Saturday, October 4, 2008

Congress Goes Crazy

There was a four page bill that left the White House last week to bail out the US economy that was melting down. The Administration said we have to do something, and soon, so the bill is sent to the Senate and the US House of Representatives, our Congress.

The first version of the bill was voted down. The reason wasn't clear until yesterday.

The Senate decided Wednesday to vote on the bill that was over 300 pages in length. Yes, the four page bail out bill was now bigger than half a ream of paper, stuffed with enough pork to make Jimmy Dean happy.

The House was also taking up the process of stuffing the bail out bill with more pork, you know, A million here. a half billion there, just for friends. On Wednesday afternoon the bill was now 451 pages and most of the people being asked to vote on the thing hadn't even read the whole bill. Gee, isn't this what caused the financial problem in the first place. People not reading the fine print on the documents they signed. OH! are we repeating the same thing just on a much more expensive and grander scale?

Oh! and by the way, it appears that the "Do Nothing Congress" under the leadership of both parties was in the process of trying to change their image. They weren't doing nothing! They had opened up the National pocket book and they were a spending. Here piggy, come and get it.....

The money was flowing. A small wooden Arrow Manufacturer in Myrtle Point, Oregon will receive $2,000,000 for inner city archery programs. The Rum Producers in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands will receive $192,000,000.

The usually vocal Hollywood producers will receive $478 Million Dollars. I wonder if Michael Moore will do an investigation movie of this? Nope, he and Oprah are getting their government handout.

Don't forget the fat cat NASCAR Red Necks. You know, the good old boys. They will receive $100 Million dollars to repave the tracks they own, and accelerate the depreciation of the tracks, saving them money on current taxes. I'm sure this will be passed on to the fans in lower ticket and concession prices. That must be the logic in Congress.

For the first time in my life I agree with Harry Reid, the Democratic Senate Leader, "this is a blight on Congress." He was talking about the no vote on the first bail out. He is correct on this deal being a blight on Congress just add the rest of the country to the comment.

Let's not leave anyone out. American Samoa will be receiving Millions in Economic Development. The Wool Research Fund is to receive money. The Coal producers are receiving tax breaks, dollars, credits, and export assistance. Don't forget the Wind Energy credits. Who was being bailed out?

It is time to find out who voted for this bill. And simply vote them out. The Members of Congress must have been giving the breaks to set up their future employment.

I am contacting my representatives and Senators today to let them know I am voting for none of the above. Regardless of political party I will be working to defeat them for being chronically Stupid. This was a Pork event, not a bail out of Main Street or Wall Street.

By the way, who will pay for this hand out of epic proportions? The same people who are putting the money in the system to pay for it now. The Middle class of America. If the people in Congress would look out the window or actually meet with real Americans they might find out that those are the people losing the jobs. So, if they don't have a job, they can't pay taxes, if they can't pay taxes, then Congress will make up the money, and...see the circular logic...we keep doing the same thing over and over but expecting different results.

I can't believe it. The bail out is what Congress did. They tried to bail out so they could get reelected in November.

Contact your representative today. Ask if they really read the bill? Ask if they are proud of their work? They signed it. So, let's hold them responsible for their actions.

Please send this to others.


Jennifer (mom of four) said...

Great Post. Thanks for doing the research so us non Political junkies can feel like they know something! :-)

Nap Warden said...

I am so disgusted with this bailout, I can't even express it. At least it's really helping Wall Street...NOT! What a mess we are in...what a mess!

The Egel Nest said...

I actually read the majority of the 1st bill...the 110 page one that failed...I could not stomach the 400 page bill they actually passed...this was a great post...

Where was it in the bill that the week after it passes the Dow index dips to historic lows...?? oy vey... Nap Warden is so right...WHAT A MESS!

I watched the coverage on C-Span of the congressional hearings regarding the AIG bailout...if you ever want to hurl...pull them up on!)

I tagged you for something over at the nest...come visit!

The Egel Nest

Rhonda said...

I'm with Jen, thanks.

However, the whole AIG and stinking mess of theirs and many others moral compasses has me sick. Just like Egel said... it makes me want to "hurl!"


Constituent_Response_Team said...

At this point, we need to focus on "un-electing" those Senators and Representatives who voted "yes" for the Bailout. They were willing to ignore the 90% of us who were against the Bailout, clearly demonstrating that they do NOT represent us. Further, the Bailout is not working--and these corrupt companies are using our tax dollars instead to pay for executive bonuses, junkets, and to buy each other out. It's got to stop--and that mean getting rid of those who voted "yes."

The Constituent Response Team has been working to do just that. 

CRT has put together a Bailout Vote Map that makes it easy (as a mouse click) to find out how your Senators and Representatives voted. Tell all your family and friends about it, so they can find out how their Representative and Senators voted before they cast their ballot on Tuesday. 

The Constituent Response Team has also just published pre-customized web banners and ads targeted at those who voted "yes" for the Bailout. You can easily paste these ads onto your website or blog (or social networking site) using simple embedding code (provided off course).

If you are interested in either, check out Constituent Response at . The Bailout Vote Map is on the main page; the "Vote 'no" on incumbents who voted 'yes'" ads are under the Host CRT Ads link.