Just a few things as today is already busy as hell.
First, you'll notice some new friends listed to the right. Bigsby and Tribute I visit often, but usually have to link through 10 or Hammen's blog to get to them. Since I'm trying to streamline my life I'll just link directly to them. Bouncing around the blogs which connect to other blogs which connect to others can be dizzying.
As a bonus both new additions post regularly. Yes, French, that's an (in)direct slam pointed at you. Consider yourself on notice.
Second, I did our taxes over the weekend (highly recommend HRBlock.com) and there is a section that asks if you received a stimulus check. I hate being right sometimes. You'll remember that I warned that this would be coming back to bite us in the ass. No such thing as free money.
And, yes, our refund is less than it was last year.
Lastly, President Obama has run on the platform of 'accountability' and 'fiscal responsibility'. Considering what's been revealed about the fuckhead corporations who have taken billions in bailout money from the government and put it directly in their own pockets, it's time for action. While Obama is now asking for another 855 kazillion dollars, gone unmentioned is the lack of oversight and consequences for companies receiving this money.
Now is the time, Mr. President. You are the one that has led the way regarding reform and 'politics as usual' and party divisiveness. I've listened and liked what I've heard, but the time for talk is over. No more tax cuts, no more billion dollar bailouts to companies who have miserably managed their businesses over the past two years, no more fat cat fuckers laughing while flying their privately owned jets to some tropical island for the winter.
Enough! You've been appointed by the American people because we're sick and tired of the rich getting richer, of incompetence being rewarded with multi million dollar bonuses, of the working stiffs losing half their retirement fund because some young hot shot wanted a new BMW and didn't care about his clients.
You are the man that said he would put an end to this type of behavior. You are the man we believed when you said all those things.
This is your first true test. Not just to the middle and lower class people who are heading in frightening numbers to the unemployment lines, but to the honest business men and the honest financial advisers (I assume there have to be some, right?) who have taken a hit on this disaster, as well.
Failing this test will put a stain on the rest of your first term. It will be one that will take a long time to clean up. So, please, roll up your sleeves, find a bib and fix this mess.
Time to put our money where your mouth is.
Today's distraction: Mayhem and chaos in snowglobes. Strange and - in some cases - very disturbing.