We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
"G.M. has said that it desperately needs $4 billion to survive through the end of this month .... Chrysler has said that $4 billion would allow it to avoid bankruptcy and stay in business through the quarter." NYTimes Dec 18.
I wish to update the US citizen on my request for $4 billion dollars to survive through the end of this month. I was deeply disappointed that the Congress did not even consider my request and look forward to discussing this with Secretary Paulson.
I too have been for years not selling cars. (In fact, for my entire adult life, I have not sold a car.) In order for me to survive, $4 billion will be fine. I live austerely, so unlike GM, Chrysler or Ford, I am not pressing the US citizen to shell out dough by the end of the month (although a couple million will take care of Christmas gifts for my children, my ex-wives, several girlfriends and my dog, Sam, who must chew a leather shoe, as I have run out of money to buy a chewy-toy for him. OK. A half million.)
I will soon be hiring a soon-to-be-unemployed GM Spokesman who will attest that he still has faith in me as CEO, as he did for the current CEO of GM. Further, I promise the US taxpayer that, like Harley Davidson, I will never again ask for financial support from the US government after the first $ 4 billion. I also will not shelter my money in offshore accounts. As for my private jet, unlike GM, I have never owned one. I do own a Prius, which I am willing to drive to Washington, like the auto exec's did on their second beggary trip, to formally request these funds ... or just to collect the check.
I appreciate the opportunity to speak directly to the taxpayer, whom I believe will shell out a few million for an honest fellow taxpayer who doesnt' sell cars.
I also will not charge people for not flying in planes.
Your friend may be onto something. The gummint has long paid farmers not to grow crops. They will soon pay (indirectly via carbon credits) those who do not burn fossil fuels, too. Why not pay those of us who do not sell cars? In fact, I will promise not to do, burn, build, or create anything in exchange for my share of the bailout money. This is only fair - It is the kind of socially beneficial intervention that I expect when I pay taxes.
BD, you can't fool me. Your going to take that money and build that casino. I don't mine you building a casino, but build it with your own money. If you build it with Govt. money than at least have the common courtesy and make us all partners. Give us a fair chance at ripping off the Feds. : ) . . . . . . . . .You crazy Bird Dog.