cur-mud-geon: anyone who hates hypocrisy and pretense and has the temerity to say so; anyone with the habit of pointing out unpleasant facts in an engaging and humorous manner
You and me are really great people. Why is that? Well, we seem to help bail out just about everything that bangs on Washington's door.
A short time ago, the sub-prime mortgage companies received their bail out; likely the first of their bail outs since Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are still in the throes of that mess.
Now the automobile industry is in the queue for what yesterday was about $25 billion and today has already climbed to $40 billion according to the press.
Is this a proper use for the tax dollars that are extracted from each of us? Should we be funding these bail outs for industries that essentially have gone bad because of their own doing? If you or me were responsible for these 'disasters', we'd probably step up to the plate and take what was coming to us. But we didn't force people to be too gullible and let people sell them homes they couldn't afford. We didn't cause the oil price jump because we didn't approve new refineries for thirty years or drill for new fields of oil?
If any of us should be paying 'the price', it seems that the finger of blame needs to be pointed at Washington and the people we send there to represent us. That group has caused these issues to surface through favors to those putting money into their campaign accounts. That group has caved in to the environmental groups that are fanatical to the extreme in their pursuit of the ultimate goal they espouse.
Oh, that's right. We are to blame because we continue to return the same people to Washington in spite of what they do and don't do. We don't require any 'reparations' for their actions.
Maybe we all need to get a little more involved and a little more vocal starting with our upcoming local elections. Too may of us simply shake our heads and fume; we really need to be more active in our precincts and districts and villages or cities, and in our counties and states.
I saw a quote in the past few days that went along these lines: "Too many people have died for our freedoms for us to not vote."