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The Destructive Rise of Big Finance

Commented Apr 1, 2008 at 15:40:25 in Business

“Kevin Phillips has written in the past about the similarities between the end of the British Empire and the historical cycle the US is currently in. Reading that I felt warned. Now reading Phillips blog here, I feel my concerns turning to fear. This is the twilight of the American dream.

Will the well-off leadership in this country understand that not only does an overhaul of the finance industry with laws and regulation is needed, but also a real change in mindset is necessary from the belief that greed keeps the economy going and that the 'benefits' of that greed trickle down to the 'lesser' 99% of the country? Will our leaders understand that complicated unproven finance schemes do not constitute innovation?

One does not need a degree in economics to *feel* the squeeze one is in, to *feel* that the economic indicators the industry/government uses are obsolete and misleading, to *feel* that business and government policies based on those fudged indicators are assualting one's pocketbook and sense of fairness everyday. Can we have a return to fairness and common sense - or is it too late, as Phillips alleges?”
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Just Who Do These Rich Clinton Donors Think They Are?

Commented Mar 27, 2008 at 20:16:08 in Politics

“Well said.”
Caught On Film: Hillary Talks To Architect Of Vast Right Wing Conspiracy

Caught On Film: Hillary Talks To Architect Of Vast Right Wing Conspiracy

Commented Mar 27, 2008 at 01:31:56 in Politics

“I hope that the Superdelegates and the Party understand what Hillary has done. In order for a healthy General Election campaign to take place, I hope that someone prevails on her to save her career and bow out, now. As it is, Hillary cannot have the debate her donors want to have in the Fall by being the nominee, so Clinton is going to do her big money contributors a favor by hurting the Dems and Obama any way she can. There is no other possible explanantion for Hillary's catering to the likes of Scaife. She may be scruple-less but she is, allegedly, not stupid. Hillary's career as a Democrat, IMHO, is *over.*

Awesome work, TPM.

Read more here:
http://www.slate.com/id/2187473/
http://www.slate.com/id/2187547/
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/26/opinion/26dowd.html
Clinton Backer Wants Primary Decided By Electoral Votes

Clinton Backer Wants Primary Decided By Electoral Votes

Commented Mar 24, 2008 at 20:34:51 in Politics

“In response to Bayh's suggestion: Hell, why don't we dispense with this pesky thing called democracy? It's way too messy, and those who are entitled to be in power should not have to contend with the humiliation of being judged by citizen voters. Sen. DLC, er, Bayh, hand over your Senator's salary, office, perks and benefits, paid for by some of the same taxpayers who cannot see fit to choose your candidate, and we'll talk.”
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A McCain Moment: Do You Want Four More Years of This?

Commented Mar 24, 2008 at 20:07:02 in Politics

“McCain's campaign promoted lies about Iran and Al Qaeda in Iraq to 1) cover for McCain's ignorance of the situation in Iraq OR 2) to start planting the seeds for a bogus debate on Iran and our national security for the General Election. Whichever is the reason, McCain deserves to be held accountable for it, repeatedly. The country is struggling to escape Bush World, and McCain is working to keep the public off-balance with lies upon Bush lies. Obama in his stump speeches refers to the Election in November being a relief because Bush is not on the ballot. The McCain campaign's mendacity and cynical gaming of American fears proves that Bush *is* on the ballot in November.”

couch2000 on Mar 24, 2008 at 20:51:24

“Mcains campaingn Lied, and we need to hold him accountable in the General Election?, be careful what you wish for you may be like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson on the Pastor Wright Story, what they preached for years happen to come back and hit them in the face, they cant even answer a question about it, that shows to be hipacritical so watch what you wish for or it may fly back in ur face. i dont think the Obama camp can sya much, Pastor Wright has tied there hands, all they have to do is play a couple DVDs to shut them up, i know thats hard but blame Pastor WRight, thats reallity”
McCain Campaign Has 23 Telecom Lobbyists

McCain Campaign Has 23 Telecom Lobbyists

Commented Mar 24, 2008 at 19:08:07 in Politics

“Two-faced, hypocritical or indulging in double-speak, whatever one wants to call it, McCain seems to buy into the idea that one must abandon all integrity, all reason, all principle to run for President. Hillary acts similarly. Dubya made this behavior all the rage in political fashion; if a politician lives in a parallel universe then nothing really affects him or her, nothing can be pinned easily on him or her. It's a topsy-turvy world and no real debate can be had. Facts needed for discourse are dismissed as mere partisanship. The people lose, lose, lose. The svengalis in Washington win,win,win. But be assured, in 2008 the voters are in no mood for this disrespectful treatment. McCain and Hillary may ignore this at their peril. Obama is not.”
Another Bill Clinton Moment On The Campaign Trail

Another Bill Clinton Moment On The Campaign Trail

Commented Mar 22, 2008 at 13:43:48 in Politics

“Former elder stateman Bill Clinton says an election between Sen. Clinton, and Sen. John McCain would be between "two people who love this country" without "all this other stuff that always seems to intrude itself on our politics."

"Without all this other stuff" -- what do you mean? Do you mean *stuff* like "depends on what the definition of 'is' *is*?" Do you mean *stuff* like repugnant sex scandals that distract from the business of the people? *Stuff* like your consulting that ambulance chases the *sale* of our national security --the Dubai ports deal?

I bet that you could do "without" scrutiny of your finances - which may or may not reveal work you have done against the interests of the American people. "Without" scrutiny of your wife's actual qualifications for the top job in this country. I bet you can do "without" voters demanding personal integrity and transparency.

This voter can do "without" your cynical manipulations, implications and entitlement --"stuff" like that.”

jrterrier on Mar 22, 2008 at 16:08:13

“Look in the mirror. It's the hatred inside of you that is interpreting the statement as you see it.”

BubbaC33 on Mar 22, 2008 at 15:39:28

“It amazes me how Obama supporters can so easily misterpret a statement that has nothing at all to do with Obama. The statement by Pres. Clinton has nothing at all to do with Obama. And as to "the other stuff", it is clear Pres. Clinton is making a reference to the crap he and Ms. CLinton have endured over the years, the unethical and irresponsible MSM. The smears by the GOP and the wingnut right. And now the unfair smears by Obama supporters.
If you are unable to see how this is a non-issue then you are proof positive the late William F. Buckley was correct when he proposed a political literacy test for anyone wishing to vote.”
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This Good Friday Let Us Not Crucify Barack Obama

Commented Mar 21, 2008 at 12:40:09 in Politics

“Mr. Schaeffer, I found true kinship in what you wrote today. I am not a conservative, but I agree that Obama is worth fighting for. I see Obama trying to embody what our forefathers prized, not so much because he wants to make example of himself, but because Constitutional scholar that he is, Sen. Obama knows that reaching for these virtues is what makes America and Americans great.”

Bocababs on Mar 21, 2008 at 15:14:21

“Beautifully written -- your comments were.”
huffingtonpost entry

The Destructive Rise of Big Finance

Commented Apr 1, 2008 at 15:40:25 in Business

“Kevin Phillips has written in the past about the similarities between the end of the British Empire and the historical cycle the US is currently in. Reading that I felt warned. Now reading Phillips blog here, I feel my concerns turning to fear. This is the twilight of the American dream.

Will the well-off leadership in this country understand that not only does an overhaul of the finance industry with laws and regulation is needed, but also a real change in mindset is necessary from the belief that greed keeps the economy going and that the 'benefits' of that greed trickle down to the 'lesser' 99% of the country? Will our leaders understand that complicated unproven finance schemes do not constitute innovation?

One does not need a degree in economics to *feel* the squeeze one is in, to *feel* that the economic indicators the industry/government uses are obsolete and misleading, to *feel* that business and government policies based on those fudged indicators are assualting one's pocketbook and sense of fairness everyday. Can we have a return to fairness and common sense - or is it too late, as Phillips alleges?”
huffingtonpost entry

Just Who Do These Rich Clinton Donors Think They Are?

Commented Mar 27, 2008 at 20:16:08 in Politics

“Well said.”
Caught On Film: Hillary Talks To Architect Of Vast Right Wing Conspiracy

Caught On Film: Hillary Talks To Architect Of Vast Right Wing Conspiracy

Commented Mar 27, 2008 at 01:31:56 in Politics

“I hope that the Superdelegates and the Party understand what Hillary has done. In order for a healthy General Election campaign to take place, I hope that someone prevails on her to save her career and bow out, now. As it is, Hillary cannot have the debate her donors want to have in the Fall by being the nominee, so Clinton is going to do her big money contributors a favor by hurting the Dems and Obama any way she can. There is no other possible explanantion for Hillary's catering to the likes of Scaife. She may be scruple-less but she is, allegedly, not stupid. Hillary's career as a Democrat, IMHO, is *over.*

Awesome work, TPM.

Read more here:
http://www.slate.com/id/2187473/
http://www.slate.com/id/2187547/
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/26/opinion/26dowd.html
Clinton Backer Wants Primary Decided By Electoral Votes

Clinton Backer Wants Primary Decided By Electoral Votes

Commented Mar 24, 2008 at 20:34:51 in Politics

“In response to Bayh's suggestion: Hell, why don't we dispense with this pesky thing called democracy? It's way too messy, and those who are entitled to be in power should not have to contend with the humiliation of being judged by citizen voters. Sen. DLC, er, Bayh, hand over your Senator's salary, office, perks and benefits, paid for by some of the same taxpayers who cannot see fit to choose your candidate, and we'll talk.”
huffingtonpost entry

A McCain Moment: Do You Want Four More Years of This?

Commented Mar 24, 2008 at 20:07:02 in Politics

“McCain's campaign promoted lies about Iran and Al Qaeda in Iraq to 1) cover for McCain's ignorance of the situation in Iraq OR 2) to start planting the seeds for a bogus debate on Iran and our national security for the General Election. Whichever is the reason, McCain deserves to be held accountable for it, repeatedly. The country is struggling to escape Bush World, and McCain is working to keep the public off-balance with lies upon Bush lies. Obama in his stump speeches refers to the Election in November being a relief because Bush is not on the ballot. The McCain campaign's mendacity and cynical gaming of American fears proves that Bush *is* on the ballot in November.”

couch2000 on Mar 24, 2008 at 20:51:24

“Mcains campaingn Lied, and we need to hold him accountable in the General Election?, be careful what you wish for you may be like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson on the Pastor Wright Story, what they preached for years happen to come back and hit them in the face, they cant even answer a question about it, that shows to be hipacritical so watch what you wish for or it may fly back in ur face. i dont think the Obama camp can sya much, Pastor Wright has tied there hands, all they have to do is play a couple DVDs to shut them up, i know thats hard but blame Pastor WRight, thats reallity”
McCain Campaign Has 23 Telecom Lobbyists

McCain Campaign Has 23 Telecom Lobbyists

Commented Mar 24, 2008 at 19:08:07 in Politics

“Two-faced, hypocritical or indulging in double-speak, whatever one wants to call it, McCain seems to buy into the idea that one must abandon all integrity, all reason, all principle to run for President. Hillary acts similarly. Dubya made this behavior all the rage in political fashion; if a politician lives in a parallel universe then nothing really affects him or her, nothing can be pinned easily on him or her. It's a topsy-turvy world and no real debate can be had. Facts needed for discourse are dismissed as mere partisanship. The people lose, lose, lose. The svengalis in Washington win,win,win. But be assured, in 2008 the voters are in no mood for this disrespectful treatment. McCain and Hillary may ignore this at their peril. Obama is not.”
Another Bill Clinton Moment On The Campaign Trail

Another Bill Clinton Moment On The Campaign Trail

Commented Mar 22, 2008 at 13:43:48 in Politics

“Former elder stateman Bill Clinton says an election between Sen. Clinton, and Sen. John McCain would be between "two people who love this country" without "all this other stuff that always seems to intrude itself on our politics."

"Without all this other stuff" -- what do you mean? Do you mean *stuff* like "depends on what the definition of 'is' *is*?" Do you mean *stuff* like repugnant sex scandals that distract from the business of the people? *Stuff* like your consulting that ambulance chases the *sale* of our national security --the Dubai ports deal?

I bet that you could do "without" scrutiny of your finances - which may or may not reveal work you have done against the interests of the American people. "Without" scrutiny of your wife's actual qualifications for the top job in this country. I bet you can do "without" voters demanding personal integrity and transparency.

This voter can do "without" your cynical manipulations, implications and entitlement --"stuff" like that.”

jrterrier on Mar 22, 2008 at 16:08:13

“Look in the mirror. It's the hatred inside of you that is interpreting the statement as you see it.”

BubbaC33 on Mar 22, 2008 at 15:39:28

“It amazes me how Obama supporters can so easily misterpret a statement that has nothing at all to do with Obama. The statement by Pres. Clinton has nothing at all to do with Obama. And as to "the other stuff", it is clear Pres. Clinton is making a reference to the crap he and Ms. CLinton have endured over the years, the unethical and irresponsible MSM. The smears by the GOP and the wingnut right. And now the unfair smears by Obama supporters.
If you are unable to see how this is a non-issue then you are proof positive the late William F. Buckley was correct when he proposed a political literacy test for anyone wishing to vote.”
huffingtonpost entry

This Good Friday Let Us Not Crucify Barack Obama

Commented Mar 21, 2008 at 12:40:09 in Politics

“Mr. Schaeffer, I found true kinship in what you wrote today. I am not a conservative, but I agree that Obama is worth fighting for. I see Obama trying to embody what our forefathers prized, not so much because he wants to make example of himself, but because Constitutional scholar that he is, Sen. Obama knows that reaching for these virtues is what makes America and Americans great.”

Bocababs on Mar 21, 2008 at 15:14:21

“Beautifully written -- your comments were.”
Iraq Retrospective: Read The Quotes That Sent Us To War

Iraq Retrospective: Read The Quotes That Sent Us To War

Commented Mar 20, 2008 at 17:51:36 in Politics

“Devastating quotes. Barbara Bush's quote is even worse than her Katrina remark. Disgraceful.”
Obama Ties Economic Woes to Iraq War

Obama Ties Economic Woes to Iraq War

Commented Mar 20, 2008 at 14:56:16 in Politics

“It's wonderful to see Obama back on message. "It's the war and the economy, stupid." There's no candidate I trust more on these issues. Obama embodies the what Sen. Graham calls the intellectual courage and integrity to take head on the problems at hand. That is what we need.

Hillary: Taken the most money from industry and lobbyists; exaggerates her credentials which makes her seem even less qualified; lies about NAFTA, her foreign policy experience; seems to think she's 'worked all her life' for women's issues but votes against womens issues in the Senate. Seems to think transparency is not a core value of democracy -- or is it that she does not value democracy?

McCain? He cannot tell who we are fighting in Iraq. His campaign making sh*t up about Iran links to Sunni insurgents to cover his ignorance (even Lieberman corrected him on camera). Criticizes Bush tax cuts and then supports them to this day; publically embraces Turd Blossom and seemimgly all of Bush's disatrous policies. McSame.”
Obama:

Obama: "Security Gap" Exists Between Rhetoric And Reality

Commented Mar 19, 2008 at 21:18:13 in Politics

“"Iran, which trains Shia extremists and is known to arm and equip Sunni extremists, a fact Senator Obama is apparently unaware of..."

Anyone who follows the coverage of Iran and the Shia in Iraq know that they are not going to empower Sunnis as a general rule. The US may engage in an enemy of my enemy is my friend, but in Iraq, Iran does not need to --such is the brilliance (not) of our strategies there. I would like the McCain campaign to cite where it got this "fact." At this point is sounds like the McCain camp is making sh*t up, in the tradition of Bush/Cheney.”
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Hillary's Nasty Pastorate

Commented Mar 19, 2008 at 19:04:35 in Politics

“*What* change?”
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Hillary's Nasty Pastorate

Commented Mar 19, 2008 at 18:37:57 in Politics

“The Senator who reached across the aisle to introduce *major* legislation: Obama. For the amount of time he has had in the Senate, Sen. Obama has made better use of it than Hillary has in twice as much time.

Gov't Transarency Act with OK Sen. Coburn
Nuclear Nonproliferation Bill with IN Sen. Lugar
Veterans Health and Benefits Improvement Act co-sponsor with MN Sen. Snowe

What you seem to be saying is that Hillary thinks she has to drink the kool-aid in order to get anything done. Does not inspire confidence. Obama has the integrity to achieve and get things done on his own.”

patapsco99 on Mar 19, 2008 at 18:58:46

“Your argument does not hold water. The ground work for those bills were already laid by Senior senators, Hillary was single handedly creating new roads for change.”
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Hillary's Nasty Pastorate

Commented Mar 19, 2008 at 17:48:58 in Politics

“"Pathetic" or not, this long-term association (15 years) by Hillary deserves to be scrutinized. It may be a social networking tool whose very nature calls into question Hillary's forthrightness on her own life as a champion of womens' rights (cough); yet, the situation may shed light on an authoritarian streak running through Washington politics that has made it impossible for *representatives of the people* to contravene Bush policies that are against the interests of democracy and Americans.”

maggieb on Mar 19, 2008 at 20:26:51

“Come on you cant really blame Hillary for what may have been happening in her Church. First off, you dont know if she was there when anything ontoward took place. She does not necessarily agree with all the teaching..She will be able to explain why she goes there. Any other EXCUSE you've used to give Obama a pass is should be inserted here!!!”
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Hillary's Nasty Pastorate

Commented Mar 19, 2008 at 17:34:09 in Politics

“Sorry should read: Hillary's is a member of a secretive group that segregates the sexes and operates with a belief...”
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Hillary's Nasty Pastorate

Commented Mar 19, 2008 at 17:10:55 in Politics

“Hillary's membership in a secretive group that segregates of the sexes operate with a belief , quote, " that, in mass societies, it's only the elites who matter, the political leaders who can build God's "dominion" on earth. Insofar as the Family has a consistent philosophy, it's all about power -- cultivating it, building it, and networking it together into ever-stronger units, or "cells."

*Not surprised at all.* Sounds like "The Handmaid's Tale" to me. Wonder if boomer women who think she would make a "wonderful President" know about her votes on the pharmacist issue. Doubt it.”

thnk4self on Mar 19, 2008 at 17:34:09

“Sorry should read: Hillary's is a member of a secretive group that segregates the sexes and operates with a belief...”
Obama:

Obama: "Security Gap" Exists Between Rhetoric And Reality

Commented Mar 19, 2008 at 16:38:17 in Politics

“Obama: "Just yesterday, we heard Sen. McCain confuse Sunni and Shiite, Iran and Al Qaeda. Maybe that is why he voted to go to war with a country that had no Al Qaeda ties."

Reality bites, Sen. McCain.”

MichaelDeane on Mar 19, 2008 at 16:48:56

“I'm thinking there's a TV ad from that clip yesterday. Just the fact that it took one of the other charter members of the axis of assholes Joe Lieberman to fill him in was quite the hoot.

pathetic.”

neocon43 on Mar 19, 2008 at 16:47:52

“Allright.Obama coming to Mccains turf.The titanics nose is nearly stright up.Come on Obama just a few more lines from your preacher and your losing arguments on Iraq and down you go!”
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