March 18, 2009
Our District One Congressman is still waiting for my call to thank him for voting "yes" on President Obama''s pay back spending spree. Well, it ain''t never gonna happen and I bet everyone who can "add to and take away" feels the same way. Cause after comparing the Obama stimulus to the Bush stimulus, this is what you get: Under Bush we poor folk received 1,200 big ones, which is the same as the filthy rich received. Under Obama the filthy rich received millions and billions; we have received nothing. Should we be calling to say thanks? No way. I just can''t wait for the big fat tax increase so they can start sending more money abroad, how about you?
I will never call to thank him for the multi-billion given to AIG either, or the 62 billion to several countries in Europe including France. They don''t want to try to explain that one. Is this pure insanity? The U.S. got only 44 billion from the same pot.
Now all we hear are liberal mind games and fancy double talk from the president and other liberals like Barney Frank about the few million used to pay bonuses to AIG folks. This is one of the old liberal tricks to redirect your focus away from the elephant in the corn field, the 62 billion they gave to Europe!
That''s where our outrage should be focused, but with help from media friends, most people are fussing about the ants instead of the heard of elephants.
You probably want to ask just who is responsible for the whole bloody mess. Well, it''s the democratically led Congress who gets the bills to Obama''s desk where he seems to enjoy signing his name to anything. He''s the one who promised to "veto-veto-veto" but instead he says, "Who me? I made no such promise to veto and signs with no remorse what so ever."
Yes, the president is ultimately responsible but he seems to be trying to pass the buck instead of saying, "the buck stops here." I''m sure all of you share with me in this very big disappointment.
Raymond Gross, Columbus
qw commented at 3/18/2009 4:52:00 PM:
Am I wrong, or didn't the AIG and other bank bailout money come from the 2008 bailout plan implemented by Bush? I think it's admirable that our president is stepping up and I think it is a good sign that corrupt execs are having to listen to the outrage expressed by American citizens. We are all a little dissapointed at the moment...it is what it is. Under Bush we recieved a chunk of money which seemed great, but is causing headaches for people this tax season and did not do much to stimulate anything. I'm not saying Obama is anywhere near perfect, but at least give him a chance. This is a tough situation with no easy solution.
J.S. Hyman commented at 3/20/2009 6:40:00 PM:
This AIG business is a smokescreen ginned up by government to try to gain a few populist points with the "chattering class" (that's us, according to Sen. Chuck Schumer) while they try to draw attention from their arrogant and disastrous handling of the economy. They knew about the bonuses!! They came into existence many months ago. But it makes them look good to berate AIG big shots over 168 million dollars...meanwhile they spend us into oblivion.
Millions across this country will be participating in Tea Party protests April 15th. But so far, Columbus does not appear to have any official event set up. Post here if you're interested...and visit the American Family Association website or taxdayteaparty.com for more info.
J.S. Hyman commented at 3/20/2009 6:46:00 PM:
And one other thing: Mr. Gross, I share your disappointment with Mr. Childers. I had hoped he would be true to his promise to govern as a conservative. But I didn't vote for the man, because I knew that as a freshman member of a Congress under the leadership of the likes of Nancy Pelosi, it would be very unlikely he would live up to that.
I also fail to understand how a man who claims to have conservative, Christian values could align himself with a political party that appears to have neither. I couldn't trust those claims and he's proven me right so far.
1. Our View: City's appeal of ruling is a continued assault on open government DISPATCH EDITORIALS
2. Voice of the people: Presley Hutchens LETTERS TO THE EDITOR (VOICE@CDISPATCH.COM)
3. Wyatt Emmerich: Mississippi's own kind of socialism LOCAL COLUMNS
4. Editorial cartoon for 2-9-16 NATIONAL COLUMNS