posted on Feb, 12 2009 @ 10:13 PM
$13 a week, oh wow, I can now sign up for netflix, or bigfish, or realarcade, or hmmm what else can one really do with only $13 a week? Let's see
13*4=52. Hmmm, maybe I'll be able to pay a small bill.
If he really wanted to create a long term stimulus package that would actually help the American people, I rather see him ditch all stimulus packages
to the big banks and those who are failing because they dug themselves too deep in debt, and dragged us along with their schemes to get us deeply into
debt whether we were actually aware of it or not.
1) Kill social security and welfare including food stamps. Get rid of them. Keep medicade and medicare - which do need reformed. Don't scream
2) Everyone who is retired automatically gets $2,000 a month. I'm pretty sure that is way more than what most get now on social security.
3) Everyone who is working, volunteering part time, or a stay home parent gets $1000 a month. With incomes up to $25,000 for an individual, or $50,000
for a family. For those who recently lost their jobs, they can volunteer anywhere that needs volunteers, or even by helping their neighbors with
If a family makes $25,000 a year, the extra $1000 a month for each working family member could easily bring their income up to $50,000 a year or near
if only two are working, or one working, and the other staying home to raise the kids.
These should help people be able to make ends meet without having to get deeper in debt by paying a bill with a credit card. Hopefully, it should also
pump some spending money and possible investment money into the economy after people are able to pay their bills.
It won't help as much for those who made a lot more. It is better than $600 a year, and may help some keep out of poverty.
If you really want to, you could keep the food stamps. An extra $12,000 a year (if the person still has their low paying job) would more than likely
put them over the income threshold to be able to get them. $1000 a month would be more than what the family gets in food stamps anyhow.
4) Create incentives and agencies that will help average people make it easy to be able to open and start their own businesses. Make it easy for the
average person to find out about and take advantage of them also.
5) Create policies that will bring factories back to the US through tariffs or what have you. Make it more economically viable for them to be over
here. That will help bring factory jobs back here.
6) Make bills that would make it a criminal offense for credit card companies to offer credit with little credit, and most of the credit used in
various fees. My husband fell for one. $300 limit with a $275 bill that were all in fees. I'm sure we have late fees now along with over the limit,
and the monthly fees. That should be illegal, period.
7) Put caps on credit cards as to how much they can charge in fees, especially over the limit fees. Once a card reaches the max allowed, they will no
longer be allowed to add any fees, or charge the monthly amount to the card.
8) Either get rid of adjustable rate loans, or put caps on them. Put caps on how much a loan can balloon out of control if the person can't pay on
Some of the major problems will be with the IMF and the interest we owe them whether it is illegal or not. It would be best to get rid of them. Also,
all the debt we owe foreign countries in the form of treasury bills and such.
There is much more that would need to be done.
Edited to add: It would basically be an overhaul of the economic system and how making money is seen. It puts a core value and monetary value on human
life. The government already makes money out of nothing. If they can make money out of nothing, I'm sure if the system gets way too much money in it,
that they can make it disappear just as easily to keep everything in control.
Really what is worth more, gold or human labor? What should be worth more? Isn't a mom staying at home caring for her kids have as much worth or more
than someone at McDonald's taking your order?
[edit on 12-2-2009 by Mystery_Lady]