Nice Package!

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President Bush’s economic stimulus package sucks. It just sucks. I am not getting how this will help anything except the retail sector. Bashing the POTUS isn’t something I normally do, but this stimulus package is a stupid fucking idea in a long line of stupid fucking ideas to come out of the White House.

One hundred and fifty billion dollars to give us all $800 to spend on 22″ chrome rims, Japanese made flat panel televisions and Chinese made toys for the kids. That’s going to help our economy how?

Eight hundred bucks. That’s about a house payment for most folks. That’s kind of helpful. Or it would be if everyone used it for that. It’s a temporary fix at best. By next month, it is back to business as usual. And business is bad.

Most of us can agree that the problems in the housing markets and the related mortgage mess are driving our current fiscal woes. Yes, the price of oil is not helping, but until you can figure out a way to explain to the child-like cretins who still wipe their asses with their hands that their stupid tribal feuds which date back to the Iron Age and their malevolently retarded religion is a plague upon us all, we’re pretty screwed. Or, one could kill them all so we can get to the damn oil without impedance. That carries with it the stigma of “crimes against humanity”. Sell it to the public as a “becoming energy independent and reducing the impact of man-made global warming by reducing the carbon-footprint of the Middle East.”

Here is my counter proposal to Mr. Bush’s plan. Forget helping everyone. Not everyone can be saved from their own financial dumbassery. You can’t control what free people do with their money. Maybe a few will pay off their mounting consumer debt. Rest assured, they will be right back in the soup a month or two later. Most, of course, will blow it.

Take that 150 billion and put it to some good use. Payoff some mortgages. If the average house price is around 160,000 nationwide, you could easily put a cap of $200k per mortgage. That would mean around 750,000 Americans would have their lives changed for the better by saying good-bye to their house payment. I’d be happy to take my chances with that deal instead of the eight hundred bucks.

How the winners would be picked, is a good topic of debate. Randomly drawn from the census would be exciting. Or you could do it according to sob stories. Like Extreme Home Makeover. Get the television networks on board and do a reality show based on how getting out from under a house payment freed people to be able to live within their means. Have Dave Ramsey host it. Brought to you by Your Tax Dollars!

Getting rid of debt is a far more sound economic policy than tossing a few coins at the plebes during an election year. On his way out the door, George W. Bush is giving us the “Your money’s on the dresser. I’m through with you.”

We get the government we deserve.

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6 Responses to “Nice Package!”

  1. Mack Says:

    I feel so…dirty.

  2. sgazzetti Says:

    Speaking of reality television, I think he should use it as seed money to finally get “Ow! My Balls!” in production. That’d kick-start the ol’ economy.

  3. Sarcastro Says:

    Heh. Seed money.

  4. Tennesseefree.com » Like Dropping Money From Airplanes, Borrowed Money That Is Says:

    […] Sarcastro-President Bush’s economic stimulus package sucks. It just sucks. I am not getting how this will help anything except the retail sector. […]

  5. Lee Says:

    Damn it, I want my bread and circuses!

    Actually, my little bonus more than likely will go towards the mortgage. No HDTV this year.

  6. Music City Bloggers » Blog Archive » Mortgage Lottery Says:

    […] The Great Tax Rebate of 2008 will be squandered might cover a portion of one mortgage payment.  I think Sarcastro may be on to something: Forget helping everyone. Not everyone can be saved from their own financial dumbassery. You can’t […]

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