If you have been paying attention to the news lately, you're probably breathing fire right about now. How many times just in this past month have we heard a story where companies who have received bail out money from the government are still spending like there's no tomorrow. It infuriates me to no end.
It usually takes a lot to get me upset, but I truly have an issue with irresponsibility; especially when we are in such a crisis. What is it going to take to get people to work as a group instead of an individual?
I figure it will be a while before the new administration is able to make a significant impact. (Although they are trying) In the time being, may I propose a few simple suggestions?
1) All Wall Street bonuses should be returned immediately. The money received will be evenly distributed among taxpayers to begin a college fund for your children. If you do not have children, you may make a donation in your name to a deserving child.
2) If your child becomes ill, and adequate medical care can not be found nearby, you and your child may have use of the Citi Group Corporate jet for your transportation needs. Free of charge of course! All expenses above and beyond your insurance coverage will be picked up by Sandy Weill.
3)John Thain, former chief executive of Merrill Lynch became famous for spending $1.2 million on decorating his office. Since he is out of a job and loves decorating so much, may I suggest he be put to work fixing some of our neighborhood playgrounds. (Sorry John, this is an unpaid position) Maybe Mr. Thain will have to learn to live on his savings (Like the rest of us).
4) Families who are generous enough to take in other families due to foreclosure will receive a discount on their taxes. (Good deeds should always be recognized).
5) Companies that distribute baby formula will have to follow the example of the automobile industry and begin to give discounts. I don't pretend to understand the ingredients in a can of formula. I just know that my instant ice tea mix is twice the size and 80% less the cost. (Something to ponder).
6) Finally, families who are having a tough time making ends meet are entitled to free financial classes. Your tickets will be distributed by former Chicago senator Rod Blagojevich. (See Rod, some seats aren't for sale!) Let's just call this one Karma.
As with most problems, when the going gets tough, the tough call their mothers. So it seems only fitting that this proposal be written by one. God Bless!