Proactive refusal to regulate the OTC derivatives market.
Proactive promotion of housing for all with sub-prime mortgages.
Ah, why not add one more as a bonus for you:
The GOP treasury secretary's decision to allow Lehman Brothers to collapse, a direct and immediate trigger of the banking crisis.”
The Great Intellectual on Dec 10, 2013 at 12:14:37
“First the repeal of Glass Stegallw as bipartisan and signed into law by Bill Clinton
Second the promotion of housing for all was not a GOP initiative and it was the 1995 CRA revision that forced Banks to meet a quota of 25% or more with low income loans.
Third right before the Collapse the GOP attempted to address the housing and lending crisis but were met with "poor hating" accusation by the Left.”
“I was intrigued so I looked it up, seeing that you don't appear to have the wherewithal to include all the facts, resorting instead to innuendos. I'll give a summary so other posters can understand your comment.
She is, of course, on the board of Walmart. During an interview in San Francisco, as she chatted to the Salesforce CEO, she was bombarded by protesters objecting to her position on the board -- for reasons we do not know.
The Salesforce CEO gave some advice to the protesters: that they would have been better off protesting in split groups so they wouldn't all get arrested together and could continue protesting in waves. Pretty sound advice, I would say, especially under the circumstances.
Marissa Mayer added to his comment, "That's a design problem right there," to the laughter of the crowd.
It was indeed a design problem, but something else makes her comment even more apropos: she has been criticized for design problems.
She at least can laugh at herself, be cognizant of criticism without personalizing it, and stay calm in the face of unnerving protest directed at her, the kind of protest, I might add, that never creates solutions.
Using her as a role model, rather than besmirching her would be much wiser. I expect those character traits have a whole lot to do with why she is a CEO.”
“Where do you think the $10 billion went? I am not going to answer the question for you, other than to say it didn't drift out into space. Time to get smart, follow the chain, think beyond your auto-response mechanism; then (by your own figuring), you will be eligible for a Toyota, Nissan or Honda.
Meanwhile out of the total bailout package to fix the incredible mess left under the GOP administration, the taxpayers actually earned a return on their investment.
Either you deliberately post one-sided comments designed merely to demean, or you are too d. lazy to do the research required to comment factually.”
jesthefaxman on Dec 10, 2013 at 11:33:44
“It went down with the stock value when they sold it for less than they paid for it. How hard is that?”
What were the name of those rattletraps that polluted the streets of the USSR and Eastern Bloc. Ah yes, the Trabant (recycled cotton/wool waste, plastic and resin), the Wartburg, among other lemons.
Compared to many executives today, that compensation sounds quite reasonable, I think, even in light of the bailout (that saved in total 1.5 million jobs). The government is out of GM now, and the bailout forced the company to greatly improve.”
“Of course one can be both, but not a conservative as the GOP has become today. There is a difference between conservatism and the GOP today.
There is nothing wrong with conservative points of view (that does not include religion and its side bars that have nothing to do with politics or the economy), just as there is nothing wrong with liberal points of view. Thankfully, we live in a democracy where we are free to both differ and express our views.
Modern complexities demand centrist governments, with the ability to move left or right of center to meet the needs of specific issues and the mixed economies of the modern world.
Extreme left or right politics have no place in the 21st century.”
“I am a centrist. The complexities and vagaries of modern life demand centrist governments and mixed economies. I support Obama, a centrist, parting company with him on a few key issues but not straying over to the other side.
Now, you risked posting a one-sided comment, probably not worthy of you. You know, when we weigh our actions we have to be prepared for the outcomes.
The president who won an election by just 303 electoral votes (versus 219 for Nixon) and .17% of the popular vote, apparently, as has since been reported, squeezing in by the grace of mob assistance: John F. Kennedy
Only president who blatantly and directly lied to the nation after taking advantage of an intern under his authority: Bill Clinton.
The only president impeached for perjury and obstruction of justice: Bill Clinton.
Proud of that?
When people learn to debate issues with reason and balance for the good of a country, instead of partisan lopsidedness for the good of a party, then it will be the people of the country who will be so much better off.
You posted just three, so I will leave it at three as well.”
“You are so right. I am a fiscal conservative who supports President Obama, a centrist who also believes in capitalism, self-sufficiency and the importance of entrepreneurship.
I part company with Obama on a few key issues; however, supporting the GOP as it has become today is not an option.
All those who support and vote for any Republican candidate, ipso facto (by default), also support and bolster the other messages of that party today: intelligent design/creationism (when science and technology are key pillars of great nations); anti-birth-control and anti-abortion rhetoric (when the most serious crisis we all face today is massive, irresponsible population growth, already nipping at all balanced budgets); and the alarming trend of private equity, large funds and limited partnerships in the business of the nation and the world (with one goal to fill larger and larger investor pockets at the expense of every other stakeholder (small and medium owners, residential and retail tenants, suppliers, municipalities, states and governments and not least, the consumers -- in other words, the middle class).
“If you scroll down, you will see my comment. I am not for the GOP as it is today.
All men are not created equal. We need to understand that very clearly. All men (including women in the word "men") are created with potential opportunity. Whether that path of opportunity is a paved road or a jungle path pretty much depends on the circumstances of one's birth.
You are right that religion should play no part in equality. It shouldn't play any part at all, in my view. Neither should sexuality. In the workplace, for example, sexuality should be a private matter. I don't think discussion of sexuality in the workplace is appropriate. I believe we should all have equal rights to include partners or others legally in our affairs without question about religion or sexuality.
Many people don't understand homosexuality, and religion has nothing to do with their views. They should not be free to hold those views but not free to discriminate because of them.”
Priest Judas on Dec 9, 2013 at 15:24:17
“Very rational response. I don't agree with keeping sexuality private. it is basically impossible in the workplace. Try going into your office and tell you fellow employees what you and YOUR SPOUSE did this weekend without making a reference to HE or SHE. It is impossible. People have tried. And sadly still do. If it weren't for so many people coming out, we would still be living in 1974 (which is the year I came out). Yet people are constantly confused in thinking that gays want SPECIAL rights. Yet all we have ever asked for is EQUALITY. Except during the 80's when we begged for help in saving our brothers and sisters who were dying in multiples of AIDS of Ronald Reagan decided to ignore us completely. ”
"I think it’s a bad business decision to exclude anybody from your restaurant, but, at the same time, I do believe in private ownership." What is that supposed to imply?
Mr. Paul, talk about excluding anyone from restaurants is a leftover from the sixties. We are long past that now. Not only are African Americans well dressed, they own many of the restaurants.
Let's get one thing straight. African Americans are smart -- smarter than you. They understand glib pandering. They also understand what is good for them, America and the world. At the top of the list are birth control and freedom of choice, without government interference in the medical treatments and issues of women.
If you want to reach out to attract more voters, know one thing: a party cloaked in yesterday's prejudices, religious wrappings and private capital funnels to the wealthy is not going to cut the mustard.
When an organization's brand is broken, it has to reinvent itself. The GOP's brand is broken. To reinvent itself, it will have to get rid of the people who believe in its broken brand.”
Tahut on Dec 9, 2013 at 13:13:16
“"I think it’s a bad business decision to exclude anybody from your restaurant, but, at the same time, I do believe in private ownership." What is that supposed to imply?
Dec 9, 2013 at 10:22:47
“You have to remember that the award is for influencing American culture through the arts. That might help you understand his award. Personally, I never watch him (haven't watched TV in well over six years), but I only watched part of his show a couple of times before that. Didn't relate to his "humor," but it appears that thousands (maybe millions) do; and perhaps that's were his award comes in -- not for individual artistic merit.”
Dec 9, 2013 at 10:18:45
"Where are OUR jobs that were promised"? Before I comment on that, remember that 4 million jobs had been lost when Obama assumed office, and 4 million more lost jobs were already in corporate pipelines. As at August 2013, President Obama has presided over 34 straight months of net job creation in the US economy. Over that time the economy has added an average of 180,000 jobs per month.
When it comes down to it, though, it is up to us to create our own jobs. Sounds very harsh, but that is the reality. Those who expect promised jobs to fall in their laps will be greatly disappointed and unemployed.
So, my question to you is, why are you wasting time on this site, and this thread particularly? Surely your interests would be better served reading, say, the "Economist," "The Wall Street Journal," "The New York Times" (careful there, a whole section on the arts, etc.), or "Bloomberg News," to name a few?”
Dec 9, 2013 at 10:01:23
“"White folks"? I don't watch TV, but I keep up with these awards peripherally; and it seems to me this is one set of awards handed out pretty evenly to all colors. Remember, now the award is for influencing American culture through the arts. I expect that full description is key. So when one thinks a certain artist may not deserve the award, think again about the influence of that artist on American culture.
At first blush, one might tend to agree with you, but only at first blush. American culture is important. I expect it pays a huge part in your own life. Watch TV? Read about the artists? I assume so, as you actually commented on this thread.
So all in all, American arts probably touche your life daily far more than the war in Afghanistan (on track to end in 2014, with first two troop withdrawals completed). If you have a loved one affected directly by that war, then I apologize, because each one of us owes those brave soldiers a debt of immeasurable gratitude.
“Did you know there is no color in the world. Just pigments and different light waves. Our brains transform the different light wave lengths reflected from different pigments into color. So color all happens only in our minds.
The change of color in chameleons is produced by hormones triggered by their nervous systems. The hormones react with pigment layers in their skin, producing different colors. Remember, only our brains perceive the color.
The sounds we hear are a variation on the same kind of theme. There is no sound in the world; only in our minds, produced by our brain's interpretation of the different sound waves. When a tree falls in a forest, if there is no one around to interpret the sound waves, there is no sound.”
“Is she still living with her enabler? Hope she and all those around her continue to receive nutritional and healthy-life counselling, albeit she is now working in a hospital and counselling others.
It is difficult to imagine how a person could become so obese. Behind it all, she appears to have a winning personality, but she must have been faced with serious, unresolved issues growing up -- no nutritional guidance for one.
I hope she turns her life around for good and gives her sister's children opportunities they would not otherwise have had. She seems to have the personality to do just that.”