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Volume 71, Issue 135, Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Opinion

Remember, remember the 7th of November

NICK SOMARAKIS
OPINION COLUMNIST

This is not the America I remember. In the land of milk and honey the milk's gone spoiled and the people can't afford no damn honey. 

Americans are willing to work hard. We all desire to one day have a family, feed our families and live the good life. But in America it's becoming harder to do so. 

With each day that passes, prices keep rising but pay stays the same. Gas, food, health care, insurance, education, college tuition, and utilities are all burdens that are making life harder and harder in the United States. 

But right now, even though the people cry out for help, even though we seek some relief from the higher cost of living, the government ignores us . 

We are experiencing the return of the forgotten man. The government does not realize that their programs are hurting average Americans rather than making life better for us. Every one of us is in some way the forgotten man. 

He is the student who can't afford to go to college; the single mother who must work but can't afford childcare; the family who purchases a home and pays double in interest. He is the businessman and the farmer who goes out of business because he can't compete against large corporations; or the sick child who cringes in pain because her parents can't afford health care, but make just enough to disqualify them from government assistance. 

America once remembered us. It once worked for the people and made life better for the people. 

The federal government decided to reduce the amount of money for college tuition loans and grants. The federal government decided to lower the amount of money for the Small Business Administration to help small businesses. 

The government decided to cut back social programs such as welfare, health care and education, and then decided to repeatedly lower the taxes of wealthy Americans while leaving average Americans behind and causing the cost of government to be paid by the middle and poorer classes. 

The Texas state government lowered the amount of funding for higher education and allowed the deregulation of universities, which caused higher education costs to rise. It deregulated electricity, which caused electricity prices to rise. 

The government deprives children of health care and then claim that there is an $8 billion surplus, which should be used for tax cuts. 

If we want the U.S. and state governments to change policies to remember the forgotten man, then we must first change the government. We must make them remember us in November.

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