America was solvent in the 1950's, when my Hollywood High schoolmate, Rick Nelson, paid $.95 of every $1.00 he earned - with not a murmur of resentment - to support our Uncle Sam.
$2,000 is 1/3 of the new roof we've needed for 3 years; or, one month's house & partial utility payment; or, a month and 1/3 of unemployment since my over-60 husband lost his job as a computer engineer 2 1/2 years ago and is now considered obsolete. He is struggling to re-invent himself as an audio bookreader.
I'm completely dependent on Medicare, for which my husband does not yet qualify. Nine years older than he, I look healthy, but am increasingly physically disabled and should be retired from housework. I'm desperately trying to help ease the frightening financial pressure the only way I can: trying to monetize long-ago creative dreams by making an idiot of myself at Indiegogo via YouTube. It is my hope to be successful while I am still able to help others who may not be able to create their own opportunities at points of crisis in their lives.
There is no excuse for any wealthy citizen to consider himself above the financial responsibility of upholding the principles of the Constitution by contributing as generously as he is able to the Common Good; it is our moral duty to honor and respect the needs of our fellow citizens as we do our own.
It’s good to feel there are people who listen and will act on our concerns.