Monday, October 06, 2008

The Real World Between Cynicism and Optimism

A couple weeks ago, I posted a piece suggesting that readers contact their congressional delegations to voice their opinions on the bail-out bill. First up in the comment section was Kansas City's Best Blogger and nonvoter Meesha, advising me with all his world-weary wisdom that "it will happen anyway".

Sure enough, it happened anyway.

So, was my call to action an exercise in futility? I don't think so, and neither do the millions of people who now will gain access to mental health coverage with their insurance. 24 million taxpayers will get relief from the Alternative Minimum Tax. A lot of changes were made to the bill, some of which were good, some of which were transparent gifts to special interests. The fact remains, though, that our calls got their attention, slowed down the train, and got us at least a more palatable bill.

Total victory? No. Total defeat? No, but dangerously close. Worth a few phone calls? Absolutely.

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2 Comments:

Blogger m.v. said...

Dan,you win: you still got anally raped, but because you called and insisted they at least used some Vaseline. Of course they made you pay for it and also charged you for a subsequent rape kit for yourself and everyone else,but, on the upside, you now have access to mental treatments to deal with your problem. If anything this vote exposed your congressperson as even bigger (to quote Lenin) "political prostitute" than you ever thought they were. I like this post which explains the bill in a more human language. It mentions that AMT adjustments are not that significant and the reason why your government suddenly cares about your mental health.

10/06/2008 8:13 AM  
Anonymous Lance Weber said...

$100 billion of spending unrelated to the bailout?

I have a hard time disagreeing with m.v. on this post. We got screwed. The rich just got richer and a bunch of insiders got paid to look the other way. Who pays? Working stiffs like you and me.

10/07/2008 8:03 AM  

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