Monday, September 29, 2008
That was some vote today in the House of Representatives. As I was waiting to hear the outcome, I said to my son in a matter-of-fact kind of way that, "I wouldn't be surprised if this thing didn't pass."
Not that I have some special ability to touch the pulse of this country, but it certainly occured to me that the phones must be ringing off the hooks in these legislative offices. If any of the conversations I've had with various people are in any way indicative of what people are really feeling about this bailout plan, they're hopping madand ready to get the broom out for a Congress that has only a 12% approval rating.
The Democrats can make fun of George Bush all they want, but their Congress has worse numbers than even he does. Which I think brings us back to why this bill did not pass today: Democrats and Republicans alike are disgusted with the overall state of things in this country. The people have been under such duress for so long that they are now at their breaking point. Many people, if they're lucky, are living week to week. Others aren't so lucky and have already lost their homes. Americans are mad, make that real mad.
For the Democrats and Republicans who voted for this measure, they're either the gutsiest, red-blooded patriots there are, or they're the most out-of-touch morons who ever managed to get themselves elected.
As the news stories came out over the last few weeks involving contributions by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac executives to these same politicians who would now spend a sum of money too large to even contemplate, the thought was constantly going through my mind, "What are these crooks going to get for pushing this thing through? It's unfathomable".
And therein lies the root of the whole problem today. Americans have grown to dislike...make that despise politicians because it's obvious that everything they say or do revolves around,. "What's in it for me?"
What a sad state of affairs. America needs good, honest people to run for office, but who wants to ruin their good name by becoming a politician? Look at the cast of characters we have in Congress now. I'll bet 90% of them are attorneys and that's the first thing that's wrong. We have no diversity of background in our Congress, just a bunch of low-lifes who are out to ruin this country.
Don't get me wrong, I'm glad this vote didn't pass today. But it didn't pass for all of the wrong reasons. Wall Street had its' biggest drop in history as a result. Who knows what the overnight markets will bring in the morning. Tomorrow could be one of this country's worst days ever. For everyone who has grown accustomed to the American way of life, get ready for big changes.
Try to enjoy what should be a great Steeler game tonight, because tomorrow should rank up there around 9/11 when it's all said and done. Who wins a Steeler game will be the least of our worries.