Have I got a deal for you!
The CEOs of the big three automakers keep asking for billions of dollars in handouts and “emergency bridge loans” from you, well, actually from me and about 300 million others like me. I can see both sides of the bail-out vs. Chapter 11 bankruptcy argument, so I’m not trying to make light of the bad situation that thousands upon thousands of Americans would be put in if they lose their jobs because Detroit manufacturing goes under.
But while you’ve got that big ol’ checkbook out, I just want to put in a few words for my parents — Grammy & Grandpa PunditMom!
No, they’re not Wall Street titans or tone-deaf executives — they’re small family farmers. And even though they don’t say this and they don’t complain, they could really use a little help making ends meet.
I understand there’s a whole philosophical thing about whether the government should come to the aid of big businesses — the ones that have gotten “too big to fail.”
But I’d like to say a word about the families and businesses around the country that are too small to fail. That’s right, too small to fail.
If you save the big guys but all the little businesses go under, who’s going to be there to buy the products and save the money? Someone once told me that I was so vigilant in getting reimbursed for business expenses that I could turn $1 into $1.05! Lots of people, including my parents, are like that, but I’m afraid that the extra nickel isn’t going to go very far anymore.
You’re all very concerned, as you should be, about the state of our economy and how to keep us from descending into another Great Depression. But you’re a little too busy patting yourselves on the backs for staying in Washington, D.C. in December so those auto CEOs could test drive their hybrids halfway across the country.
The stock market tanked in 1929. The depths of the Great Depression didn’t come until 1933. It took that long for the bad things that happened to the big guys to trickle down to the rest of the country.
So, as my parents are in semi-retirement, but still working a couple jobs to make sure they have health insurance and something extra for on the table at the holidays, don’t be so focused on the guys in the suits who are giving you their best pity-party spiel.
After the Wall Street guys and the Detroit executives get their inevitable handouts, please see if you’ve got a little something left over for my parents and others like them, especially since they’re the ones who are helping to put the food on your holiday dinner tables, too. And try not to make it one of those stimulus things that are really just early tax refunds in disguise. Something real would be nice that would give a boost to families, both financially and emotionally.
I’m sure that’s something your constituents could get behind, especially as they’re trying to finance their own holiday gatherings with all the trimmings while still trying to have a little something left to tide them over to the New Year.
Thanks so much in advance. I know my parents would thank you, too.