Monday, December 08, 2008

Looking for Christmas presents for members of the family . . .

I came across a number of t-shirts I thought certain family members would enjoy.

This one, especially, from Despair, Inc., tickled my fancy:

Reminded me of an email I received on Friday:

Congressional Bailouts Are Out of Control

Dear Conservative Friend,

Remember the HUGE "bailout" that Congress passed for Wall Street banks, just a few weeks ago? . . .

Remember how Congress IGNORED us, and spent $850 BILLION of taxpayer money on that pork-laden, unconstitutional bailout bill... which then did ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to help solve the "banking crisis"?

Now Congress is trying to stick it to us AGAIN, with ANOTHER bailout, costing BILLIONS of dollars MORE -- this time, transferring taxpayer money to the Auto Industry! Who's next -- the airline industry? The steel industry? The News-media?

Congress is OUT OF CONTROL!!!

We MUST take action NOW to stop ANY MORE "bailout" bills, before Congress wastes even MORE of our money on billion-dollar bailouts that do NOTHING but drive our economy even further down! . . .

Language for the auto bailout has not been introduced yet, although Sen. Reid may introduce it later today to set up some floor procedural moves for later in the week. . . .

And press reports say that Ford Motor Co., Chrysler LLC, and General Motors Corp. are rushing to complete "restructuring" plans demanded by Congress as a condition of considering a $25-billion rescue package for the embattled industry.

That means we have very little time before they try to sneak this new bill past us -- and then the next, and the next, and so on!

When the U.S. government committed $850 billion of taxpayer money to bail out the Wall Street banks and mortgage firms, it came with "strings" attached -- and those "strings" included nationalizing companies like mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and insurer American International Group Inc. It also included pushing all of the banks to lend more to consumers and "renegotiate" mortgage loans -- even though it was that kind of government intervention that put us in this financial crisis in the first place!

Now, in their plans to bail out big automakers like GM and Ford, they're talking about including requirements that automakers taking government handouts commit to producing more "fuel-efficient" cars, freeze executive salaries, and even a requirement that new management be brought in -- in other words, the government will force private companies to set business practices based on what politicians and bureaucrats think is right, instead of basing their decisions on free market economic forces.

Friends, nationalizing banks and setting company practices for various industries is not called "helping" the American economy. . . .

As Jon Kyl (R-AZ) said, "Just giving them $25 billion doesn't change anything. It just puts off for six months or so the day of reckoning." . . .

Please, someone tell us just WHERE it says in the United States Constitution that the government can just TAKE OUR MONEY and use it to bail out private companies -- and then to practically take over those companies?

The answer, of course, is NOWHERE -- but that's exactly what they're trying to do! . . .

You know, getting Congress to use taxpayer money to bail out a failing business -- including auto businesses -- is NOT the traditional American view. In fact, if you want to know what the REAL Ford position on bailouts would be, listen to what the REAL Henry Ford said on February 11, 1934: "Let them fail; let everybody fail! I made my fortune when I had nothing to start with, by myself and my own ideas. Let other people do the same thing. If I lose everything in the collapse of our financial structure, I will start in at the beginning and build it up again."

THAT is what made America GREAT.

But what do our "leaders" believe instead, today?

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) sent a letter to the Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell (R-KY), last month, asking him to "clear Republican roadblocks" to passing the package in the current lame-duck session. Reid said that aid for the auto industry and jobless is "especially urgent."

You can be certain that the arm-twisting has begun, to waste billions MORE of OUR money. . . .

As grassroots conservatives, we MUST take action to stop them NOW, before they are able to sneak yet another multi-billion-dollar "bailout" past the American taxpayers! . . .

Together, WE CAN DEFEAT THE BAILOUTS! Join in today!


Floyd Brown, Executive Director

P.S. The automakers are already pushing hard to get this bailout passed; they began contacting thousands of dealers last month, telling them to contact Congress in support of it. They've also put together ads to promote spending billions more taxpayer dollars to bail them out. Fox News reports that the companies are "lobbying lawmakers furiously for an emergency infusion of cash."

If they succeed at their efforts, Congress will once again go around the will of the American people, and advance socialism in the United States even more. Fox News reports, "House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said over the weekend the House would aid the ailing industry, though she did not put a price on her plan. ‘The House is ready to do it,' said Democratic Rep. Barney Frank of Massachusetts, chairman of the House Financial Services Committee. ‘There's no downside to trying.'"

Sure, "no downside to trying" -- except to [impoverish more hard-working, responsible American citizens like you]! Let's take action NOW to stop them! . . .

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