Bailout

Republicans mutiny against operating bilge pumps on sinking economy.

Mr. President,
Now what are you going to do?
You screwed up the call to arms on the economy but good. I, like so many Americans are so suspicious of you because you don't act on issues unless it is for political reasons. Who can believe you when there IS a crisis?

You used up all your credibility with more failures than I can count and then you further screwed up by using the same stage to claim an economic disaster that you used to start a unnecessary war with Iraq.

The story of the bailout is like the story of Captain Ahab's loosing battle against the white whale and the Titanic rolled up in one.

You have sailed our nation into an unnecessary war with Moby Dick while ignoring that the ship is taking on water and no one was watching how much water the ship was taking on.

And like the captain of the Titanic you pushed her to full speed just because you could and you set sail without enough life boats to save everyone onboard.

After a while the rough seas caused your ship/economy to slow down and took on more water. The overweight ship was no match for accompanying storm as she took on more water.

Now you have idealistic conservatives who rail that the pumps are not needed because in their minds a wooden vessel should not sink and if they do add resources to the ship it will hinder speed and that is not fair to the owners who keep saying, "Not with my money you don't."

And there is no guarantee the bailout will truly save us. Many people worry that it will alter the operation of the ship with more layers of unneeded bureaucracy which will surely mean increasing the number of crew and heavy pumps which would inherently slow down our economy and forever change the ship’s operation.

It is difficult to listen to a half crazed captain who charts a course and spends precious treasure including life and limb of the sailors to battle Moby Dick. You are the captain who claimed your mission was guided by your God and guided the ship towards your prized whale. You did it without taking your eyes off the telescope. So you were bound to steer us into the shallows and reefs right before you. Your laziness and your reluctance to deal with the pirates on Wall Street has helped crash our economy.

To increase the speed of the vessel you threw the bilge pumps overboard during the voyage and put the personnel monitoring the bilge water ashore at the beginning of your voyage.

Now the ship has crashed.

Your recent cries that the ship will sink unless huge resources are added to keep us afloat, are failing on disbelieving ears of the owners/public back at home because you cried wolf when you falsely claimed Moby Dick/Iraq was an inherent danger to all Americans.

Some of your crew have rebelled and threaten to mutiny in response to the calls from their conservative benefactors that the ship is sound and little needs to be done, just keep the course steady as she goes and let the sun and sea air dry out the accumulated bilge water. Many people are rebelling at spending their tax money to pay for other's mistakes who took their huge profits from the voyage off the top.

John McCain said he would board the ship and work out a solution without knowing how the economy works or know what was being done.

Rather than take a helicopter to board the vessel he decided to take a leisurely cruise ship and once he got there all he did was provide the Republican House mutineers an excuse to rally against bailing out the water, because they said the economy can take care of itself with no assistance and two, they may come up with a better idea.

McCain did nothing except to pose against the tiller and then leave for a nice dinner.

At this point, the ship may have to take on enough water until people back on Main street begin to feel the pain directly from a vessel that supplies Americans with everything that we have or hope to have.

It is ironic that Republicans who count on low-information voters to get their news from Fox news and Rush Limbaugh may not get re-elected because of the right-wing's call to vote against the bailout.

Yar is a term used to describe ship's
speed, responsiveness and agility. It is also what our economy just lost.

The bailout will probably happen sometime, but the ship will never be the same because it has taken too many hits. All the hastily built patches on the hull and the bilge water sloshing around will slow us down considerably.

It will be quite a long time before substantial repairs can take place to give our ship any yar.

If the new captain has the same myopic view as you do there is little hope the vessel will ever be as vibrant as it had been.

If so, I will not be the only one to ask, "Permission to jump ship before the rats sir."

From: comments@whitehouse.gov
Date: September 29, 2008 7:23:11 PM CDT
To: guzmatom@mac.com

On behalf of President Bush, thank you for your correspondence.

We appreciate hearing your views and welcome your suggestions.

Due to the large volume of e-mail received, the White House cannot respond to every message.

Thank you again for taking the time to write.

I seem to remember an earlier plea for unfettered power.

Mr. President,

I saw you on TV in a very familiar setting. I think you even had the same suit and tie on.
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The background scene, and the same serious tone rings a bell as well.

I remember now; it was when you announced that you had to invade Iraq because of the serious threat they posed to America.

Going to the same well again huh junior. Hey why not, the same rhetoric worked once before to get America to support your plan and urge Congress to provide your administration with unheard-of power and money at your disposal without judicial overview or interference by Congress.

Talk about deja view all over again.

The last time you wanted Congress to grant you the power to act unilaterally it turn out very badly for America, the world and the Iraqi people.

You warned us that we could not wait back then as well.

Specifically you said, "Knowing these realities, America must not ignore the threat gathering against us. Facing clear evidence of peril, we cannot wait for the final proof -- the smoking gun -- that could come in the form of a mushroom cloud."


On Wednesday you said, "The government's top economic experts warn that, without immediate action by Congress, America could slip into a financial panic and a distressing scenario would unfold. More banks could fail, including some in your community. The Stock Market would drop even more, which would reduce the value of your retirement account. The value of your home could plummet. Foreclosures would rise dramatically. ....More businesses would close their doors, and millions of Americans could lose their jobs." "Cats and dogs sleeping together!!!" (my emphasis)


The "fear card" seems to be your only weapon, but instead of saying we can't wait for a mushroom cloud this time you say we cannot wait until our retirement, pension funds, IRA's and our piggy banks at home disappear before our eyes and our children are out in the street, fighting over road kill, if we don't act now.

Usually, when I hear "
Act now" on TV I wait for the second part of the pitch when the announcer says "but wait, if you act right now we will also include..." The items they pitch usually costs something around $19.99 or $29.99 and there is an 800 number flashing on the screen.

To stay true to the infomercial format you should have asked for $699,999,999,999. You can ask for less since there was no real formula for the amount Henry Paulson your Treasury Secretary asked for.

A Treasury spokesman told
Forbes magazine that the amount of money they were asking for was NOT based on any specific data. They just pulled it out of their ass.

It must have crossed your mind that you have no credibility so you had your Paulson be the point man on this debacle. You took a gamble that Paulson would survive a hit to his credibility because he publicly stated just a couple weeks ago that the economy was in good shape. OOPS!

Some people said you were hiding which showed a lack of leadership in another time of trouble. This is like September 11th when you were informed that the planes hit the towers. You sat there frozen like a deer in the headlights.

While others said you have been
working on this bailout with Paulson and company for quite a while before springing it on the public.

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Tony Fratto, White House Deputy Press Secretary, insisted that the plan was not slapped together and had been drawn up as a contingency over previous months and weeks by administration officials. He acknowledged lawmakers were getting only days to peruse it, but he said this should be enough."

This just begs a whole lot of other questions like, why wait until just before the debates to bring this up?

Me and my tin-foil hat seem to think you want to give McCain a chance to charge into the chambers with his hair on fire as he physically wrestles Democrats and Republicans alike until they cry "Uncle" and agree to support McCain's ingenious plan to save the country and the world.

And also provide McCain and Palin an excuse to duck the debates which might touch on the economy and McCain's famous support for deregulation. And you want to keep the totally incompetent Sarah Palin's away from answering ANY questions on ANYTHING.

Her interviews with Charlie Gibson and Katie Couric were very telling and demonstrated her complete lack of knowledge on national and international issues.


Regardless of the details on the finished plan, you have handcuffed the next president economically.

The shackles you are tying onto the next president are adding up.

So far you are leaving him an escalating war in Afghanistan, an Iraq war which has been propped up with payoffs, bribes, and deals with insurgents who have actively pursued and killed U.S. troops, a deteriorating situation in Pakistan and a new Cold War with Russia. And now you have capped off America's future with a crippling debt and an economy teetering on total collapse.

Is there anything you CAN'T screw up junior?

All of these Easter eggs will severely hinder the next president from implementing their plans for improving the lives of average Americans.

So despite an Obama-win we will be saddled with several years of your failed-policies.

This could rank up there as another Bush doctrine which you can spin as a "transitional necessity to keep the United States from suffering the shock of absorbing too many changes from a new president."

Most people would call it "Pissing From The Grave", "The Ghost of Bush Past," or "The Curse of Bush 43."

I personally like Bush's Policy Of "Burnt Earth," it reminds me of what you did in Iraq.


From: comments@whitehouse.gov
Date: September 25, 2008 8:33:10 PM CDT
To: guzmatom@mac.com
On behalf of President Bush, thank you for your correspondence.

We appreciate hearing your views and welcome your suggestions.

Due to the large volume of e-mail received, the White House cannot respond to every message.

Thank you again for taking the time to write.