Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Show Me The Money! Here's A Reason To End The Iraq War!

Does anyone have any real sense of the dollar any more? I was listening to Obama's press conference at noon and heard him tell how he will able to pursue all the programs he has promised in his campaign because they are paid for. If the American public buys into this rhetoric from either candidate, we're dumber than I think.

A seven billion dollar bailout isn't chump change and it is tax payer money. Our money. Lump that together with the approximate $9 billion per month its costing to wage our little war in Iraq and you're looking at a hefty chunk of change! Not Obama's change, mind you. Monetary change, as in pocket change - of which there is none!

Here we are fussing around with how to make ends meet because Social Security is barely a safety net. We struggle to afford the premiums we have to pay for medicare; forget about the premiums for a supplement. And don't forget the donut hole in prescription med coverage if that's where you are! It isn't pretty.

On the other hand the campaigns are bringing in 40, 50 million dollars a month each just to get one of them elected. How many mortgages could that pay off?

What's a billion, or 50 million here and there? To most of us, it's beyond our imagination. It's not even a realistic American dream unless your a movie star, athlete or failed company CEO!

We, who've collectively made all of this possible, deserve more of a return on our dollar. More than bankruptcy court. More than promises that mathematically don't compute. And more than the officials, elected and otherwise, who continually tell us it does.

7 comments:

gyma said...

I don't know when or where you heard Obama say that, but he is now conceding that he will not be able to do what he would like (http://www.mcclatchydc.com/251/story/52949.html).

If you read Naomi Klein's book, "The Shock Doctrine" you'll discover the method behind this madness of pushing through unpopular legislation during crises.

I'll admit there are many things about the economy that escape me because the principles aren't static. What causes upticks one day, will cause a slide the next. Go figure.

People made endless fun of Jimmy Carter for donning a sweater and suggesting people save energy by turning down their thermostats. I think the time has come where we are going to need a leader who can face the American public straight on and say things have to change.

And it won't be a pretty sight!

Dogwalkmusings said...

He said it during his press conference today.

Margie's Musings said...

Jimmy Carter has the right idea but no one at that time wanted to cinch in their belts and suffer a little. Too bad...we could have avoided Ron Reagan's horrendous deficits if we had listened to him. This president is far worse then Ron Reagan too.

Sylvia K said...

Unfortunately, no president has the magic lips we mothers use to claim were to kiss the hurt and make it go away. And once kids get to a certain age, the magic lip crap doesn't work with them either. But we need a whole lot more than that, I just want to get this friggin' election overwith so (hopefully Obama) can get on with the job instead of having battle words with McAss in debates that prove nothing. Don't know if you noticed, but I'm in a rather lousy state of mind right now.

Dogwalkmusings said...

Duh!

Word Tosser said...

Congress hasn't know what a dollar is for over 40 -50 years. It has been one hundred thousand dollars here, a million there... I would love to see them live on $40,000 (and I am giving them a lot more than a quarter of the people earn) to live on for 5 years.. then come back and talk money.
I think all of us are tired of this election and the horses arse that seem to be running it. I think we should have a vote of only 6 month long run for an office. Of course then we wouldn't know about Edwards and his sweetie, but we are all tired of it ... and congress... and gas, and our money flying out by greed of CEO's.

cconz said...

All this talk in the news makes me dizzy. I read and read things everywhere and what are lies and what are truths? I know only what i believe and i think, one if is elected will be far worse for our country than the other. But, who ever gets it will never be able to clean up the current mess we are in.It will take many many years to get our selves out of this one. But, i love to read your blog.For you and your readers views. It gives me another perspective on all the current new out there.Your common sense views. Common sense is not so common.