Phillipe + Jorge are furious over the $700 billion bailout of the pinstriped pirates of Wall Street, who are laughing as they return to their McMansions and gated communities in Fairfield, Westchester, and Somerset counties, their toxic loans now covered by everyday American taxpayers.
Your average wage earner has been forced to take on debts that 99 percent of us in our right minds wouldn’t touch with a 10-foot pole if the decision was ours to make on our own. This outpouring of rage is what boils up when you open up your pension statement and see that your nest egg has been reduced by 20 percent, thanks to these corporate buccaneers and our absentee political leadership, and knowing that the end is nowhere in sight.
The members of Rhode Island’s congressional delegation owe each and every one of us an apology. Not for voting for this preposterous rescue mission of the band of crooks who got us to this deplorable state, even if it does want to make you puke. They owe it to us for allowing it to happen in the first place.
Normally, P+J have nothing but good to say about our boys in Washington. Now we are forced to charge them with being asleep at the wheel when it came to the regulation of a financial market that has driven off a cliff.
Because someone damn sure gave these corrupt financiers the green light for greed, and is responsible for setting these thieves free to undermine our economy, and it wasn’t just that little idiot in the White House. Although Dubya and his GOP buddies — step up and take a bow, John “Eight Houses” McCain and his economic Rasputin, Phil “Mental Recession” Gramm, who screamed “free market!” until blue in the face — are now leading the socialist charge to cover the private financial asses of their well-heeled friends with your paycheck, via the government. Long live Lenin, right, Boy George?
All the same, our congressmen are supposed to know when the barn door has been opened, which it has been for years, and raise holy hell about it. Instead, we had the sound of a tree falling in the forest. Shameful.
Making this market laissez-faire disaster worse was the way our napping politicos and the media publicly addressed this crisis. We had House Speaker Nancy Pelosi looking like a Botoxed ghoul with a death’s head grin as she signed the bailout document as though it were the Treaty of Versailles.
She and House Minority Leader John Boehnhead spent more time on their hair and makeup for photo ops than they did providing any real leadership or identifying the real culprits — themselves and their banking and investment lobbyist friends.
We were all told by the corporate media about how “sweeteners” were needed to get the bailout bill finally enacted. Sweeteners for who? Not you and me, honey.
The sweeteners went to the same criminal firms who caused the roof to fall in. And didja hear? We got CEOs of companies that get the bailout billions restricted to taking home only $500,000 a year. Wow! Bow-wow! Guess we’ll have to all chip in to send those out-at-the-elbows masters of the universe a canned ham this Christmas to get them through the holidays.
This whole deal reeks of political incompetence and lack of government accountability. People should be going to jail, from Wall Street to the nation’s Capitol. Instead, they will be going out to their second houses on vacation again next summer with a handout from you and me. It is a national disgrace. And we’ll not hold our breath waiting for that apology from anyone in the 20510 zip code.
Bend over and get used to it if you aren’t already, Mr. and Mrs. American Taxpayer. And if you’re enjoying it, grab a big tube of K-Y and vote McCain-Palin.
How low can we go?
A desperate Senator John McCain, watching his poll numbers slip, has decided to “bring up questions of character” about his opponent, Senator Barack Obama. This is political code for “smearing the shit out of him” with lies, innuendoes, character assassination and guilt by association.
You don’t believe that Barack Obama “pals around” (in designated lead GOP smear-meister Governor Sarah Palin’s none-too artful phrase) with former Weatherman William Ayres? McCain went on vacation on a number of occasions as a guest of the criminal financier Charles Keating, but we guess we’re not supposed to go there. Going on vacation with somebody is a little chummier than serving on a board of directors.
Can we agree that the nuttiness of Obama’s Reverend Jeremiah Wright is no worse than the “religious leaders” that McCain (John Hagee, Rod Parsley) has sucked up to? Or, even more extreme, the ones Governor Sarah “pals around” with: Thomas Muthee — the evangelist who stirred up a mob in a village in Kenya to help run a woman he claimed was “a witch” out of town. Palin says that one of the reasons she won the Alaskan governorship was Muthee’s prayers.