25 October 2008

"Frank"ly, My Not-so-dear Congressman...

Are you sitting down? Because this is just really rich.

BARNEY FRANK is proposing some fun new changes to congressional spending.

Yep, because his "supervision" worked so well for Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac.

More money for Food Stamps. Which the government has been advertising. Which is it? Can they not drum up enough business, or enough tax dollars?

And oh - he wants to cut the military budget by 25%.

To borrow a phrase from SNL Weekend Update, "REALLY?"

This guy should be in JAIL - alternately in the stocks - for his role in the financial crisis, and we've got him doling out financial ADVICE?

Wow. Just wow. And my, how the corrupt are self-perpetuating...

1 comment:

Carissa said...

The Great Depression (well, FDR to be specific) first introduced our country to the concept of government welfare. The current financial crisis will, again, further that cause. Many people have come to expect all types of federal monetary intervention and even depend on it. Listen to these words of FDR (it's easy to imagine politicians saying the same thing today):

"The old reliance upon the free action of individual wills appears quite inadequate. . . . The intervention of that organized control we call government seems necessary. . . . Men may differ as to the particular form of governmental activity with respect to industry or business, but nearly all are agreed that private enterprise in times such as these cannot be left without assistance and without reasonable safeguards lest it destroy not only itself but also our process of civilization"

Did you get the message? Private charity OLD and out, government charity NEW and in. This was over 60 years ago. Guess how he paid for it (besides the deficit)? Taxing the rich.

And in response to the cries from people who said it was unconstitutional or Un-American (the Supreme Court DID rule many programs unconstitutional), he said:

"[Some people} will try to give you new and strange names for what we are doing. Sometimes they will call it 'Fascism,' sometimes 'Communism,' sometimes 'Regimentation,' sometimes 'Socialism.' But, in so doing, they are trying to make very complex and theoretical something that is really very simple and very practical" (cited in Wikipedia, New Deal)

That Joe-the-Plumber... trying to make everything SO complex with his silly cries of socialism!