I'm only posting this video today -- it tells the truth so vividly that I don't feel the need to add commentary on it because I think y'all know how I feel about what Ms. Kaptur said so eloquently. At my house, groceries are rapidly becoming a luxury item.
My heroine, Marcy Kaptur, did us Ohioans proud on the floor of Congress and raised hell on the floor of Congress. I'm not even going to comment on this -- I can't add a single word to what she said. I've included as much text as I could find for those of you who have trouble with video.
"Now we even have a bill that's going to take food away from about 350,000 women and children. Now whose fault is that?
Here's a little note from somebody in my district. [Reads from a paper plate.] She says -- [waving paper plate] she signed up this plate at the food bank, the local food bank -- she says: "Without help from the food bank, I would be on the street. I struggle every day to make ends meet, so my kids have a place to lay their heads at night. I have a job, but with two kids it's still very hard. I have a lot of trouble paying rent, and bills. I just wish there were more help for parents like myself.
That's from the rural part of my district. From the urban part of my district [holding up another paper plate] and plate is signed at the food bank: "My income is spent on bills which leave very little money for me to purchase food for myself and my two daughters."
You know, the majority of people in this house are Christians, and I'm not pushing that, though I am one of them, but the First Beatitude says, "Feed the hungry." It doesn't say, "Rugged individualism." I'm as individualistic as anybody else in this chamber, but I'll tell you what, there's a heartlessness that goes with people who take everything for themselves and turn their back on the rest of the American people. So when Big Oil makes record profits and pays no taxes, there's something really wrong.
There's something really wrong with the country, and the American people know it. They didn't clean house here last November because they thought you were better. They just wanted a change. And they'll vote for it again if their lives don't get better, and their lives won't get better unless we fix what Alan Greenspan and Goldman Sachs and Bank of America and the whole rest of those buzzards up there did to this country.
And they're taking bonuses! In fact, they're making so much money, they take members of Congress out. You know the average amount of the meal? $193. $193 a plate. These folks [holding up the paper plates], a couple of bucks in a day they spend on food.
So I stand with the American people, not those wealthy interests who took the nation to the cleaners. . . ."
A tip of my Thinking Cap to Kenny at DownWithTyranny for the heads up and there is additional text here.