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Sunday, April 05, 2009

Sharing the Pain

Well, I knew it would happen sooner or later. Announcements from State Legislatures, Congress and all the way to the White House that “America will have to Share the Pain“, “We’re all in this together“, and the mother of all euphemisms, “There will be shared sacrifice”. Of course this comes from those driving government owned luxury cars, receiving routine pay increases and “One” who is flying the biggest luxury jet in the world with another as backup in case the ash trays are full on the first. I don’t think they’re seeing the pain much less than feeling it.

No America, while less than one tenth of 1% of us was plundering the golden goose, the rest of us were going about our daily business, in ignorant bliss. While 435 of us were all busy setting the stage for the biggest money grab in history-- when they weren’t lying through their teeth to get elected and re-elected-- the rest of us were just putting in our 8 to 5’s, paying the mortgage, keeping the lights on and burning a steak on the grill once in awhile.

It never stops grinding my gears when a handful of the obscenely greedy pull off a scam that the rest of us get to pay for… under shared sacrifice. Then, the very ones that are responsible, get a pay raise to initiate legislation that will provide the loopholes for the next scandal.

Case in point: Congress provided the lax oversight that created the Mortgage Meltdown, then inserted wording in a subsequent Bill that provided bonuses to those responsible for the meltdown--at taxpayer expense--then denied doing so, before blaming the White House. God, I’d love a job like that. Hey, where do I sign up?

And while those responsible for America’s protection receive huge campaign contributions from those profiting from the loopholes, us little people just keep on keeping on, paying for the lunacy and sharing the pain.

Isn’t it funny how we don’t get to share the wealth, before we are forced to share the sacrifice. Hey, I don’t make this up. I just report what you don’t want to hear.

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