It has now been a week since Congress passed and President Bush signed into law the Bush/Obama/McCain Bailout of 2008 (BOMB), but already there are cries for more!
It seems that $700 billion may have just been a down payment. Some want another $150 billion, while others say it may take four or five times that to get our economy moving again.
Where are Barack Obama and John McCain now? They bear responsibility for passage of the first BOMB but are sure quick to hide their feelings now.
They don’t want you to know their real plans for just a few weeks from now. They want you to forget their BOMB and trust them. They must think you are ignorant. Or, at least they hope you and at least 100 million other Americans are. A vote on election day for either McCain or Obama is a vote for more of the same – there isn’t a dime’s worth of difference between the two, and not just on issues of the economy.
But you know that.
A couple of evenings ago I was in a restaurant where the waitress heard us talking politics and specifically about the bailout. In the course of our conversation, she revealed that as a college student, she was concerned that without a bailout, she wouldn’t be able to get a student loan for the next semester at college. It was clear that she opposed the thought of our nation going deeper and deeper into debt but she had a genuine fear that unless Wall Street got its bailout, there would be no money left for her and her classmates to borrow.
Of course, nothing could be further from the truth.
All of Wall Street knows that, and so does everyone in Washington. They just want to scare people with vague threats about how not having a bailout will hurt them. It worked for a while, but in the long run, voters are going to figure out the scheme and reject the lies and deceit that is pouring out from the spin masters in the Washington establishment.
There are now barely three weeks left in this campaign. The Barr for President effort is picking up steam but there is still so much more we must do.
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Bob Barr for President
P.S. – The blame game is underway now with both Obama and McCain blaming the other for the current financial mess. The reality is that both are to blame and neither has a viable plan for recovery. You know that as well as I do.