Congressional hogs to line up at the trough?
Well, it looks like over half of one segment of our society will be left out in the cold when it comes to getting the check from the government. According to members of Congress and groups such as AARP, 50% of those who depend on Social Security for income will not be seeing or hearing, “The Check’s in the Mail.” The only way they would be eligible would be if they currently have taxable income over the $3,000 mark from investments, stocks, savings, etc. Meanwhile, those who pay zero income tax because of the allowance by the IRS for child credit, etc., will receive a check. It seems the Senate saw this--actually, it was called to their attention--as something they should not forget because it is an election year, so they are now attempting to add these seniors to the list of the ”checks in the mail.” Problem is they want to add the extension of jobless benefits to the $150 billion package of rebates, along with business tax cuts that were made in a deal between House leaders and President Bush that was wrapped up Thursday. It seems as if Pelosi gave in on this part of the House package in order to get the check in the mail and to look good to the voters back home. Now the Senate is worried that those who are on the unemployment roles will not vote for them unless they get a check as well. Well, that may opened up the door to the possibility of protracted negotiations if House Democrats are successful in adding to the Senate's retirees' tax rebates, the extending unemployment benefits, boosting heating subsidies for the poor, and temporarily increasing food stamp payments. The Senate, so far, is not going along with the plan by the House. Will the House force the issue in an election time just to gain a few votes and risk the Senate stalling on it, making them look bad, or maybe even get it through and dare the President to veto it to make them look good.
One Senate aide made the comment today that "Pigs get fat. Hogs get slaughtered." That seems to sum up the entire intent of this ill-prepared stimulus bill, thrown up in a hurry during an election year in order to gain votes. It looks as if both sides are guilty of lining up at the trough. While the politicians get fatter, the taxpayer’s pocketbook will get flatter because, if you're gonna dance, someday ya gotta pay the fiddler. Another appropriate statement that might well sum up the situation was made by. Dr. R.G. Lee, an old-time Baptist preacher who once preached a sermon called Pay Day Someday. Folks, the some day for payday is around the corner, and we need to ask our leaders if the dance is worth paying the fiddler. Now, what say you ...?