The People's Email Network still provides a petition supporting H. Res. 1531, which would condemn any pardons granted by Mr. Bush to senior Bush Mobb officials, and now CREDO has one, too. Why bother with "sense of the House" resolutions that don't actually stop anything? Because, here in America, we believe our words count for something. We believe our opinions count for something. And recall that Bush the Better pardoned six high officials convicted in relation to Iran/Contra -- and that any of them might well have implicated him. Think we can put such shenanigans past Bush the Lesser?
RESULTS provides us with a wish list for the next economic recovery package. These items include $19 billion in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits over two years, $150 billion in state aid including Medicaid assistance, $3 billion for Head Start, and $3 billion for Child Care Development Block Grant funding. You can read more about all of that here. We're starting to get into really big numbers, I know, but we're still not getting into numbers the size of that gigundis oversight-free welfare handout Congress and Tha Bush Mobb gave to undeserving financial institutions this past fall. And while the state aid, unfortunately, largely plays catch-up with state budget gaps, most of the aid we're talking about gives good citizens aid they (and the economy, not incidentally) can use. They're a-hand-up-not-a-hand-out, and hands up give you more bang for your buck. Tools for calling your Congressfolk are in the upper left-hand corner, as always. You need to call, also, because the "liberal" media has started to push back against a responsible economic recovery package. Yes, I blame the "liberal" media more than I blame Mitch McConnell -- I mean, on what planet does Mitch McConnell "put the brakes" on anything just by opening his mouth? And, while we're at it, on what planet were the "liberal" media living when Tha Bush Mobb shoved the financial bailout down our throats?
Finally, we have a reading from Rory O'Connor, who describes what the original Ponzi scheme was like, and tastefully waits until the end to call our democracy a "Ponzi democracy." I'm a bit disturbed, ultimately, that so many more deserving actors don't have schemes named after them -- why not the AIG scheme or the Lay scheme, for example? Partly because it takes more than a minute to explain these schemes, I'm sure -- but maybe also because these actors I've just mentioned belong to the American elites, whereas Charles Ponzi was an upstart immigrant. And an Italian one, at that.