President Bush had the balls to go on TV and talk about how dire our financial situation is in this country, then we find out that the "bail out" is loaded with stupid pork provisions. People are losing their homes and they've done NOTHING to help them, but they've agreed to this sort of GARBAGE:
The special provisions include tax breaks for:
* Manufacturers of kids' wooden arrows - $6 million.
* Puerto Rican and Virgin Islands rum producers - $192 million.
* Wool research.
* Auto-racing tracks - $128 million.
* Corporations operating in American Samoa - $33 million.
* Small- to medium-budget film and television productions - $10 million.
Another measure inserted into the bill appears to be a bald-faced bid aimed at winning the support of Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska), who voted against the original version when it went down in flames in the House on Monday.
That provision - a $223 million package of tax benefits for fishermen and others whose livelihoods suffered as a result of the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill - has been the subject of fervent lobbying by Alaska's congressional delegation.
Then they go on TV and pat themselves on the back, saying what a great job they did, working together for the good of the country.
Thanks for selling us out once again, Washington f*ckers. No matter how dire the situation, we can always count on you to make it worse.