North Cackalacky isn't the only state in line for big bucks. Our state is joined by Ohio, South Carolina, Oregon and Rhode Island bringing the grand total of this bailout to $600 million.
Of course, it will take a few months for our state to actually get the money to the people who need it most. (What's the rush? We're only trying to prevent middle-class homelessness.) On the up side, if you're unemployed and struggling with your mortgage, this is, at least, a beacon of hope.
In other news that could pull our crunched economy out of the gutter:
You may have heard that Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, has directed our reps to get their butts back to Washington for a very important vote. This is a good thing, especially for broke states like ours.
In her Twitter message, Ms. Pelosi said that duty called. I will be calling the House back into session early next week to save teachers jobs and help seniors & children, she wrote.
Yesterday, the U.S. Senate (which, unlike House reps, wasn't vacationing this week) approved a $26 billion relief bill and now the House has to vote on it to make it a reality. This bill will aid states, schools, teachers, the elderly, the poor ... oh, and it will create a big fat tax for multinational corporations.
Of course, Republicans had to have their arms twisted on the measure since the bill is all about helping average, everyday folks, not their coffer-filling big business buddies. (Right, Sen. Burr? Why do you keep voting against workers and the unemployed?)
Unfortunately, the bill isn't all the Obama administration hoped it would be because, again, Republicans aren't interested in actually helping the citizens of the United States as much as they're interested in lording over them and telling tall tales to scare them, as if we're all a bunch if ignorant children.
By the way, the bill Nancy Pelosi wants the House to vote on is completely paid for and won't increase the budget deficit at all. But never mind that. Deficit talk is only cool when you're trying to one-up your political opponents and confuse the masses.
And let's be real: If Republicans actually gave a shit about the deficit, they wouldn't be whining and complaining about keeping tax cuts for the uber rich a move that will add $1 trillion to the federal deficit while slapping the rest of us in the wallet, would they? Of course they would. In their view, it's our job to carry the burden of the nation's monetary problems on our already overburdened middle class backs, silly.
But House reps don't wanna return to Washington to help us out. Instead, they're sad about having to return to do their job because they're too busy kissing ass to try and save them. I mean, who needs public school teachers when you can have a crooked, crazy politician doing the bidding of their biggest campaign contributors? (By the way, the bill our reps are being asked to vote on could save 140,000 teachers' jobs.)
Meanwhile, the economy is slowly improving. No, really, it is. We narrowly avoided the Great Depression y'all. And if we want to keep avoiding it, our government has to spend money just like they did to pull us out of the ditch in the 1930s. Amazingly, the Obama administration seems to be trying to follow the advice of top economists instead of pretending the title of "president" or "vice president" makes someone all knowing.
What was that advice? Increase public spending. But instead of giving the Obama administration credit for cleaning up his predecessor's catastrophic messes, the politicians and pundits on the far right choose to continue pretending they're involved in some sort of high school popularity contest where their daily spin comes from a drug addict and corporate lobbyists.
Facts, people. Stop listening to these folks drivel on with their right wing nutbaggery bull shit and follow the money.
P.S. We've got an election coming up. Don't miss it. If you're not already, register to vote here. And this is when I'll remind you of my latest, and greatest, mantra: Don't vote, don't bitch.
Read these two posts from Crooks and Liars, would ya?