"If we ever pass out as a great nation we ought to put on our tombstone, 'America died from a delusion that she has moral leadership'." — Will Rogers
As we all know, the Bailout Bill concocted by Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and President George W. Bush went down to defeat on Monday. To this, I must say I’m pleased! Hooray for clear heads (although many of the GOPer folks who voted against it couldn’t care about protecting the little guys, they were hedging for something with more forgiveness for the big boys looking to opportunize on this American tragedy).
I was hoping this would go onto the scrap heap and they’d restart this process in earnest, the right way. But then, I was forgetting … Bush-baby doesn’t ever leave well enough alone.
“I'm disappointed by the outcome, but I assure our citizens and citizens around the world that this is not the end of the legislative process,” began the WPE (Worst President Ever). “[W]e need legislation that decisively address the troubled assets now clogging the financial system.” We already know the “we” means the President, Veep, and all their cronies and base (the haves and have mores), not the rest of us now besought to foot the bill for the excesses of the greedy rich.
“And if our nation continues on this course, the economic damage will be painful and lasting.” Mister President, this “economic recovery” has been painful and has lasted for seven years now. When you took over, I had outstanding credit, was making in the upper 40’s range with paid medical, and prices were very low. Those were the golden years. Since then, my credit tanked thanks to 26 months of virtual unemployment, I’ve only now clawed back to near 75% of my former wage, no medical (I’ve given up on doctors or prescriptions) and prices are doubled and tripled in some cases (especially staples like gasoline, insurance or utilities). That’s actually been painful.
“We're facing a choice between action and the real prospect of economic hardship for millions of Americans. And for the financial security of every American, Congress must act,” bleated the Bush-baby.
Yes, I realize it can be worse. The way the trends have been going, with jobs disappearing to India and other nations with low-cost labor around the world, and companies moving their offices offshore to avoid paying taxes, we were going to end there anyway! When there are no jobs left for this “productive, innovative workforce” as John McCain refers to us, then what? Retrain? With what money, now that you’ve cut funding to states so much that states have had to exponentially raise tuition rates, pricing most folks out of educating themselves. And even if you have the degree, what prevents this job from also following the others overseas? Who cares that this pain has gone on with virtually zero notice for seven years … it’s only an emergency when it hits the wealthy folks in their million-dollar mansions. How kind of you to finally notice the pain!
"Things in our country run in spite of the government, not by the aid of it." — Will Rogers
What incenses me is the audacity and utter apathy this Administration has shown all along for anyone who was not a Kool-Aid drinking, Power Ranger for Bush and the RNC. Only those top tier folks enjoy the spoils of all America has to offer, while everyone else pays through the nose. Now, only once they’ve run low on their Big American Wealth Generatin’ Machine do these modern day Marie Antoinettes turn to us and beg for our help paying for their excesses, after years of “let ‘em eat crap!”
These people are out of their sick minds!
And don’t give me this well-meaning ploy either! Carefully read the following paragraph from ol’ Georgie boy’s speech this morning:
“Furthermore, both the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office and the Office of Management and Budget expect that the legislation considered would ultimately cost the taxpayer far less than the $700 billion. Because the government would be purchasing troubled assets and selling them once the market recovers, it is likely that many of the assets would go up in value over time. Ultimately, we expect that much -- if not all -- of the tax dollars we invest will be paid back.
This coming from the very same president who told us the Iraq War would pay for itself. Yeah right, we’re buying those lies again, oh great pathological one!
Bush-baby and these neo-con pieces of elitist trash demonstrably have no intention of making this a risk-free situation for the taxpayers. They intend to submit yet another piece of garbage bill that commits the taxpayers to pay for the contracted salaries, the severances, the pensions and the golden parachutes of the very people who helped create such income disparities in America in the first place. These are the very people who scrutinize very counted bean and decide they can cut 1200 American jobs, hire that many overseas and making even more profit which will go right back into their fat pockets!
Here’s a plan for you: how about treating these executives and fat-payrolled management types the same way the regular American is when one corporation buys another. When that happens, the pensions disappear – their assets belonging to their new owner (in this case, the Government). Then give these greed heads their final regular paycheck, no severance, no pension and encourage them to do like the rest of us who get the same thing upon receiving the pink slip: file for unemployment benefits and survive off of that! And if they can’t hack it, lump it! It’s compassionate conservatism turned right back at them. Tough love!
They need to understand everything they’ve done over the years to the average American worker, from the factory line worker, to the accounts payable clerk, to the textile worker, to the computer programmer and website designer. If we give them a free pass, they will understand nothing but “greed pays.” And they already know that!
Right now, I’m not happy with most anyone in Washington. Even both candidates have disappointed. Barack Obama is at least consistent and has been avoiding the grandstanding on it, but John McCain has come across as a meddlesome, blithering idiot who doesn’t even know what the hell he wants to do. Note to McCain: we just got done with eight years of a blithering idiot in the White House … why the hell would we want more?
Bush-baby finished with this gem: “The sooner we address the problem, the sooner we can get back on the path of growth and job creation. This is what elected leaders owe the American people, and I am confident that we'll deliver.”
Number one: which country is going to see the growth and job creation? Not America, that’s pretty evident! Number two: I wouldn’t be so damn certain about this “delivering” thing, Mr. Lame Duck! They actually sense what’s going on down here in the bowels of the country, and they realize if they have any shred of hope of re-election, the last thing they want to do is be one of those responsible for the shit-storm that’ll ensue. That was the most empty cream-puff statement one could deliver, Georgie. What is truly flabbergasting is this WPE actually believes that the entire American populace (save for his close friends) is stupid enough to fall for that!
In fact, I would predict that if Bush-baby throws enough tantrums and gets his way on this, he’s going to learn about real wrath. The American public (not those upper two-percenters) need to grab the pitchforks and torches, sharpen the axes and get ready to roll.
Mr. Bush, this taxpayer giveaway to the rich will not stand!
"I´ve never took food from the widows and orphans
And never a hard working man I oppressed
So take your pace easy, for home soon like lightening
We soon will be riding, my shiny Black Bess" — The Unwelcomed Guest, Woody Guthrie