Thursday, September 25, 2008

Nothing Is Worse

The cost of doing nothing to bail out Wall Street and maintain bank credit as the lifeblood of our economy is higher than the cost of doing something.

The cost of doing nothing for AIG, Bear Stears, Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac is higher than the cost of doing something.

The cost of doing nothing to bring out universal health coverage is higher than the cost of doing something.

The cost of doing nothing to curb carbon emissions and mitigate the effects of global warming is higher than the cost of doing something.

The cost of doing nothing to reform Social Security and Medicare is higher than the cost of doing something.

The cost of doing nothing to clean up our rivers and lakes is higher than the cost of doing something.

The cost of doing nothing to improve our public education system is higher than the cost of doing something.

The cost of doing nothing to combat terrorism in the Middle East is higher than the cost of doing something.

The cost of doing nothing to invest in renewable energy sources or subsidize U.S. automakers is higher than the cost of doing something.

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I don't doubt the veracity of all or most of these statements, I'm just getting a little tired of hearing them.

On every major issue in this country, I detect the same subtext: Because of your business and political leaders' insatiable greed, willful ignorance and addiction to short-term thinking, you're suddenly screwed.

Now hand over everything in the cash register.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Stop, Thief!!!

Ted said...

I don't think they are that covert about it. Its more like.

I have been planning on taking all your money and giving it to already wealthy and greedy executives who took unreasonable risks assuming that the Federal Government would bail them out and there would be no real consiquences for their actions.

Why is it that I, who don't make six figures, have to pay for the mistakes of a person who makes seven figures?