You campaign in poetry, someone once said, but you govern in prose. The poetry was magnificent. The prose, in far too many ways, has been dreck, and those who believed now find themselves more demoralized than they can easily describe. William Rivers Pitt, from The Nowhere Man.
While many, if not most, members of Congress are millionaires and
- public service workers, like practically HALF the payroll for the City of Costa Mesa, Calif, for example, are being laid off, and
- school budgets (read teaching staff) get slashed across the land and,
- college students can't get funds to stay in school, nor jobs to offset the costs their return home has caused their retirement-fund depleted, underemployed or laid-off parents to incur,
- and unemployed veterans like Earl who are no longer eligible to receive unemployment compensation, have to prove eligibility to continue to receive health care assistance (just to name a few)--