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January 07, 2009

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Patrick R. Sullivan

Oddly, Dick Morris--on O'Reilly--just did a marvelous dissection of the potential for disaster in the Panetta nomination for CIA. He pointed out that if Panetta's proposed policy about data gathering without warrants had been in place, we wouldn't have found out about the plot to blow up the Brooklyn Bridge.

Apparently the NSA heard the words 'Brooklyn Bridge' spoken in an otherwise either Arabic or Urdu telephone conversation coming from Pakistan. After capturing Khalid Sheik Mohammed and waterboarding him, they asked him about that anomaly and he spilled the plot. Which allowed us to capture the guy who had the assignment to detonate that bridge.

Interesting, but I'm thinking Morris wasn't authorized to say that publicly.

Terry Gain

The two biggest issues in the last two years have been The Surge and Global Warming. The geniuses were wrong on both.

I believe there was an oversight and I don't really care about that.

Virgin?

California figured out truth to power is an NGO from Harvard making that cash in Afghanistan. It's not really CIA, just the true Amercans using what they do...........like a virgin.

Panetta isn't smart, it's a shut them down. The other directors knew this.

therewasanoversieabout that

NSA gets key words from all over the world. If you check, you'll find most intelligence is based on Urdu and that's why CIA hates Pakistan. Urdu is Russian in Afghanistan. So, it really was a Russian saying Brooklyn Bridge in that satellite........

Rick Ballard

In the two years since the Demwits took control of Congress, the "reality" is that they spun their wheels on idiotic oversight of nothing while Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac went straight to the bottom due to total lack of oversight on the part of Rangel, Frank, Conyers and other crooks.

It's more than just being absolutely wrong about the Surge and the AGW fraud.

What have they been right about?

Chris

Doubt if Morris has any access to classified info. Believe the bridge plot was revealed somewhere-maybe the 9-11 Commission?

"Left-of-center commentators are generally smarter than right-of-center ones and pessimism was the correct position."

Well, that settles it, then. Self select much? I would attribute it to the broken clock being right on occasion.

bad

DC Examiner via Instapundit: LUN

Illinois campaign finance records show a $20,000 donation on Nov. 9, 2006, by Friends of Blagojevich to New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson. Why would the Illinois governor’s campaign committee make such a sizeable contribution to the New Mexico governor’s re-election campaign two days after the 2006 election?

This is a good question for the reality based comminity.

Is this why Richardson is now under the bus?


clarice

Once again, I find compelled to vote with Beloved Leader on this one.

glenda

ooooo, bad...you're good!!

PeterUK

To see a perfect example of leftism one only has to look at Zimbabwe.Mugabe took a happy prosperous country and turned it into..well, Zimbabwe.Crash Gordon is doing much the same in Britain.
To coin a phrase "Socialism is Necrotising".

The standard leftist denial is,"It would have worked if we had done more of it".
Being a leftist means never having to say your sorry.

Chris

I think it a fair question to ask how could Blago afford to make such an inordinate contribution in such a lousy economy. Likewise, how was O able to raise a billion dollars in the Worst. Economy. Ever.?

TigerHawk

For those of you who generated the interest to click on these comments but simultaneously lacked the interest to click through to Ezra Klein's blog, his post summarized the findings of an academic paper that showed that back during the Clinton boom it was Republicans who were the pessimists about the economy. The study purports to show that people who detest the sitting president generally think that everything is going to hell in a hand basket. To me the question is this: How long will it take left and right to switch sides? I think we need a betting pool on the date of Paul Krugman's first "glass half full" column.

bad

I think we need a betting pool on the date of Paul Krugman's first "glass half full" column.

lol

Ranger

I wonder what the "reality based community" has to say about the fact that the head of the SEIU was in a meeting with Blago the day before the election, then one week later, Blago wonders if he can still get a three way deal with the union for the senate seat. It sounds like Blago may have some cards to play in this as well. Which is worth more, a sitting governor, or a sitting president of a nation wide union?

Ranger

Link to the Hot Air story about Blago and the SEIU president is http://hotair.com/archives/2009/01/07/when-andy-met-blago/>here, but they seem to miss the implication that Blago was specificly addressing a clear previous offer from SEIU in the later conversation. The deal now appears to be a clear quid pro quo of a job in two years for the SEIU candidate getting the seat. The only issue is that it was done in person, not over the phone, so no tape of the discussion.

Caro

Hey, Tigerhawk. Fun to see you here.

This does not make sense to me. Unless they polled many more Dems, how can this be true?


But they found that only one-third of the public recognized that the deficit had decreased at all. Republicans found the question especially tricky: More than half thought the deficit had increased.

Rick Ballard

Neither Klein nor Yglesias have ever exhibited a level of command of language or thought that would lead one to expend the effort to actual read what they have typed. They have very nice credentials earned by satisfying some very nicely credentialed like minds. They are to be commended for achieving sinecures due to their extraordinary regurgitory prowess.

As to studies - it's amazing that anyone with more than a cursory knowledge of the current level of statistical manipulation (vide AGW) would suggest that studies are any more than instruments of propaganda.

There is no rational reason to believe that the economy will not "do well" over the next four years, with "doing well" meaning achieving a an average growth rate of 5%+. There are demographic constraints as to the number of 'new' jobs which can be added and some concern as to how the transition of Social Security from its current Ponzi status to a general budget (welfare) item will be achieved but we can all be assured that the Obama Administration will behave like any decent Western European administration and set about killing pensioners in a manner which should relieve some of the cost pressure.

Likewise, Obama will fund baby killing on a scale which should provide immediate economic benefits regarding the number of those receiving family aid. He's definitely a progressive and progressives are always proficient at taking the lives of the innocent and defenseless.

There will undoubtedly be a degree of immiseration of the middle class. Obama's socialist fantasies will impose some unfair burdens and it is quite right that those burdens should fall on the class which fell for his line. As Mencken so famously noted: "Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard."

peter

outrage

Charlie (Colorado)

I think we need a betting pool on the date of Paul Krugman's first "glass half full" column.

Before 1 Feb.

bad

Rick, you are going to be extremely interested in reading Elliot Spitzer's answer to our economic situation.

BONUS laugher: He recommends making it cool to design the next IPOD or cutting edge video game. I guess when you spend a lot of time with hookers you get a tad behind on stuff.

TigerHawk

OK, Colorado Charlie, game on: I don't think we see it until April.

bad

March 15

Chris

Definitely no later than February. The oceans are already receding.

OT-has anyone deigned doing a write-up with a compare/contrast AlGore vs. Madoff? There's a great story there.

Pal2Pal (Sara)

It would seem to me that with Boomers reaching retirement in record numbers in the next 4 years, there will be lots of available jobs, as they depart the workforce.

Soylent Red

when you spend a lot of time with hookers you get a tad behind on stuff

You might get a tad of stuff on your behind as well.

Pofarmer

If they think the Bush years were a disaster, I can't wait to hear the commentary on the upcoming 4.

bad

But will Boomers retire?

bad

LOL Soylent

Pal2Pal (Sara)

But will Boomers retire?

All the ones I know already have, but they immediately moved to places like Costa Rica, Belize, Nicaragua, etc.

bgates

I get nowhere asking TM why he thinks Klein or Yglesias are worth quoting, so let's move to something that might be more fruitful: How can I get the opportunity to hit Klein or Yglesias in the face with a shovel?

Rick Ballard

bgates,

A good shovel runs upwards of $30. Why would you risk damaging something that expensive on those two? Find a nice stout green limb or two.

On second thought - you're time is worth something. Why bother?

I'll take May 1 (commie Labor Day) on Krugman.

hit and run

Since TigerHawk brought up the question about the "glass half full", it should be said (generally that is, not specifically about a Krugman column, though you may see something in what follows that could apply): shouldn't we be more specific about what goes in the glass?

I mean, if it's a glass of s**t, I'm going half empty.

And what if it's baby's blood? Makes it even more complicated. I mean, is it coming from the baby or going to the baby?

Oh and in related news, I don't visit http://explorations.chasrmartin.com/2008/12/30/todays-presentation/>Explorations nearly often enough.

peter (us, not uk)

I'm sorry, but I am very impatient when it comes to watching videos on line. What exactly did Sarah Palin say about Katie Couric, as referenced on hot air? (I much prefer to read transcripts than to watch an interview.)

Fithian

Krugman won't start filling glasses till he's had a chance to dump all over whatever position Republicans take on Obama's economic stimulus package. The package itself will be a very full glass, when topped off, of course, with a few proposed Krugman correctives. The economy itself, however, won't get better till Obama has had a chance to embark on fixing it. So I'm guessing 6 weeks after the package passes, unless there's an indisputable nosedive which requires explicit shifting of blame. My question is: Does that qualify as a bet?

RichatUF

Why do I doubt Klein bothered to read the report (its 74 pages of Political Science) in full? And I'm a bit skeptical that on the thin reed of whether the budget got smaller and whether the economy was better using cross comparisons of 1996 data as tests for a complex model of partisian bias.

From the assumptions section (lets see if the greek comes through):

The citizen’s current PID ^un is a weighted average of k previous issue scale scores j : ^un =Pk j=1 jj ; where the j convert the scale scores to utilities. The convention Pk j=1 j = 1 sets the utility units:2 Thus ^un corresponds to the citizen’s average partisan balance on the …rst k issues, weighted by the importance of the issue. It is thus scored on the same scale as the issue scales.

Nope the greek didn't work. And I'm not looking for some Maoist self-punishment so I think I'll pass on reading further.

Where could I find a simple measure for consumer sentiment of the economy? Maybe a survey, done by a university, which could be compared to previous administrations...here maybe. People though the economy was pretty good and in Nov 1996 was 99.2 which is probably why Bill Clinton got re-elected. Bush's re-election in Nov 2004 was 92.8.

It must be something close to rocket science.

RichatUF

oops: the budget got smaller -> the budget deficit got smaller...

clarice

Hi, hit.Thanks for the link to explorations and that very funny video.

bgates

It must be something close to rocket science.
In the hands of someone as smart as a left-wing commenter it must appear so.

Pofarmer

Sheesh, ride the Elliot wave.

Dollar down.
Dow down.
Oil down.
Commodities down.

Tommorow will be interesting.

Pofarmer

unless there's an indisputable nosedive which requires explicit shifting of blame. My question is: Does that qualify as a bet?

I certainly wouldn't take that part of the bet. I imagine we'll hear a lot of how Republicans screwed things up so badly(never mind the Democratic Congress since 06) That it's just too bad to fix.

RichatUF

Pofarmer-

We'll see. Obama is supposed to give "The Greatest Speech on the Economy Ever"™ tomorrow. The market will probably rally, but I always seem to predict the opposite of what actually happens.

I also seemed to have missed the meat of Tom's post, and my quick search is not pulling up an old thread of seeking information to affirm and confirm beliefs. Anyway.

bad

I HATE when I miss Tom's meat.

Pal2Pal (Sara)

I certainly wouldn't take that part of the bet. I imagine we'll hear a lot of how Republicans screwed things up so badly(never mind the Democratic Congress since 06) That it's just too bad to fix.

Well one thing we can count on is that while the Dems are blaming Republicans, Conservatives will be blaming all the other Republicans that the Dems happen to overlook and who don't live up to their "standards." I've never seen a group more willing to shoot themselves rather than compromise. And, God forbid, they should be called upon to show some backbone. How unseemly would that be?

Get used to it. Socialism is firmly entrenched and here to stay for a long time.

Fithian

Klein and Yglesias are two of the most overrated bloggers on the net, but at least I can actually get through a whole Klein column without nodding off.

What I find entertaining is just how hard our friends on the left have to work to persuade themselves that they're smarter than the right. They're almost incapable of making a comparison that doesn't pay homage to their own mental/psychological advantages of one sort or another. Can you imagine funding the Berkeley study that extrapolated all sorts of liberal virtues from speed testing what amounts to a classroom's worth of self-identified liberal/conservative college students? Not that I'm unwilling to give them points for the stellar graphing skills it took to make their results look meaningful!

The pot at the end of that comparative rainbow is, of course, genetic evidence of inferiority on the right, at which point they'll presumably announce case closed: It's the science, stupid! I suspect they simply lack the confidence to advance an argument without an appeal to authority at the ready -- much less to acknowledge that such appeals have their own coordinates in the galaxy of logical fallacies.

MayBee

In the primaries, Krugman didn't like it that Obama didn't have a mandate on his health insurance program. So he might go negative on that.

However, ever since Soros bought him his Nobel, he seems very content writing about how spending big will save America in the current economic crisis.

RichatUF

I really set that up.

MayBee

I really set that up.

Oh yeah. You shouldn't be feeding bad straight lines. She's very very...bad.

Ann

bad,

I HATE when I miss Tom's meat.

LOL...I wish I lived closer to you, bad. You are sunshine on a cold, icy storm day for me.
Heck, you are just sunshine!

bad

I blame Rich...and the timing...and Chris Matthews....

We could have some good times!!

bad

I meant with JOMMERS, not Chris Matthews...

bad
I know from personal involvement that the devastating invasion of Gaza by Israel could easily have been avoided.

Guess what dumba** wrote that opening sentence to an opinion piece in tomorrow's WAPO?

LUN

Soylent Red

When you go to bad's LUN, DO NOT miss the comments.

Jew hating has been honed to a fine art at the NYT op ed page.

Stephanie

Oh, snap...

Lebanon is now firing rockets into Israel.

To borrow a line from eman in the comments section at Ace's (and I hope it turns into a conservative meme, it is so good),

We're gonna need a bigger unicorn...

LUN

thout that

How many Gaxians have died?

Nothing like Airplanes.

Gazians

Let's bring this up at the People's Choice Awards..........................

Daddy

I vaguely recall a Rush rant last year where he detailed how official U.S. Unemployment figures of approximately 5.6% were reported by the MSM as wonderful under the Clinton Administration, but those exact same numbers when reported under the Bush Administration were termed woeful. Any study that doesn't include that sort of data in analyzing our national political psyche is flawed from the git-go.

Pagar

Good Morning to All!

"Obama is supposed to give "The Greatest Speech on the Economy Ever"™

Is reading from a teleprompter a speech or a recital?

I don't have much interest in what a writer, who thinks a cardboard cutout of Hillary Clinton is a great date to take to a party, thinks.

theworldisonfireanditsokay

The auto makers had to beg for money that we give away in a day in foreign aid. The free money entitlements are for five years, not 90 day loans. The 'loan grant' program and debt relief are back in the foreign aid budget. You think a smart guy might figure since we're broke, we should write those off. As you check into the homeless shelter you might wonder how many 100s of billions in cash we give away yearly to foreign countries.

Obama sued over loan criteria and the loans were free; then he used for all that foreign aid. When he's impeached we got his sovereign birth, socialized businesses and 100s of billion in foreign aid free money for five years. Impeaching really won't stop him because of his Harvard appointments and Blogo's guy was let in the house. It's going to be a very long depression. Terror? Anetta isn't that bad compared to Holbrooke.

kim

Arianna Huffington regrets the publication of Harold Ambler's skeptical piece about the climate. She says publishing it was an error in judgment made by an editor and that she believes there should be no debate about the science of global warming. So much for reality based.
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Captain Hate

I get nowhere asking TM why he thinks Klein or Yglesias are worth quoting, so let's move to something that might be more fruitful: How can I get the opportunity to hit Klein or Yglesias in the face with a shovel?

The last time I read anything by twatboy Ezra was some incoherent whine about the "proportionality" of Israel's response to the vermin randomly bombing them. I resolved never to waste my time reading another thing he wrote.

Pofarmer

"Obama is supposed to give "The Greatest Speech on the Economy Ever"™

Wow, I can't wait for him to explain how deficits of over 1/3 of the budget are good. We're gonna need a whole heard of Unicorns.

Pofarmer

Jimmy Carter is such an ass.

theworldisonintensefireanditsokay

CIA analysts say Obama will be assassinated during the inauguration. Panetta really isn't liked. Maybe it will be Obama hostage.............maybe it will be his kids he uses as an excuse..........96 law enforcement departments, so i guess he'll be safe; except for that stroke because his make'n pals want to be on 24.

LU-

Jane

John Kass is great today. LUN

bgates

Obama is supposed to give "The Greatest Speech on the Economy Ever
Oh, well that should fix things.

kim

Yes, Jane, we have Obama leaning on Reid and DiFi re: Burris and Panetta. What is up?
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Jane

He's an empty suit.

centralcal
John Kass is great today.

I suspect we're going to be saying that a lot during the Obama administration. Kass definitely has his fingers on the pulse of both Illinois politics and Zero.

Cecil Turner

The auto makers had to beg for money that we give away in a day in foreign aid.

Well, I see here the total FY 2008 International Affairs request was $36.1 B . . . so a day's worth is about $100M. Pretty sure the auto bailout alone was about 140x that (and if Big O is serious about subsidizing mortgages to avoid foreclosures, that'll all soon look like chump change).
Might want to check your numbers.

Guess what dumba** wrote that opening sentence to an opinion piece in tomorrow's WAPO?

I guessed Zinni (wasn't shooting low enough . . . dang). In my defense, who'da thunk the WaPo would be quoting Jimmy Carter on how to avoid MidEast flareups?

Pofarmer

He's an empty suit.

Yeah, but who's hand is up his back?

Having the guy who gave Iran to the Ayatollah which will lead directly to the Muslim bomb just seems, well, you fill it in.

kim

I'd like to know how he persuaded in both these cases. Was it the sweet voice of reason and if so, let's hear the reason, or was it by threat, specific, or general, explicit or implicit, that, too, I'd like to know.

What are the chances anyone's going to ask? Besides me, of course.
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kim

The way these two have subsided, with mutterings aside, make one think it wasn't the sweet purr of reason, but rather a growl, one unheard by all but the objects.

I just don't like this tyro autocrat. Just the sort to make huge mistakes.
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kim

Note that they both kicked the can down the road, too. What is up?
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kim

Another sign is Jay Rockefeller opening his yap, and Jane Harmon not hers.
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clarice

narciso, Hope your mom's fine. Col West is having an organizational get together on Feb 7 if you or any other Floridians are interested:www.AllenWestfor Congress.com

kim

More signs that the Apocolypse is upon us: Continental Airlines flies with biofuel, and Motorola offers a phone made from recycled water bottles.

What the Hell use is a vorpal blade unless you snicker with it now and then.

Today is D-Day for the Electoral College and Congress. Will the vote come in without objection? The Supremes confer on Berg tomorrow. Hope springs eternal in the human beast.
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boris

genetic evidence of inferiority on the right, at which point they'll presumably announce case closed

Just to illustrate the point I was trying to make on the other thread: An article of faith on the left might be "Republicans/conservatives are almost always wrong because they are so stupid".

But at some future point it becomes apparant that the RCs were correct about some big issues, say AGW and WOT for instance. I then point out to a more or less reasonable lefty (admits AGW and WOT) that being right on those issues discredits the article of leftist faith that RCs are always wrong because they're stupid.

It would not be accurate to characterize my point as saying "See the left was wrong about AGW therefore they're wrong about everything".

clarice

Well, I think this fits into any reality based discussion:
An investigation was under way today into how a 65ft blade was mysteriously torn off a wind turbine amid reports of “strange lights” in the sky. (Snip) The Sun quoted residents speculating that the damage could have been caused by a UFO.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article5473254.ece

Now you may wonder how a UFO can make its way to the UK thru the universe and then hit a wind turbine, but it might have been a very old driver having one of those brake/gas pedal confusions.

kim

I wonder if the light wasn't the rising sun reflected off the blade.
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RichatUF

Pofarmer-

We're gonna need a whole heard of Unicorns.

My suspicion is that Obama is using the Annenberg Challenge Accounting Method™ and money already budgeted will be "re-directed" to his vote-buying and pay-off efforts. He is also including the so called "tax cut" in the number. He puts some meat on the bone here in about 30 minutes so we'll know pretty soon.

Daddy-

I vaguely recall a Rush rant last year where he detailed how official U.S. Unemployment figures of approximately 5.6% were reported by the MSM as wonderful under the Clinton Administration, but those exact same numbers when reported under the Bush Administration were termed woeful.

Rick Ballard is much better with the BLS numbers (and he probably has them at his finger tips), but I think the size of the workforce significantly expanded during the Clinton Administration because of demographic factors and that growth slowed considerably during the Bush Administration. Also, an unemployment rate in the 5% range was usually considered full employment. I haven't looked over the data recently, but I'm curious if there is an illegal immigration factor that is distorting the numbers, in that, they are being counted as unemployed but they are also leaving the country (Neo had flagged up a piece on the drop in crime in Southern CA which seems the opposite of what would happen if unemployment and foreclosures were spiking). Rick has mentioned a few times that the Census has over-estimated the hispanic population and have been "correcting" their numbers on the monthly population survey data for the last year or so. The BLS has also recently changed their methods and it may also be cause of the distortion.

FWIW...

hrtshpdbox

Could this really have been a boo-boo by Fitz, or was it more likely "accidentally on purpose" for some reason that's too obscure for me to deduce? LUN

kim

Part of the mystery of Fitz is that he's known to use dirty tricks.
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kim

Which means that the benefit of the doubt as to the innocence of this release should not be automatically extended. Nonetheless, odds are it was accidental.
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fdcol63

The term "reality-based" would be more credible if it didn't come primarily from liberals in Hollywood who make their living writing fiction and creating computer-generated special effects.

kim

The term now contains ironies entrained in ironies.
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Jane

I just want to know why the NY Times hasn't reprinted the email.

Barney Frank

....and pessimism was the correct position.

If pessimism was the correct position during the seven or so years of economic expansion during Bush's presidency because it was hit at the end with a burst asset bubble and recession then the alleged conservative pessimism was also correct during the same scenario under Clinton, n'est-ce pas.
You'd think somebody smarter than me could have figured that out.

Left-of-center commentators are generally smarter than right-of-center ones...

Fear of inferiority is the mother of conceit.

MayBee

Shorter Obama speech: We do not want to wait until our economy is a mushroom cloud. All the intelligence points to WMD in our economy. We must act now, or we will be obliterated.

glasater

It's rather interesting to watch the DOW as Zero speaks:-)

polynikes

I guess if you predict something long enough it will come true. The left has predicted economic doom since Reagan took office only to take a hiatus during Clinton's term even though he set the stage for what we are experiencing now. Self fulfilling propehcies are a catalyst to any economic cycle.

glasater

Zero is stumbling........evan with a TelePrompTer.

matt

get Scott Ritter on the case immediately, MayBee....maybe he can find them again.

kim

O, bummah.
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MayBee

How is this not the politics of fear?

kim

We can have Bubbah, and Bummah, bookend Presidents.
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RichatUF

I couldn't watch the speech but here is a transcript of it.

This crisis did not happen solely by some accident of history or normal turn of the business cycle, and we won't get out of it by simply waiting for a better day to come, or relying on the worn-out dogmas of the past["worn out dogmas like low taxes]. We arrived at this point due to an era of profound irresponsibility that stretched from corporate boardrooms Obama supporters to the halls of power in Washington, DC Fannie and Freddie. For years, too many Wall Street executives made imprudent and dangerous decisions, seeking profits with too little regard for risk, too little regulatory scrutiny, and too little accountability. Banks made loans without concern for whether borrowers could repay them(CRA), and some borrowers took advantage of cheap credit to take on debt they couldn't afford. Politicians spent taxpayer money without wisdom or discipline, and too often focused on scoring political points instead of the problems they were sent here to solve. The result has been a devastating loss of trust and confidence in our economy, our financial markets, and our government[we're going to need a bigger unicorn].

More later if anyone is interested. A first blush it looks more like a campaign speech than any sort of nuts and bolts.

kim

He's a Bad 'Un, I tell you, no may be about it.
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kim

Death to All Juice.
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RichatUF

Damn it:

I couldn't watch the speech but here is a transcript of it.

This crisis did not happen solely by some accident of history or normal turn of the business cycle, and we won't get out of it by simply waiting for a better day to come, or relying on the worn-out dogmas of the past[worn out dogmas like low taxes]. We arrived at this point due to an era of profound irresponsibility that stretched from corporate boardrooms (Obama supporters) to the halls of power in Washington, DC (Fannie and Freddie). For years, too many Wall Street executives made imprudent and dangerous decisions, seeking profits with too little regard for risk, too little regulatory scrutiny, and too little accountability. Banks made loans without concern for whether borrowers could repay them(CRA), and some borrowers took advantage of cheap credit to take on debt they couldn't afford. Politicians spent taxpayer money without wisdom or discipline, and too often focused on scoring political points instead of the problems they were sent here to solve. The result has been a devastating loss of trust and confidence in our economy, our financial markets, and our government[we're going to need a bigger unicorn].

More later if anyone is interested. At first blush it looks more like a campaign speech than any sort of nuts and bolts.

kim

He demonizes without mentioning they're mostly Democrats.
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