Message from an unemployed Dad


August West, an unemployed father from Elida, Ohio, sent us a rather poignant video on Ohio politics, which can be viewed here. Here's his explanation for his creation: Here in Ohio, working families are sick of all this crap. Out-of-work families are even more angry. I am laid off two years now, so I have a lot of time on my hands. The video I've posted at YouTube has all real headlines from Ohio newspapers. I started with a photo of the Lima Correctional Insitute, which Taft shut down and put one of the final nails in the coffin of our local economy. From there, it kind of just produced itself. I apply for jobs when they advertise, but there just aren't enough to go around. My wife works for just above minimum wage, so we are really hurting. We lost our house. Today we rent, but we'll soon have to move to a small apartment in a worse neighborhood. My son is in first grade, but we don't know how we'll ever afford to give him what he deserves. He's a smart and happy kid and I cannot even sleep at night, thinking about all this. We need jobs with real benefits and my boy deserves to go to college. I don't see ANY politician helping any of us stuck out here in Hell. I think Issue 2 (minimum wage hike) and Issue 3 (slots to pay for my boy's college) make sense, and I like the fact that we can do it without entrusting any more dough to these lousy politicians -- especially the Republicans in charge in Columbus. So, up late with insomnia, I made this video while my wife and boy slept in the next room. When I was stuck for what to do next, all I had to do was open the bedroom door quietly and look at them, sleeping soundly. I'd get choked up, then mad, then hit the computer again. Please know I borrowed this song -- "Puttin' People on the Moon" -- from the Drive By Truckers. Many people emailing me compliment me on my musical talent, but it is just my musical taste (or I'd be working!). I am also afraid of payback for this video, so I do not use my real name. Here in little Elida, OH, the religious right seems to control just about everything. If they knew, I couldn't get pizza delivered -- even if I could afford it -- and my boy's upcoming birthday party would be a lonely event. That's how they do.

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