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Why Bother Working?

The U.S. government gave twenty-five BILLION dollars to Citigroup to bolster the economy.

Citigroup, in turn, cut SEVENTY-FIVE THOUSAND JOBS.

Then, a Saudi royal upped his personal stake in Citigroup.

Today the U.S. government gave an additional twenty BILLION dollars to Citigroup.

Why should I continue going to work every day in order to support the stock portfolios of the Saudi royal family? Or the stock portfolios of anyone, for that matter? My job is on the line at the moment due to "projected budget shortfalls." Where's my bailout?

Oh, wait. I don't matter. I'm not a wealthy foreign investor. I'm just a schlub who tries to help special ed kids meet our glorious government's No Child Left Behind goals.

When Obama's additional seven-hundred billion dollar economic stimulus package kicks in, I hope the international business tycoons invite the people who voted for him to their next big bash in Dubai.

I'd ask you to send me a postcard, but I don't think the post office delivers to cardboard boxes under freeway overpasses.

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pastilla
Nov. 24th, 2008 12:45 pm (UTC)
re: the auto bail-out I'd be happy to bail them out quite generously if I got a voucher for a hybrid or electric or steam-run car that was well-built and had the best service warranty in the history of auto sales. Oh, yes, and that I'm guaranteed that not one penny of my money gets spent on some fat cat CEO's massive retirement package.
pastilla
Nov. 24th, 2008 12:46 pm (UTC)
Oh, and by the way. You're not alone. You are a member of the most pissed-off mass of middle-class in the history of the United States.
sjonsvenson
Nov. 24th, 2008 07:20 pm (UTC)
At least they are not just giving the money but buying up shares. That means the bank fatcats and CEOs can't simply hoard it off. It also ensures that the bank doesn't become a foreign bank, wholy owned by the Saudis.
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