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Only in America

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

What a country we live in. Other countries resemble our society, but we’re special. Unique. One of a kind. Things happen here that don’t happen in other parts of the world. Only in America.

The land of the free, the home of the brave, with a government of the people, a government for the people. Really? All the people or just special people? Is it only in America where elected officials pass laws guaranteeing their selected health-care programs? Members of the U.S. Congress are exempt from many state and federal laws? Where a state constitution can be amended to protect the pensions of public employees yet not private employees? What do pensions and public employees have to do with a constitution anyway (other than politics and votes)?

Is it only in America or are corporations and citizens rewarded for not working (by choice) in other countries as well?

When this recession began, millions of Americans in the private sector lost their jobs. Thousands of businesses vanished.

Despite all of the rhetoric and public announcements, we still are in a recession with massive unemployment.

Now we have a government shutdown causing hundreds of thousands of government and private sector employees to be laid off. A bill passed in Congress to provide all back pay to federal employees once it’s settled. How wonderful. What about the rest of the people who actually lost their jobs? This can only happen in America, with American politicians.

Ed Riess


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