I commend President Obama, Senator Barbara Boxer, Congressmembers Nancy Pelosi and Lois Capps for supporting the extension of unemployment benefits to the unemployed millions. I believe in spending that is for the overall good of our country as opposed to spending for a few people at the top. Not too many congressional members fought against spending billions to bailout corporations and their CEOs.
All American workers pay unemployment benefits. This is my money also and this is exactly the type of thing I want my money to be spent on. When did compassionate become a negative characteristic? Why kick people when they are down? Why is the percentage of taxes I pay larger than the percentage many wealthy people and corporations pay? Should I subsidize the rich and corporations? I would rather my taxes be spent for the unemployed and the uninsured than for tax cuts for the wealthy and corporate bailouts. A great deal of the unemployment we see today is because of the financial meltdown we still haven’t recovered from, which I feel was due largely to corporate greed. I think that some of the biggest welfare recipients are the corporations who received billions of dollars (some of which were my dollars). As many are beginning to say, the middle-class is too big to fail, not corporations.—Sonya Baker, S.B.