HANDCUFFED – By Rosaliene Bacchus

HANDCUFFED – By Rosaliene Bacchus

Last week, I witnessed an arrest outside my office in Los Angeles. The handcuffed adult Latino man sat motionless and subdued on the sidewalk. He did not appear drunk or on drugs. A small gray duffle bag, with a red formée cross, lay nearby. Was the cross a gang symbol? Was he a wanted criminal? Whatever his crime, I figured it must be serious to involve five cops, in three police motor vehicles and a motor cycle. For half-an-hour, they conferred with each other, spoke on their phones, and took photos. After escorting the man to a vehicle, they all left the scene.

The arrest disturbed me. I thought of millions of Americans who have lost their jobs and homes, and face hunger. They wait, handcuffed and subdued on the sidewalk, for our government to do its job of implementing solutions for our economic recovery.      [Read more}

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  • Rosaliene Bacchus  On September 10, 2012 at 6:40 am

    Cyril, thanks for sharing. Much appreciated.

  • DMITRI ALLICOCK  On September 10, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    Awesome Rosaliene,
    I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and your point of view.
    The tragedies of Guyana’s horrific politics are remembered as some attempts to rehabilitate the political disasters called politicians in our beloved country. We see the economic mess in the United States as so many ovoid responsibilities by pointing fingers or by kicking the can down the road.

    In the latest, much celebrated, unemployment report, the labor force participation rate had plummeted to 63.7%, the most rapid decline in U.S. history. That means that under President Obama nearly 5 million Americans have fled the workforce in hopeless despair.
    The trick is that when those 5 million are not counted as in the work force, they are not counted as unemployed either. They may desperately need and want jobs. They may be in poverty, as many undoubtedly are, with America suffering today more people in poverty than in the entire half century the Census Bureau has been counting poverty. But they are not even counted in that 8.3% unemployment rate that Obama and his media cheerleaders were so tirelessly celebrating last week.
    If they were counted, the unemployment rate today would be a far more realistic 11%, better reflecting the suffering in the real economy under Obamanomics.
    Several observations come to mind in this world of blind mindless politics.
    There is nothing so bad that politics cannot make it worse.”
    There is nothing that politicians like better than handing out benefits to be paid for by someone else.”
    In politics, the truth is strictly optional and that also seems to be true in parts of the media.”
    You have to have a sense of humor if you follow politics. Otherwise, the sheer fraudulence of it all will get you down.”
    What is history but the story of how politicians have squandered the blood and treasure of the human race?”
    If politicians stopped meddling with things they didn’t understand, there would be a more drastic reduction in the size of government than anyone in either party advocate.
    Congressman Frank and Senator Dodd wanted the government to push financial institutions to lend to people they would not lend to otherwise, because of the risk of default. … The idea that politicians can assess risks better than people who have spent their whole careers assessing risks should have been so obviously absurd that no one would take it seriously.
    Ultimately take responsibilities for your own actions and life and expect nothing from politicians.

  • Rosaliene Bacchus  On September 10, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    Thanks, Dmitri.
    I agree. Unemployment in the US is far worse than official figures. When the politicians are not hiding the truth from us about the real state of affairs, they are spreading misinformation.
    We elect politicians to fulfill certain functions in society. We have to hold them accountable for failing their responsibilities and, when necessary, remove them from office.

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