Sunday, September 28, 2008

Do you want America back?

Big Money runs this country and they have become so obscenely rich that they control our media and our politicians. Big Money can take out a rogue politician in less than a day.

So, what chance does the common working man or woman have? Those working people that produce everything tangible, who have become looked down upon by the rich and the MBAs and CEOs as disposable.

This is my campaign speech:
If I were the leader of this country you couldn’t get a college degree in anything until you have worked with your hands to build something useful or grow something edible, that course of study could be in anything that you wanted to pursue. That course would also have to include some hard physical labor that put some sweat on your brow and gave you some pride in what you accomplished. That course would be for a duration of at least twelve months of study.

Part of the college curriculum would include a course in ethics, and a term paper on why ethics are important in business, politics, international relations, and human relations. It would include the concept of taking care of those people less fortunate than ourselves, with the thought that they might be the ones taking care of us someday.

It would include a course on why there were once anti-trust and anti-monopoly laws, that prevented corporations from controlling us instead of us controlling them. “US” like in “We The People”.

We live in of the the most beautiful parts of the world, with one of the most pleasing climates. Now is as good of a time as any to start holding political fingers to the fire and start making them do what is right for the working people, and America in general!

Start screaming that you are tired of the rich, uncaring bastards giving working people a bad name, and picking their pockets. If they do bail out wall street, and unfortunately they will, make sure that there is something included in the package that bring jobs and working pride back to America.

America wasn’t built with MBAs and CEOs. It was built with the blood sweat and tears of the working man, and it was stolen from us and sold to foreign interests. I want it back. How about you?


Anonymous said...

Ernie, that sounds like my "King" of the USA concept. Go get em.


Anonymous said...

Whatever those boys in the illustration are doing it must've been urgent enough to interrupt their bath.

Robin Shelley said...

Yes, Ernie! Yes!
But it has to be a collective scream & it has to be bloody murder!
I'm a little hoarse & blue in the face, but I'm ready when you are.

gb05 said...

Ernie, I'm glad you didn't include partisan politics in your post. Probably because you are well aware that that "rich, uncaring bastards" bunch includes a good many Democrats (Al Gore, Teddy Kennedy, Jane Fonda, etc, etc).

spyrock said...

this is being emailed to me by several different people.
Economic Recovery Plan

We are against the $85 BILLION bailout of AIG. Instead, we favor giving $85,000,000,000 to America in a "We Deserve it Dividend”.

To make the math simple, let's assume there are 200,000,000 bona fide U.S. citizens,
aged 18+. Our population is about 301 million counting every man, woman and child.
So, 200,000,000 might be a fair stab at adults 18 and up. Now, divide 200 million18+ adults into $85 billon - that equals $425,000.00 each!

This plan is to give that $425,000 to every adult as a "We Deserve It Dividend”. Of
course, it would NOT be tax-free. So, let's assume a tax rate of 30%. Everyone
would pay $127,500.00 in taxes. That sends $25.5 billion right back to Uncle Sam! It also means that every adult 18+ has $297,500.00 in their pocket. A husband and wife would have $595,000.00!

What would you do with $297,500.00 to $595,000.00?
--- Pay off your mortgage - housing crisis solved.
--- College loans paid off - what a great boost to new grads
--- Put away money for college - it'll really be there.
--- Save in a bank - create money to loan to entrepreneurs
--- Buy a new car - create jobs
--- Invest in the market - capital drives growth
--- Pay for your parent's medical insurance - health care improves
--- Enable deadbeat parents to come clean or pay more penalties

Remember this is for every adult U.S. citizen (unless you have lost voting privileges),
18 and older (including the folks who lost their jobs at Lehmann Brothers and every other company that is cutting back) and of course, for those serving in our Armed Forces.

If we're going to re-distribute wealth let's really do it! Instead of trickling out a puny
$1,000.00 ("Republican vote buy") economic incentive. If we're going to do an $85 billion bailout, let's bail out every adult U.S. citizen!

As for AIG - liquidate it. Sell off its parts. American General goes back to being American General. Sell off the real estate. Let the private sector bargain hunters cut it up and clean it up.

We deserve the money and AIG doesn't. Sure it's a crazy idea, but can you imagine the coast-to-coast block party?

How do you spell Economic Boom? “WE DESERVE IT DIVIDEND!”

I trust my fellow adult Americans to know how to use the $85 Billion "We Deserve
it" dividend more than I do the geniuses at AIG or in Washington, D.C. And
remember, The Bark plan only really costs $59.5 billion because $25.5 billion is returned instantly in taxes to Uncle Sam.

works for me.

kaivalya said...

I would like to see a return to a more pro-active shareholder system - maybe even more employee-owned companies.

I think gb05 brings up a good point.

I wish we could get better at firing our politicians.

Remember, if the American Revolution was held to a majority vote, it probably wouldn't have passed.

Ernie Branscomb said...

Spyrock, first 200,000,000 into $85,000,000,000.00 is $425.00. I hate to pop your bubble, but somebody is pulling your leg. We are all being sidetracked with wishful thinking. I saw another pie in the sky estimate about how well off we would be if they just gave the 700 billion bailout fund to us. But after you add it up, using real math instead of that new math, it comes out not so good.

According to the world clock the current population of America is 305 million plus souls. 700, billion is a lot of money for a bail out. What the hell, the government thinks that I’m stupid anyway, so I’ll just round it off to 300 million people, and make the math simple. If I just throw away eight zeroes behind each number it comes out to 3 into 7,000. Or, $2,333.33 for each man woman and child. Crap! That means that I can’t even afford the rat’s nest in the woods that Suzy Blah Blah wanted to sell me!

The bad thing about it is that the government expects ME to pay the $2,333.33 to THEM, to keep their Rich Bastard friends rolling in the money. The good thing about it is, I’ll probably be able to pay it off next year and be debt free again. But, it still pisses me off. That’s a lot of beer!

spyrock said...

i guess you're right ernie. there seems to be a short billion and a long billion. the long billion is 12 zeros and the short billion is 9 zeros.
a couple of senators from louisianna tried to get 250 billion for the survivors of katrina which would have worked out to about 2 million for a family of four.
maybe the rats will build a dam on the eel and y'all will get flooded out. for 2 million for a family of four it might be worth it, go rats.

works for me.
i'll take the $425.00

Ernie Branscomb said...

Spy, I'd take the $425.00 also, but I'll bet we don't get it.

Anonymous said...

Ernie, you may be registered as a Republican, but in you think like a Democrat.

Carson Park Ranger said...

I had to go to a "big calculator" website to do the math, but earlier this week I got that same, alarming email from someone. Still, I would venture to guess that if George W. Bush came around to each household (figure an average of two adults) in the United States and, with hat in hand, asked for $900 for the AIG bailout, most families would decline to contribute.

AIG would be the first stage in a bailout which will eventually be demand roughly, somewhere between $5000 and $8,000 per household (not including the interest which will be compounded aplenty over the next 30 years, because this money will be borrowed in the form of government bonds).

It's getting late, and my math may be fuzzy, so feel free to correct my poor arithmetic, but I wish that the Government Accounting Office would make this information available before a too compliant Congress obliges us to this debt.