I hear this question all the time. “If the government can give banks billions of dollars, why can’t they give average American’s a bailout?”.
Well, it’s true. I hear these unimaginable dollar amounts being talked about, and given out, to Banks, Auto Companies, and god knows who else, and it seems everyone and their brother is getting money, but no me.
It was just announced that Wall Street will give out 140 some odd billions of dollars in BONUSES. It’s sickening. I am driving a 14-year-old car that has a trunk that leaks so badly I get 6 to 8 inches of standing water in my trunk every time it rains. The air conditioner doesn’t work, and it’s starting to rust out. This car did not qualify for “Cash for Clunkers” because it supposedly gets more miles per gallon than the government cut-off of 18 mpg to qualify for the program.
The average car price now, is about $22,000 dollars. And that’s for a regular old standard sized American and Japanese cars. I’ve learned over the years that when you buy a used car, no matter how much you know about cars and no matter how much you know what to look for, you are always buying somebody elses problems. Otherwise they wouldn’t be selling the car. How many people sell a car that they like and that runs great.
So all I want out of the trillions of dollars being shuffled about this country from one place to another to a bunch of people who don’t deserve it, is my $22,000 to go buy a decent car. If I were able to get that money and buy a car, the first person that benefits is the car dealer, and its employees. Then, I would be way more likely to go on road trips like I used to do. I don’t take road trips now because I don’t trust my vehicle. But if I go on a road trip, then restaurants, motels, retailers, liquor stores, supermarkets, gas stations, and their employees, all benefit from me spending money. It’s called the economy, stupid. Giving money away to people who already have money doesn’t stimulate shit. The rich will just have bigger bank accounts but they won’t spend more than they spend now. To grow the economy, there must be a GROWTH in spending, not the status quo. Plus if I got a new car, I wouldn’t be contributing negatively to climate change. Cleaner vehicles are good for the environment regardless of whether you believe in climate change or not.
We hear all about deficits and debt. But there is still enough money in this country, controlled by the top 10 percent of all Americans, to pay off America’s debts. So don’t tell me the country is falling apart. The rich are STILL getting richer and the poor are still getting poorer. I’m just trying to make it to the middle class.
Bail me out! Stimulate me!