Dear Mr. President
I was born in 1933. During my young years my father worked for the Work Projects Administration. He was among millions of previously unemployed individuals who were employed by the government to build bridges and roads, they created beauty through public parks and aided education by constructing schools. We were poor but we survived and our family’s dignity was preserved.
In today’s world, America’s leaders are deciding to take food stamps away from those who are considered able-bodied but chronically unemployed. Does anyone think it is intelligent to create more anxiety among those who are already financially stressed? Are we interested in providing reasons for crime?
If food-stamps are removed from those who are considered able-bodied then the government must replace them with jobs! Our bridges are deteriorating and so are roads. Why not clean up properties that are less than livable – oh and let’s not forget Colorado and the reconstruction of storm scenes across this continent. Let’s employ the unemployed and restore personal dignity and self respect – the qualities that make good citizens.
With American ingenuity, can we create a place for returning vets who are often found jobless and homeless – feeling so devalued that suicide is contemplated – and often acted upon. Why not train them to be an army for the betterment of this country. How about educating them as inspectors for dangerous chemical storage plants so that another toxic spill into our precious rivers and lakes never happens – ever again!
Why not create teams to oversee the health of our waterways and the lands that give us a place to leave our foot prints. And rather than spending billions of dollars fighting mega-fires caused by drought and many more dollars to rescue flood victims – why not create a system that will transfer excess waters to irrigate drought areas – thus a win/win situation for taxpayers and the health of our climate. Has anyone ever calculated what the smoke from these huge fires does to the atmosphere – and what flood waters do to fields meant for growing our food supply?
I am an 81-year-old woman – if I can see solutions to some of this country’s problems then why can’t our political leaders? In fact, if politicians placed their energies and the vast amount of dollars spent to get elected to benefit Humanity, they might discover how good it feels to invest in the well-being of their fellow citizens – while creating a better, safer future for their own families – their children and grandchildren. They would be elected because of the quality of their generosity and their integrity.
We are the role models for the kids in the world – what are we teaching them? Are we showing them how to take care of this planet – empathy, compassion, truthfulness, and are we teaching them these qualities – or how to bless the reputations of others?
I pray this letter reaches you. America must now come to be a role model for the entire world. Higher taxes won’t do it and neither will squabbling politicians. But the vision of our forefathers and the compassion of today’s leaders could make this entire world a place of peace and prosperity.
I cannot imagine how difficult your job must be – but you are a “First” among men – one chosen to make the impossible possible.
Kaih Khristé King
Author and Founder of