Santa Cruz Good Times

Wednesday
Oct 01st
Text size
  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size

Town Hall with Congressman Sam Farr

sam_farr2What do you think the Occupy Wall Street protests have accomplished?

People are angry, and I don’t blame them. Unemployment and foreclosures remain at record highs in some areas, the wealthiest in our country are dodging taxes, and the solution from an obstructionist House Republican Majority is [to] cut federal funding for programs for the most in need.

It is clear that people are mad as hell, and I don’t blame them. It is therefore no surprise that the ‘Occupy’ movement has spread from coast to coast. The things that were once within the reach of every family—housing, healthcare and education—now seem like distant luxuries.

This has all taken a heavy toll on our nation. Our country’s middle class is losing hope in the American Dream, and those struggling to hang on, living paycheck-to-paycheck, find themselves being squeezed and pushed into poverty. 

The American people have made their voices heard. They want jobs. They need assistance. They yearn to reclaim the America they once knew.

Occupy Wall Street comes at a critical time for our nation. There are so many people suffering, frustrated and angry with the direction our country is going. The protesters have given them a voice, and sent a clear message that bailing out Wall Street, without supporting Main Street, is not acceptable.

As people across the country continue to make their voices heard, I will continue to urge my Republican Colleagues to join us in addressing the jobs emergency that is plaguing our communities. The current cut, squeeze and deregulate Republican agenda will not get us there. This is the time to invest in our communities and people that can create jobs today and well into the future.

The American Jobs Act seems to be hanging in the balance, with little sign of progress. After the Senate voted down the bill, what is the future of the President’s bill or any other jobs legislation?

There is a destructive political attitude currently hanging over our nation’s capitol. This attitude has been generated by extreme partisan gridlock, and an unwavering commitment from Tea Party Republicans to defeat anything presented by Democrats and President Obama. Time and time again, Democrats have put forward legislation to invest in our nation and much-needed jobs.

But, by same measure, the jobs legislation has been shot down only to be replaced with messaging bills that have no chance of passing the Senate or garnering a signature from the President. And most unfortunate is that this political warfare has been launched at the expense of helping millions of families that are struggling to make ends meet, and desperately seeking a helping hand.

Yet as people take to the streets, and demand action from their government, this remains the fact: Republicans have now spent 272 days in the House Majority without passing any legislation to create jobs.

Instead, they have merely threatened to shut down the government, gambled the good faith and credit of the United States, and attacked healthcare reform, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. And they have topped off their agenda with attempts to repeal environmental and labor regulations that are protecting the air we breathe and water we drink.

Now they are opposing the American Jobs Act that will put people back to work, put more money in workers' pockets and is fully paid for. The time to act is now, and the American Jobs Act offers a clear path forward.

Once again Republicans have made their stance clear: they are more focused on defeating President Barack Obama than to help America get back on track. This is not the time for cuts that leave Americans without a home or job.

The American people have had enough. They demand their government's help, and the end to partisan politics. As the voices on the streets get louder, I will continue to urge my colleagues to support the American Jobs Act and the jobs legislation we need.

Comments (0)Add Comment

Write comment
smaller | bigger

busy
 

Share this on your social networks

Bookmark and Share

Share this

Bookmark and Share

 

On the Waterfront

As the wharf celebrates its centennial, a personal reflection on its essential place in Santa Cruz’s history

 

Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, occurs this year during Libra, the sign of creating right relations with all aspects life and with earth’s kingdoms. We contemplate (the Libra meditation) forgiveness, which means, “to give for another.” Forgiveness is not pardon. It’s a sacrifice (fire in the heart, giving from the heart). Forgiveness is giving up for the good of the other. This is the law of evolution (the path of return).

 

The New Tech Nexus

Community leaders in science and technology unite to form web-based networking program

 

Film, Times & Events: Week of September 26

Santa Cruz area movie theaters >
Sign up for Good Times weekly newsletter
Get the latest news, events

RSS Feed Burner

 Subscribe in a reader

Latest Comments

 

Melinda’s

New Capitola bakery takes gluten-free goods to the next level

 

Do you think you are addicted to technology?

Santa Cruz  |  Unemployed

 

Best of Santa Cruz County

The 2013 Santa Cruz County Readers' Poll and Critics’ Picks It’s our biggest issue of the year, and in it, your votes—more than 6,500 of them—determined the winners of The Best of Santa Cruz County Readers’ Poll. New to the long list of local restaurants, shops and other notables that captured your interest: Best Beer Selection, Best Locally Owned Business, Best Customer Service and Best Marijuana Dispensary. In the meantime, many readers were ever so chatty online about potential new categories. Some of the suggestions that stood out: Best Teen Program and Best Web Design/Designer. But what about: Dog Park, Church, Hotel, Local Farm, Therapist (I second that!) or Sports Bar—not to be confused with Bra. Our favorite suggestion: Best Act of Kindness—one reader noted Café Gratitude and the free meals it offered to the Santa Cruz Police Department in the aftermath of recent crimes. Perhaps some of these can be woven into next year’s ballot, so stay tuned. In the meantime, enjoy the following pages and take note of our Critics’ Picks, too, beginning on page 91. A big thanks for voting—and for reading—and an even bigger congratulations to all of the winners. Enjoy.  -Greg Archer, EditorBest of Santa Cruz County Readers’ Poll INDEX

 

Apricot Wine for Dessert

Thomas Kruse Winery, a participant in the new Santa Clara Wine Trail, has been around for a long time—since 1971, to be exact. When our little group arrived to try some wine at the Kruses’ low-key tasting room, Thomas Kruse and his wife Karen were there to greet us. Theirs is a small operation, and they’re proud to offer quality wine at affordable prices. “Because we are small and low-tech, it’s easy to relate to the whole winemaking process,” says Karen—and the Kruses take pride in making wine “just like it has been made for centuries.”