We need to come up with a hard hitting, edgy name for the bailout that clearly defines it as toxic, crooked, dirty and pro business.
We have become addicted to soundbites and short summary titles for important stories. "Names" and acronyms are used to "sell" as well as oppose positions and programs. It's done because it works!
Too often though, the labeling mischaracterizes truth and/or influences opinion. A picture is supposedly worth a thousand words, well one sizzling descriptive word or name can be worth millions of opinions and can change direction of a plan, whether for good or bad, depending on goal! Provocative, memorable, emotional, idealistic, or fear creating names can change beliefs, support and outcomes.
We have HAVA...Help America Vote Act- sounds great yet has become just the opposite.
Who can be against War on Terror?
Then we have the gates ... Watergate onwards.
Now Congress is working to bailout Wall Street, to cover up the billions lost thru IMO criminal activities, naked short selling, OTC Derivatives - basically gambling with our economic foundation and your money as well as future.
I temporarily named the bailout HABAC ..Help Americans Bailout a Crime...A crime against what this country is supposed to stand for, a crime of greed, a crime of turning away from the truth about the wall street games, a crime of creating massive debt, a crime of lying/deceiving the American people, a crime of destroying our economy for excess profits, a crime of destroying retirement accounts, a crime of printing so many paper dollars that the dollar is becoming junk, a crime of taking from most Americans their hard earned money and allowing top 1-2 percent to prosper while standard of living drops for others - add your own for it goes on and on
Now it must stop ...stop at congress...and start the real process of recovery that is geared to the American people.
Unfortunately Congress seems to be hearing the moneyed interests and ignoring Main Street as well as leading economists who caution against rush and ask instead for careful examination of root causes as well as options. We must capture OUR representatives attention. We must make them concerned that they are heading precipitously to more problems including at the polls in November.
Let's start by creating a fitting name for the bailout. It must be so TOXIC and descriptive that it will make it difficult to support.
Okay ... ready, set, go and name this bill...this crime!