24 February 2009

90s Rewind in America

Anyone else feel like they're living in a time warp? The stock market tanked today to 1997 levels, the GOP is planning on using some Gingrich-style resistance in the House, and Obama's advisers remains staffed with Clinton-era leftovers. It's like I'm back in high school again popping zits and throwing eggs at the cool kids' cars. This kitsch series, which lasted about as long as The Chevy Chase Talk Show, should take you back to that bygone era too:

That's the stuff! But it's not all shits and giggles, because the House Minority Leader says government needs to fess up that it's flat fucking broke, and there's some shady meetings between the White House and the incoming Chairman for Citigroup. I didn't know the government was allowed to make back-room deals with corporations that will probably involve billions of taxpayer dollars...I suppose it's an "Executive Privelege" thing.

If you're looking for real accountability on how your money is being spent, Subrookie sent me a link of how the Porkulus monstrosity might get spent from the "Conference of Mayors" wishlist. Some examples in nearby Seattle are $412K for meter maids to have updated parking ticket dispensing tools and $100K for upgrading the heating system at the Greenwood Senior Center. I guess we can't have "geezers in freezers" anymore during those long Washington winters. Of course, with the current state of affairs, a better investment would have been for "shovel-ready" suicide booths.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

It might just be me, but 1997 was a pretty good year.

Bag Blog said...

Here is a link that also mentions the 1997 tank. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123491436689503909.html

J. said...

You mean, recovering from a failed Bush administration's policies and digging one's government out of a fiscal hole? Yes, sounds like 1993 all over again.

Oz said...

"Digging" is about right, seeing as this latest package just about doubled the deficit with the promise of more to come.

How exactly do you dig out of a hole, anyway? Wasn't digging the original problem?

Nixon said...

It's Deja Vu all over again, I tells ya. BTW, since she isn't here to refute it, The Heights is Ms. Kiyum's favorite TV show. She has all 12 episodes on tape.

subrookie said...

I liked '97. Seems like where I worked it took until '99 or '00 for the overseas markets in Asia to tank.

Anyone want to bid on the $1 million dollar tank painting job the stimulus money is paying for in Akron? I have a couple buckets of cheep John Deere green I could bring.

Blendy said...

Nix,

But if everyone starts using suicide booths, then won't we have fewer taxpayers, which will lead to higher taxes for those unfortunate enough to not be in the front of the suicide booth line? Unless we tax the hell out of suicide booth usage.

olgreydog7 said...

Actually, damn near every year since 1932 has been a good year in the US. Sometimes high expectations are a bad thing.

Oz said...

Naturally you would want to expand the estate tax.

Ms. Kiyum said...

Tape being the operative word.

Ms. Kiyum said...

Charlotte Ross has the best hair EVAH! you make me want to go cut some bangs and put on some flannel right now.

Nixon said...

Ms. K,

I knew you would appreciate the tucked in flannel look.