Bush Bashes Senate For Stalling Stimulus Package

President Bush held a press conference just now in which he bashed the Senate for stalling the stimulus package:

“Whatever the senate does they should not delay this package. They should not keep money out of your pocket, the sooner you get a check, the more likely it is that the stimulus package will kick in and make a difference. So my attitude is if that if you’re truly interested in dealing with the slowdown in the economy—the Senate ought to accept the House package, pass it, and get it to my desk as soon as possible.”

(AP Photo/Tim Sloan, Pool)

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  1. timmus says:

    Strangely enough I’m starting to trust Bush more than Congress these days. I wonder if there’s too much fluoride in the water or something.

  2. DMDDallas says:

    @timmus: its the chemtrails

  3. snoop-blog says:

    for once, i’m actually with bush on this one.

  4. jomil91 says:

    so, the main reason why he wants americans to have money in their pockets, is so they can spend it on useless stuff they dont need (hopefully some will remember to save it, or invest it in stuff they need) and that would “boost” the economy. lol… its always about spending.

  5. jtlight says:

    The Senate, at this point, is pretty absolutely worthless. Coupled with one of the worst Presidents in US history (and I’m registered Republican), November cannot come soon enough.

  6. matt1978 says:

    Cash, sweet, sweet cash. Why won’t you come home?

  7. Buran says:

    @snoop-blog: You’re in favor of granting immunity to lawbreakers?

  8. DMDDallas says:

    @jomil91: yeah dude that is how the economy works. no, I’m not mocking you, its just this is the world we have created ourselves – one of crass consumerism, materialism, and corporate slavery.

  9. snoop-blog says:

    @Buran: yeah thats exactly what i said………twisted around to your liking.

  10. darkclawsofchaos says:

    this package seems like something Democrats would endorse, and if Bush says ok, wtf is the hold up then

  11. loganmo says:

    As much as I would love the $600 to help pay down CC debt, the longer the delay in the federal government borrow billions of dollars to give everyone an extra payment on their cards, the better.

  12. aro says:

    I don’t think I’d call this bashing, he’s just pointing out that this needs to be approved ASAP

  13. snoop-blog says:

    @jomil91: we work jobs we hate, to get money to buy shit we don’t need.- fight club

  14. friendlynerd says:

    I’ve never agreed with Bush, on anything. Until now. It burns.

  15. kpfeif says:

    “Useless stuff?” Well, I need to buy a lawn mower. I have an acre of land covered by grass. If I want to spend less than 3 hours mowing, I should buy a lawn tractor. That has a use: cutting lots of grass.

    Which to buy? There’s the whatever crappy rebranded MTD, which has a Briggs & Stratton engine. It’s assembled all over the place, and many parts are foreign. I think they assemble that in Mexico. It’s $900. It’ll fall apart in about 5 years.

    Then there’s the John Deer x300. It’s a 20 year tractor. It’s built in Horicon, Wisconsin. It’s $2900. I’ll buy it at the local John Deer dealer. He’ll make some money. He’ll spend that. Meanwhile, some money goes to the people in Horicon who built it. They’ll spend that. John Deer shareholders will make a little money. Maybe they’ll spend that, too. For doing nothing, the State of Wisconsin will take 5% and spend that, too. Unfortunate, considering I trust the other people WAY more than the State of Wisconsin to spend that money on something useful.

    Yeah, that won’t boost the economy at all….

  16. kpfeif says:

    BTW, forget about posting useless comments here. Just go to senate.gov, look up your senator, call them and give their staffer an earful – either way for or against it.

  17. JMH says:

    Go Senate!

  18. veraikon says:

    @loganmo: Well the worst part is most people probably won’t even use it towards their debt. They’ll spend it on “presents” and “toys” for themselves. Cuz hey, free money right? Not that I won’t take $600 if it’s handed to me, but people need to understand where that money is going to come from before they run out and buy a PS3 with it.

  19. Ftp1423 says:

    I really wouldn’t go as far as trusting Bush. This is a classic ploy of presidents and other appointed officials trying desperately late in the game to bandage an always scarred legacy. For the exact same reason he all of a sudden wants push a spending bill which would throw the US government further into debt, he wouldn’t increase health coverage for children of low income families. He’s playing to the crowd to save his legacy, so in that instance I find his sudden vigor for the people of america rather selfish and uninspiring.

    Although don’t get me wrong. I want my check as soon as possible, but just don’t act as if you’re suddenly our best friend Bush.

  20. Bladefist says:

    @snoop-blog: Never respond to Buran – that Person just picks fights and never has any good points.

    Anyway, I’m with bush on this and many other things. He of course isn’t perfect, but he is trying to fix this economy. We broke it. Obviously the war didn’t help, but the fact is a lot of this is due to the subprime cuts, which is due to everyone being foreclosed on because they bought too expensive houses, because the bank let them, because they thought the housing market was solid.

  21. RvLeshrac says:

    @loganmo:

    The majority of people who see this money will be putting it back into the economy just as quickly. The ones who pay down their debts will likely rack up more debts, either by choice or by necessity.

    This is one of the few good ideas from the current administration.

    @Buran:

    If you’re talking immigration, for some unknown reason, keep in mind that large numbers of them are breaking the law out of necessity. I’ve known plenty of legal immigrants who became illegal immigrants for long stretches of time not because they particularly wanted to, but because the government has taken so long (and so much of their money) approving their applications that they have had no choice.

    Any money they would have been able to spend to return home has been given to DHS and lawyers. They can’t afford to go home, so they have to live and work illegally until the applications finally make it through the system – which can be three or more years and dozens of thousands of dollars in the future.

  22. smitty1123 says:

    Give me my money back. That is all.

  23. RvLeshrac says:

    @veraikon:

    Considering this money is in no way intended to pay down debts, I don’t see how that’s ‘the worst part.’

    Buying food, clothing, movie tickets, and, yes, even a PS3 is exactly what this money is for.

  24. EBounding says:

    YEAAHHHHH!! Gimme my BUSH BUCK$!

    All this is, is a transfer payment. It’s taking from one pocket and putting it in another. That kind of policy doesn’t stimulate growth. But it’s a campaign year, so cash for everyone!

  25. darkened says:

    @jtlight: I entirely disagree, some of the worst presidents ever include Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Jackson, and the most absolute worst president ever and will never be surpassed short of Joseph Stalin himself reincarnated, FDR.

    I personally believe in the history books in the future Bush will be given the due he deserves for standing his course on his words. While he might have been a bit extreme on spending it is not his economic policies that have put us where we are. If anything it is Clinton’s lack of doing ANYTHING that derailed Reaganomics that gave our country abundance.

  26. snoop-blog says:

    @RvLeshrac: didn’t leave me any points to make. all of yours were dead on!

  27. RvLeshrac says:

    @smitty1123:

    People are gung-ho on the anti-tax thing.

    If you’ve ever driven anywhere, used a telephone, voted, taken a swig of city or county water, worked in manufacturing, called the police or fire departments, attended a public school, or any number of other things, you can’t ‘ask for your money back.’ You’ve used a good bit of it. If you’re ever out of work for an extended period of time, you’ll use a good bit more.

  28. LorneReams says:

    @darkened: Nice, you had me going for a bit….

  29. RvLeshrac says:

    @snoop-blog:

    Keep in mind that I’m not arguing that people who ENTERED the country illegally deserve amnesty, but the reality is that there’s no way to differentiate between those who entered illegally, and those who were forced to become ‘illegal.’

  30. ptkdude says:

    So here we are with the second of these “tax rebate” things. It sure looks to me like that whole “trickle down” economics thing doesn’t work!

  31. RvLeshrac says:

    @LorneReams:

    The people who are hardest on Clinton for doing nothing seem to always be the ones that say they wish government would do less.

    I always think I’m missing something there, but there’s nothing there to miss.

  32. darkened says:

    @RvLeshrac: You seem to miss out we pay for our telephone service, we pay for our water & sewage service, the biggest scam ever is the billions or trillions we gave the Telecoms to give us fiber connectivity for internet and then they pocket the money and years later they say it wasn’t possible and never give back the money.

  33. stephenjames716 says:

    fool me once….shame on you…

  34. TONY says:

    i honestly dont see how this will help stimulate anything. its going to make one burst of spending, saving in my case, and the economy is somehow suppose to recover. i got a better idea. take money from the billionares and millionares that have useless things already and give more back to the people that can either use it to support thier families or but more expensive useless shit.

  35. darkened says:

    @tonywonder: Sorry this is America not soviet russia, we are not socialists and I pray we never become that.

  36. smitty1123 says:

    @RvLeshrac: Point of fact, I was out of work for an extended period of time a couple of years ago. And you know what else? I lived off credit cards. It didn’t cost anyone but me money and I still had some pride left.

  37. bukz68 says:

    rvleshrac – the only way this stimulus package has any meaningful effect on the economy is if people use it only on items that are made in the US. More than likely our government is going to end up borrowing this money from countries like China and Japan (perhaps not directly… but definitely indirectly) and then consumers are going to send this money *gasp* right back to China and Japan when they spend their money at Walmart/Best Buy. That gives the economy a little boost for a hot second when they see sales go up briefly, but in the long run it won’t hardly make a difference. The problems with our economy extend much further than can be fixed by handing out $600.

  38. snoop-blog says:

    @bukz68: the stimulus isn’t goint to “fix” the economy, but help it, which it will do. how do we know this works? it’s been done before, and it was succesful.

  39. nardo218 says:

    Wait, THIS is the stimulus package Ive been hearing about? Everyone gets a check?? Fucking … just … unbelievable. He tanks the economy by letting his CEO cronies do whatever they want, making laws to line their pockets and screw over anyone who works for a living, and he thinks he can fix it by giving people money?

    Ad the fuck all thing is? That this will make people happy. His fucking plan, which he probably had in his back pocket for 8 years, will work.

  40. geekfather says:

    Everyone realizes this is just an advance on your 2008 tax return, yes?

    It’s not free money.

    Only Halliburton, oil companies and big pharma get free money.

  41. ClayS says:

    @darkened:

    No one compared to Carter. He makes Bush and Clinton look like geniuses.

  42. ClayS says:

    @geekfather:

    Is that so? The rebate, if it happens, will be added to your 2008 tax liability?

  43. junkmail says:

    @tonywonder: Yeah, let’s punish those dirty bastards that actually WORK for a living, you know, the ones who are smart with their money rather than pissing it away, the successful ones. Let’s get ‘em! F*ck them, how DARE they have money. The probably got it from stepping on the little guy anyway, to hell with ‘em! They don’t need it, they already have a nice house. Two cars!? WTF? They don’t need TWO of ‘em!! Let’s take the cars too!! YEEAHHH!!

  44. MYarms says:

    What better way to make up for 8 years of terrible leadership than to give out free money to the people of your country.

  45. junkmail says:

    @junkmail: *THEY probably got it… dammit.

  46. bobert says:

    Hmmm… so we’re going to borrow MORE money from our kids and grandkids. But this time instead of putting it in a hole in a desert halfway around the world and lighting it on fire, we’re going to stick it in our wallets. Yeah, I’m with Bush on that! I’m sure that squandering the time of thousands of people and hundreds of billions of dollars a year out of the U.S. that COULD be invested in building up our country’s economy and infrastructure – oh, that has nothing to do with the downturn. It’s gotta be because those lazy consumers won’t have FAITH and go out and SPEND!!!

  47. bukz68 says:

    @snoop-blog – perhaps “fix” was a poor choice of words, but so is “help.” I’d liken it to bailing water out of a sinking boat with a spoon. sure it “helps” but it’d help more to plug the damn hole…

  48. Tracy Ham and Eggs as played by Walter Mondale says:

    @geekfather: Um, no, its not. This is a payment out of the federal budget, not a tax refund. The last $300 check was, but this is supposed to be a massive influx of cash into the economy, which will hopefully return 10fold. See KPFIEF’s lawnmower example, thats the ideal situation. Me, Im probably not getting anything, but I know that if its spent it goes into the economy and will benefit me eventually.

  49. ClayS says:

    @junkmail:

    You can’t explain the most basics economic concepts to some people, so don’t even try. Economics 101 should be a prerequisite to commenting on articles such as this.

  50. SuffolkHouse says:

    Yes! Don’t think or deliberate. It isn’t tolerated in the White House and it shouldn’t be tolerated in the Senate. The people didn’t elect you to determine how to best represent their interests. They elected you to act quickly every time Bush says so.

  51. Snarkysnake says:

    Compare and contrast:

    1947: Marshall Plan: The governments of Europe and Asian countries accept U.S. $$$ to fix their broken,war torn economies. The money advanced by the U.S. is spent mostly…In the U.S. (Caterpillar heavy equipment,Food grains,General Electric and Westinghouse electric equipment etc…)

    2008: Bush Plan: The U.S. Treasury auctions off bills,notes and bonds to European and Asian (and middle eastern) countries. The money is used to hand tax rebates to taxpayers who will spend the $$$ on goods from…China,Japan and the Middle East…

    Looks like a “reverse Marshall Plan” to me…

  52. stinerman says:

    @darkened:
    How was FDR Stalin re-incarnated when they both lived at the same time? In fact, Stalin outlived FDR.

    In addition, I must have missed the time FDR banned the Catholic Church and deported citizens to Alaska for refusing to go along with his agricultural collectivization efforts. My grandpa doesn’t recall having his farm confiscated by the state, but he’s getting pretty old and has trouble with his memory.

    And if you want a country that has true free market laissez-faire policies and low taxes, I would suggest Somalia for the moment.

  53. ClayS says:

    @suffolkhouse:

    The Senate is in agreement with the tax rebate. The problem is, some want to bundle in a little pork as well. This happens all the time; it doesn’t matter whether it be Democrats or Republicans. So little has been accomplished this year in Congress that its pitiful. As low as the Presidents approval are, the Congress’ are even lower still.

  54. ClayS says:

    @ClayS:

    Opps. Approval ratinga.

  55. ClayS says:

    @ClayS:

    No, ratings.

  56. ancientsociety says:

    @Tracy Ham and Eggs as played by Walter Mondale: Ummm, actually geekfather is correct. This will be factored into your 2008 taxes, read the plan the House just passed.

  57. bigduke says:

    Cowboys versus the 49ers in the comments. So I save my money, I make smart purchases. I don’t need a stinking paltry handout from the government to stimulate anything. It amazes me how many of the rah rah repubs step up to the troft. If you where a real conservative you would send the check back. How dare you take a handout from the evil government.

    @Clays. Trickle down has been completely debunked, I doubt it is talked highly of in econ 101.

    @Darkened How come any time someone has the guts to talk about making the top 1% of this country who have made their billions off of the sweat and toil of hardworking people like you and me, pay their fair share, you pull out the commie card. Those billionaires laugh their butts off at each and every one of you that says that as you struggle to make your over inflated mortage payment in your over inflated subdivision, and think you are one of them.

  58. darkened says:

    @stinerman: I said the only way a president could surpass how terrible FDR was would be to be Stalin reincarnated. Stalin was not president of the United States…

  59. darkened says:

    @bigduke: Because the issue isn’t that we need to rob the rich and give to the poor, the government needs to stop fucking spending money. Ron Paul is the only candidate that acknowledges this. If they just cut the massive pissing away of our dollar on everything they are we wouldn’t need these broad taxes raping and pillaging everyone.

    And seriously do you think the billionaires would pay that kind of tax? They’d leave the country on their private jet and never come back.

  60. ClayS says:

    @bigduke:

    Tax rebates to the broad base of taxpayers is not trickle down. Check a textbook.

  61. MeOhMy says:

    @Tracy Ham and Eggs as played by Walter Mondale:

    See KPFIEF’s lawnmower example, thats the ideal situation. Me, Im probably not getting anything, but I know that if its spent it goes into the economy and will benefit me eventually.

    KPFIEF’s lawnmower example represents a dangerous situation. Assuming he gets $600, he’s got to come up with another $2300. Where is he going to get that extra money? Since KPFIEF is reading consumerist, he’s probably more financially savvy than the average American and probably already has that $2000 saved up.

    But the average American will just put that $2000 on his credit card that already has a $5000 balance on it.

    All this spending money you don’t have is a big contributing factor to the current economic situation. Spending more is not a long term solution – eventually no one will have anything left to spend.

  62. clevershark says:

    @snoop-blog: “how do we know this works? it’s been done before, and it was succesful.”

    So successful, in fact, that it has to be done again 6 years later!

  63. ClayS says:

    @clevershark:

    How many consecutive years of steady economic growth do you expect to have without at downturn?

  64. snoop-blog says:

    @clevershark: burn! yeah why any of us argue that we know whats best for the country instead of running for office and doing something about it. i wish i had the answers, unfortunately i just want the cash! i got hot hands on the craps table!

  65. bigduke says:

    @ClayS: Check the bill. A large chunk of that money is going directly to big business. Another large chunk will be spent on bailing people out on $500k plus mortages.

    @darkened Back to cowboys v 49ers. I’m sorry but making a billionare pay his fair share of taxes is not the same thing as stealing from the rich. I realize that as a Ron Paul supporter you may think that all taxes is stealing. I for one live in a little place called reality.

    This mortage meltdown happened so that CEOs of financial instituions could continue to cook the books and pull down 20 million dollar plus bonuses each year. No human is worth that, sorry it ain’t so, and that ain’t communism talking.

    For people to stand up and defend the practice is just crazy. To ask corporations to look after the public good because the market forces them too is just a stupid thought. Websites like The conusmerist exist because corporations can’t, won’t and should not be in that business. Government and governing matter. They are the great balance between the uncontrolled greed of pure capatalism, and the common good of the country and ALL of its citizens.

  66. bnb614 says:

    If they have the $$ to give me a rebate, then why did they take the $$ from me in the first place?

    This is nothing but an election year ploy. Everyone ins signing on because they want the voters to remember they gave them $$$. Buying votes.

  67. ooloi says:

    I’ve got a bad feeling that this is going to be passed. If so, I wonder if I can get my check in Euros.

  68. m4ximusprim3 says:

    I can’t find anything in the bill summary stating that this rebate will be levied against your ’08 tax liability, but then again, I can’t understand most of the actual bill itself.

    Can someone point out an explanation (or at least the relevant sections of the bill) of how this affects your ’08 tax situation (IE do you pay taxes on the 800, is an 800 debit applied to your rebate, etc.)?

  69. deadlizard says:

    I can understand why Bush is so pushy. He didn’t expect his economic
    mess to arrive until AFTER he left the White House. Like his
    trillion-dollar war, who’s going to be somebody else’s mess in less
    than a year. Have your lunch, let others pay the bill.

  70. boandmichele says:

    @m4ximusprim3: i want to know this as well. i can use that money, but not if its just “in advance” of my normal tax refund

  71. holocron says:

    @timmus: They’ve been upping the voltage on the HAARP project.

  72. Domichi says:

    @m4ximusprim3:
    I read something stating that this was basically adjusting the marginal tax rate on your first $6000 from 10% to 0%.

  73. Domichi says:
  74. Buran says:

    @RvLeshrac: Nope, was referring to the “let’s give telcos immunity for violating your civil rights” BS.

    And just as I type that, this comes up on my iPhone/iPod:

    Postcards From Richard Nixon

    Oh, the irony.

  75. m4ximusprim3 says:

    @Domichi: appreciated. So basically, they’re giving you back some of your ’07 taxes.

    Maybe if I called them and offered to just pay them $600 less on my original check, they’d say yes? :)

  76. savdavid says:

    I will NEVER trust Bush. He has lied to us over and over and over. He has proven he only has the interest of the rich and corporations to hold up. The middle-class and poor might as well all die in a huge Katrina as far as he is concerned.

  77. savdavid says:

    EVERY recession since FDR has occurred with a GOP president in power.

  78. youbastid says:

    @darkened: You lost me at Ron Paul. “Zero Government Spending” is no better than “Gratuitous Government Spending.” Abolishing education, arts, public services, FBI, CIA, IRS, not gonna lead to good things. The stoners love him because he wants to legalize weed, the skinheads love him because he’s against federally mandated integration, the gun-nuts love him because he’s against any kind of gun control, and oh yeah, he’s a nutcase pro-lifer.

    The guy might be a lot more dangerous if he had any support. Luckily, his strategy of appealing to every possible fringe group isn’t really panning out. So really, none of this matters because he’s never gonna win.

  79. Pope John Peeps II says:

    @Bladefist: Ha ha. OBVIOUSLY the trillions and trillions of dollars being pissed away in the desert don’t HELP. And of COURSE Bush isn’t responsible for the present economic state. It’s merely his Government. And of course, there’s NOTHING the Government can do to fix problems with the econom-

    oh wait.

  80. smitty1123 says:

    @savdavid: And the CONGRESS that APPROVED every one of those BUDGETS was controlled by DEMOCRATS.

    So, I’d say that the blame can be shared pretty equally. Also, random caps is kinda FUN.

  81. humphrmi says:

    @youbastid: LOL you hit the nail on the head about Ron Paul. You forgot one though: his strategy of only campaigning on the Internet also isn’t panning out. I guess folks in Iowa and New Hampshire don’t buy it.

  82. Kifune says:

    @veraikon: I won’t buy a PS3, but I will buy a Wii.

  83. RonDiaz says:

    @youbastid: You’re right, running as big a deficit as possible while generating as much ill will as possible around the world along side as many gov’t departments as possible that will burrow deep into every facet of American lives. Brilliant! /sarcasm

  84. RvLeshrac says:

    @Buran:

    Haha. I was wondering how there came a tangent.

    Giving telcos legal immunity for spying on behalf of the gov’t is, indeed, horrible.

  85. Eliamias says:

    To me this package is akin to putting a band-aid on a sucking chest wound. The only thing I can see this reasonably accomplishing is keeping the ship listing while he’s in office so it only sinks once he’s gone. Not that those two analogies are even remotely related to each other. It’s been a long day.

  86. youbastid says:

    @RonDiaz: No Rondiaz, I think you missed the point. See, I said I think Ron Paul’s ideas are just as bad for America as America’s current situation. I didn’t at all insinuate that our current situation is great. Of course, I’m gonna go ahead and guess that you’re a Ron Paul supporter, which means you take the stance that anyone who calls out your beloved candidate must be PART OF THE MEDIA CONSPIRACY TO TAKE HIM DOWN!!! OH NOEZ!

  87. majortom1981 says:

    Wouldnt this money come out of our pockets any by way of higher taxes? Doesnt this money that we are getting have to come from somewhere?

  88. pyloff says:

    Thank You Bush!

  89. RvLeshrac says:

    @majortom1981:

    The idea is to stimulate the economy, generating MORE money in taxes from trade, jobs, and higher business profits.

  90. youbastid says:

    @RvLeshrac: Except most of the money is going to go to giant corporations that outsource their jobs and pay almost no taxes.

  91. EtherealStrife says:

    Wow you people are worse than the plebs of the Roman Empire. Throw a little $$ your way and you’ll forget all about the dictator in power, starvation, substandard education, etc. The difference is, the Roman sheeple actually got to KEEP the money. You’re all worshiping Bush’s fecal matter over a cash advance.

    And uh senate pork? Are you kidding? I guess Bush’s signing statements don’t make the news on Fox.

  92. randombob says:

    eh, I think this is a big waste of taxpayer money

    how much $$$ is spent per-person to give us $600 back? How much man-hours paid, resources consumed, to give us back $600?

    Seems a more economical thing to do would to would be just to give everyone a $600 tax credit on this year’s return. Presto-chango. Same $600 if we gots to have it, but a lot less $$ output to “give it back.” Which, uh, as taxpayers, we’re paying to do.

    lol. Probably paying $550 to have the gov’t send us a $600 check.

  93. leftystrat says:

    Uh-oh…. don’t get him too angry, or he’ll have to invade another country (Iran, anyone?).

    But it’s ok – it’s all in the name of economic stimulus.

    If you want economic stimulus, abolish 85% of gov’t.

  94. stinerman says:

    @darkened:
    You’re right. Bad English skills on my part.

  95. friedfish says:

    @savdavid: All capitalist economies are cyclical, yes? The Fed’s job is to monitor our economy and regulate it when necessary. Since FDR how many of our seated congressional sessions we’re Republican led? Congress makes the laws, Clinton appointed Greenspan and *everybody* drank the subprime kool-aid (granted, there were those that didn’t need to and/or had the foresight and fiscle discipline to not partake) For better or worse our economy, in large part, runs on optimism. So a portion of the people that got a subprime mortgage were banking on their circumstances getting better. Let’s not point fingers folks.

  96. @kpfeif: Replace the grass with something native. Then you won’t have to mow at all. The fine people of Moline would probably still thank you for the pollution reduction. :P

  97. Saboth says:

    I think it is hilarious…all of the things Congress has let Bush walk all over them on…all the bills they passed recently that sucked, because they wanted to go home for vacation, but they decide to “stand up” to Bush on this one (didn’t they just give themselves a raise?)

  98. humphrmi says:

    @friedfish: Actually Alan Greenspan was originally appointed by Ronald Reagan, although Bill Clinton did REappoint him. But the rest of your comment is spot-on.

  99. darkened says:

    @youbastid: You seem to think following the constitution is crazy?

    I’m not against these programs in theory, but NOT at the federal level. Those types of programs should be left to the STATE. Because at the state level we have some minor control over the government. And we can choose to leave the state we live in if we disagree with it’s laws and agree with anothers more. However we are always subject to federal regulation and taxes.

    The Constitution specifically was MADE TO NOT LET THIS HAPPEN.

  100. ClayS says:

    @Eyebrows McGee:

    It amazes me that people will spend thousands to buy front-loading washing machines to save a few gallons of water, and then water their lawns all season with hundreds of gallons a day. And I sometimes see automatic sprinkler systems running during a good soaking rainstorm.

  101. efolgate says:

    They don’t have the money to give to us. They’ll probably borrow it from China. The United States needs to worry about balancing its budget rather than throwing money at us. I’ll gladly accept it, but the only way that it will stimulate the economy in the long-term is if we use it for substantial things like paying off debt, catching up with mortgage payments, or investing.

    My suspicion is that Best Buy, Circuit City, and the mall will get a lot of stimulation, but not much more of the economy.

  102. Sasquatch says:

    Yay! $600 from China to spend on items that were probably made in
    China. The Chinese Economy will definitely be stimulated by this one.

  103. Rectilinear Propagation says:

    @smitty1123: You already paid for the unemployment insurance while you were employed. Why not use it? It’s already your money.

  104. hi says:

    Why must everyone making less than 53,000 dollars a year be put on this mandatory welfare? Where’s this money coming from? Doesn’t the gov already owe the fed billions? trillions? This won’t fix anything except to keep the poor workers temporarily happy. It’s like giving a baby a rattle… shhhhh be quiet… everythings fine.

  105. milesabove says:

    I find it hard to believe Bush’s motive is simply economic stimulus. Sure, he wants to “get money in our pockets” but who’s to say that will definitely stimulate the economy? I think that Bush wants to get this stimulus package out to consumers as a way to sway the election. Follow me here: Bush’s approval rating is next-to-nothing. Moreover, his economic policies throughout his presidency have been shit, frankly. We are headed towards a recession (the 2nd, I remind you, of his term in office) and he doesn’t want to go down in history as the WORST president ever. I think he sees this stimulus package as a way to convince taxpayers (and voters) that Bush-onomics, a skewed, oil-based version of Reagan-omics, is a viable economic system that puts money in their pocket. However, this stimulus package goes contrary to all of the economic decisions he’s made as President. I think its a feeble attempt to buy votes and popularity by “stimulating” an economy flaccid from Bush economic and fiscal policy. Worse than that, its too little, too late, and it goes to show that Bush’s manipulation of Americans through their wallets is still running strong.

  106. cerbie says:

    Yes!!! Expensive money!

  107. coraspartan says:

    Darkened: LMAO. Oh, wait, you’re serious? STFU.

    I am so sick of the Ron Paul spammers. When is the Consumerist going to block them?

    I have to say that this is the one and only time I have agreed with Bush in the 8 years he has been President. Send us our checks, dammit.

  108. Mr. Gunn says:

    bigduke: You’re wrong! Republican hypocrisy, like global warming, does not exist!

    We can’t borrow our way out of this one, guys… This is one of the worst financial mistakes ever made by a President. Reverse Marshall Plan, indeed. Maybe things will turn around on their own, despite all this, but suddenly all the celebrities insisting on being paid in foreign currency is starting to make a lot more sense.

  109. RvLeshrac says:

    @smitty1123:

    Your employer pays money into UI for every employee that they have. UI is designed to see you through losing your job, so that you don’t HAVE to max out your credit cards and spend all of your savings.

    That’s why there are very hard limits on UI, based on both WHAT you were making and HOW LONG you were making it. This isn’t welfare, this is corporations being forced to provide the little guy at least a small fraction of what they always provide the big guy.

    It would be awesome if we all got millions of dollars from the company when we’re fired, but unfortunately, we have to rely on UI. Not everyone can be a CEO – we’re not all that incompetent.

  110. theoxygenthief says:

    Wake up people! there’s no such thing as money for nothing! The American Economy is in DEEEEP sh@*, nothing an economic stimulus package can solve. Your looking at the same effect the war on “terrorism in Iraq” had: postpone the problem and make it worse. Right now America needs to tighten it’s belt buckle a bit, stare this recession in the face and sort it out, not try to postpone it again.