Idiot Senators

The Senate tonight passed the “Paul Wellstone Mental Health and Addiction Equity Act of 2007”.   Why should you care?  Because it’s the single largest, most intrusive, most budget busting bill ever passed.

In case you’re wondering, the “Paul Wellstone Mental Health and Addiction Equity Act of 2007” is the name of the Senate version of the bail out bill.   I’m serious.  And I’m serious about kicking both of my Senators (Corker and Alexander) out.  On their asses.  Hard.  Because both of their asses voted for this monstrosity.

The bill passed 74 to 25.  You can see how your Senators voted here.

Take a minute and read some of the highlights of what’s in the bill.  Here are a few quotes.  Let me know when you figure out what the hell this has to do with the “Paul Wellstone Mental Health and Addiction Equity Act of 2007” – or how these items will somehow make the bill more palatable to House Republicans.

The package adds provisions to the House version – including temporarily raising the FDIC insurance cap to $250,000 from $100,000. It says the FDIC may not charge member banks more to cover the increase in coverage.

The bill allows the FDIC to borrow from the Treasury to cover any losses that might occur as a result of the higher insurance limit (This is the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard – prohibit the FDIC from raising insurance rates – while allowing them to “cover any losses” (yes, it’s UNLIMITED) by borrowing from us.  STUPID!)

Here are some other financial bail out items included in the bill that I’m sure Corker and Alexander think we needed….

a deduction for the purchase of solar panels….

allow individuals to deduct state and local sales taxes on their federal returns….

relief for another year from the Alternative Minimum Tax….

Here’s the kicker – and I quote “The Congressional Budget Office said it cannot estimate the net budget effects of the troubled asset program because of the many unknowns about that piece of the bill.”

The dumbass Senators who voted for this bill didn’t have a fucking clue as to what they were voting on – because “of the many unknowns” contained in the bill!

PLEASE – Call and write your Representatives.  Now.  I mean right now, not tomorrow morning, don’t wait, DO IT NOW.  This financial nightmare that’s being ramrodded down our throats can still be stopped if enough people express outrage.  If the House doesn’t pass it – it won’t become law.  It’s that simple.

God help us (and our kids) if this gigantic takeover of the private sector goes through.  I’m only 46 and there’s no way to pay for it in my lifetime – it’s borrowed from my kids and their kids.  STOP THE MADNESS NOW!

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