“What about economic policy? Change is dumping Robert Reich for Larry Summers, turning your back on the general population in order to appease Wall Street. Is it really change to put the people who guided our economy into the void back in charge? What about Gitmo, any change going on there? The Health Care Law could very well be "proven" unconstitutional, and if not the Federal government will establish the new power to regulate our inactivity. The slippery slope in that scenario coupled with the continuous expansion of Federal power is a nightmare waiting to happen. What kind of change did the president put in place on Wall St? Did he make sure all of the cheaters received appropriate punishment, or did he do nothing? Did he make the system safer and get rid of high frequency trading, or did he do nothing? Has he audited the fed? Created greater transparency? Created enough jobs to get us out of the recession?
I blame congress more than Mr. Obama, but this slogan is bullshit.
Change is . . . coming in 2012.”
Many of them were merchants who suffered financially under the Navigation Acts. Others were planters who suffered under Scottish Rationalization. Others were artisans who benefited from colonial boycotts on British goods. Still others were land speculators who were cut out of western expansion by the Quebec Act. The concepts of "Freedom from tyranny" and "No taxation without representation" were slogans used to recruit the lower classes.
The founders were fighting for their own Rational Self Interest. The freedoms granted after the Revolution were a counter-revolutionary measure intended to protect the post-colonial social order. Indicative of this is the fact that no great social change followed the American Revolution. The founders feared the mobs they utilized to win the Revolution. With that in mind it is easy to see that even the Constitution and Bill of Rights were established to protect the self-interest of the ruling class.
I also disagree with Rand's philosophy, but it is an oversight to consider the Founding Fathers altruistic.”
“The problem is the President and his party are as deeply entrenched with the status quo as their Republican 'rivals'. The ideas that are churning out of the nation-wide protests aim to destroy the system that those in power have profited from. Obama is no more of a populist than Newt Gingrich- they are both corporatists. They both need big money to keep their power. The system as it is prevents candidates from existing outside of the control of special interest.”
mannapat on Nov 21, 2011 at 11:56:25
“If Obama needs big money to keep in office, are you suggesting that he shouldn't have it, and therefore leave office? No matter what, he has to be a better option than anything the Republicans are bringing. So, yet again, we hold our nose and vote. BUT if we never miss Primaries, and support our own preference for every office that we can manage, then maybe we'll actually have a chance to happily vote with a smile in the general election. Just not this time.”
“There couldn't be a better time to refuse to work. Americans pay more for day care than for their children's education, so make them choose to stay home with the kids or foot that heafty bill. I bet most of the citizens that supported the bill would think twice if the benefit of having teachers evaporated. This might not work because a lot of Tea Partiers home school, ensuring another generation of dummies.”
“Doubling of fees would be nice, when you consider that my credit card's interest rate has gone from 6.9% to nearly 30% in a six month period. Such atrocities would not be allowed if the government wasn't in the finance industry's back pocket. If you follow the money you'll see that the real problem is with our failed political system. Politicians that are supposed to represent constituencies are really representing campaign donors, using policy as repayment. Those policies have lead us to this point. If you are poor in this world you have to be amazingly industrious to have a decent life. This must change.
I am waiting to hear a mass cry of "No Taxation with Under-Representation". Maybe then K Street will shut down and democracy will be restored.”
“Evan Bayh got in the way of Health Care reform not for the sake of his constituents but for the sake of his wife and the money his family has vested in the industry. If this is what being a moderate is, than they should all leave Washington. We should be celebrating Bayh's departure with parades and try him for treason for the sake of self-interest.”
“This is a good start, but our democracy died a long time ago. When our elected officials accept any money from any special interest they are under-representing their constituents.
I don't see democracy restoring in this country without a revolution. No Taxation with Under-Representation! Our politicians are too corrupt, and in this system you need to be corrupt in order to raise enough cash to even compete in an election.
The real solution is to take the voting rights away from our "representatives", allow them to draft bills and allow all citizens to vote on bills online. We need a 21st century political system, the status quo is antiquated and our citizens are too smart to allow this pillaging to continue.”
fifteen pounds on Feb 4, 2010 at 18:33:21
“Are you kidding me....the American public is hardly fit to tie their own shoes....celebrity is everything....the US public brought us George Bush, Obama, and now Sarah Palin....I prefer taking my chances with people that at least can read, write, think....”
“If we really want financial reform we'll Nationalize the Fed. The fact that forign bankers make money every time our currency is printed makes me sick. If you want to talk about banks getting special treatment from our government, look no further than the Fed itself. I think it's existence is a threat to our national security. And why do we need private banks to back our mortgages in our country? Why doesn't the government provide mortgages to its people without the gross profiteering that banks get away with (Front loaded interest payments that make it even harder to pay down your principal). Low interest loans to citizens so they can have shelter (a basic human need) would have prevented this greed driven bubble from existing in the first place. It would eventually help us out of the national debt troubles, too. The income made from the loan's interest/closing costs would cover overhead and more.”
“Let the Fascism Roll! Not only can the corporations spend billions lobbying our candidates so they get the legislation they want, now they will be able to put anyone they want in office, too!
Yea, the chance of us regaining a representative democracy is now even slimmer!
We should change the name on the door to the United Corporations of America.”
“Geitner needs to get his head out of his ass. Companies that take risks should have to deal with the consequences. This whole recession was instrumented so the big finance companies could loot the taxpayer's coffers and make it seem as if we should thank them for accepting our money.
Wall St. operates on bubbles and they fully expects them to burst.
Remember, people in high finance are the smarter than the rest of us. With their combined brainpower there is no way that the system could fail without it being part of a master plan.
The "bailout" was no less than robbery instrumented by the military-industrial complex in order to satisfy its own greed.
Everyone involved should be tried by angry mob.”
“I am underwater on a mortgage and am about to face a rate adjustment. The property was my home but when I moved to New York I didn't have enough equity to sell it (without taking a loss) so I rented it out for the past 6 years. I can not refinance the house because I'm underwater and I do not live in the house.
The only option for me is a short sale, which I am attempting but the bank could always deny.
If they do I'll have to walk away or maybe declare bankruptcy- the credit card companies need to be taught a lesson, too.”
ron46032 on Jan 11, 2010 at 16:21:52
“You need to learn how to buy what you can afford.”