This has got to be one of the most heinous comments I've heard yet about the current stimulus plan before Congress and the Senate!
I was surfing through a number of news videos on MSNBC just now, and decided to watch one titled: "Decoding the Stimulus Package" shown on-line within the NBC News Politics Blog.
Chris Matthews, during the course of his "interview" with Jim Cramer, can be heard to say, "Who do you think will benefit the most from this package? The POOR people? They'll just go out and buy something like shoes or FOOD"! * Mathews went on to comment that these "cats and dogs programs" weren't going to help at all.
Ok Matthews, I don't know where your brain is or your sensibilities for that matter, but I'm sure you spend YOUR money on FOOD as well. Tell me, did you have lunch today? Did you spend $3.00 on lunch, or $30.00? Are you planning on having dinner as well?
A helluva lot of people today who have never thought of themselves as being POOR in their lives have suddenly found themselves laid off or disabled, and are doing without FOOD to stave off a foreclosure as long as possible! Many of these people haven't even got $1.00 to buy lunch for themselves, or are spending that $1.00 to make sure that a child doesn't go hungry.
Are you planning on eating FOOD tomorrow, Matthews? Seems to me, you need to spend some time serving meals in a Salvation Army food kitchen, and watch as the children go by. Or perhaps you should be handing out blankets to families recently evicted from their homes. Families whose bread winner(s) have suffered the loss of one or two and sometimes three jobs and can no longer pay the interest rates demanded by investors like YOU, just to keep you and others afloat and the champagne flowing.
Didn't you listen to President Obama? He intends to do away with programs that don't work, expand on those which do, and to try new ways to solve problems which 'Washington' hasn't pursued in the past. Now, by extension, that means that he isn't going to "throw" as much money into new programs to relieve certain economic woes, and in the long run to save your ilk as you might like, until he and common sense supporters can gauge whether it is going to be successful to the populace at large.
You and Cramer are conservatives, yet you both wanted even more money dedicated to your causes before you think it'll do any good. Bailing out big banks and insurance companies, with little or no conditions, on the backs of regular taxpayers during Bush's tenure wasn't enough for you. You want more. But you don't want that money to go directly to those who have actually worked hard for a living...
I read that exactly zero Republicans voted in favor of the stimulus package before Congress. Why? In spite of the current, obvious economic crisis, and the tenuous stability of gluttonous bankers and mortgage financiers, conservatives seem to relish in their ability to hold back their support of economic recovery just because they hold the minority of seats in Washington right now. It would seem that this total lack of support and cooperation is nothing more than spiteful.
President Obama called for bipartisan cooperation. And yet not one Republican Congressman supported this effort for beginning some economic relief. It took eight years of a Republican Majority and Administration to get our country into this mess. President Obama has only been in office for eight days, yet his immediate action in a time of national crisis has met with nothing but criticism from conservatives. It would seem that conservatives only know how to drag their feet regardless of future positive outcome. Aren't there at least a few Republicans who are facing re-election jitters within the next two years?
You've never been at a disadvantage, have you? My faith keeps me from wishing harm on you Chrissy-boy, but you make it damn difficult. I would suggest that you and others like you take a trial 'walk in my worn shoes' - before those shoes become yours to keep. "Let them eat cake" mentality will get you into as much hot water (or head baskets) as at least one former Queen...
Withhold next month's mortgage payment as an experiment and see for yourselves just how "cooperative and helpful" your mortgage company or servicer is to work with. Especially when your call gets shuffled to a customer service desk somewhere overseas; to someone who doesn't understand American concepts (ie: direct deposit with no pay stubs, or income too low to file tax returns), and who speaks at 95 miles an hour with such a heavy accent that you can't understand them. (Please feel free to sense my sarcasm here.)
Spend the next three months wondering if your disability check will buy enough heat 'till spring. And put off going to the doctor or buying any meds 'till spring, so you can buy heat instead of gas for the car to get to the doctor's office.
I'm sensing some hesitation here... Don't worry - be happy, Chris.
As for the guest, Jim Cramer - wasn't this video interview (commiseration) supposed to be about 'Decoding the Stimulus Package'? Instead, your only goal seemed to be yelling out as much criticism and finding as much fault as you possibly could. If we all subscribe to your line of thought, we'd all move to Singapore where, as you claim, "they're doing enough for their situation".
~ T.C. Kennedy
* Please refer to: msnbc.com video: Decoding the Stimulus Package - MSN Explorer, Jan. 28, 2009