I Wrote a Letter to Barack Obama
In reply to my latest email from my friend Barack, I sent this. →
Thanks for the email. It's a lovely thought - I mean, I worked hard to get you elected the last time and I wish I could contribute again now. But I'm afraid I can't. You might be wondering why you haven't heard from me - I've been kind of busy. I guess you know I got laid off in April of 2010. That was kind of a bummer but I was confident that I'd find another job. After all, I thought, I have 20 years of experience in nonprofit management, PR and communications. Something will come along!
Well, it didn't. And, because I got laid off in 2010 instead of 2009 and North Carolina is slowly going broke, my unemployment - which, by the way, is not enough to pay for much, because half of a nonprofit salary isn't much at all - didn't get extended beyond a year. I guess I'm lucky, though, because I did find a job - as a cashier at Home Depot. I'm making $8.15 an hour now. It's not enough to live on but I'm hoping that they'll approve my food stamp application soon. It won't be long before my savings are completely gone and I don't know what I'll do then.
When I was working to try to get you elected I said a lot about health care. It struck me as outrageous that everyone in other countries got health care while we in the US did not and it seemed to bother you too. Well, that was a couple of years ago when I had some health insurance; now I don't have any health insurance at all. You still need it here, you know. More than ever, actually. I'd like to go to the doctor - it's been three years since I had a pap smear or a mammogram, for instance (the kind of thing Planned Parenthood might offer if somebody had their back) - but I just don't have the money. It's too bad, because I'm exhausted all the time and my joints hurt, but maybe that's because I've gone back at 48 to doing the kind of job I did in college.
Anyway, cheers! Wishing you best of luck on the reelection thing! I will probably vote for you - I wish I had a progressive candidate to vote for, someone who actually cared about the working class but I guess it is too late. I'm sorry that you turned out to be a corporate tool just like all the others. I really liked you back in the day but I suppose the rot has gone too far and this country is done for. I don't much like seeing the US turn into Brazil but hey, I guess it's reality. Maybe Brazil or some other distant place will let me move there with no money and three dogs. I sure don't see much of a future here.
Wishing you the best, anyway,