I'm so sick of the talk about the economic stimulous package. And neither Dems or Reps seem to get it. I found this today: There is a growing consensus among lawmakers in both parties that the deepening collapse of the housing market is at the heart of the countrys acute economic downturn. NYT: Both parties move to aid homeowners - The New York Times- msnbc.com WRONG! What is at the heart of this crisis? Jobs! People are losing their jobs. If they are lucky, they are finding jobs that don't pay as well as their last job. Or people who have jobs are afraid they are going to lose them so NO ONE is spending. So, the politicians and corporations can either bring back the good paying manufacturing jobs they sent overseas or they can move to those other countries and sell their shit to them. Because we certainly can't afford it. So we can give $700 billion to the bankers. That won't do a damn thing. We can even give $ to everyone who got a bad sub prime loan. That won't do anything either. Because if/when those people lose their jobs, they still won't be able to pay. And fuck green jobs. Those will be great in 5 years, but what we need are for manufacuturing to come back from other countries. I know Ford and/or their suppliers have plants in Venesuela, European countries and Mexico. They need to manufacture at least 70% of the vehicle in the US. If they don't, either they get taxed or they don't get tax breaks. I don't think we understand how many American jobs have been sent overseas. It is insane! No wonder unemployment is so high and wages are down. Maybe we should all apply for Haloburton/Blackwater. And Walmart jobs won't help. We need good paying jobs. PS. Repeal this: The LaborManagement Relations Act of 47, informally the TaftHartley Act, is a United States federal law greatly restricting the activities and power of labor unions.