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.