Mr. President Have Pity on the Working Man

News of GM’s failure to take the billions given to them in January & keep their sinking ship afloat surfaced the other day as they filed for bankruptcy. On top of that, they were given another 30 billion dollars while they close down dealerships & put more people on the unemployment line. What’re they doing with this money? What did they do with the other countless billions they’ve been given?

$2.8 million went to lobbying for the first three months of 2009, $500,000 of which went to outside lobbying firms, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics. The Chrysler dealerships that are being closed are being given 3 weeks to rid themselves of their merchandise. And yet more money is given to a company that has been mismanaged for years. Did Bush step in & make an attempt to nip this problem in the bud? Did Clinton? Reagan? Why are we in this situation or is it too late to ask that question?

Perhaps, the time for asking why has passed. Perhaps, now we must ask when is enough enough? Perhaps, now we must ask who bails us out? Who bails out the single mother with two kids that has to get a $9 an hour job just to feed her children? Who bails out the home owner who’s interest rates have become so exorbitant that it makes it difficult to pay their mortgage? Who bails out the woman who’s property taxes become so ridiculous that she must decide whether or not keeping her house is worth it any longer?

Who, Mr. President? I voted for you. I respect & admire you & I know you’ve been given a tough task. I know you’re doing what you think is best, but please, to quote Randy Newman, “Have pity on the working man.” We built this country with our blood, sweat and tears. Many of our ancestors came from other country’s to turn this country into the beautiful place it is, but in all this economic destruction that is collapsing all around us we’re being lost in the shuffle.

Please, Mr. President, while you’re taking the tax money that we’ve invested into this country’s backbone for years & giving it to failing banks, failed car company’s & greedy insurance company’s remember the dealership that now must close, the restaurant that no longer can afford to stay open or the mom & pop market that’s been open for 30 years & now must shut it’s doors. Those are all the blue collared people that make this country what it is. Don’t forget about us, Mr. President.

We’ve taken all you’ve given
But it’s gettin’ hard to make a livin’
Mr. President have pity on the working man

We’re not asking you to love us
You may place yourself high above us
Mr. President have pity on the working man

I know it may sound funny
But people every where are runnin’ out of money
We just can’t make it by ourselves

It is cold and the wind is blowing
We need something to keep us gong
Mr. President have pity on the working man

Randy NewmanMr. President (Have Pity on the Working Man)

One thought on “Mr. President Have Pity on the Working Man

  1. Curt Shannon

    Great post and a great song (from a great album). It’s always tough being President, but this has to be absolutely the worst time.


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