July 08, 2009

GIVE A MAN A FISH, AND HE'LL ASK FOR 700 BILLION MORE

We just gave a man a fish and fed him for a day, and now he wants another:

The U.S. should consider drafting a second stimulus package focusing on infrastructure projects because the $787 billion approved in February was “a bit too small,” said Laura Tyson, an adviser to President Barack Obama.

The people of Palau also think they deserve another fish, because they took our piranhas off our hands:

Palau is asking longtime benefactor the United States for a 35-year extension on direct aid funding — and hinting Washington should say yes because of its offer to take in 13 Guantanamo Bay detainees.
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U.S. government aid to Palau over the past 15 years has totaled more than $852 million, according to a congressional estimate.

The ridiculous thing is that we don't even have any fish to give out.  The Fed is just printing new fish, but for some stupid reason, we just keep giving them away like they're real fish.

Enough fish metaphors.

This stinks.

Posted by: Sarah at 02:12 PM | Comments (6) | Add Comment
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1 I saw something on the news this morning about unemployment going up and the need for another stimulus while we wait for the first one to take effect.

Remind me not to turn on the TV again.

"The Fed is just printing new fish, but for some stupid reason, we just keep giving them away like they're real fish."

And for some stupid reason, people keep taking that fish, even though they're not fishy fish!

Here's an idea. We take back the thirteen and cut off all aid to Palau forever. Nah. American taxpayer money used to benefit ... American taxpayers? What a silly idea!

Posted by: Amritas at July 08, 2009 02:50 PM (+nV09)

2 ... but they might be good for *wrapping* fish in a while... ;-)

Posted by: Krista at July 08, 2009 03:43 PM (sUTgZ)

3 Krista -- Ha, you know I was totally thinking about Larry!

Posted by: Sarah at July 08, 2009 04:09 PM (TWet1)

4 You know what I'd like to do?  I'd like to call one of those debt reduction companies to deal with the government.  The non-profit ones, not the whack job ones.

Anyway, I'd also like someone to tell me when the last time a person got out of debt by spending more money was.  In fact, I think I saw an Intervention episode about a woman trying to do EXACTLY that.  It didn't work and she ended up on the show Intervention.

Maybe our government needs to be on Intervention. 

Posted by: airforcewife at July 08, 2009 05:34 PM (CDkfD)

5 Sarah, Michael Jackson was the ultimate fishwrap. Guess who was still in the 'news' this morning along with the stimulus.

AFW, our government is all about intervention ... of the wrong kind.

Posted by: Amritas at July 08, 2009 07:51 PM (7burq)

6 I prefer "Give a man fire, you keep him warm for a night.  Set a man on fire, and you keep him warm for the rest of his life."

Posted by: chuck at July 09, 2009 12:44 PM (GYCon)

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