At first, it was but three pages.
Then, it grew to 42.
When it was voted on last night, the bill was the size of a novel.
A 451-page novel they most likely did not read before completing the first of three steps into making it law.
Packed with "sweeteners"–the deceptive name for political bribes—the bill passed with ease. Sweeteners like more regulations on insurance companies, setting up a "Wool Trust Fund"…and even relief for the manufacturers of wooden arrows.
"Other goodies intended to attract the votes of individual members of Congress include $192 million for the rum producers of Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands, $128 million for car racing tracks, $33 million for corporations operating in American Samoa, and $10 million for small film and television productions," says ABC’s Jake Tapper.
Is this what John McCain calls pork? Is this what is supposed to help Wall Street?
"It’s garbage," Rep. Devin Nunes [R-Calif.] told UPI before the vote. "They’re trying to put more decorations on the Christmas tree, but the problem is the Christmas tree."
Only 25 Senators voted against their parties’ successful attempt to railroad this bill through the Senate.
Absent from this coalition: Senators John McCain and Barack Obama, who both voted FOR the bailout.
A bailout, paid for by taxpayer, which sends a lifeline to corrupt CEOs who made bad deals and then looked for rescue.
A bailout that a Treasury Department spokesperson said was "not based on any particular data point" because they "just wanted to choose a really large number."
A bailout that nobody knows its probability for success, its end cost and how much taxpayers will ultimately be responsible for.
"To the Democrats and Republicans who opposed this plan yesterday, I say step up to the plate and do what’s right for this country," Obama said.
"We are in the greatest financial crisis of our lifetime," McCain said. "Congressional inaction has put every American and the entire economy at the gravest risk."
Did they ever stop to think that it was Congressional action that caused the problem in the first place?
Did they ever stop to think if bailing-out these corporations with taxpayer money, in a bill laden with pork, is what America needs right now?
Is this taxation without true representation?
Where have all our representatives gone?
"Where is the $700 billion or more for a bailout supposed to come from, in a government already drowning in deficit spending and a spiraling national debt?" asks Bob Barr, the Libertarian Party’s nominee for president. "Who will bail-out the federal government when investors at home and abroad refuse to buy its paper?"
The Libertarian Party is the only party dedicated to protecting you, the taxpayer, from big government spending and intervention in the market.
Only the Libertarian Party understands that government is not the answer.
With the nomination of John McCain, the Republican Party once-and-for-all gave up their claim to be the "Party of the Free Market."
Barack Obama, who claims to be for "Main Street," put taxpayers on the line for Wall Street, relinquishing their claim to be the "Party of the People."
It is time for change.
It is time for the Libertarian Party, who is both for the free market and for the people.
All political parties other than our own grant to government the right to regulate the lives of individuals and seize the fruits of their labor without their consent.
Will you help us become the next major Party, that voters can count on to protect their interests, and not those of failing, corrupt corporations?
"Legislators should take a deep breath, stay out of the way as the market continues its painful adjustment process, and start fixing the financial problems that government caused over the years," says Bob Barr. "The best person to oversee this process is someone who hasn’t been part of the problem in Washington."
Only a vote for Bob Barr and the Libertarian Party will yield the sort of change necessary to get our financial system back in order.
John McCain himself proved that a vote for John McCain is a vote for big government.
Barack Obama himself proved that a vote for Barack Obama is a vote for bigger government.
They are two sides to the same coin.
It is time to vote for change; real change—not just a new name.
It is time to vote for the Libertarian Party.
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