Fred is still one of my favorite US politicians, or at least former politicians. The guy just has such a gravitas that you just have sit up to take notice. Fred is a self made man, having moved from college dropout, small town salesman, successful lawyer, moving into acting when asked to play himself in a movie about one of his cases, then a Senator.
In the following clip he really takes the piss out of the proposed solutions to the current economic mess.
I love the following: –
“…. the intricacies of the economy that may be over the head of the average person who only applies common sense to these matters.”
“…. and Wall St repackaging those risky mortgages into even riskier instruments and selling them to even bigger fools than they were.”
“Now you may have noticed that the bailout plan changes every few days in Washington, but its not like they don’t know what they are doing.”
“….. Not just anybody can qualify for this bailout money, there are strict criteria, in order to qualify for a bailout the recipients must have screwed up on a monumental scale, no little screw ups will be rewarded.”
“…. But as the Washington experts and politicians have tried to explain to us, the way to get out of this economic mess is to double down on the stuff that got us into the mess in the first place.”
“Now for those of you who think that this sounds absurd, and insist on applying outmoded concepts of common sense, ….”
“So this holiday season, be extra nice to the kids, bless their hearts they have no idea what’s in store for them, but that’s their problem.”
“Ask not what your country can spend for you, ask what you can spend for your country, isn’t that what made America a great country.”