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1) Congress demands answers on bailout

Now that they’re finished raking Rick Wagoner, Alan Mulally, and Bob Nardelli over the coals, The US Congress is turning it’s attention to the Treasury Department. Specifically, the House Financial Services Committee claims that there are not appropriate measures in place to ensure that the bailout (that $700 billion that rocketed from Washington to New York a couple of months ago) is working.
Hold on a minute. Congress, who wrote the f*^$(&g piece of legislation that authorized the bailout and failed to put any safeguards or measures into the bill is yelling at the folks who are following their directions? What the hell?
I know, I know, it’s all about saving face and not admitting that you made a mistake, but, WOW

2) The governor of Illinois

So the governor of Illinois has been arrested on corruption charges (in case you haven’t heard, he was allegedly trying to sell Barack Obama’s former Senate seat). The question that’s been on my mind since the story first broke yesterday morning is why do governors have the power to appoint people to vacant Senate seats? It seems to me that that sort of system is a breeding ground for bribery and corruption. I know it’s quicker and cheaper than having a by-election, but it’s much harder to rig an election (even in Chicago) than it is to take a bag of money in exchange for a Senate seat. And how can one say that the appointed-by-the-governor Senator is representing the people of the state when he or she wasn’t elected. To say that the governor was elected and that, by extension, the person he appoints to the seat represents the will of the people, seems pretty tenuous to me.

3) Sen. Richard Shelby can kiss my ass

If you’ve paid any attention to news coverage of Auto Manufacturers v. U.S. Government, I’m sure you’ve heard some of the vitriol that’s come out of Senator Shelby’s mouth so there’s no need to recap everything. I will share two things:

First, a quote from the good Senator in an article posted on CNNMoney.com:

“What I’ve seen thus far is a travesty,” said Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala. “This is an installment on a huge bailout that will come later. This will not make Chrysler, General Motors or Ford competitive. This is only delaying their funeral.”

Second, from Amber Arellano’s column in the December 6, 2008 issue of the Detroit News:

Shelby represents Alabama, one of the most federally subsidized, bailed-out states in the union for the last 150 years. Michigan has been a sender state in taxes — meaning we send far more to the feds than we get back — and has helped fund endless jump-starts in economic development in less developed states such as Alabama for most of the last century.
And he’s busting our chops about a temporary loan?
Excuse Mr. Shelby, but you should be praying for Detroit’s survival. Somebody’s gotta pay for your subsidies!

 

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Written by The Canuck

December 10, 2008 at 4:03 pm

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  1. As if I needed three more reasons to love you… 🙂

    You’re the best!!! (Especially on #s 1 and 3…)

    Kasia

    December 10, 2008 at 4:36 pm

  2. Re: #1 – these are the people running the country? The one’s who are supposed to be smarter than the rest of us (that’s why we elect them, right?)?

    The Canuck

    December 10, 2008 at 4:39 pm

  3. Yeah…
    Kasia is right, you really nailed it. It’s funny, hubby and I have been having pretty much this same rant for weeks now!
    As to the supposedly smarter people running the country, well, all I can say is…be afraid, be very afraid.
    Also found it rich that the schmucks in congress could sit there and smugly lecture the auto execs after all of their shady business helped land us in this mess — Chris Dodd needs to go back under his rock, just go away!
    Bail out for Wall Street, no problem and no conditions. But the auto industry is held to a completely different standard. Certainly the unions haven’t helped, but come on people!

    Jill

    December 17, 2008 at 11:55 am


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