WORKING PEOPLE!
We cannot claim to be righteous because we honor SOME scriptures while ignoring others. We ALL have a role and we will be remembered by our participation.
“If your brother becomes poor and cannot maintain himself with you, you shall support him as though he were a stranger and a sojourner, and he shall live with you.
Whoever mocks the poor insults his Maker; he who is glad at calamity will not go unpunished.
A Psalm of Asaph. God has taken his place in the divine council; in the midst of the gods he holds judgment: “How long will you judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked? Selah Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.” They have neither knowledge nor understanding, they walk about in darkness; all the foundations of the earth are shaken.
A righteous man knows the rights of the poor; a wicked man does not understand such knowledge.
A rich man is wise in his own eyes, but a poor man who has understanding will find him out.
“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, …