Friday, January 16, 2009

Bail Me Out

Today's link
It's Not a Weekend It's a Lifestyle

Saying for the Day
Always borrow money from a pessimist, he doesn't expect to be paid back. ~Author Unknown

Picture of the Day
(My daughter and friend in France long ago)

As I was looking through a bunch of political cartoons that look at life in the United States from the right and from the left. I came across this one.

Now I don’t know if it is left or right but for me it hits the nail on the head. We blew 350 billion dollars out into the economy. There was no oversight and no accounting. We don’t know if it did any good or not.
We do know that the AIG top executives got their millions in bonuses. That was good. A man shouldn’t lose his bonus just because he lead his company into near bankruptcy. That was hard work. Such work needs to be rewarded , even at taxpayer expense.
We do know that banks got a lot of money to lend out. We do know they haven’t lent much of it. They are sitting on it. That’s good we don’t want it to get lost.
We do know the little guy with a horrible high rate mortgage hasn’t been helped at all. But then he is just the little guy. Congress can’t worry about him.
My son is one of those little guys. He got one of those mortgages that started low and went up every six months. Now he can just barely meet the payments.
Over all that time he has paid on the mortgage without fail. He let other things slide. He ruined his credit rating. But he protected his house.
Now he can’t get a low rate mortgage to replace the one he has because he has a bad credit rating. The fact that he has never missed a payment on the mortgage doesn’t count. He can’t be bailed out.
He is , after all, a little guy. Congress can’t be bothered helping him.
Perhaps Obama will change things. Perhaps he will help all those stuck with high rate mortgages to get lower rates.
Then again he may not. He may be too busy building roads. We will see.

News from Pigeon Falls
The little town in my basement where the trains still run, dragons fly, and life is back to normal
Well Herman worked his first day as Oop’s nanny yesterday. Pastor Joan had a funeral and was with the family or at the church all day. He and Oops built this huge Lego castle. Herman had never seen so many Lego blocks in one place before. It was as if the blocks just kept appearing as they were needed. Oops was so creative in her design of the castle. Herman just put the blocks where she wanted them. The castle looked like something out of a fairy kingdom and he half expected to see little folk coming out of it.
Herman had a thought of himself as a king . Suddenly the chair he was sitting on became a thrown and there was a crown on his head. Oops had her own crown and a beautiful shinny dress like a fairy princess. It was such real make believe.
When it came time for lunch he put all of the blocks back in their box and couldn’t believe the small box they fit in. His chair was back as a chair and the crown was gone. He cooked soup for lunch and Oops seemed to enjoy it.
In the afternoon they played scrabble and Oops won every game except one. Herman figured she left him win that one because she knew many more words than he did.
When Pastor Joan returned she asked Herman not to tell anyone anything strange he had seen there. His response was “ Who would believe me if I did. They would think I was back drinking.”
When he got home Herman’s wife asked how his first day on the job went.
He replied “ You wouldn’t believe”, and he left it at that.

Wrap UP
It was 22 below this morning when I got up. Now that's cold. I blogged. Then I put this coming Sunday's bulletin on the St. Mark Website, sixteen pages. Then I added the audio of last Sundays sermon. Betty went to therapy on her arm. In the afternoon we took the tree down and apart. Then stored it in the proper box and took it to the basement. Then we took the train apart and stored it in the proper box and took it to the basement. Then the table it had stood on was empty so we moved everything from the top of the desk to the table and spent the afternoon sorting and throwing away junk. You would be surprised what a flat surface attracts. There is still some left for us to take care of tomorrow. Then I visited some links. Now I need a breathing treatment.


Blogger Janvangogh said...

Oops was sent to Pigeon Falls to battle Petrovich.

5:09 AM  
Blogger Finding Pam said...

My sister is in a similar situation as your son. I hope someone helps him.

Oops is something else. I think she is quite powerful and I look forward to what she will do next.

You and Mrs. Betty have a wonderful weekend.

6:12 AM  
Blogger Peter (Worldman): said...

Well, today I read that the second part of the 750 billion has passed the Senate. And it is supposed to help the little guys. We will see. Seeings is believing.

6:29 AM  
Blogger loisontheweb said...

YA ... with all these economic problems ... maybe some people will think that they'd like to move to Pigeon Falls?


7:01 AM  
Blogger Pat - An Arkansas Stamper said...

I'm enjoying the continuing saga of Oops; can hardly wait for the next installment from your creative mind.

Hope you're having a good day. Stay warm!

8:09 AM  
Blogger Melli said...

Come on down to my house! It's a BLISTERING 17 here today! With the wind chill it feels like 2! Still better than what you've got!

I'm putting your son and his house on my prayer list...

Oops & Herman are gonna be just great! I wish Luz and I had Oops to play with! I WISH we had her box of legos!!!

9:10 AM  
Blogger Jill said...

I do find your comments about the bailout to be true, sharp even if your tongue is firmly planted in your cheek. And to think we live pay check to pay check and always wonder why there is nothing left...

10:15 AM  
Blogger Caution Flag said...

I think you did a great job articulating what many of us are thinking. Things surely are turned wrong side up right now.

11:15 AM  
Blogger juliana said...

i'm sorry about your son and hope he gets out of this mess unscathed.

herman and oops seem a perfect combination.

12:52 PM  
Blogger JR's Thumbprints said...

It's too bad when I look up, there's no money falling from the sky. I could sure use some.

3:54 PM  
Blogger Akelamalu said...

I've noticed how the little guy always loses out. :(

5:03 PM  
Blogger Melli said...

Flat surfaces in my house always attract a cat!

5:32 PM  
Blogger Family Man said...

We can only hope Obama remembers he got elected mainly due to the "little guys". We need to hope that he remembers that.

5:48 PM  
Blogger The Crazy Object B. said...

Its warmer in Alaska lets all go there!

Just kiding

6:29 PM  
Anonymous quilldancer said...

Herman was the perfect choice for babysitter! Of course he can't tell! LOL!

8:20 PM  
Blogger jmb said...

I hope everything works out for your son. Times are tough indeed.

22 below! Now that is really cold.

9:34 PM  
Blogger Catch said...

I surely hope many changes are in store, our country needs them badly....time will tell I guess.

11:51 PM  
Blogger Gattina said...

The banks in Belgium cheated on us too, many lost their money ! The State had to help to pay out at least what had been guaranteed, but not the total amount of course.
Obama certainly can improve this, but he needs time, the damages done by 8 years of Bush government are sooooo big !

6:05 AM  
Blogger tsduff said...

Man alive, that is cold! I have never been in weather colder than 9 degrees. Hope your heat stays on!

10:55 PM  

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