This letter is in response to an article printed in the “Las Vegas Sun Newspaper”, dated 26 October, 2009 entitled, “Government doesn’t do much for Wynn…or does it”?
The article was distasteful to read. Steve Wynn has been a recipient of the Bush Administration’s tax cut for eight years. Then, as I read further, it was interesting to identify the thread he weaves throughout the article which has a partisan bent, i.e., Eisenhower and the Interstate highway system, Hoover and the “Hoover Dam”. While these accomplishments are certainly deserving of our recognition, they should not be mentioned to espouse his narrow view of the current administration’s policies, while being myopic about the progress and advances made by millions of working class people, who benefited from the G. I. Bill; Social Security; Civil Rights Bill (which included “Title Nine”, granting athletic scholarships for women, equal to that of men, at the collegiate level; discrimination against people due to age, religion, color and national origin, as well as discrimination against the handicap); Rural Electrification; Food Stamps for the disadvantaged; The Fair Employment Program and many more Federal programs, which gainfully employed people after World War 11, with the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), Works Project Administration (WPA), which not only built roads and other structures, but painted murals and promoted the Arts.
It is an immutable fact that no single political party can save this country from its economic woes or a foreign invasion. Only “We”, the People, from whom government receives its just powers, can together, make a difference. These differences include all political parties, all ethnicities and all genders.
My question to Steve Wynn is, why now? Why did he not openly discuss and refute the trillions spent for two wars from 2001 to 2008, which wrecked our economy and sent it into a downward spin, accounting for the current massive unemployment? Where was his voice when Wall Street and the financial Institutions were running amok?
The vast disparity, and the ratio between corporate CEO salaries and the people who work for them, is a travesty. As I see it, and apparently what Steve Wynn wants to keep, is the unequal distribution of wealth between these two groups. As much as he purports to believe that the government gets its wealth from the “people”, his underlining view is that the wealthy should continue to “Feed from the trough” of the poor and the working class. The United States has a population of 300 million people and 2% of that number (6 million) has, or controls 95% of the wealth of this nation. That said, the rest of the 295 million people are a mixture of working class folks and professionals; lawyers, bus drivers, teachers, food service workers, medical staffers, doctors, etc.
This letter is not intended to defend the current administration but to objectively and tenaciously drive home the point that each one of us has to stop and think: what kind of America do we want? one that is divisive and disruptive, splitting our loyalty and esprit de corps, or do we want to save our humanity and our country, by pulling together in a more meaningful way, by “banding” together to bring about cohesion, solidarity and peace? If the latter, then we can start now to negate the mean-spirited discourse that’s being spewed across the networks. We can try to change the disingenuous attitudes of people who discredit the working class across this country, and who continue to support their own cause to amass riches at our expense.
Take a look at some former Presidents who continue to push for the working class and the underprivileged around the world: President Jimmy Carter has traveled extensively, on several continents, to ensure that voting rights of indigenous people are administered justly and fairly and that the poor in this country receives adequate housing. President Bill Clinton built a Foundation that provides medical assistance to those who can least afford it. Former Vice President Al Gore has spent many years working to save our planet from the dangers of excess carbon dioxide in the upper atmosphere, and cautions us about the precipitous decline in atmospheric changes in and around coastal regions.
There are many people who do not see any reason to get involved since they are not active supporters of political discourse. I hope that the type of negative discussions, being voiced on all networks, will stimulate all of us to reject these recalcitrant views that disrupt the intent of those who seek to bring about better living and working conditions for America.
We live in a country where political exchange has been tolerated. The varying degrees of differences between parties are not endangered but are fostered. Somewhere something went terribly wrong, and now we single out personalities with innuendoes, negative shibboleths and pejoratives that are purposely intended to harm and destroy.
Our country is slowly becoming more fractured and polarized. We cannot let this happen.
Let’s create a new beginning…