reply to post by David9176
David, you have every right to feel the way you do about what is going on. However, my personal opinion is that we all need to step back and calm
down, and be careful about judging our fellow citizens for taking money *legally* that is being given them. We can argue all day about what the right
approach is to the crisis, and from what I read all these bailouts and stimuli are going to make it worse in the long run, true. I don't like any of
it. I can hardly stand to read about it anymore, because I see Doom all over it. But judging everyone and flying off the handle
is going to
make things worse. How can you get so angry with one common man who is trying to get by, when the government and big banking has robbed us on the
largest scale. If everyone flips out like that on their neighbor, we are going to be in for much worse times than the nasty circumstances will even
We need to attack this with positive energy, not anger. I hear people patting you on the back for "losing it", but I truly think it's better to be
kind or at least gentle to our neighbors. They all got screwed over in the big picture, just like you. Who can blame them for taking money that
someone else is going to take if he doesn't? (Yes, I know you do.) Like I told a kid who asked me about this yesterday - yes you can turn down the
money, but someone else will still get it and the stimulus will go on.
Whether it's stealing, I say the bailout (TARP) was more like stealing. Isn't it the biggest robbery in history? Put your anger onto the people in
power who started this or encouraged this or kept it going, maybe. The stimulus at least is helping the average man or woman, finally, instead of big
money. During the bailout, I kept hearing "what about the homeowners and the people struggling?" It's kind of like, you could say "we've spent
too much money, so let's stop now and the homeowners get nothing." But fair is fair, if you want to look at it that way, so what's good for big
bankers should be good for the average Joe. I say don't punish all Americans for what the bankers did, especially after they got their bailouts.
That's rigid thinking. Out of all the money thrown at the crisis, I'd say this is the most justified. This is an unfortunate loan from future
generations; you may call it stealing and in a way it is. But it's legal and it's out in the open - everyone knows the deal, pretty much, even if
they don't realize the big picture. Maybe you can find a more helpful way to get your message out.
Anyway, from what I remember, I usually like your posts a lot. I just see a pattern of judgementalism against our fellow Americans going on in general
in this country and it's really worrying me. If they divide us, they have already won.
[edit on 20-2-2009 by wintermarches]