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Saving The Economy, One Wooden Arrow At A Time

The Senate tonight voted to approve the bailout bill.  Not only did they approve $700 billion (BILLION) in spending, but they approved $150 billion in tax breaks.  Apparently our financial crisis is so severe that we need to rescind a $.39 tax on wooden arrows.  Wooden arrows?  Are you kidding me?

Are our legislators so totally intellectually and morally bankrupt that an unacceptable spending bill of unprecedented proportions can be transformed into something acceptable by throwing in a little gift for everyone?  Can they really justify squandering such a huge sum because, at long last, the makers of NASCAR tracks have a smaller tax burden?

I feel like I can dangle a piece of tinfoil in front of Congress, hand them all a lollipop, and tell them to hire me as a Red Sox Playoff Game Historical Evaluator.  At $1,000,000 a game, I’d be dirt cheap in comparison.

One final item before I take my enraged self to bed: I’d like you all to refresh yourselves on the US Constitution, Article I, Section VII, which reads: “All bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives . . .”  And then ask yourself: why is the Senate voting on a revenue bill that was defeated in the House?

We need to clean house.


Comment from Stefan Sherwood
Time: October 2, 2008, 7:56 am

Robin Hood is turning in his grave.

How about rescinding the tax on the wooden nickels they are handing us?

Comment from Josh
Time: October 2, 2008, 4:48 pm

Coupling a massive spending bill with tax cuts is the cherry of insanity topping the sundae of nuts.

Comment from Wayne Pitcher
Time: October 2, 2008, 4:54 pm

Maybe the Senate figured it didn’t matter if the House actually passed the bill, as long as originated there. That’s not the way I thought it worked either, but they didn’t ask either of us. 😉
If you want to see another example of bad legislation, check out the farm bill passed a few months ago. I’ve never seen so much government pork.