Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Quick Hits

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.


A Tribute: deer a train and basketball said...

There is a breakdown of what the GOP finds wasteful in the stimulus package on CNN.com, some very interesting points. The next 4 years shall be interesting. Here's a link to that article if your interested.


O yeah thanks for the add.

BeachBum said...

I find it ironic at the highest levels that the GOP is finding waste. They redefined free spending over the last 8 years.

Funny how things sway. Thanks for the article and the add is for my benefit. Like your stuff.

Clayton Bigsby said...

I don't get the "bail out." Why isn't the government helping to bail out the people in these bad loans? This whole stimulus seems like a bad idea, but 8 years of tax cuts hasn't worked.

Clayton Bigsby said...

I don't get the "bail out." Why isn't the government helping to bail out the people in these bad loans? This whole stimulus seems like a bad idea, but 8 years of tax cuts hasn't worked.

Clayton Bigsby said...

sorry about the two comments, my internet is slow today. I just think if the government were to help someone out, give a stimulus to the people to put in banks, pay off loans, and buy products. Citi was going to buy a jet, not even a american made jet. A fucking french jet.

BeachBum said...

I kind of understand it. Without the bailout there will basically be no cash to continue loaning to other, worthy investments.

I just don't like that 'Here you go. Have fun!' mentality behind it and you can't tell me these CEOs aren't friends with the same politicians approving billions of our dollars to save their asses.

The other thing is the entire 'Survival of the Fittest' concept of our capitalist society is thrown out the window. These assholes can hand out bad loan after bad loan and there are virtually no consequences to their actions. They keep their jets, they keep their million dollar bonuses and car services for being completely incompetent and short sighted.

That's what makes my blood boil.