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28 October 2008 @ 09:55 pm
The rich get richer- and you paid for it  
So, that $700 billion bailout that you and I, Average Grub Wage Slave, are paying for with our tax dollars?

The recipients of that money have set aside $108 billion of it, over fifteen percent... for BONUSES.

Reward money for the same people who caused the fucking problems in the first place.

From the article:
"The bonuses would reportedly range from around $100,000 for a lower-level employee to over $1 million for senior employees. Experts have said the payouts will be plumper than they would have been in such a disastrous year because of the taxpayer money flowing into the institutions."

I don't care what your political affiliation happens to be. If that right there doesn't make your blood boil... could I have a cut of your bonus check?

Congress passed this stupid bailout, and handed these banks all this cash, without any stipulations on how the banks had to spend it. The same assholes who ran entire financial institutions into the ground- who have screwed thousands of people out of jobs, matching 401(k) contributions from their employers, investments, homes, and decent retirements- can roll around naked in big piles of OUR tax dollars, and there's really nothing anyone can do about it.

Or, is there?

I'm going to find out who in Congress, for my state, voted for this fucking bailout. I'm going to call them tomorrow, and- if they're up for reelection this year- tell them that they can forget about my vote next Tuesday.
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The Perfidious One, amethyst_hunter: Kitteh failz at eatedamethyst_hunter on October 29th, 2008 05:08 am (UTC)
I think it is time to break out the pitchforks and torches, yes?
Purrsia Kat: assfootpurrsia on October 29th, 2008 11:45 am (UTC)
I said this was going to be a bad idea. True, if we have any sense, we'll vote out every last one of those asshats that passed it.

Which makes me wonder...how did Obama and McCain vote? I imagine the senate was involved....
Miusheri: spoon too bigmiusheri on October 29th, 2008 11:47 am (UTC)
Both Obama and McCain voted "yes" - which really throws my decision-making process for a loop.

I've voted third-party in every election I've ever voted in previously, shall I do so again? ^_^*
Purrsia Kat: bitch slappurrsia on October 29th, 2008 11:53 am (UTC)
Well, that sucks. Why can't I find the damn senate vote online!!!
Miusheri: girmiusheri on October 29th, 2008 11:51 am (UTC)
Oh, I just saw that it's your birthday today. Happy Birthday! =D
Purrsia Kat: hehepurrsia on October 29th, 2008 11:55 am (UTC)
Thanks! I want a brain and a pony!! And a cut of that bailout ;)
Purrsia Kat: coffeepurrsia on October 29th, 2008 11:51 am (UTC)
here's a site with the house breakdown:
http://inthesenewtimes.com/2008/10/03/house-roll-call-how-they-voted-on-bailout-bill/

Now I'm thinking only the first bill went to the senate, when it didn't pass the house. Don't mind me....I'm confuzzled before coffee.

Miusheri: grim reapermiusheri on October 29th, 2008 12:04 pm (UTC)
Here's the Senate breakdown.

Granted, it's been a while since I've taken civics/government classes, but a bill has to pass both House and Senate with a majority in order to be passed up to the President. The President can then either sign the bill into law, or veto it. If he vetoes, House and Senate can override the veto with a 2/3 majority in both chambers.

With the bailout, there was a bit of screwiness in that it got passed with amendments in one chamber, then had to be passed back to the other chamber so that that chamber could vote yea/nay on the amendments, and so on... really, enough to make your head spin, coffee or no!
Purrsia Kat: duhpurrsia on November 4th, 2008 12:10 am (UTC)
Thanks for the link!

Yeah, the hot potato they played with this bill is what messed me up, I think. Got it, now! ^_^

I hope every one of those shitheads gets a message from the voters. I dunno about you, but anyone I talked to leading up to that DID NOT WANT. So much for representing us, huh?

Miusheri: bluescreenmiusheri on November 4th, 2008 12:29 am (UTC)
Yeah, I personally don't know anyone who thought the bailout was a good idea, either! Thankfully, Congress was there to act in our best interests whether we liked it or not, amirite? =P

I can't wait until tomorrow evening. Because PA is one of the hotly contested states- despite what looks to be a commanding lead for Obama in the polls- there isn't a single commercial break on TV that isn't drowning in fucking political ads. For weeks, both my and Remy's phones have been ringing off the hook with calls from campaign offices.

About a week ago, Obama was in Pittsburgh, and actually made a few calls to voters from the campaign office in the South Side of town. And today, Hillary Clinton was at the office in Mt. Lebanon (a neighborhood a few miles south of the city, just next to the one in which I grew up), also calling voters.

It's entirely possible- though not probable- that Remy and I might have hung up on one of them, LOL!
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Miusheri: bluescreenmiusheri on October 29th, 2008 01:44 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I did track most of that information down (see some of the comment chatter above).

Thanks, I do plan to write to our reps. (I tend to stutter and lose my train of thought over the phone.) I was hoping I might get to write at least one "thanks for voting 'no'" letter. Alas.

And yeah, I knew about McCain and Obama giving it the nod. Can we stop pretending that this is a two-party system now? =\
mqstout on October 29th, 2008 01:51 pm (UTC)
Calling and writing did nothing before the vote. Now that it's done, I'm sure their offices will be even more condescending and dismissive. :/
Miusheri: Thomas Painemiusheri on October 29th, 2008 01:59 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I know... as mentioned, it's perfectly legal for the banks to do this, so ultimately nothing is going to happen.

I do question whether my attempts to contact my congressmen over things that concern me actually mean anything. One one hand, I (as a constituent) am the boss of these people, and a boss should stay informed of what his employees are doing and direct them as needed. On the other hand, they're going to vote however they want to vote, no matter how many letters or phone calls I make. This is not a democracy, it is a representative republic.

Where does that leave us plebes? I get to vote every few years... what can be done on a more immediate time frame, on a bill-by-bill basis? Nothing effective?

::throws a pensive glance toward Thomas Jefferson's Tree of Liberty, which is looking rather parched::