“This latest move by Obama to support and not support military action against Ghadafi reminds me of what a consummate poker player the man is. Ladies and Gentlemen: Obama's secret play book is head fake, misdirection, double speak and anything he can do to make a play and avoid losing his grapestake. In fact, Obama is not trying to be a leader at all. He is a player of games of chance. The man is a poker player and he doesn't have a whole lot to bet but he wants to last for at least 8 years. So he fakes it and sends miscues.
Welcome the President as Poker Player in Chief. He plays a card, and makes you think he is going one way. His best chance to win and make a bit of profit is to fool as many for as long as possible. He hedges his bets, and on most hands, he will simply not bet at all, throwing in the cards and waiting to see how everyone else does before he asks for the next deal. This way he doesn't lose too much.
This guy should have stayed in finance. He should have run a hedge fund, lobbied for bank deregulation with venal congressmen, or sold shares in Miami Condominiums. He might have been a swell international representative of Nuclear Energy or Deep Offshore Drilling because he is so suave at saying what he doesn't believe.
But most certainly OBAMA is not a liberal, not a well meaning, progressive leader with vision, courage and a taste for justice who wants to wrestle with the difficult issues and provide persuasive leadership. He is a poker player with no sense he can control how the cards are dealt but a strong thirst to play with the big boys.
Show me where the Emergency Exit doors are. I literally cannot stand to see this game played to its inevitable conclusion.”
derspado on Mar 24, 2011 at 16:18:40
“What the heck is a grapestake?”
ron ray on Mar 24, 2011 at 16:17:30
“Poker players like Obama and Clinton get much more done than well-meaning progressives like Kucinich. Just watch, he will get Moammar out without troops on the ground and starting a decade long war. this is why conservatives went from calling for action to opposing it.”
Keith Jigleeottee on Mar 24, 2011 at 16:17:14
“It's called a passport and a work visa go get one if you are unhappy...Bush made it harder to leave but you are free to if you would like.
I cannot believe that Obama will be re -elected, even if it may remain a slam dunk for him to be re nominated by the Democratic Party.
Obama is no liberal, no friend of either the poor or unions or those who are oppressed by power. In other words, he is not a progressive, and he misunderstands the use of force if he thinks announcing our presence is "limited" can attain any objectives. Neither does he understand economics when he opts for a military incursion while agreeing with Boehner and Cantor about cutting costs to children, education, infrastructure and the middle class.
Obama is by far the most disappointing democratic president in my lifetime. He makes Jimmy Carter look decisive by comparison. It is a profound embarrassment to me. Why did this guy run? To be President. What does he believe? Who the heck knows. Why does he pander to the right and sniff derisively at the progressive side of his own party as though they are extremists? FDR, LBJ, Kennedy would are rolling over in their graves! ”
Acharn on Mar 29, 2011 at 21:13:05
“I have to agree that I can't bring myself to vote for Obama again, but the Republicans have such a zoo on parade I think he's going to be re-elected. Of course, I also think he's going to invade Iran next year to make sure he gets re-elected. Well, the current lack of enthusiasm for his adventure in Libya might make that option unattractive.”
“So true! No reason why we cannot learn from this as an electorate. We need to elect progressive leaders who are tough and have skill in negotiation tactics and gamesmanship. Having seen what happens when we elect a wet behind the ears hall monitor, we now can do something else. For this "voice of change" was made the leader of the free world, and what he did then was proceed to the white board with his chalk and eraser prominently raised, itching to be the best darned group facilitator in the Washington think tank. What a profound joke on all of us. What fools we were.”
“Good one! I think that is where this tax cut will lead, Ark. I think they will cut entitlements and public spending so the really really rich can get even richer while the poor will fall off the face of the earth. Meantime, our society is going backward at a faster pace than any of us could have predicted. What a lost moment, what squandered potential we have had with Mr. Obama.”
“I feel the firing of a talented journalist for saying what he thought is very sad. I hope he lands on his feet. I like Rachel and I am a huge fan of Keiths, but come on guys. This gloating is beneath you. Next time it may be your head on the line.”
“Shake your heads, ladies and gentlemen. Iceland is indicting its laissez faire capitalist former PM over its financial crisis. Apparently the government in Iceland is actually embarrassed and angry at what has happened to their nation's wealth and their people's welfare. They the financial meltdown of their banking structure, collapse of their currently, and long term unemployment are unacceptable results for political pandering t o bankers.
The current US Administration is meek and mild by comparison. Led by the supposedly "brilliant" Barack Obama, our government put the accolites of Robert Rubin (infamous deregulator of the US financial industry under Bill Clinton) in charge of the Treasury and economic policy.
It is apparent Obama did not have a clue what caused the financial meltdown, and still doesn't. He remains enamored with the Big Money Boys who engineered this debacle. Daily I remain amazed that Summers, Bernancke and Geithner survive to blather on from pedestals of power.
The triumvirate of responsible policy makers in the lead up to the world financial meltdown were indisputably Rubin, Summers and Greenspan. Bill Clinton now says his worst mistake as President was listening to and believing Rubin. Rubin was free under Clinton to enhance the growth potential of the investment banking sector by both deregulation and lifting of leverage limits at the same time. He and Greenspan threw caution, and reasonable regulation, to the winds. Summers was their cheerleader. The economy then went into meltdown between May and September of 2007 when the housing market declined and the securitized mortgage market collapsed.
So what does Obama do when he gets into office in 2009? He continues to play out the string, appointing Summers to run the economy and that waterboy for the bankers, Timmy Geithner, to run the treasury. What has Congress done to really address the problem? TALK. Stupid, silly me. I thought they would actually behave like FDR did in 1933 and find out what went wrong AND FIX IT. But oh no. That only happens IN ICELAND.
We are in deep trouble. Deep, deep trouble.
I don't know about you, but this makes me sick.”
Passerineblue on Sep 29, 2010 at 09:15:45
“Fanned and faved. I agree totally with your analysis of "that was then this is now" approach to the financial disaster. Let's just forget it happened and it won't happen again.
The so-called financial reform bill recently passed is a fraud. Made to order for the big bankers. Doesn't prevent "too big to fail." It's dishonest because it makes the proles think that the problem is fixed when it isn't.
What we reallly need to prevent our country from going over a cliff is a complete overhaul of campaign finance so that politicians can't be bought and ignorant billionaires can't buy public offices. I am not holding my breath.”
“Dylan Rattigan has surprised me with the wide ranging and deeply reflective views aired on his new show. Is he going to run for office? I like his views and his outspoken criticism of the way the big boys fouled the rules and brought the entire financial system to the brink of ruin. I like him.”
“More dimensions - I am still wanting to stay in your dimension. You are so right on with your post. I would like to see the fed raise interest rates to something that provides a decent income to retirees and bond holders, such as 4%, which would also stop the public give away of fed lending banks a at 1/2 of 1% only to have those banks lend the money back to the government in treausury noted paying 3%. That is just wholesale croneyism at the expense of the US government and it makes me sick.
I too would support an end to short selling as well as credit default swaps being either outlawed or treated as real insurance, and regulated accordingly with state insurance departments requiring adequate resources to cover potential losses.
Lastly, in connection with your comments under paragraph 9, I would also like to see the federal resources - oil and gas as well as new nuclear power plants on public lands - developed by the government with government funds, so we can share the benefits as well as the risks of coastal drilling and other hazardous, pushing the envelope technologies. As it is, the public is bearing the costs of risk loss, but not benefiting from the gains.
I remain your admirer and your friend.”
MoreDimensions on Aug 22, 2010 at 22:29:40
“I really appreciate the thoughtful in depth reply and very kind words. I will come back tomorrow and read your post again and give it some deeper thought than I can give at the moment.
“It sounds like the way they used to portray the soviet union bureaucrats in spy movies back in the 1970's - as a bunch of bald faced, pandering, mealy mouthed liars. Hey, onward with the bureaucracy of a world power!. We need a lot of bureaucrats to cover up all the horrible stuff that will make people depressed if they hear the truth. Bureaucracy, bureaucratic lies and zoloft will keep all the little people quiet.”
Just4theHalibut on Aug 21, 2010 at 01:31:41
“Have you read the NOAA report? I am taking a poll. It is only 4 pages.”
“Grandiosity and personal bias do not pass for rational debate on these Huffpo pages. Nor are they enlightening or helpful anywhere else in rational discourse, if we still want to have rational discourse as fellow countrymen and lovers of our way of life. "Resign for the good of the people?"
Your comments about the poor are correct and show compassion. Your comments about the solution are inflammatory and not helpful.”