Here is the text of the letter I sent to my congressman and senators just a few minutes ago:
I AM WRITING TO YOU ABOUT THE $700 BILLION ABOMINATION THAT HAS BEEN CONCOCTED TO RESCUE THE WALL STREET MILLIONAIRES. DO NOT--I REPEAT, DO NOT VOTE FOR THIS SLEAZY BAILOUT BILL! IT IS A RIPOFF OF THE TAXPAYERS; IT IS NOT NECESSARY DESPITE ALL THE SCARE TACTICS; IT REWARDS MALFEASANCE BY FEATHERING THE NESTS OF THE VERY FAT CATS WHO GOT US INTO THIS MESS AND WHO WILL PROFIT FROM IT AT THE EXPENSE OF HARD-WORKING OKLAHOMANS. THERE IS NO GUARANTEE THAT THIS MEASURE WILL EVEN WORK, AND PLENTY OF EVIDENCE THAT IT WON'T. IT IS MORTGAGING THE FUTURE OF MY CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN AND IT IS BEING CRAMMED DOWN THE THROATS OF AMERICAN TAXPAYERS AFTER ONLY A FEW DAYS CONSIDERATION.
DO NOT SUPPORT THIS BILL.I'M MAD AS HELL AND SO IS EVERYONE I TALK TO. I AND MY FAMILY AND MANY FRIENDS WILL NOT FORGET IT IF YOU TAKE PART IN SCREWING THE TAXPAYERS OVER IN FAVOR OF THE WALL STREET CROOKS AND DOING THE WILL OF THAT LOSER IN THE WHITE HOUSE. I PROMISE YOU THAT.
I was also going to send them the text of this article which lays out five good reasons that the Wall Street bailout bill cooked up by our so-called political leaders should be spurned, but I figure some other enterprising Oklahoman will do that. Surely these guys are not ignorant of all the many cogent arguments against this horrible piece of legislation. Elsewhere on the web you can find "10 Reasons to Oppose the Bailout" as well as a host of other sites raising a scream of opposition. Here's another.
The numbers we're talking about here are just staggering. The blockbuster bailout is just one of the line items we taxpayers are ponying up for. Don't forget about the billions of dollars for Fannie and Freddie and AIG--and there are billions and billions beyond that that we're already committed to. If the bailout adds $700 billion more, the government will be into us for almost $2 trillion.
You have to wonder how these people, and I'm talking especially about Democrats from Obama to Schumer to Pelosi, how these people can fall in line with anything coming out of the Bush White House. Here is a guy who is beneath contempt at this point. How can he possibly influence anybody? But no, here are the progressives lining up to endorse this giveaway to the greedy. It's mind-boggling.
Wanna let these toadies know how you feel? You can sign a petition against this bailout here.
I can't help but hear the old R.E.M. refrain: "It's the end of the world as we know it." But I don't feel fine.