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Monday, April 19, 2010

Chris Matthews' Let Me Finish


12 comments:

SPECTRE of Deflation said...

I guess the banks figure, if the govt. can extend and pretend, then they can to. Not in question is that we are totally broke. SSSHHHHH...

President Obama Ordered Social Security Not To Talk


During a Congressional hearing, Social Security Commissioner Michael Astrue said he is not allowed to talk about Social Security solvency issues, as per “explicit instructions from the President.” All questions about solvency are supposed to go to Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner.

To put things in perspective, 3 percetange points of payroll tax is equal to about 20% of the current tax. So eliminating the deficit shown above would require a 20% higher payroll tax on the working population.

Mr. Astrue was asked by Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) and at least one other member of the committee about solvency. Astrue repeatedly answered that he was under instructions from the President not to discuss the Social Security solvency issue. He wasn’t even allowed to offer his opinion.

Have you ever heard this phrase: Speak no evil, see no evil, hear no evil? That’s what the Obama Administration is hoping the rest of us will do.
Just some more of that 'sit-down and shut-up' we have been getting...stinks like tyranny to me. (or cover-up)

SPECTRE of Deflation said...

Clinton Once Again Redefining The Word "IS"
You have to love Dear Old Bill:

April 18 (Bloomberg) -- Former President Bill Clinton said he should have pushed for regulation of financial derivatives when he was president, rejecting the advice of top economic advisers Robert (I am Citibank) Rubin and Larry (I nearly bankrupted Harvard) Summers.

The argument was that derivatives didn’t need transparency because they were “expensive and sophisticated and only a handful of people would buy them,” Clinton said on ABC’s “This Week” program. “The flaw in this argument was that first of all, sometimes people with a lot of money make stupid decisions and make it without transparency.”

Clinton also said that Republicans who controlled Congress would have stopped him from trying to regulate derivatives. “I wish I had been caught trying,” Clinton said. “I mean, that was a mistake I made.”

Uh huh.

Mr. Bill. You do remember this little law PL 106-102, 113 Stat 1338, right?

Do you remember it's title and the date it was enacted?

Yes, you did sign it Mr. Clinton on November 12th, 1999, and in doing so you retroactively made legal an unlawful merger of two companies that your fabulous former Fed Chairman, Alan Greenspan, intentionally allowed to occur (and granted a waiver for which he had no lawful authority to give), remember?

The law in question is otherwise known as Gramm-Leach-Bliley.

Without it the disastrous derivatives mess could not have happened, because regulated banks with access to The Fed window, not to mention FDIC depositor protection, could not have engaged in derivative trades.

Let us also remember that your Treasury Secretary, Robert Rubin (who you claim gave you "wrong" advice) resigned as Treasury Secretary and brokered the deal to pass GLBA. While doing so he was allegedly in secret negotiations to become the head of Citigroup, the direct and proximate beneficiary of making their merger retroactively legal.

IF you want to try to repair your legacy on this account what you need to do is press for the repeal of Gramm-Leach-Bliley, making it your singular political focus until it is both achieved and every institution that operates in this nation in violation of Glass-Steagall (which would be effectively re-imposed) is broken up.

GLBA was nothing more or less than a license to loot this nation and Mr. Rubin was personally and deeply involved in its passage for both his own and Citi's corporate benefit. It was and is a shining monument to the colossal corruption and outrageous kleptocracy that became the mantra of The United States under your Presidency and has continued since to this day.

You are 100% responsible for this mess Mr. Clinton, and I, along with many others, have absolutely zero intention of ever letting anyone forget that.

SPECTRE of Deflation said...

An alarming outbreak of 'regime' amnesia

By: Byron York
Chief Political Correspondent
04/19/10 9:01 AM EDT

Time's Joe Klein got some attention over the weekend when he said, on "The Chris Matthews Show," that statements from Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin are "right up close to being seditious." What received less attention was the statement immediately following Klein's, from New York magazine's John Heilemann, author of the best-seller Game Change. "Joe's right, and I'll name another person," Heilemann said. "You know, name Rush Limbaugh, you know, who uses this phrase constantly, talks about the Obama administration as a 'regime.' That phrase, which has connotations of tyranny."


Heilemann's accusation echoed one that Chris Matthews himself made on MSNBC's "Hardball" April 2, when he denounced Limbaugh's use of the word 'regime.' "I've never seen language like this in the American press," Matthews said. "We know that word, 'regime.' It was used by George Bush, 'regime change.' You go to war with regimes. Regimes are tyrannies. They're juntas. They're military coups. The use of the word 'regime' in American political parlance is unacceptable, and someone should tell [Limbaugh] to stop using it." A quick search of the Nexis database revealed more than 6,500 uses of the word "regime" to refer to the Bush administration since January 20, 2001, in the New York Times, Washington Post, MSNBC, and, yes, by Chris Matthews himself.


So now John Heilemann has spoken up. Which leads to an obvious question. Has Heilemann himself ever used that word, with its "connotations of tyranny"?


A search of the Nexis database shows four recent examples of Heilemann using "regime" to refer not to tyrannies but to American domestic politics.



He even used the phrase "Obama regime." For the record:


In the January 19, 2009 issue of New York, Heilemann wrote that Barack Obama had no particular expertise in economics, "So it's ironic, to say the least, that the first defining moment of the Obama regime happens to revolve around matters macroeconomic -- dealing not just with a nasty and potentially prolonged downturn, but with a wrenching, epochal crisis of capitalism on a global scale."


In the January 5, 2009 issue of New York, Heilemann wrote of "the power troika of Bob Gates, Jim Jones, and Hillary Clinton, each of whom plausibly could have filled the very same jobs in a John McCain regime."


In the December 1, 2008 issue of New York, Heilemann wrote that all administrations experience internal conflict over foreign-policy issues, "And Obama's regime -- with Joe Biden in the building and Robert Gates likely to remain atop the Pentagon -- will be no exception."


In the November 17, 2008 issue of New York, Heilemann wrote that Obama's choice of veterans of previous administrations satisfied some supporters, "But for other Obamaphiles, it fuels the anxiety that the regimes of the new boss and the old boss will end up resembling one another all too much."


At other times, Heilemann used "regime" in ways that he would now pronounce acceptable -- to refer to Middle East autocracies and the like. But he clearly used "regime" as a synonym for "administration," in the American political sense, on more than one occasion. Did he mean to convey "connotations of tyranny"?




http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/op...-91459559.html

SPECTRE of Deflation said...

Here's a blogger with his thoughts on wiley Willy and his bullshit warning. Leave the talking to the one that wears the pants in the family Wiley Willy. Go shag something young instead! You know you want to:

Willy Jeff 's warning

"Former President Bill Clinton warned Friday that the anger some members of the Tea Party movement express about higher taxes and the size of government could feed the same right-wing extremism that led to the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995, which killed 168 people and injured hundreds more," according to an article at Fox News.

Clinton warned—? No no. Clinton is in no position to warn anybody. He's the guy who pardoned the Weather Underground terrorists, among other miscreants. And what is it with the anger thing? It's all quite bazarre, we're to imagine it's a short step between expressing well-considered dissent—code word: anger—and mass murder. Bill, Bill, Bill. The Tea Party can't really put an eye out with a cross word. It ain't gonna fly. Oh, and if you people are setting the stage for a false flag event, you may want to think about where your fingerprints are. Crime investigators are really good these days. And some of them know people who know people.

And nobody's buying the Oklahoma City boogeyman, the collective guilt argument, it was bogus fifteen years ago and it's bogus now. Shall we also burden all blacks with the Knoxville murders or just the ones who, you know—did it? And we notice your people didn't leap to the domino theory when uber-angry Black Panthers were strutting around campuses totin' guns. We were told to be understanding. Tolerant. All those lofty sentiments. We didn't understand then and we don't understand now, and yes, we did notice the armed Black Panthers that threatened voters at Philadelphia polling places weren't prosecuted. Can't help but think what your guys would have done had they been somebody other than Black Panthers, or ACORN or SEIU thugs.

We know what's got you worried 'though. Oh yes. Ordinary conversation on the street and in the markets and at coffee breaks. It isn't the extremists you're worried about. The horses are out of the corral, aren't they? People are saying what they think and not caring who tells them to shush, least of all you. No, your so-called extremists are the least part of it. The people are rising as one, and it has you and your kind wetting your designer panties. You know it. They know it. Everybody knows it from the smell coming from out your way. What you should really be worried about is what happens when things get worse. And things will get worse.

I am sick and tired of people who say that if you debate and you disagree with this administration, somehow you're not patriotic, and we should stand up and say: we are Americans and we have a right to debate and disagree with any administration. Your wife said that, Bill. And when she hollers about fighting for this or that, of taking back the country, somehow you never think to say "why Hillary, that there's jes' crazy talk, hush up now, some left-wing extremist might kill 168 people and injure hundreds more—and every last one of us leftists would be responsible."

Truth is, just to say it outright, it's the government that brings violence to the table, it's what they do, so think a minute, are you saying what you and your guys said fed into, say, the homicides down New Orleans way, or Waco or Ruby Ridge? Willy, you have to think these things through before shooting off your mouth. You're a lawyer, you're supposed to know the answer before you ask the question. (SNIP)

SPECTRE of Deflation said...

The thing about Chris is that he never shuts the fuck up. The jackass is always cutting off his guests. Brad stands a snowball's chance in Hell regarding new regulation that actually help the little guy. Both Political Partys are giant bags of dog squeeze.

Sherman: Dodd Bill Contains Unlimited Bailout Authority
Published on 04-20-2010


Source: Politico

Brad Sherman Congressman (D-Calif.), member of House Financial Services Committee :

(Interview with POLITICO’s David Mark)

How can Democrats get out ahead of the Goldman Sachs story politically?

We can say, “No taxpayer money to Wall Street firms, their creditors and the counterparts.” Then we go to the voters and tell them there’s no money for Wall Street, but regulation instead. If you can’t run on that slogan, you’ve got a problem.

But there are serious problems with the Dodd bill. The Dodd bill has unlimited executive bailout authority. That’s something Wall Street desperately wants but doesn’t dare ask for. The bill contains permanent, unlimited bailout authority.

As an active member of the House Financial Services Committee were you surprised to see suspicious shorting – perhaps illegal – by a top financial services firm?

Goldman is accused of hand-selecting bad mortgages to sell. If that’s true it’s absolutely outrageous. There are two issues here. First, did they mislead their clients into buying this type of mortgage rule? And second, did they hand-select the worst?

SPECTRE of Deflation said...

Ya, and Chris is more full of shit than a stuffed Christmas Turkey! At least some Americans have figured this bullshit out, and are saying so. Good for them, and is Obama the saviour of this REGIME going to give back the $994,000 he received from GS?

PS - Please don't report me to TIME's Klein Jerry. Liberal huh? LOL!

Tea Party Racism?? (OR CHRIS MATHEWS IS FULL OF SHIT!)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1CLPhz0DHM&feature=player_embedded

Short Short Stories said...

Spectre, I think you and I are going to have to disagree here. I heard four black individuals speak in the most general of terms not really saying anything specific about how their freedoms are being taken away. THEIR freedoms, and not the nation's freedoms, but their own freedoms that have been taken away.

TeaParty racism? I have to say that it does exists. I hear it first hand. That is not the issue if it exists. It exists within Democrats, as well. Those Dems might deny it because they don't want to face it in themselves.

I have to agree with Matthews on this one.

The issues are about what is written about on this blogspot and often exchanged between you and me, which is how this president is NOT delivering the change that he promised, but instead, has delivered 'Bush Continued--the Third Act': domestic spying, channeling the nation's wealth to the upper 1% while sacrificing the working Americans that actually created the wealth in the country, the smoke and mirror rationalizations about protecting the nation's best interests by being in Afghanistan, Iraq and many other countries in the world, the allowance of our Supreme Court to continue the evolution of a national Oligarchy, and a health care bill that does not offer a Medicare for all option for Americans to choose if they want to opt out of the Death Panel Private Health Care Insurance Industry Option, among other Bush programs being lived on.

In addition, we still have the Federal Reserve running as usual, foreclosures and middle class bankruptcies killing families, jobs being lost, college graduates more than likely unable to ever pay back their loans, our standard of living shrinking as this country drops to the bottom, and more.

I was in DC this past weekend. I saw what was going on. I am a participant. I believe the TeaParty message is not focused on the strongest of messages. I don't believe in a good part of what they do, but I believe they have the right to do it.

I see that they are being financially supported and infused with cash by the Republican Party and Republican people who continue to be a big part of the problems they complain about.

You have been pointing out the mishaps of MoveON, or other Democrats and their actions, but one must remember that nothing is perfect. No group acts totally righteous or holy. It is more about the larger picture. We have Republicans eating their own, as is with Lindsey Graham being told by Republican TeaPartiers to come out of the Gay closet.

The system is totally failing. People have forgotten core human values. The values that many of us were raised with: humility, honesty, compassion, reasonableness, and the ability to listen, among all the others. The nation is growing in hatred, in ignorance, intolerance, dishonesty, and more.

In many ways, as you know and have been pointing out, both parties are more the same than different. The system get embedded with perversion and dysfunctionality because those who stay too long get too comfortable with the "club" they are members of.

I do believe that nothing stays the same. We do live in a nation that is resilient and has its roots in freedom and democracy. Dissent is growing. The people are not sitting still any longer. Nothing can be hidden forever.

The cons are being called out. Don't despair. Just take care. jerry

SPECTRE of Deflation said...

"Most people prefer to believe their leaders are just and fair even in the face of evidence to the contrary, because most people don't want to admit they don't have the courage to do anything about it. Most propaganda is not designed to fool the critical thinker but only to give moral cowards an excuse not to think at all."
-Michael Rivero

SPECTRE of Deflation said...

Saw this headline this morning. It's a nice way of saying the Democrats are going to get their asses kicked at the polls this November. Couldn't happen to a nicer bunch of thieves. We get to replace them with the other thieves. Stupid games.



Obama predicts tough fight for Dems in November poll

SPECTRE of Deflation said...

Every time I see ole' Chris staring back at me, I have to laugh. "Let me finish" LOL! The man never shuts his pie hole. Here is proof we are completely broke with data I can defend until the cows come home. Meanwhile, those who are part of the system continue to defend it. How anyone can defend either crime syndicate at this point is beyond me, but sheeple act in this manner all the time. Better not to let too much truth into our self delusional construct scenarios. Ty Andros nails it with this article. Those who have ears to hear and eyes to see will see the truth in his words while those brainwashed into serfdom will cling to what the crime syndicates will provide. Pathetic. Like some back alley dogs always settling for the scraps that the elites throw to you. Pathetic!!

Hey Klein of the rag TIME, Obama regime, Obama regime, Obama regime you fucking clueless wonder. When Bush was President, "regime" was used over 6500 times you dumb moronic son of a bitch. Screw you and your horseshit sedition comment. The 1st Amendment protects us too you fucking liberal POS. Go get a job in the Dept. of propaganda, or are you secretly already employed?

The Policies of Insolvency

http://www.safehaven.com/article/16488/the-policies-of-insolvency

Short Short Stories said...

Spectre,

I appreciate your comments, but it seems that you are displaying very hateful feelings.

I understand your positions but I am now feeling insulted by your expressions by calling liberals names. The fact remains that the Regressive Party of Republicans and so-called conservatives, brought this country to where it is today. They were in power and had legislative majorities for most of the 35 years that grew this economic tsunami. They were surely helped along by capitulating, greedy, and bought-off Democrats, too.

Liberalism, nor conservativism did not destroy this nation's economy. It was greed, lying, corruption, and fraud that did it. We are seeing more than likely criminal activity behind the veil.

There is plenty of blame to go around. We now have an extremist Supreme Court. Obama has surrounded himself with corrupt field generals for the financial crime syndicate. He, therefore, has become part of it. This is continuation of the last 30 years. All that is going on is a rearranging of the deck furniture instead of remodeling the entire space. Taking a million dollars from Goldman Sachs--the government bailout vulture-- says something about Obama the candidate.

This is NOT about liberalism or conservatism. This is about corrupt extremism. Policies that bring fiscal constraint is being conservative, and offering Medicare for people, workplace rules, public education, roads, Social Security, etc. were liberal policies and agendas that shared the burdens among everyone instead of a select few. The nation needs both to function as a free society that builds an environment of a true and honest free marketplace.

If you want to post your views, please don't insult me.

thanks, jerry

Change We Can Believe IN said...

ROFLMAO! Nice.

New York Lawmakers Rank Highest in Goldman Donations (Update1)

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=aFFDRNbDQdV8&pos=9&source=patrick.net