Friday, September 28, 2007

Clinton's baby bonus

Candidates say the darndest things.

If Hillary Clinton is elected president, she'd like the government to give a $5000 "baby bond" to every child born in the U.S. to help pay for college or for buying a home.

According to the article, 4 million children are born here every year.

That's $20,000,000,000. Each year.

Compliments of all us babies who had to make money the old-fashioned way by earning it. And we still haven't figured out how the hell we're going to cover Social Security benefits beyond 2017.

I'm all for helping out people who really need it. But $5,000 just for being born?

The United States has always been the place where you could start with nothing and if you work hard and make good decisions, you could have everything.

But in Hillary's world, nobody starts with nothing any more.

How depressing is that?
I am listening to: Modest Mouse - Missed the Boat
I am reading: HP7
And I am: Ready to get back to work


s.ray said... could anyone vote for this Man..OOOPS, I mean woman? All she wants to do is transfer wealth. Take from one group and give to another. That really pisses me off. I work hard and I want to keep my money. I'm sick of paying for the lazy people of this country. Go to school, get educated, then work. You make your own breaks!

Brian said...

And let's be honest. This money is not being given to the baby. It's being given to the parents, who will be able to use their own $5000.00 (if they have it) for something else (Like a Flat Screen TV or some quality meth.) Instead of the parent having to save money for their child, Hillary will have me (and you) do it. This is her way of allowing people to "get back to the tradition of savings" that Hillary new as a child????

Brian said...

Oops. I spelled knew wrong. If only my parents had been given some free money when I was born, I'd have gone to a better school.

Hedy said...

Welcome to HedyBlog, Brian! When I run for office, it will be on the "Dictionaries for Babies" platform. Much cheaper, and until the little rascals are old enough to read, fabulous for teething!

Posolxstvo said...

Can I apply for this Baby Bond retroactively? I have three kids myself, and near as I can figure I was one once myself, and since my mom is no longer living, she sure as hell can't use it.


hmm, as a mother of 3 young men, Perhaps a 5K bond that matures at the age of 18 would help offset the skyrocketing costs of vehicle insurance...
interesting idea..but, if anything, give the parents more discounts to help their children have a better life than they did.
In 20years, $5K won't buy you jackshit unless it's a prefab or modular home..that'll help the housing market...

Anonymous said...

Oh, well at least she wants to spend the money on making lives a little better instead of spending 4 or 5 times that much to kill people and take lives of American soldiers. Look at it that way.

s.ray said...

Yeah Anonymous..Great point...Or we could sit still and let them (terrorists) fly into the Sears Tower...or blow up the Mall of America...Or bomb an NFL game. Hey, at least we would save some money allowing that to happen. AND you could take My Money, and Give it to someone else!

Hedy said...

I'm sick and tired of living in a country where it has to be either/or. When I'm in charge, we're not spending money on senseless, bloody wars or handouts to every person born in the U.S. You give $5k to every single person born in the U.S. - does that include all the trust fund babies? And is that fair? Do you see the problem with Hillary's blanket statements? By covering everyone regardless of need, the people who really need help always get left out in the cold.

Dave said...

OK, I know you've got the new job and all; but, you can't just ignore your blogging obligations totally. At least a short post is in order.

molly gras said...

Amen sister!

and Hedy ... when can I vote for you for President? I'd really prefer that option over all the others.

[even if you just started a new job -- congrats, btw!!]

Hedy said...

Welcome, Molly! And thanks for all the great comments.

Nice try there, S.Ray. We don’t need to review it (how tiresome!) but there never was a link between what happened on 9/11 and the clusterfuck in Iraq. We’re not any safer and we're pushing the sad, sad 4k mark for casualties. But hey oil is $80/barrel, so yay us!

Mom aka Mudder said...

I agree with Dave, you may have a new job but you told me just yesterday that this job isn't as demanding as the old place. So let's get on with it, and start blogging again. Love you.

Anonymous said...

Shitty Neighborhood Rallies Against Asshole Developer

CHICAGO—Residents of the Carney Gardens neighborhood on Chicago's South Side are opposing an effort by asshole real-estate developer Royce Messner to build a godawful $45 million strip mall and condominium complex in the crime-ridden shithole they call home.
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Residents march to protect their beloved, execrable squalor.

The Save Carney Neighborhood Foundation, the most organized non-criminal group in this part of town, has filed a lawsuit in federal court to block the scheduled April 2008 groundbreaking. While halting the project would surely prevent a tragic urban-planning nightmare, it would also mean keeping the run-down, economically depressed community exactly as it is.

"Carney is where I was born and raised, and it remains a tight-knit community," said Foundation chairman Althea Hynes at a fundraising block party held Monday on a broken bottle- and condom-strewn stretch of Carney Avenue where the money-grubbing Messner wants to put a soulless indoor food court. "Lots of young kids still play in the empty lots around here."

Messner, 54, a three-time Chicagoland "Builder of the Year" and all-time unbelievable scumbag who made his fortune in the 1990s converting public parks and cheap, blighted properties into high-rise luxury residences, is seeking to "revitalize" Carney Gardens by razing it and replacing it with a damned cookie-cutter mixed commercial-residential development that would benefit no one who lives there now.

Unrepentant prick Messner.

"What people like this can never get through their heads is the fact that progress isn't always painless," the rapacious bastard said, as if he were not talking about driving thousands of poor benighted fucks out of the place that, pestilential hellhole or not, is the only home they've ever been able to afford. "They complained about the expressway over their heads too, but its easy-on, easy-off access makes Carney Gardens a prime area for development. Once we get a few more chain restaurants in that area, the whole economy will turn around."

A hellish 16-block stretch of burned-out buildings and howling poverty, Carney Gardens has never recovered from its economic slide in the late 1960s. However, many of those who live in the human sewer say they can't just allow Messner to squat his bloated fat-cat ass over their neighborhood and dump a big concrete-and-glass yuppie turd onto everything they've ever known.

"There's no way this city can allow some developer to just come in here and ruin our community," said liquor store owner Carlos Jimenez, demonstrating willful ignorance of Chicago history, the conditions immediately outside his door, and even his role in Carney Gardens' downfall.

"Where are all these people supposed to go if they put up that mall here—Gary, Indiana?" said Hynes, as if living in a filthy, dangerous joke of an ass wipe city was some kind of affront to her standards.

Urban planning experts say that any opposition to the colossal asshole faces an uphill battle, as Carney Gardens has been a wart on the ass of Chicago for too long. Despite this, it seems that the determined Save Carney group will not abandon its hope of rejecting the only development proposal their hopeless pit will see in the next two decades.

"Poor communities are at a disadvantage against this type of developer, who speaks the language of City Hall," said Jackson Eisenberg, an architecture professor at Loyola University who has studied the effects of short-sighted, profit-oriented renewal and gentrification on dozens of crap areas. "It's the same dilemma faced by the working-class [losers] in [rotten-ass] urban neighborhoods across America. As a [shrivel-dicked] businessman looking for a lucrative investment, [evil] Messner sees a ripe opportunity here."

Mayor Richard M. Daley has yet to speak publicly about whether he will oppose Messner's human hamster cage, or allow the vile prick to wipe the bleeding hemorrhoid that is Carney Gardens from existence.

Hedy said...

Hey Anonymous - Thanks, but next time just give us the link. Here it is:

Ya gotta love The Onion!