Friday, February 27, 2009

Mish: With All Due Respect, Mr. Slavemaster

In my opinion, this letter is far too respectful. Nonetheless, it is a good read:

Dear Mr. President, I read your New Era $3.6 Trillion Budget Proposal. I also listened to your speech Tuesday night. You made a great campaign speech. However, the campaign is over. You won. And the reason you won is you offered hope as well as a promise of change.

With all due respect Mr. President, Tim Geithner and Ben Bernanke are offering the same policies as President Bush and Secretary Paulson. Those policies are to bail out banks regardless of cost to taxpayers. Mr. President, it's hard enough to overlook Geithner's tax indiscretions. Mr. President, it is harder still. if not impossible, to ignore the fact that neither Geithner nor Bernanke saw this coming. Yet amazingly they are both cock sure of the solution. Even more amazing is the fact that solution changes every day.

With all due respect Mr. President, Geithner and Bernanke are a huge part of the problem, and no part of the solution and the sooner you realize that the better off this nation will be.

With all due respect Mr. President, your budget proposal is the same big government spending as we saw under President Bush. The only difference is you promised more spending and bigger government, while President Bush promised less government and less spending and failed to deliver on either count.

With all due respect Mr. President, it is impossible to spend one's way out of a problem, when the problem is reckless spending.

With all due respect Mr. President, you and Congress want to force banks to lend when banks (by not lending) are acting responsibly for the first time in a decade. Mr, President can you please tell us who banks are supposed to lend to? Do we need any more Home Depots? Pizza Huts? Strip malls? Nail salons? Auto dealerships? What Mr. President? What? And why should banks be lending when unemployment is rising and lending risks right along with it?

With all due respect Mr. President, we were hoping your administration would not carry on the war mongering policies of your predecessor. Instead we see amazingly that you Seek $75.5 Billion More for Wars in 2009. Mr. President, do we really need another $75 billion for wars? Was there nothing in the military budget that could be cut?

With all due respect Mr. President, The United States spends more on its military budget than the next 45 highest spending countries in the world combined; The United States accounts for 48 percent of the world's total military spending; The United States spends on its military 5.8 times more than China, 10.2 times more than Russia, and 98.6 times more than Iran. Isn't that enough Mr. President?

With all due respect Mr. President, the downfall of every great nation in history has been unsustainable military expansion. Mr. President, the US can no longer afford to be the world's policeman. You act as if we can. Mr. President, can you please tell us how we can afford this spending?

With all due respect Mr. President, Fannie Mae Reported A Fourth Quarter Loss Of $25.2 Billion. Can you please tell us where you draw the line on taxpayer bailouts of Fannie Mae? Freddie Mac? AIG? Mr. President is there a line anywhere, on anything? If there is, we would appreciate knowing where it is.

With all due respect Mr. President, how can you talk about reducing the budget deficit while proposing the biggest budget in history?

With all due respect Mr. President, how is it possible to talk about reducing health care costs while proposing to increase the health care budget?

With all due respect Mr. President, you have talked about "hard choices". Can you please tell us what hard choices you have made other than to throw money at every problem? Sure a few programs have changed but Bush orchestrated the biggest Medicaid/Medicare package in history and you upped it. You upped military spending. You criticized McCain for cutting programs that amount to peanuts, and all you can find to cut out of the budget is peanuts.

With all due respect Mr. President, your "Era of New Responsibility" is nothing more than a continuation of the Bush administration Era of Irresponsibility. Mr. President, we hoped for more and deserved more. Yet, behind the charade of campaign messages of hope and change, we essentially see the same fiscal irresponsibility and misguided policies as before. Oh sure Mr. President, your budget priorities have shifted a bit, sadly the irresponsible spending did not.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock


MCLA said...

How does one address a man who ordered the slaughter of 20 innocent people in his first week in office? We live in a funny perverse world, where one man is hanged for murder and another is addressed with "With all due respect Mr. President".

Jackie B. said...

I love the letter but I have mixed feelings about some of this. What would have happened if they hadn't bailed out the banks? I am imagining chaos and a lot of lost jobs. I think that would ruin a lot of peoples quality of life. Sure, maybe they deserve to have that happen because they are idiots, and I certainly don't like the idea of the government taking over ANYTHING, anyone knows that when that happens the outcome isn't so good. Still, I think the banks needed the bailout. But with NEW RULES, CERTAINLY not telling them to be more leniant when that is what got them into the mess in the first place. THAT I am annoyed about. Some of this stuff is SO obvious, I really can't understand why they do some of the things you do.

People screw themselves because they are spending irresponsibly and then the government comes along and starts 'helping' them by trying to get them to SPEND MORE. How is that helping ANYONE? Does that REALLY send the right message? I look at these irresponsible spenders as children, who are at the point where they need a little tough love so they can learn to survive on their own. (can you tell I am a Mom?) NOt something that is going cause them to have to depend on a government that is just going to have another recession one day that they really won't be able to make it through, and tax their children for it.

Think about it guys. Do you REALLY want your children, or someone elses, to have to pay for your idiocy?

I have an idea! Let's just take money from the people who work hard, and give that money to the people who don't want to have to earn a living for whatever reason. (And I am sorry, but as far as the states go, it IS a land of opportunity and just about EVERYONE has the ability to earn a living for themselves.) I know! Let's tax the people who work even harder a higher percentage.

*This will cause them to outsource work to another country,...and we wonder why companies are doing that. Wouldn't you?*

Sure, maybe the majority of the country wants taxes, and a larger government. Which is fair. It IS the majority that wants it after all. BUT WHERE THE HELL IS MY OPT OUT OPTION???!!!! I don't want the benefits, and I don't want to pay taxes. So I should absolutely be able to opt out of taxes if it is not benefiting me in anyway. It is not fair to ME, someone who has worked hard to be where I am to be taxed a higher amount for people who don't want to work so hard.

"It is impossible to spend one's way out of a problem, when the problem is reckless spending."

Love that. Point Blank. WHY ISN'T THIS OBVIOUS??? It is just plain logic. Something like that is not a matter of opinion. It is fact. You can't put a fire out with gasoline.

I get really adamant about this because stupid people frustrate me.

Jackie B.