Say What?

I’m watching the news coverage of the $700B bailout Bill’s defeat in the House.  This is a big deal.  I’m still on the fence as to whether or not I support the idea of a bailout.  It’s a hard pill to swallow.  One news commentator said it best when he suggested one might need to plug their nose to actually get it down.

Even though I’m not sure how I feel about the Bill, the impression I had from coverage earlier in the day was that the language of the Bill was satisfactory to both parties and would likely pass.  Now that it has failed, party leaders are stepping up to the microphone to accuse the other of partisan like speeches and name calling.  They are claiming the reason the Bill failed did not involve its language, but the way the Bill was being discussed in the House.  Are you kidding me?  Vote on the language of the Bill and what it means to the American people and the crisis we are navigating.  To cast your vote based on your reaction to he said – she said garbage is juvenile.

Add to the mix, McCain’s camp is now saying this failed because Obama did not suspend his campaign and do more to promote the idea of a bailout to his Democratic collegues.  The reasoning is that supposedly McCain’s involvement upped the Republican support of a bailout from 4% to 35%.  Well la-de-dah.  I don’t think the fact only 60% of Democrats voted in favor of this Bill had anything to do with Obama.  This is a big issue and the passing of a bailout is going to have a lot of different consequences.  No party is going to stick their neck out to be the sole deer with a bullseye on its head.  The Republicans were clearly trying to keep their support of the Bill high enough to get it passed and low enough so there was room to put the weight of the consequences from the bailout squarely on the Democrat’s shoulders.  This is insane.  I seriously want to throttle everyone involved.  Pass it, defeat it…part of me doesn’t care.  But make sure whatever happens is not about ego or hurt feelings.  It needs to be about protecting our economy!

2 Responses to “Say What?”

  1. Tricia says:

    We just spent the dinner hour saying the same thing. I’m appalled by the partisan finger pointing going on. Excuse me but aren’t these people supposed to be representing us and I agree, either pass it or don’t, I’m not sure what’s best, but where has the concept of doing things because they believe they’re acting in our best interest. These people are not “using their wisdom!”

  2. Jen says:

    Yep, yep. Nothing to add but agreement.