I don't always support some of the things Michael Moore says, but I do this:
NOW! Here's what you can do immediately:
1. Call or e-mail Senator Obama. Tell him he does not need to be sitting there trying to help prop up Bush and Cheney and the mess they've made. Tell him we know he has the smarts to slow this thing down and figure out what's the best route to take. Tell him the rich have to pay for whatever help is offered. Use the leverage we have now to insist on a moratorium on home foreclosures, to insist on a move to universal health coverage, and tell him that we the people need to be in charge of the economic decisions that affect our lives, not the barons of Wall Street.
2. Take to the streets. Participate in one of the hundreds of quickly-called demonstrations that are taking place all over the country (especially those near Wall Street and DC).
3. Call your Representative in Congress and your Senators. (click here to find their phone numbers). Tell them what you told Senator Obama.
When you screw up in life, there is hell to pay. Each and every one of you reading this knows that basic lesson and has paid the consequences of your actions at some point. In this great democracy, we cannot let there be one set of rules for the vast majority of hard-working citizens, and another set of rules for the elite, who, when they screw up, are handed one more gift on a silver platter. No more! Not again!
In case you were wondering what you could do with $700 Billion, here are a few thoughts courtesy of Time magazine.
- You could give every person in the United States $2,300 or give every household $6,300.
- You could buy gas for every car in the United States for the next 16 months.
- You could pay the income taxes for every American who makes $500,000 or less.
- You could fully fund the departments of Defense, Treasury, Education, State, Veterans Affairs, Interior Department and NASA.
- You could buy every NFL, NBA, Major League Baseball team, build each one a new stadium and pay every player $191 million each for a year.
- You could pay off 7% of the nation’s $9.8 trillion debt.