by Bill Dagnon
Americans are suffering, you have heard of the hurricanes in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico, fires in California. Thousands lost their homes and some their lives.
But we Americans help each other! People dropped their normal life and helped in person or through contributions. Congress has approved $51.8 billion to help those suffering from these disasters and expects to approve more.
Addiction is ruining millions of American lives! The Center for Disease Control estimated over 64,000 deaths from drug overdoses in 2016, 35,000 from opioids. The President declared a health emergency. Fifteen Senators introduced the Combating the Opioid Epidemic Act providing $4.5 billion/yr. for substance abuse programs and research.
These are responsibilities we must meet through our government. However in a country founded on the self-evident truth that all human beings are created equal we must always work together, not just in emergencies. Yes, financing our government to assist each other is our responsibility as American citizens.
Call and/or email your congressional representative and Senators and tell them to only vote for bills that require a greater contribution of the people and corporations who benefit most from our public resources to help fund our moral responsibilities to our fellow Americans.