Snack Time In America

"Qu'ils mangent de la brioche."

Marie Antoinette

Translation: "Let them eat rich, expensive, funny-shaped, yellow, eggy buns."

On Wednesday, Congress passed the $825 billion economic stimulus plan that is aimed at putting people to work in what some call a new New Deal, a reference to Franklin Delano Roosevelt's public works program in the 1930s and '40s.

Banks, automakers, even states. Industries, retailers, consumers: Across the board, the nation is hurting economically. On Monday alone, major U.S. firms announced a total of 62,000 job cuts as companies close stores and plants.

Despite crippling losses, multi-billion-dollar bailouts and the passing of some of the most prominent names in the business, employees at financial companies in New York, the now-diminished world capital of capital, collected an estimated $18.4 billion in bonuses for the year. That was the sixth-largest haul on record, according to a report released Wednesday by the New York State comptroller.

“I have no confidence that they intend or desire to change. These bankers got away with murder, and it’s obscene that close to nothing is being asked of financial institutions. I get incensed at the thought that a bank that’s getting billions of dollars in taxpayer money is out there buying fancy new airplanes.”

Senator Charles Levin

Citigroup had plans to get a new $50 million corporate jet, the exclusive Dassault Falcon 7X seating 12, after losing $28.5 billion in the past 15 months and receiving $345 billion in government investments and guarantees.

Former Merrill Lynch CEO John Thain justified paying out large bonuses because "“If you don’t pay your best people, you will destroy your franchise."

While cutting payrolls and laying off people, Thain was planning a $1 million remodeling job of his office. The remodel included curtains for $28,000, a pair of chairs for $87,000, fabric for a “Roman Shade” for $11,000, Regency chairs for $24,000, six wall sconces for $2,700, a $13,000 chandelier in the private dining room and six dining chairs for $37,000, a “custom coffee table” for $16,000, an antique commode “on legs” for $35,000, and a $1,400 “parchment waste can.”

"The businesses that are shedding jobs to stay afloat, they can't afford inaction or delay. The workers who are returning home to tell their husbands and wives and children that they no longer have a job and all those who live in fear that their job will be next on the cutting blocks, they need help now."

President Obama

"How will billions spent on school snack programs and repairs to the Smithsonian Institution stimulate the economy? How will $3 billion being spent for a prevention and wellness fund stimulate the economy? It is clear that this spending package has become a one-stop shop for every item on a spending agenda - a massive, unprecedented spending bill aimed to bypass the normal appropriations process and subsidize a broad range of existing and new government programs."

Congressman Joe Wilson
R-South Carolina

During our lunch walk discussion yesterday -- a time we dedicate to finding the answers to all things big and small -- the following question was raised:

"Why should my taxes dollars go to feed after-school snacks to some other parents' kid?"

Feel free to provide your answers to this question...


Conspiracy Anyone?

I've been having an e-mail chat with an acquaintance of mine who is hardwired to Rush Limbaugh. Although he constantly tells me that he is opened minded about all things political, the only thing he mentions concerning his information is what he hears on Rush's daily show. He takes his lunch out to the car so he can get educated to Rushdumb.

He told me the group ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, is one of the most radical groups in the nation and play a key role in Obama's election victory. I told him "ACORN" is a word used by the White Right as a code word for Blacks...especially intercity Blacks. Since ACORN is a visible group working in the inter cities of most large American cities, the likes of Rush and Hannity and Glen Beck and others to strike fear in the hearts of White Americans in large voting population areas. It didn't work.

Doing a little Internet research, I found an interesting web site (Discover The Network) that tracks the great left-wing conspiracy. You will find out who the evil doers are who are trying take over the all-white country clubs or America and make their little White daughters sit next to little Black boys in elementary school and share stimulus package snacks after school while waiting for the bus.

If you know of a corresponding website the helps track the vast right wing conspiracy, let me know.

Discussion question:

Which group is more radical ACORN, ACLU or NAACP and why?