The Bailout Culture

It seems that in the past couple of years the word “bailout” has become the catch-phrase for all good, cheesy politicians and politics (which is about 98% of them).

The original incarnation of this bailout phenomena was the revolting rescue of financial institutions done in the name of saving the American economy from sliding into the abyss. Then came bailouts of the car companies…but once again, ostensibly to rescue the displaced and unemployed American blue collar worker.

Now bailouts seem to be filtering to the common man. Bailouts for homeowners, for pet owners, who knows what else they’ll dig up. The reason I thought of this was an ad I saw on the Facebook sidebar this morning:

So in order to legitimize yet another bailout program, let’s call it “bailout for dads” because once again, it’s for a good cause: children. After all, everything for the children, correct?

I can never know why people have credit card debt over $9200. I’m sure in some cases it was the only means for survival for certain families.

And I’m sure in many other cases it was a case of overindulgence and blind, keep-up-with-the-Jones’s consumerism. Does everyone deserve a bailout?

Actually, I don’t give a damn who the government wants to bailout…more power to all the poor money managers. If a multi-billion dollar corporation can get government handouts, why not some poor Joe Blow struggling to make ends meet because he never learned the value of a dollar. Fair is fair, after all…

All I want to know is when will the government reward people like me who have no debt, depend on it for very little, generally are self-sufficient and do not seek governmental or quasi-governmental assistance. All I’m asking for is a little positive reinforcement for living a simple and unobtrusive life. That’s all. The government is there to help and to bolster (supposedly) but I question its role as a financial co-dependent.