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Food Lines in Indiana

By Remy Benoit

From Truth Staff, The Elkhart Truth, at MSNBC Food caravan stops in hard-hit Ind. county
Thousands in town that Obama visited line up to get free supplies.

We cannot let Congress rest until they get this situation fixed. We need jobs here.

Makes you wonder how much those billions that went missing in Iraq could have helped people today to make it through this man made monster. Accountability is needed here, or it will happen again. From Stephen Labaton at the NY Times Some Banks, Citing Strings, Want to Return Federal Aid.


We will recover; the question is will we allow so few again to make so many lives so miserable for decent folk who played by the rules and lost anyway because of someone else's greed.

So, what can you as an individual do? Get those seeds sprouting for a Victory Garden and share with your neighbors, with a local food bank.

Clean out your closets and call your local Vietnam Veteran Organization to pick them up. You will help them, and others.

Donate that old car so someone else can get to work when they find a job. It is also a tax write off. You also could get your local churches to have a clothes bank, a food bank.

And keep those phones ringing, those e-mails filling up e-mail inboxes at Contact Congress. Remind them too that they need to do something to bring down usurious interest rates on credit cards. Contact The White House.

And one more thing. Let broadcasters know that you don't want to be hearing their gloom and doom; that yellow journalism playing on fear is no part of your life. If they keep it up, turn them off. They will catch on as their ratings drop.

We are not powerless. We are the People and this country belongs to us, not to just a few who haven't stood in a supermarket line with a half full basket wondering if they can pay for even that. They are not the ones having to say no to their kids for needed things. Let them know that this won't do, that we demand as much of them as we do of ourselves—and that means a health care plan as good as theirs for the rest of us. That also means a rational foreign policy; that also means care for our Veterans.

Have a block party, get to know your neighbors and help each with things that are just sitting around attics and garages. Let the lawn grow a few days more and save the price of the gas and donate those few dollars to a local food bank. And, do please, make sure that everyone on the block can meet that heating bill. If you have elderly on your block, make sure someone has contact numbers for their families if the need should occur.

This is a can do, if each and everyone gets up and does something to help ourselves and someone else.

Learn all the verses to Arlo Guthrie & Pete Seeger/ This Land Is Your Land.

This Land is Your Land

(by Woody Guthrie)
This land is your land,
This land is my land,
From California
To the New York Island,
From the redwood forest,
To the Gulf stream waters,
This land was made for you and me.

As I was walking,
That ribbon of highway,
I saw above me
That endless skyway,
I saw below me
That golden valley.
This land was made for you and me.

I've roamed and rambled
And I've followed my footsteps
To the sparkling sands of her diamond deserts
And all around me a voice was sounding
This land was made for you and me

The sun comes shining
As I was strolling
The wheat fields waving
And the dust clouds rolling
The fog was lifting a voice come chanting
This land was made for you and me

As I was walkin'
I saw a sign there
And that sign said no trespassin'
But on the other side
It didn't say nothin!
Now that side was made for you and me!

In the squares of the city
In the shadow of the steeple
Near the relief office
I see my people
And some are grumblin'
And some are wonderin'
If this land's still made for you and me.

Nobody living can ever stop me
As I go walking
That freedom highway
Nobody living can make me turn back
This land was made for you and me

Like "The Boss?" This is his version Springsteen: This Land is Your Land

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Come on, America—let them know we are not taking delivery on hard times. And please, tell us how you are making it; how your neighborhood is making it; what your community it doing to help you through this. We have been apart too long as a nation. Fly your flag—remind us that we are Red, White, and Blue. As hard as it is at the moment for many of us, we all need to give a colletive thank you for being here; for knowing that we will carry on; that with determination, we will make a better world for our children, and theirs for many generations.


What exactly is it about the overall economic situation and its devastating effects upon ordinary people that some elected officials can't quite grasp? As a life-long resident of the Hoosier state, most of us here fit into the "ordinary people" category and we are struggling. I have been out of work since February 2nd due to a RIF (reduction in workforce)and it's the first time I've ever been out of work. I have a great work history (30+ years), fantastic references, highly developed research skills, and continue to upgrade those skills through education. I shouldn't have a problem finding work, right? Wrong! In fact, I almost took a job at $8.50 per hour filling vending machines just to start earning a regular paycheck. Finally, today I was offered a full-time position with a salary just 25% less than I was making and I was thrilled. We just might survive on that. Here we ordinary Americans are wanting to work, wanting to support our families, wanting to pay our mortgage payment, wanting to be responsible, productive citizens, but it seems a segment of our society intends to thwart any plan towards that end simply because they want to see "Obama fail." What?? If he fails, Congress fails. If he fails, the ordinary citizen fails. If he fails, America fails. We are not powerless and we must demand nothing less from our elected officials than a coming together to solve our problems for the good of our country and its citizens. We, the citizens, must support each other, reaching out to those in greater need, using all our resources to help each other to survive until we can once again get honest work for an honest wage. Now is the time to problem-solve, work together, and believe. This great country has an opportunity to prove to the world that it has the foresight and tenacity to pull itself from this economic hole, fill that hole up with innovation, and build!

Posted by: Janet Kieninger, at 2009-03-11 22:16:52

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