Thursday, July 17, 2008

life is cheap but toilet paper is expensive...

If you watch the Colbert Report you've probably already heard this, and I can't find a clip of the actual segment because greedy Viacom won't let people post clips on Youtube, but apparently the monetary value of an American life has dropped by about a million dollars over the course of the Bush presidency. What's even worse is that it's been suggested that this number was more-or-less fudged by the Bush administration so that EPA regulations can been more lenient...Read more about this here and here....(it's also kind of fucked up that human life has a price tag on it, even if it is in the millions- should every life be priceless?)
Meanwhile, Phil Gramm is calling this country a "nation of whiners" because people are exaggerating the level of economic crisis we're in? We may not technically be in a recession, but the economic situation for many is grim and, well, our lives are worth a million fucking dollars less than they were five years ago. That's around the same amount that Phil Gramm's wife made as a board member of Enron. Gramm is also behind a 1999 bill that repealed many regulations for investment banks, whose dishonest and irresponsible (some might say fraudulent and criminal) actions since have played a significant role in the current decline of the U.S. economy. So, I dunno, if people complain about the economy- loosing their jobs or just making less money, losing their homes because of the mortgage crisis, losing their 401k because their company was cooking the books, or whatever, I don't know if I'd exactly classify that as whining, and even if it was, whine away, motherfuckers, news is grim, grim, grim...

1 comment:

William Thirteen said...

and if you calculate in the dollar's recent precipitous fall against the unified currency, an american life is now worth only about seven Euros and change...