How I’m going to spend my $300 – or “we messed up, and need to buy your vote “

I’m a service disabled veteran. Instead of ending a war that’s bankrupting our country, and making even more service disabled veterans, Congress, just voted to hawk your future to send a paltry $300 to 250,000 service disabled veterans.

Anyone in congress who voted for this, should be voted out.

NPR: Senate Adds Aged, Vets to Stimulus Bill
“If today (Republicans) are squirming because they voted ‘no,’ that’s what democracy is all about,” said New York Sen. Charles Schumer, the head of the Senate Democratic campaign committee. “The political chips will fall where they may.”

But Democratic Sen. Max Baucus of Montana, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, said: “Discretion is the better part of valor. The best thing for us to do is declare a big victory that we’ve achieved, namely getting the rebate checks to 20 million seniors and 250,000 disabled veterans.”

The measure moved through Congress with remarkable speed amid a series of deflating economic reports. Some Republicans, however, expressed reservations that the rebate checks would help much. Other lawmakers worried about expanding the budget deficit.

“We have to remember that every dollar being spent on the stimulus package is being borrowed from our children. And our children’s children,” said Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H., who voted against the bill.

This is an attempt to buy votes, made by people who owe too many favors to do the right things (which I’ve talked about before):

  • Cap credit card interest at 15% over prime
  • Force reset all ARM’s when the Fed made emergency rate cuts
  • End extravagant CEO pay unless they own the company (end stock option deals unless provided to all employees)
  • Return Wall Street to sanity, ending the casino atmosphere
  • Pass tough criminal penalties with mandatory jail time for individuals who cook corporate books (Enron, Countrywide etc).

So, how will I spend my $300- probably paying for the jump in property taxes on my devaluated  real estate, thanks to the Fed’s reactionary prime rate cuts which just benefit the banks and the big companies that have access to prime rate loans- not those of us who could really use help with credit card and home loan debt.

Want to help Service Disabled Veterans- stop making more of them. Bring our troops home.

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