Rants and Raves
By: David Phillips
March 16, 2009
Insurance giant AIG to pay $165 million in bonuses
Why didn’t Congress put a provision in all of
the various bailout Bills that would end bonuses for CEO’s and their executives?
In the rush to finish, they simply left it out of the
Bill...A simple mistake, after all Congress isn't perfect. Geez, they were in such a rush, that they even forgot to put wording
in the Bill that would allow Congress to track where the money was being spent. And then after a few weeks went by Congress
asked for an accounting of where all the tax payer dollars went, and the financial institutions said: Accounting? What accounting,
you didn't say we need any stinkin accounting.
So much to do, and so little time. God made the earth
in 6 days and rested on the 7th according to the bible, Congress says, "We can beat that".
But why doesn’t the government have the authority
to block those bonuses? A funny thing happened on the way to the forum, Congress did get the wording into the latest TARP
money and other bailouts for these Holy sites of Dead Presidents, remember when Obama said that CEO's and executives would
be limited to ONLY $500,000 and that until these holy sites repay the tax payers there will be NO bonuses? Well the CEO's said OK no more bonuses. Now they will get “performance Pay" in place of a bonus. A
rose by any other name.
Obama is about to shoot himself in the foot, he and
the Pentagon are kicking around the idea of charging wounded vets for health care. As an American, just the fact that they
would consider this pisses me off, and as a vet it pisses me off even more. If Obama really wants to serve as President for
just one term, this is the way for him to do it. Link
At the moment I haven’t seen this anywhere on
TV except the Fox Noise Channel, but CNN and everyone else online have covered it and Obama needs to nip this in the bud ASAP.
You may have not heard, but Ron Silver died over this
past weekend, he was 62 and died from esophageal cancer. Silver was both a political activist in the Republican Party as well
as an actor. Silver is probably best remembered for his recurring role on The West Wing, where he played a political strategist.
This past week New Mexico abolished the Death Penalty,
and since I am against the death penalty I find this to be very good news. But I am not sure that the reasons behind the New
Mexico legislatures vote to do away with it have anything to with morals. You see it is well known that it is cheaper to lock
some scum bag up for life than it is to put him or her to death. And since the economy has been tanking everywhere and States
have been tightening their budgets that may just have felt that it was the economical thing to do as opposed to the moral
thing to do. But either way in my opinion, it’s a good thing. Now New Mexico and those who are sitting in their prisons
on death row are waiting to see if Governor Bill Richardson will sign the measure or veto it.
The Death penalty is currently law in 36 of our States, but 10 other states are also considering to either abolish the death penalty in their States or to suspend
it, again because of the economic times our country is currently facing. One would think that with all the religion in our
Nation, the last thing politicians would be in a rush for would be Death.
And finally, I recently learned that Bill Maher and
Ann Coulter were hot for each other back in 1994 and getting it on. They say that politics makes for strange bedfellows, and in this case truer words
have never been spoken.
David Phillips is a Vietnam
Era Veteran, a Democratic Party Activist, and David is also the Publisher and Editor of the online political magazine YodasWorld.org
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