Howard Beale said that in the 1976 film Network.
What he says in that film has an odd familiarity:
I don’t have to tell you things are bad. Everybody knows things are bad. It’s a depression. Everybody’s out of work or scared of losing their job. The dollar buys a nickel’s worth. Banks are going bust. Shopkeepers keep a gun under the counter. Punks are running wild in the street and there’s no one anywhere that seems to know what to do with us. Now into it. We know the air is unfit to breathe, our food is unfit to eat, and we sit watching our TVs while some local newscaster tells us that today we had 15 homicides and 63 violent crimes as if that’s the way it’s supposed to be. We know things are bad. Worse than bad. They’re crazy.
Things are rough all around and a few things that have been in the news recently have me opening my window and shouting the above.
Earlier this week the House passed an economic stimulus package without a single Republican vote. This makes me mad as hell. These are the Republican who passed the first half of this under a Republican president. The changes between that time and this time are not that much no matter what the bobbleheads on the idiot box say. Notice how the networks are bringing on only Republicans. The new president did something that no sitting president has done in recent memory in coming to them to discuss the pacakge. To listen to them and try to compromise. It is just that these folks for the last 8 years have a mentality that the word compromise means you do it our way or not at all. Well folks, that time is done. If you don’t want to he a part of the solution, then the hell with you. I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore. If you want to explain to your constituiants why you would rather cut taxes for your high dollar donors instead of invest in shovel ready infrastructre improvements that would put folks back to work; then go ahead and vote no. If you want to insure that this depressions, and folks when 70,000 people loose their jobs in one day it is a depression (Monday was dubbed bloody Monday), keeps going want want to play chicken with peoples lives; then vote no. This president and his administration have a 70% approval rating and 85% of people agree with his plan to stimulate the economy. Vote no. That way your constituants have reason to boot your ass out of office. I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore.
The Republicans in the house are not the only ones making my pissy.
The idiots on Wall Street are just as culpable as the Republicans. They expect us to sit back and let them pass out $18 BILLION in bonuses to the fools who caused this depression? If I may say so kindly…Piss off.
Claire McCaskil of Missouri today had enough: “‘They don’t get it,’ McCaskill said on the floor. ‘These people are idiots. You can’t use taxpayer money to pay out $18-billion in bonuses… What planet are these people on?‘”
Today she announced a bill that would restrict these folks pay to that of what the President of the United States makes. If they think they are bussier than him, then they should take a vacation.
Folks, too many people are hurting right now for us not to do anything. Hold those who need held. Feed those who need fed. Befriend those who need a friend. But do not get complacent. You need to get as mad as hell. Let your leaders know you will not take this anymore. Stand up, not only for yourself, but for others.
Lift open your window and shout: