Tax Time Tea Party With Oprah, Kitty Kelley, Sarah Palin, And Hillary Clinton

Someday a book will be written which will actually examine who Barack Obama really was and is. That future book will very much be a Xerox copy of what we at Big Pink have written for years. Since April (yup, another anniversary coming up) 2007 we’ve been picking at the Barack Obama scab. Recently we noted how Tiger Woods traded magazine covers for hushed silence and we speculated that is a reason for Obama’s ubiquity on magazine covers as well.

It took years for the Tiger Truth to emerge from its crouched hidden-ness. Now it’s Oprah’s turn. And in the very same way Big Media has protected Barack Obama and Tiger Woods, Oprah is underneath the Big Media nuclear umbrella. Lesbian flings, prostitution & abuse lies” Oh my! – is the Oprah coming oozing out of Kitty Kelley’s new book.

Oprah’s life story, hidden thus far, notes she shares Barack Obama’s use of cocaine. Also like Barack Obama, the truth has never been told about childhood life (Oprah made up a lot of that sexual abuse stuff she “suffered”). And all that poverty and roaches and stuff, is also mostly made up by Oprah and eaten up by those who love that type of fake oppression narrative (which makes Oprah’s acceptance of James Frey’s book that much more enlightening). The lesbian/Graham Stedman tales are included and garnished with a diamond toe ring for romance target Diane Sawyer (yup, the ABC network news anchor). It also appears that Oprah engaged in activities that could qualify as a “teen prostitute”.

And now we all know that the Oprah that is so “open” and “caring” and gives so much advice about forgiveness and family and relationships, does not even talk to her own mother. Oprah does not know who daddy is (hey don’t the Barack problems duplicate themselves in Oprah?), but Kitty knows but won’t tell. Kitty also lampoons the oft told tale that Oprah was so poor she had two cockroaches as pets (Melinda and Sandy). And apparently Oprah did have dresses and dolls.

Oprah’s family says Oprah was “spoiled” as a little girl.

“Where Oprah got that nonsense about growing up in filth and roaches I have no idea,” said the relative, Katherine Carr Esters. “I’ve confronted her and asked, ‘Why do you tell such lies?’ Oprah told me, ‘That’s what people want to hear. The truth is boring.’ ”

A friend of Esters added that the manipulation of her past is a key to her success.

Every move is calculated to further her brand and lift her image, which is why she does good works,” Jewette Battles said.

As a teen, Winfrey was a wild child, promiscuous to the point of prostitution, her relatives said.

The future star would steal from her mother’s purse, pawn her jewelry and even turn tricks.”

Hey, sounds just like Obama!

Hey, Hey, remember when Obama trashed his grandmother, the one who raised him, as a “racist”? Well, hereeee’s Oprah:

“Where Oprah got that nonsense about growing up in filth and roaches I have no idea. (Oprah’s grandmother) kept a spotless house.”

Like us with Obama, Oprah’s Aunt Katherine says, “I do not understand the lies that she tells. She’s been doing it for years.” For years and years, Big Media has fed the hogwash to the masses. And there is this bit of Oprah news, Big Media did not inform Americans about, until now:

“A former boyfriend, Randy Cook, reportedly lived with Oprah in Chicago from January to May of 1985, not long after she’d moved to town. Kelley writes that Cook wanted to make their relationship public in a proposed tell-all book with chapters called “Oprah Introduces Me to Smoking Cocaine,” “Oprah: Drugs, Sex, Out of Control” and “Oprah and Gayle.” Cook “wrote graphically that they became ‘carnally driven monsters’ and indulged in ‘animalistic sex,’ ” Kelley reports. No one would publish Cook’s book, and Oprah “called him ‘a liar’ and ‘a drug addict’ who could not be trusted or believed,” Kelley writes. After Oprah weepily revealed her drug use on the air in early 1995, Cook filed a $20 million lawsuit against her for slander and emotional distress. “Oprah was forced to respond to his interrogatories,” the book says. “In her answers, she finally admitted to what she had so long denied: That she and Cook had sexual relations, and that she and Cook had used cocaine on a regular and consistent basis.” Cook ultimately dropped his suit.”

This is why Americans increasingly do not believe Big Media. Oprah/Obama tell a completely hyped story that Oprah/Obama themselves created, Oprah/Obama lash out at the truth tellers as “liars”, the truth tellers are mocked and excoriated, and not one bit of analysis or fact check is undertaken by Big Media.

But Big Media hatethrob, Sarah Palin had an armada of fact checkers unleashed on her book. We like fact checkers and want more (but honest ones, not the usual flacks) unleashed on every book. But Oprah/Obama/Tiger get away with their fairy tales and anyone who calls the fairy tale a fairy tale (yup, we’re talking Bill Clinton) get burned as a “racist”.

Indeed, anyone who disagrees with the Big Media fake “reality” is called a “racist” or worse (if there is “worse” than “racist”). The Tea Party activists are called “racists” by those who want to sabotage the Tea Party rallies with racist signs of their own making. With tomorrow’s tax day Tea Parties nationwide, the race-baiting “racist” signs are increasingly attributed to the Dimocratic Party itself.

As Any Stern made his farewell to SEIU official, via video, in Boston, Tea was brewing. In preparation for the nationwide Tea Party rallies tomorrow, Sarah Palin the hatethrob of Big Media appeared in Boston at a rally today. Sarah Palin spoke the truth when she said:

“A roaring Tea Party crowd cheered on Sarah Palin on the Boston Common today as she slammed President Obama promising it’s “nothing a good old fashioned election can’t fix.”

By “old fashioned election” we presume Sarah Palin means elections in which the will of the voters determines the winner candidate – something lacking of late in what used to be the Democratic Party.

We like “old fashioned elections” and can’t wait until November to exercise our great right to throw the bums out. And we can’t wait to run Obama out of office either. It’s a good idea for sure. Run Obama out of office is a good idea.

* * * * * *

Recently we restated our oft stated prediction, from way back when, that when Hillary set foot in one of the states where she walloped Barack Obama, a decision on 2012 was near. The fact that Hillary’s recent visit to Kentucky was to discuss nuclear strategy – while all the action was in D.C. – struck us as additional reason to doubt the visit was anything but a warning shot.

And, as Obama blunders into foreign policy more and more and Michelle Obama is now taking foreign policy trips, on her own, as well, and the American foreign policy posture is increasingly out of whack to even the most oblivious observer (see the latest letter on Israel) – it’s time for a change. No one reads these tea leaves better than Hillary, which is why she went to Kentucky, we think.

Obama’s slip is polling and his polling is slipping to the point that “anybody” is better than “somebody”. We at Big Pink are not the only ones noticing. We’ll repeat what we have written before: Hillary will not primary Obama, but if November results are ugly for Dimocrats, those Dimocrats running for reelection in 2012 will not want Obama at the top.

We know, that like a python, the Obama machine has strangulation-coiled around the once great Democratic Party and that now the Obamination is the Obama Dimocratic Party. But things have a funny way of changing real fast. We noticed and others are noticing too:

Red flag for a sinking Obama: Americans now prefer Hillary Clinton

It is, of course, a really silly thing to even think about, given the clout of the Chicago Machine boys currently occupying the White House.

But, just say, the Real Great Talker continues his spiraling descent in the polls over the next 12-18 months; already the Democrat is barely tied with Any Republican in opinion polls looking toward 2012.

Even worse, a majority of Americans have already decided they don’t want Obama to have a second term.

And just say under Obama’s leadership and insistence on his unpopular healthcare bill over jobs, all the spending and exploding deficits, plus the certainty of new taxes to cover his costs, the Democrats in Congress get thoroughly thrashed by the GOP come November. Maybe they even lose control of both houses.”

Is that not the same series of scenarios we wrote about well over a year ago? Let’s continue with the echo scenario:

This week a new poll showed Americans now preferring the GOP on a generic congressional ballot. And despite eagerly optimistic recent administration economic claims, the unemployment rate is likely to hang high, and now comes a new ABC News Poll finding national consumer confidence actually waning, not building.

Do you think then maybe by a year from now some Democratic Party bigwigs and money people might be whispering to each other that this arrogant Illinois guy is pulling a Jimmy Carter, constructing a disastrous….

…single term that teed up 12 straight years of Republican White House rule?

Well, it turns out, there is another Democrat — another former senator, in fact — hanging around now free of political tussles with an enhanced resume burnished on the world stage, thanks to Obama himself.

And a new CNN/Opinion Research Poll has just revealed that even today Americans like that other Democrat more and dislike that other Democrat less than they do the incumbent Democratic president.”

The answer to “who?” brings that cold chill to Michelle’s arms and to Obama’s heart:

“That other Democrat is, of course, Hillary Clinton, who fought and scratched her way mightily but unsuccessfully through those bitter, belligerent Democratic primaries and caucuses of 2008. The former first lady and current secretary of State professes no intra-mural interest in challenging her White House boss, as she must as long as she’s an administration team member.

The published CNN article focused on an Obama matchup with Sarah Palin. But within the data were Favorable/Unfavorable ratings for numerous prominent politicians of both parties. Here are the surprising new poll numbers for Clinton:

61% now think favorably of the former senator and only 35% unfavorably, both numbers improved from the 56% and 40% she had during the Democratic National Convention in late August of 2008.”

“But what about Mess-iah?”, choke out the Hopium guzzling clowns:

“By comparison, in the same CNN poll, 57% of Americans now think favorably of Obama, down from 78% just before his inauguration; and 41% now think unfavorably of him, more than twice his unfavorable rating of early 2009.

Clinton’s numbers also beat all other both Democrats and Republicans in the new poll. [snip]

Among Republican names, Mike Huckabee’s favorable-unfavorable rating is 43-29; Mitt Romney 40-34; Newt Gingrich 38-38 (see his recent speech video here); and Sarah Palin 39-55, up from her other recent numbers. See Palin’s recent speech video right here.”

Oh ye of little faith!

“Loyal Ticket readers may remember this item of ours from last December when USA Today and Gallup found the two most admired females in America were Clinton and Palin — and only 1% separated them.

Even more loyal Ticket readers will recall our item from nearly two years ago here revealing that the day after she surrendered to Obama upon losing the party primary race and said she heartily supported him, Clinton associates purchased a Web domain name: HRC2012.

Probably just an over-eager staffer, wouldn’t you think?”

Oh heavens, those over eager staffers!

We’ll continue to defend women (yup, we mean Sarah Palin) even if they are Republicans against sexism and misogyny. We’ll also continue to defend the Tea Party movement as a legitimate grassroots response to repeated abuses, albeit one that is very sympathetic to Republican aims and one that Republican bureaucrats want to python coil. We will continue to denounce Obama and Oprah as the race-baiters they have proven themselves to be too.

And we will continue to admire a certain plucky lady. In 2012 we might have a Tea Party of our very own.


151 thoughts on “Tax Time Tea Party With Oprah, Kitty Kelley, Sarah Palin, And Hillary Clinton

  1. Hillary might have to speed up her schedule if this nonsense persists (and there is a lot here for the wily observer to observe which correlates to our article):

    “It was just a phrase at the end of President Obama’s news conference on Tuesday, but it was a stark reminder of a far-reaching shift in how the United States views the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and how aggressively it might push for a peace agreement.

    When Mr. Obama declared that resolving the long-running Middle East dispute was a “vital national security interest of the United States,” he was highlighting a change that has resulted from a lengthy debate among his top officials over how best to balance support for Israel against other American interests.

    This shift, described by administration officials who did not want to be quoted by name when discussing internal discussions, is driving the White House’s urgency to help broker a Middle East peace deal. It increases the likelihood that Mr. Obama, frustrated by the inability of the Israelis and the Palestinians to come to terms, will propose his own parameters for an eventual Palestinian state.[snip]

    The Obama administration’s new thinking, and the tougher policies toward Israel that could flow from it, has alarmed American Jewish leaders accustomed to the Bush administration’s steadfast support. They are not used to seeing issues like Jewish housing in the West Bank or East Jerusalem linked, even by implication, to the security of American soldiers. Some fret that it raises questions about the centrality of the American alliance with Israel, which the administration flatly denies.

    “In the past, the problem of who drinks out of whose well in Nablus has not been a strategic interest of the United States,” said Martin S. Indyk, a former United States ambassador to Israel and the vice president and the director of foreign policy at the Brookings Institution. He said there was an interest now because of the tens of thousands of troops fighting Islamist insurgencies abroad at the same time that the United States was trying to curb Iran’s nuclear ambitions.[snip]

    There is still a vigorous debate inside the administration about what to do if such talks were to go nowhere, which experts said is the likeliest result, given the history of such negotiations.

    Some officials, like Gen. James L. Jones, the national security adviser, advocate putting forward an American peace plan, while others, like the longtime Middle East peace negotiator Dennis B. Ross, who now works in the National Security Council, favor a more incremental approach.

    Last week, National Security Council officials met with outside Middle East experts to discuss the Arab Israeli conflict. Two weeks before, General Jones and Mr. Obama met with several national security advisers from previous administrations and discussed putting forward an American proposal, even though it would put pressure on both Israel and the Palestinians.

    Several officials point out that Mr. Obama has now seized control of Middle East policy himself, particularly since the controversy several weeks ago when Israeli authorities announced new Jewish housing units in Jerusalem during a visit to Israel by Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.

    Mr. Obama, incensed by that snub, has given Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a list of demands, and relations between the United States and Israel have fallen into a chilly standoff.

    “The president is re-evaluating the tactics his administration is employing toward Israel and the entire Middle East,” said Robert Wexler, a former Democratic congressman who resigned in January to lead the Center for Middle East Peace, a Washington-based nonprofit institution that is working for a peace agreement.[snip]

    But skepticism has taken root in the Israeli public as well, particularly after Israel saw little benefit from its traumatic withdrawal from Gaza in 2005.

    Among American Jewish groups, there is less skepticism than alarm about the administration’s new direction. On Tuesday, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, a powerful pro-Israel lobbying group, publicized letters to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, signed by 76 senators and 333 House members, that implored the administration to defuse tensions.

    In an open letter to Mr. Obama from the World Jewish Congress, the organization’s president, Ronald S. Lauder, asked, “Why does the thrust of this administration’s Middle East rhetoric seem to blame Israel for the lack of movement on peace talks?”

    Mr. Lauder, who said the letter was scheduled to be published Thursday as an advertisement in The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal, said he discussed the letter with Mr. Netanyahu and received his support before taking out the advertisement.”

  2. This shift, described by administration officials who did not want to be quoted by name when discussing internal discussions, is driving the White House’s urgency to help broker a Middle East peace deal. It increases the likelihood that Mr. Obama, frustrated by the inability of the Israelis and the Palestinians to come to terms, will propose his own parameters for an eventual Palestinian state.[snip]
    What does this little pasha think he is capable of? “So it is written so it is done”? I would pay to see Net cut the frauds testicles with JJ Jackson’s knife! Who the Fu*k does he think he is dealing with? Foe one, Israel is a sovereign nation. not a Chicago slum!

    We also see who the American Jewish people REALLY trust, but this begs a question, “Where the Fu*k were you in 2008”? Selling Israel down the proverbial sewer.

  3. “In an open letter to Mr. Obama from the World Jewish Congress, the organization’s president, Ronald S. Lauder, asked, >“Why does the thrust of this administration’s Middle East rhetoric seem to blame Israel for the lack of movement on peace talks?”

    Mr. Lauder, who said the letter was scheduled to be published Thursday as an advertisement in The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal, said he discussed the letter with Mr. Netanyahu and received his support before taking out the advertisement.”


    If after holding his feet to the fire, pointing a finger directly at Obama doesn’t work- May I suggest something stronger… publishing a pic of him smoking a cigarette on AF1, the weakling!

  4. The Fraud doesn’t care about Israel and we knew it long ago. He really cares about his bros in the middle east, that’s what all the bows are about, bro-bows.

  5. Poll: Tea Party backers wealthier, educated driven by ideology, not economic anxiety, survey shows.


    April 14, 2010

    NYT-NEW YORK – Tea party supporters are wealthier and more well-educated than the general public, tend to be Republican, white, male, and married, and their strong opposition to the Obama administration is more rooted in political ideology than anxiety about their personal economic

    The 18 percent of Americans who identify themselves as Tea Party supporters look like Republicans in many ways, but they hold more conservative views on a range of issues and tend to be older than Republicans generally. They are also more likely than Republicans as a whole to describe themselves as “very conservative” and President Obama as “very liberal.”

    And while most Republicans say they are “dissatisfied” with Washington, Tea Party supporters are more likely to classify themselves as “angry.”

    Speculation and anecdotal evidence have often taken the place of concrete data about who supports the Tea Party movement, and the poll offers some surprising findings.

    Similarities to general public:

    In some ways, Tea Party supporters look like the general public. For instance, despite their allusions to Revolutionary War-era tax protesters, most describe the amount they paid in taxes this year as “fair.” Most send their children to public schools, do not think Sarah Palin is qualified to be president, and, despite their push for smaller government, think that Social Security and Medicare are worth the cost. They are actually more likely than the general public to have returned their census forms, despite some conservative leaders urging a boycott.

    Their fierce animosity toward Washington, and the president in particular, is rooted in deep pessimism about the direction of the country and the conviction that the policies of the Obama administration are disproportionately directed at helping the poor rather than the middle class or the rich.

    The overwhelming majority of Tea Party supporters say Mr. Obama does not share the values most Americans live by, and that he does not understand the problems of people like themselves. More than half say the policies of the administration favor the poor, and 25 percent, compared with 11 percent of the general public, think that the administration favors blacks over whites. They are more likely than the general public, and Republicans, to say that too much has been made of the problems facing black people.

    Asked what they are angry about, Tea Party supporters offered three main concerns: the recent health care overhaul, government spending, and a feeling that their opinions are not represented in Washington.

    “The only way they will stop the spending is to have a revolt on their hands,” Elwin Thrasher, a 66-year-old semi-retired lawyer in Florida, said in an interview following the poll. “I’m sick and tired of them wasting money and doing what our founders never intended to be done with the federal government.”

    They are far more pessimistic than Americans in general about the economy improving. More than 90 percent of Tea Party supporters think the country is headed in the wrong direction, compared with about 60 percent of the general public. About 6 in 10 say America’s best days are behind us when it comes to the availability of good jobs for American workers.

    Obama does not come out well. Nearly 9 in 10 disapprove of the job Mr. Obama is doing overall, and about the same percentage fault his handling on the specifics, too: health care, the economy, and the federal budget deficit. More than 8 in 10 hold an unfavorable view of him personally, and 92 percent believe he is moving the country toward socialism – an opinion shared by about half the general public. Tea Party supporters are also more likely than most Americans to believe, mistakenly, that the president has increased taxes for most Americans.

    “I just feel he’s getting away from what America is,” said Kathy Mayhugh, 67, a retired medical transcriber in Jacksonville. “He’s a socialist. And to tell you the truth I think he’s a Muslim and trying to head us in that direction, I don’t care what he says. He’s been in office over a year and can’t find a church to go to. That doesn’t say much for him.”

    The nationwide telephone poll was conducted April 5-12 with 1,580 adults. For the purposes of analysis, Tea Party supporters were oversampled, for a total of 881, and then weighted back to their proper proportion in the poll. The margin of sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points for both all adults and Tea Party supporters.

    The Tea Party supporters are more likely than the general public to say their personal financial situation is good or very good. But like the general public, 55 percent are concerned that someone in their household will be out of a job in the next year. And more than two-thirds say the recession has been difficult or caused hardship and major life changes. Like most Americans, they think the most pressing problem facing the country today are the economy and jobs. They blame Congress.

  6. Maybe his will finally cause American Jews to reevaluated their knee-jerk support for the Democratic party. They align themselves with leftist anti-Semites which is something that I never understand. It’s like the abused going back to the abuser time and time again.

  7. Admin: Great article!

    I am still wondering why Orin Hatch was the one that said Hillary’s name was out there for Scotus. I also read that was an Axelrod initiated rumor, but I’m thinking its the republicans that want to know now who their competition will be 2012′. They are worried about Hillary and always have/will keep doing that.

    RBO is saying there’s some big announcement that will be made on Monday…so I’m wondering and searching for what it might be…an ideas folks??

  8. RBO most likely stands for Real Barack Obama. It is a site that B. Merry started originally call something like Rezko Watch.

    It’s an interesting blog site.

  9. Tony Rezo in the news again. I can’t wait until this trial starts..

    h t t p://

    Blagojevich’s Wife Received Tens of Thousands From Antoin Rezko, Prosecutors Allege

    Updated 6:05 p.m.
    By Peter Slevin
    CHICAGO — Illinois businessman and Democratic fundraiser Antoin Rezko was so anxious to help his friend, then-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D), that he funneled tens of thousands of dollars in payments to Blagojevich’s wife, federal prosecutors contend in a document unsealed Wednesday.

    Patti Blagojevich did no work for the payments, which were allegedly disguised as real estate commissions and other payments from one of Rezko’s Chicago companies. To make it appear that she had earned them, prosecutors allege, she showed up from time to time at Rezko’s offices – usually carrying her infant daughter and soon leaving.

    “Rezko was willing to do whatever it took to get her money, whether it was from a monthly retainer or through hiring her to work on his development at Roosevelt and Clark,” the prosecutors wrote in a 91-page document. The document was made public by U.S. District Judge James B. Zagel, who is due to preside over Rod Blagojevich’s corruption trial starting June 3.

    “Rezko did not seem to care if she actually did anything to earn the money,” prosecutors continued. “Rezko was only concerned about ensuring that Blagojevich did not have to worry about his finances.”

    Patti Blagojevich is named as a “conspirator” in the document, but has not been charged with a crime. Prosecutors cited her alleged participation amid evidence that her husband worked with Rezko and other insiders in illegal money-making schemes that began soon after he took office in January 2003.

    Rezko, currently in prison, is better-known nationally as a friend and fundraiser for Barack Obama during the first decade of Obama’s political career in Chicago. He did not contribute to Obama’s presidential campaign.

    Obama, who said he knew nothing of Rezko’s criminal activities, called “boneheaded” his own decision to buy a house in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood in July 2005, on the same day Rezko’s wife bought the vacant lot next door.

    The document also provides fresh details about Blagojevich’s increasingly urgent effort to profit from his authority to appoint Obama’s successor following his November 2008 election as president.

    On Election Day, Blagojevich complained to one of his deputy governors that serving as a two-term governor had been a financial sacrifice.

    “Now is the time for me to put my [expletive] children and wife first for a change,” Blagojevich said in a conversation secretly recorded by the FBI.

    “Despite repeated warnings from others that he could not personally profit in any way, ” the prosecutors wrote in outlining their case, “Blagojevich continued to suggest methods in which he could personally profit from the naming of a senator.”

    Blagojevich has said repeatedly that the federal authorities who arrested him in December 2008 took his statements out of context and that he will be acquitted of all corruption charges.

    Zagel unsealed the document, an evidentiary proffer that lays out the government’s case, at the request of a group of news organizations. He disagreed with the objections of Blagojevich’s attorneys, who argued that the details could prejudice prospective jurors.

    Prosecutors offered new details – and fresh quotes from the irrepressible Blagojevich – about his effort to sell or trade the Senate appointment. At one point, Blagojevich discussed various demands that he could make in return for naming Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett to the seat.

    Blagojevich first set his sights on being named secretary of Health and Human Services. He discussed ambassadorships with his wife, but wanted to know what they paid, the prosecutors said. He wondered if Obama’s supporters would find him a well-paid private-sector or foundation job.

    “I’d like to get out – the [expletive] out of here,” Blagojevich said in one taped conversation. “The objective is to get a good gig over there.”

    At one point, he talked on the telephone with Patti Blagojevich about the idea of being appointed to direct Change to Win, the breakaway consortium that now includes five labor unions, including the Teamsters, United Farm Workers and the Service Employees International Union.

    While they were talking, Patti tried to find out from the Internet what the job paid.

    “Don’t worry about it…,” he tells her, according to the government transcript. “You negotiate that, ‘I’d like a four-year contract for a million a year or something.’ … Or 750 or whatever. It’d have to be good. Obama’s got excess money. He just gives them more money.”

    None of Blagojevich’s plans yielded the bonanza he was allegedly seeking. Jarrett announced that she was not interested in the Senate seat. On Dec. 9, 2008, the FBI arrested Blagojevich, who later appointed largely retired Chicago lawyer and politician Roland Burris (D) to the seat.

    By Peter Slevin | April 14, 2010; 5:11 PM ET

  10. And more on Rezko–hmmmm, he seems to have a habit of helping politicians with their homes. Of course, when he did that with Obama it was perfectly OK…,blagojevich-prosecutors-documents-041410.article

    Rezko’s cash used to renovate Blagojevich home, feds say

    April 14, 2010


    Rod and Patti Blagojevich have long claimed they dipped into their own checking account to pay for personal home renovations set up by a company of convicted businessman Tony Rezko.

    But a newly released, 91-page filing from federal prosecutors alleges that Rezko secretly funneled tens of thousands of dollars to the former first couple by setting up a sham $40,000 real estate commission for Patti Blagojevich. Prosecutors say the money was then used to pay for work on the Ravenswood Manor home.

    A newly released, 91-page filing from federal prosecutors alleges that Rezko secretly funneled tens of thousands of dollars to the former first couple by setting up a sham $40,000 real estate commission for Patti Blagojevich. Prosecutors say the money was then used to pay for work on the Ravenswood Manor home.

    When Blagojevich was governor, the Chicago Sun-Times in two separate articles raised questions about more than $90,000 in repair work done on the Blagojevich home.

    The company overseeing the work on the home was a Rezko company, Chicago Construction Services.

    “The renovations … were paid for by the Blagojeviches through their personal checking account,” Rod Blagojevich’s then-spokesman told the Sun-Times in 2008.

    Indeed they were, prosecutors say, but some of the money landed there after Rezko moved it to Patti Blagojevich, according to an evidentiary proffer made public today.

    The document portrays the former governor as making a desperate grab for cash throughout the former governor’s tenure as Illinois’ chief executive, including by pressuring fund-raisers and aides to find work for his wife. As a federal investigation into Blagojevich ramped up, so too did his desperation to secure cash for himself or a job for Patti Blagojevich or himself, prosecutors allege.

    Blagojevich, who has repeatedly denied wrongdoing, saw dollar signs when Barack Obama’s U.S. Senate seat became vacant, according to the prosecution filing. That’s because a close Obama friend, Valerie Jarrett, was interested in the seat.

    “Blagojevich questioned whether the president-elect [Obama] could do ‘something big’ in the ‘private sector’ for Blagojevich in exchange for the Senate seat,” the proffer says. Jarrett, now an adviser to President Obama, pulled out of contention for the seat on Nov. 12, 2008.

    In December 2008, Blagojevich is allegedly caught on tape saying U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. “wants it badly and desperately and he’s the only one who’s willing to, like, offer stuff.”

    An emissary of Rep. Jackson allegedly approached Blagojevich with what the former governor believed to be a $1.5 million offer for the seat, charges say.

    The document includes statements from lobbyist and longtime friend Lon Monk, former chief of staff John Harris, a former deputy governor; as well as a slew of individuals who allegedly discussed the Senate seat pick in late 2008.

    Prosecutors say that, besides paying Patti Blagojevich on a monthly basis for doing no or little work as a realtor, Rezko in 2004 directed to Patti Blagojevich $40,000 in phony brokerage services for the sale of two properties at 1101 West Lake Street.

    The money was paid to a title company, then to a Rezko company, according to the evidentiary proffer. Patti Blagojevich then deposited a check into a business account and then moved the money into a personal checking account. She then wrote more than $38,000 in checks to vendors, prosecutors said.

    The document spends eight pages discussing activities involving Patti Blagojevich, who last year gained nationwide attention on the NBC reality show “I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here,” where she was sent to a jungle and forced to eat bugs.

    It includes allegations that Blagojevich sought to avoid the perception that his wife was a ghostpayroller by having her show herself at Rezko’s offices.

    “The problem with that approach, however, was that Blagojevich’s wife was taking care of their infant daughter,” the document says, referring to a statement from Lon Monk about the alleged arrangement.

    The document — which outlines the prosecution’s case in the greatest detail yet — indicates prosecutors have put together their case using statements from Rezko, who has been in prison since his 2008 conviction; lobbyist and longtime friend Monk, former chief of staff Harris, a former deputy governor, aides, advisers and a union rep who allegedly discussed the Senate seat pick with the former governor in late 2008. It also indicates that Monk and two others who worked with Rezko support some of Rezko’s story, according to the document.

    As far as the pursuit of Obama’s Senate seat, prosecutors portray a Blagojevich who almost obsessively discussed cutting a deal to personally benefit from appointing Jarrett.

    Blagojevich told Deputy Governor A that Blagojevich had made “decisions at the expense of [his] family’s best interests for … [his] job as governor.” Blagojevich informed Deputy Governor A “now is the time for me to put my f——- children and my wife first, for a change.”

    When she pulled out of contention, his plans shifted, prosecutors say.

    “Blagojevich’s plans to obtain a personal benefit for the Senate seat were stifled by the fact that nobody appeared willing to pay Blagojevich for the Senate seat,” the proffer indicates. “During this time frame, Blagojevich engaged in a number of conversations with a variety of individuals regarding what to do with the Senate seat.”

    Defense lawyers have said the prosecution’s proffer is “manifestly unfair,” and selectively quotes from FBI witness statements and audio recordings. They called for U.S. District Judge James Zagel to either publicize all the tapes and statements, or none of them.

    Blagojevich and his brother, Robert, are scheduled to go to trial June 3.

    “These are merely allegations. This is a one-sided, slanted, recitation of the government’s version of events. Everyone must remember that,” said one of Blagojevich’s lawyers, Sheldon Sorosky. “The governor will relate his version of events in court.”

    An attorney for Patti Blagojevich could not be immediately reached for comment.

  11. southern born, Rezko Watch…that brings back memories, LOL! She has some sort of announcement on Monday. I don’t know if it will be on her site or if it will be national news…we’ll find out Monday.

  12. I am breaking open a bottle of good scotch tonight and drinking a toast to Admin., Krauthammer, and now Kitty Kelly. And to everyone else who is willing to speak the truth and expose the liars at risk to their own reputation. They are to this country what Isaac Newton was to the world of physics and mathematics.

    Nature and natures laws
    Lay hid in night
    God said let Newton be
    And there was light—Alexander Pope

    And then there is big media, who censors, distorts and hides the truth from our eyes. The biggest collection of liars, cutthroats, and character assassins this side of hell. To call them a profession is a joke. Where are the elder statesmen who are supposed to ride herd on this? I will tell you where they are. Brokaw, Moyers etc. sit on boards of George Soros. They have been bought and paid for. Big media is nothing more than a prostitution ring.

  13. Confloyd, remember when B Merry posted here at Big Pink and then started Rezko Watch. That does take us back.

  14. Hillary might have to speed up her schedule if this nonsense persists (and there is a lot here for the wily observer to observe which correlates to our article):

  15. SouthBorn, Yes I do…we used to wait for next shoe to drop from Rezko Watch all time…It was when we still had HOPE….now we have Obama…YUK!

  16. If you want to see what a Republican sell out artist looks like, you need look no further than Lindsey Graham. I was once asked to raise money for him when he was in the House. I refused. This is a perfect example why:

    Big Oil Sell-out

    Senators consider gasoline tax as part of climate bill

    Estimates put it in the range of 15 cents a gallon. Some oil companies are on board with the plan because it would cost them far less than other proposals to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

    Leading voices in the Senate are considering a new tax on gasoline as part of an effort to win Republican and oil industry support for the energy and climate bill now idling in Congress.

    The tax, which according to early estimates would be in the range of 15 cents a gallon, was conceived with the input of several oil companies, including Shell, BP and ConocoPhillips, and is being championed by Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.

    [Emphasis added.]

    Disgusted, but not surprised. Last June, you may recall, Shell and BP were tied for #6 on my list of The Top 10 Green Energy Whores.

    I’ve spent plenty of time and killed plenty of electrons pointing out the hypocritical players in the ongoing energy/climate change/Cap and Trade circus on Capitol Hill. GE and the coal-burning utilities are the easy targets for ridicule; they’ve long since signed on to the Statists’ game, deciding it’s safer and more profitable in the long run to sell out “to be part of the solution”, as they would euphemistically put it.

    There are oil companies, and then there are oil companies. I work for an independent company which is involved in exploration and production. We are small and non-integrated, meaning we don’t own refineries, tankers or gas stations. And very often, our interests are at odds with the “Majors”, who are integrated international behemoths. The Majors are “Big Oil”.

    In this case, Big Oil has decided that it’s better to join than fight. This suggested action — an additional 15 cents or so per gallon carbon tax, on top of the state and federal taxes already levied at the pump, suits them just fine. It’s small enough (for now) that it won’t curtail demand much, and they won’t even have to be involved in figuring, assessing or collecting the tax. That works much better for them than the earlier Cap and Trade proposal to collect the tax at the refinery.

    (Note that two of the companies mentioned in the article, BP and Shell, aren’t even American companies, but their support is considered meaningful in crafting a deal.)

    As the article points out, the American Petroleum Institute has yet to take a position on the new tax. API is the industry’s trade group, and the bigger companies have a dominant voice. Interestingly, 90% of America’s wells are drilled by independent companies who are members of the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA), a separate trade group.

    It’s not uncommon that, as in this case, the interests of the Majors and the Independents are at odds. Capitalists being capitalists, it’s not surprising that the Majors would try to cut a palatable deal that left their business model (and long-term survivability) intact.

    Just don’t blame me.

    Disclaimer: I worked for Shell, about 30 years ago. I admire them and some of the other big oil companies for their leadership and technology and science. But a gasoline tax is not needed as a carbon tax, and is not in the best interest of the country.

  17. To find out that Jason Levin, the culprit behind and the one agitating and promoting destruction of the Tea Party groups is a middle school teacher just makes me physically sick. He is promoting Nazi symbolism, racist, and anti-semitism; just what every parent wants their childrens’ teachers to do.

    We have been provided with contact information for the Beaverton School District should we desire to contact them and issue our disdain for the teacher’s behavior and potential influence on middle school students who are a captive audience.

    Beaverton School District’s email (I addressed mine to school board members and to the superintendent so it might not go directly to file 13):

  18. On my facebook page I had a bot dissing Sarah, I stopped him cold, he was pist. I told him misogny wasn’t pretty from the left or the right…if you don’t like Sarah, talk about what you don’t like about her policies, but keep her personal stuff alone…he did not like it and told me to go back to drinkin my budweiser, which I did, LOL!! I kicked him off my page!

  19. All they are doing with these gas taxes, coke taxes, and all these other ideas is to try and trick to stupid voter…they say they aren’t going to raise taxes…people automatically think income tax…they don’t look at their phone bill to see all the taxes on that. Obama needs to be thrown out of office before he can do anymore damage…Rev. Manning brought something I hadn’t thought of..Obama possibly could appoint as many as 5 Scotus’s during his tenure and that the first 4.

  20. NYT-NEW YORK – Tea party supporters are wealthier and more well-educated than the general public, tend to be Republican, white, male, and married, and their strong opposition to the Obama administration is more rooted in political ideology than anxiety about their personal economic
    Bull, other polls have concluded it is really heavily female driven.
    They are more likely than the general public, and Republicans, to say that too much has been made of the problems facing black people.

    Somehow they always bring it back to race. Bull. Tea Party’s have nothing to do with race
    The only way they will stop the spending is to have a revolt on their hands,” Elwin Thrasher, a 66-year-old semi-retired lawyer in Florida, said in an interview following the poll.

    And while most Republicans say they are “dissatisfied” with Washington, Tea Party supporters are more likely to classify themselves as “angry.” \

    And finally, call them “angry’, IE out of control…violent comes next I am sure, and then throw in a “revolt” for good measure…

  21. It is illegal for any member of the Nevada Legislature to conduct
    official business wearing a penis costume while the legislature is in

    Found this on BP, so it begs the ?, “How come Reid hasn’t been arrested”?

  22. Ace

    Bailout Mania: Democrats Now Want To Bail Out Schools
    Of course, it’s all for the children. And by “children” what they really mean is bloated teacher salaries, pension and health care plans.

    Meh, close enough for government work.

    The Senate’s leading Democrat on education issues proposed a $23 billion bailout Wednesday to help public schools across the country avert widespread layoffs, a sequel to the economic stimulus law that has propped up teetering state budgets for the past year.
    The Obama administration immediately expressed support for an education jobs bill to help states through fiscal crisis, hoping to build momentum for the proposal from Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa).

    In an appropriations hearing on Capitol Hill, Harkin noted that layoffs of teachers and other school personnel could exceed 100,000 before the next school year starts. The budget axe is falling in school systems from Prince George’s County to Los Angeles, prompting an array of education groups to mobilize for help.

    “We must act soon,” Harkin said. “This is not something we can fix in August. We have to fix it now.” Harkin is chairman of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions and chairman of the appropriations subcommittee on education.

    The Democratic-led House late last year approved a measure of similar scope to help save education jobs, but it stalled in the Senate. Whether Harkin’s proposal will gain traction remains to be seen. Senate Republicans, who have opposed the Democratic majority on most spending programs, can seek to block legislation through filibuster.

    Education Secretary Arne Duncan seconded Harkin’s assessment of the gravity of the situation facing schools. He estimated that schools face layoffs in the range of 100,000 to 300,000.

    Of course the Repbulicans are shouting bloody murder about this. Well, er, not so much it turns out.

    Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.) said after the hearing that he was considering Harkin’s proposal. “We cannot get ahead by underfunding education,” he said.
    Damn northeast RINOs. Wait a second…

    A couple of things,

    Kirsten Gillibrand must feel like a real cheap date only asking for $1 billion for grocery stores. What’s the difference between a senior senator and a freshman? Apparently $22 billion.

    The federal government doesn’t actually have any money. It’s broke and living on borrowing. It’s in no position to bail anyone out.

    People may lose their jobs? Those left behind might have to contribute to more to their own pension and health care? Welcome to the world everyone else is living in. There’s no reason teachers and other government hacks should be immune for the realities of the world.

    Well, there’s one reason…Democrats need union voters to turn out this November if they are to have any hope of slowing down the building Republican tsunami. If they have to spend our money or the money of the next 3 or 4 generations to do it, well, that’s no skin of their nose.

  23. ican cities
    DEBKAfile Special Report
    April 13, 2010, 6:53 PM (GMT+02:00)

    Tags: Barack Obama Iran nuclear

    Iran threatens US with nuclear terror
    This warning, along with an announcement that Iran would join the world’s nuclear club within a month, struck at the heart of President Barack Obama’s Nuclear Security Summit which opened Tuesday, April 13. The statement run by the Iranian publication Kayhan said: “If the US strikes Iran with nuclear weapons, there are elements which will respond with nuclear blasts in the centers of America’s main cities.”
    debkafile: It was the first time Tehran had threatened America with nuclear terror

    This is how Obama will get to stay in office…how long was FDR in office during WWII? All the pundits are saying there’s nothing to this new worry of radicals getting nukes, but it sure is scary right now.

  24. Bailout Mania: Democrats Now Want To Bail Out Schools
    Of course, it’s all for the children. And by “children” what they really mean is bloated teacher salaries, pension and health care plans.


    Huh? Several figures were given in that piece, but no figure was given as a sample of a teacher’s salary.

  25. Bloated teacher salaries, pension and health care plans! Who knew that we could have gone to “some state” and recieved this lovely benefit? And where exactly is that state that has bloated regular classroom teacher salaries? They’d better keep it a secret. If not, they’ll will be over run with teachers flocking there to get bloated.

  26. Southern Born
    April 15th, 2010 at 8:50 am

    LOL, too true. Spending on schools would actually be a good thing. In most states the budgets for education are slashed more for the next fiscal year than they were in the last. It’s odd that Obama’s admin supports the initiative though. Arne Duncan’s great race to the bottom is all about firing teachers at will.

  27. Otrauma will never make it for a second year in office.His numbers are low he looks low his speeches are low key and his world wide support are so low that “He could crawl under a snakes belly wearing his high hat and nose in the air”
    The FOX den hyenas are at the point that they must keep Otrauma as their main topic in order to keep ratings high and Hillary off the news.


    Press Releases: Secretary Clinton to Deliver Remarks at the Dedication of the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace on April 15
    Wed, 14 Apr 2010 17:11:29 -0500

    Secretary Clinton to Deliver Remarks at the Dedication of the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace on April 15

    Office of the Spokesman

    Washington, DC

    April 14, 2010


    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will deliver remarks at the dedication of the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace on Thursday, April 15 at 7:15 p.m. at the W Hotel in Washington, D.C.

    The event will celebrate the appointment of former Congressman Robert Wexler as President of the Center. Former Congressman Wexler and Center Co-Founder S. Daniel Abraham will speak preceding Secretary Clinton’s remarks.

    W Hotel Washington, D.C.
    Altitude Ballroom
    515 15th Street, NW
    Washington, D.C.

    The event will be open to credentialed members of the media. Press should RSVP to
    Pre-set time for cameras: 5:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
    Final access time for journalists and still cameras: 6:45 p.m.

    The S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace works with leaders and policymakers in the United States and the Middle East to help reach a just and comprehensive peace that will bring an end to the Arab-Israeli conflict. To further this mission, the Center’s activities include meetings with government officials, travel in the region, diplomatic exchanges, conferences, workshops, polling, and border mapping. More information is available on the Center’s website:

    Former Congressman Wexler is the President of the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace. He served as a Democratic member of Congress for seven terms, representing Florida’s 19th district in the House of Representatives before retiring in January 2010 to lead the Center

  28. Actually, what’s really funny here, is the federal government is putting billions more into education per the stimulus, but that hack Arne Duncan is tying the funds to his ridiculous race to the bottom, a policy George Bush would have dreamed of implementing, so it’s his fault that states are not getting the funds they need to keep their schools afloat,. Very cute that he now supports this additional funding, or will he also seek to tie that to his teacher bashing program? Arne Duncan is Chicago scum.

  29. Sorry for all the typos. I suppose I was amazed about bloated teachers’ salaries.

    Over the years at the local, state and the federal levels, it seems that politicans, who want to DIVERT ATTENTION, try to get the public riled up about those rascally overpaid teachers who are not performing miracles with the raw material they are given.

    And to be honest, educaton like government has waste and could be tightened up, however, it does not involve “bloated” classroom teacher salaries.

  30. Bloated teacher salaries. Yes they are and have been … nearly forever. Certainly for most of my lifetime. I was a teacher when salaries were low, so I switched careers. Two thirds of the way through my (second) career, and earning what I thought was a great salary, I found my neighbor was making the same for much less time on the job. Perhaps the situation in NJ is what’s ratcheting this up. The new Republican governor has made no bones about going after the wealthy teachers union there, and predictably NJEA has led its members to redefine his attack to mean hurting the children ((((((((((((our future)))))))))))))) and the saints who instruct them along their way. He’s been asking teachers to give up a few percentage points of their raise, and some modest concession about health care. Things most of us have been doing for ages. You’d think they were being asked to give up one of their family members for the way they are behaving.
    Back when decency was common, decades ago, my uncle and all his shift at Bethlehem Steel, Johnstown PA voted to work half shifts so that all could continue to receive an income.

  31. At the University of Alabama in the late 1970s during the last semester of college at the undergraduate level, interviews for teaching job(s) were started. Graduates were stunned at the low teacher salaries. One female graduate was stunned and dismayed because she had planned to purchase a car outright for her first year of teaching. The salary was in the $11,000 range.
    Sometime after that Paul Hubbard was brought onboard as the NEA lobbyist and the salaries increased, sometimes salary increases were given up in lieu of better health care benefits. However, I would like to know the numbers and the states of for the ‘bloated’ teacher salaries for I have never seen them with one exception. That exception was in Houston TX who offered as much as $50-60,000 for teacher pay during the housing boom there; the boom went bust so I wonder what happened to the teachers.
    After my family members and ancestors have spent hundreds of years in the helping profession of teaching, I conclude that our educational system must be abolished for it is not producing academic results and is one of the most entangled bureaucratic mess in the history of the world. The one thing I agreed with a former Governor, a former Kirby vacuum cleaner salesman, was that the educational system did not suffer from a lack of money; rather, it suffered from the right use of the money it had that NEVER trickled down to the classroom. In my more than 20 years in the classroom, it was always the ‘teacher’ who was forced to sacrifice. At one point, we even had to bring our own toilet paper, soap, paper towels and chalk to the classroom and were asked to give back part of our salary, which we did for the sake of the students. The money NEVER gets to the classroom, when money is increased it always went to hire more assistants to assistants [as in Principals and Superintents, etc] and central office personnel at teacher salaries. I personally never heard once the mantra that ‘administration’ must sacrifice, just the teachers. Also, a lot of funding targeted for special education did not go to the classrooms.

    I have often said to my husband that I had much more graduate and post-graduate education than him and made less than half his salary working as a teacher than he did working as an engineer. And I questioned why America valued the education of the future generations so little that teachers were paid so little. Here in Florida, I have witnessed one of the snow birds saying that people working as teachers were ‘slaves.’

    My hackles get raised when I hear others speak of how little a teacher works. When you include extra-curricular activities and required attendance at faculty meetings, proms, football games [some systems require working concessions during ball games], fundraisers, parent-teacher conferences, advising students,required paperwork and the hour upon hour upon hour of GRADING PAPERS then the pay is pennies per hour. So stop your b!tching about teachers and thank them instead. Discipline is history and accountability ALWAYS lands on the teachers shoulders. Demolish this money hungry dinosaur and start over.

  32. Sheesh, it is not that I am unable to spell and puncuate, it is that I can not type especially within a box. Sorry.

  33. The WashPo Ombudsman has a bad habit of whitewashing the newspaper when it engages in false or indecent reporting.

    This happened during the primaries, in what came to be called cleavage gate. In that case an ignorant black woman reporter took Hillary to task for the way she dressed on a particular day. This was tactical and led to snide comments across the internet. It was a clear effort by this black woman reporter to advantage Obama.

    This time the transgression involves a failure to investigate and accurately report the racial slurs allegedly hurled by tea party members at Congressmen by Tea Parties. The source of this allegation is the Civil Rights Monument John Lewis. No video evidence, no corroborating witnesses, and the facts keep changing. But the Ombudsman refuses to draw the logical conclusion, and instead imputes any scepticism on the subject to conservative talk radio.

    The ineluctable conclusion is this: the WashPo Ombudsman is a fraud, and John Lewis is a liar. Yes, this is the same John Lewis who supported Hillary initially, and then folded like a cheap watch when he was called upon to back it up. Regardless of what happened to Lewis in the past, today, he is little more than a race baiter. And that is the problem with the Obama campaign/administration, big media, and the far left. They falsely accuse the rest of us of what they themselves are doing.

    If you’ve been following the case of the racial slurs fabricated on March 20 by black Democratic congressmen seeking to tar the Obamacare protesters on Capitol Hill, you know that media outlets instantly broadcast the allegations as facts based on a press release and/or statements made by Reps. James Clyburn, Emanuel Cleaver, John Lewis and Andre Carson. Andrew Breitbart has offered a reward now up to $100,000 for anyone who produces video or audio evidence of the purported racial slurs. Yesterday Washington Post ombudman Andrew Alexander reviewed the Post’s contribution to the fabrication.

    Alexander’s column is, as one might expect, not entirely satisfactory. On the key point, however, Alexander concedes that the Post has no video or audio evidence to support the congressmen’s allegations. Alexander writes: “If there is video or audio evidence of the racial slurs against Lewis and Carson, it has yet to emerge. Breitbart insists they made it up. If so, they’re good actors.”

    Alexander then discusses one reporter who saw Carson behaving in an agitated manner in connection with the alleged racial slurs. Alexander professes to be impressed, but how utterly lame this is.

    Alexander quotes a spokesman for Rep. Lewis, the most respected of the congressmen: “The spokeswoman for Lewis, Brenda Jones, insists he and his chief of staff heard repeated uses of the N-word. They are declining interviews, she said, because they don’t want to ‘fan the flames of destructive language.'” I guess it takes a big, big man to make such a heated charge and then not to back it up when called on it.

    Alexander concludes his column with this observation: “Breitbart’s $100,000 challenge may be publicity-seeking theater. But it’s part of widespread conservative claims that mainstream media, including The Post, swallowed a huge fabrication. The incidents are weeks old, but it’s worth assigning Post reporters to find the truth. After all, a civil rights legend is being called a liar. That aside, there’s serious money at stake.” Well, thanks.

    Three weeks after the Post’s report of the racial epithets, there is no evidence to substantiate them other than the congressmen’s say-so. It is extremely unlikely that the incident occurred as alleged without video or audio evidence. With his call for additional investigation, Alexander somehow misses this basic fact.

    Perhaps more understandably, Alexander also fails to take account of the great interest of the Pelosi Democrats in depicting the opposition to Obama’s national socialism as racist, or of the efforts of the Democrat/media axis to do so. There is a scandal here hiding in plain sight, but it is beyond the Post ombudsman’s powers of observation.

    Via Big Journalism.

    And here is Moe Lane’s take on all this:

    Scott over at Power Line has been all over the latest attempts to backtrack/bait-and-switch allegations that racial epithets were hurled at African-American Congressmen after the passage of the health care debacle (see here and here). The short version is that the story has changed several times, thanks to all that pesky video evidence (and lack of video evidence); but the new versions are not notably more accurate than the first ones.

    To give just one example, the AP is reporting Heath Shuler’s corroborating the basic fact of the story… except that he’s not (H/T: Instapundit). All of this is background to the aforementioned Farrell’s entertaining discussion with the WaPo ombudsman (found here, over this report). The latter does not come off favorably in the exchange, particularly when Farrell points out that yes, actually, the alleged location of the incident has changed as evidence contradicting it was brought forward.

    There is a brutal truth here: nobody in the media wants to be the one to come out and say that John Lewis, a respected Democratic Congressman – one who took a beating for the Civil Rights movement – is a race-baiting liar. That’s because nobody in the media really wants to believe that a respected Democratic Congressman is a race-baiting liar. And I sympathize, really. After all, when I heard that there was credible evidence that Duke Cunningham was taking defense kickbacks in a time of war, I didn’t want to believe that a respected Republican Congressman and war hero was a war-profiteering near-seditionist.

    But I didn’t let that stop me from facing reality. I suggest that Congressman Lewis’ defenders either come up with some actual proof to justify their beliefs, or else re-examine them.

    Moe Lane

  34. We (Jews) are pathetic…we have sold Israel down the river and remain silent while Obama perpetuates another Holocaust against our people. I am ashamed of my fellow Jews and will support any repblican at this point.


    The health ___ (not “care”, “insurance”) reform bill didn’t even try for single-payer, then compromised away most good things including “the public option”.

    Now for sanctions on Iran…,0,6938826.story

    U.S. willing to consider weaker Iran sanctions

    Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates says adoption of a new U.N. sanctions resolution is more vital than the actual measures taken. It could serve as a launching pad for stricter sanctions.

    By Paul Richter
    April 15, 2010

    Reporting from Washington
    The Obama administration signaled Wednesday that the United States would accept weakened United Nations sanctions against Iran as a way to quickly assemble a broad international coalition against Tehran’s nuclear program.

    Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said adoption of a new sanctions resolution by the U.N. Security Council is more vital than the actual measures taken.

    “What is important about the U.N. resolution is less the specific content of the resolution than the isolation of Iran by the rest of the world,” Gates said.

    He said a Security Council resolution “provides a new legal platform” for individual nations or groups, such as the European Union, to take more stringent action. In that way, the U.N. resolution acts as a “launching pad” for economic strictures that are much tougher than those adopted by the world organization, he said.

    Gates’ comments were the clearest sign yet that the administration, facing continuing resistance from other countries to the harshest of the proposed measures, is lowering its sights.

    U.S. and allied officials have given up on prospects for a ban on petroleum shipments to or from Iran, and some allies have questioned other potential measures.

    Some foreign diplomats close to the talks have been predicting for weeks that the Obama administration and its allies would take what they could get, then look ahead to sanctions from individual countries or groups of nations.

    The diplomats have said that nations acting in this way could exert enormous additional pressure on Tehran by taking steps to cut off investment, financial services and trade with Iran.

    The Security Council vote, even if weak, “gives you an international blessing that is worth a lot,” said one diplomat representing a government that supports sanctions, speaking on condition of anonymity.

    Iran says that its nuclear program is solely for developing civilian energy, but Western officials contend that Tehran wants to acquire the ability to build atomic weapons.

    U.S. officials have expressed satisfaction that China and Russia, once the principal obstacles to Security Council action, have joined in the discussion about the proposed sanctions. Even so, both countries have continued to express misgivings, indicating that there are sharp limits to how far they will go.

    There were also reminders Wednesday of the challenges the U.S. and its allies face in winning over members of the Security Council.

    The foreign minister of Turkey, which holds one of the council’s nonpermanent seats, challenged the U.S. approach and said his country was against using proposed economic punishments to pressure Tehran.

    Ahmet Davutoglu said world powers would not be able to design sanctions that target Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard Corps while sparing the rest of the population. “All of these sectors are interrelated,” he said in Washington.

  36. I’m not Jewish but I warned all the Jewish people I knew that first voted for Hillary and then switched to the Fraud after he and the DNC screwed 18 million of us. They wouldn’t listen, “Oh No, he is a good Democrat, he is black, give him a chance!” Now they are too ashamed to admit their mistake, silence her in Obot world where I live and work……..crickets……..nada.

    How many times can you warn people?
    I sent Lynette Longs website to all of them about the caucus fraud, they thought it was a lie, they thought I was silly.
    We are all paying the price for the Obots stupidity.
    Thank God for the Tea Party people that are ticked off…I wish I had the money to buy a little laptop so I could blog from a tea party, but I have to work to keep my job and pay my frickin’ taxes to the MAN.

    I am full of tea party anger today.

  37. Rabble Rouser at No Quarter:

    Well, this is a fine how-do-you-do for a press that was completely sycophantic for Obama, did his bidding, published whatever he, Plouffe, or Axelrod claimed about Obama without EVER bothering to look it up (except for a very, very few intrepid reporters, like John Kass and Lynn Sweet, both out of Chicago). The same press that made his attacks for him, groundless and baseless though they may have been, that the Clintons were racist, Hillary* knew nothing about foreign policy since she had only gone from the “airport to the embassy,” and watched kids dance whenever she traveled abroad as First Lady, as well as touting the meme that Obama grew up the poor child of a poor single mother.

    *Bonus – Obama mentioned in his attack on Clinton’s foreign policy experience that he went to Pakistan in college. HOW??? Americans weren’t allowed to travel to Pakistan then. Maybe if the press did their jobs, they would have followed up on that little nugget. Newsflash! It’s not too late!!!! Sheesh.

    The press ran with his lame-ass excuse that he was never all that close to Jeremiah Wright ANYWAY, since we were all learning what kind of pastor and church Obama attended. So, he referred to him as “uncle,” acting like he was some wacky relative you couldn’t get rid of, yet he CHOSE to sit in his church for over 20 years. And Bill Ayers? Oh, he was just some guy in his neighborhood. Never mind that Obama had known, and worked, with him for years. P-shaw, people – who are you gonna believe, the naysayers or The One?

    As they say, the proverbial chickens are coming home to roost. I am surprised it is happening this quickly, actually. Yep – Obama is blowing off the press, international as well as national, including breaking with protocol (oh THERE’S a surprise. The man cares nothing for decorum and protocol, which strutting in to “99 Problems But a Bitch Ain’t One” should have told anyone. And if THAT wasn’t enough, maybe this photo should have:

    Oh, yeah – Jay-Z in the Situation Room at the White House. I think we can assume that Obama is pretty fond of his misogynistic music, wouldn’t you?

    So, the press may finally be getting that smack upside the head they have needed for the past few years regarding Obama in this Dana Millbank article(I know, right? Maybe he got himself some smelling salts to snap out of it already.):
    Obama’s Disregard For Media Reaches New Heights At Nuclear Summit.
    World leaders arriving in Washington for President Obama’s Nuclear Security Summit must have felt for a moment that they had instead been transported to Soviet-era Moscow.

    They entered a capital that had become a military encampment, with camo-wearing military police in Humvees and enough Army vehicles to make it look like a May Day parade on New York Avenue, where a bicyclist was killed Monday by a National Guard truck.

    In the middle of it all was Obama — occupant of an office once informally known as “leader of the free world” — putting on a clinic for some of the world’s greatest dictators in how to circumvent a free press.

    The only part of the summit, other than a post-meeting news conference, that was visible to the public was Obama’s eight-minute opening statement, which ended with the words: “I’m going to ask that we take a few moments to allow the press to exit before our first session.”

    Reporters for foreign outlets, many operating in repressive countries, got the impression that the vaunted American freedoms are not all they’re cracked up to be.

    Yasmeen Alamiri from the Saudi Press Agency got this lesson in press freedom when trying to cover Obama’s opening remarks as part of a limited press “pool”: “The foreign reporters/cameramen were escorted out in under two minutes, just as the leaders were about to begin, and Obama was going to make remarks. . . . Sorry, it is what it is.”

    Alamiri’s counterparts from around the world had similar experiences. Arabic-language MBC TV’s Nadia Bilbassy had this to say of Obama’s meeting with the Jordanian king: “We were there for around 30 seconds, not enough even to notice the color of tie of both presidents. I think blue for the king.”

    Ah, yes – repairing the image of the United States around the world, that Obama, isn’t he? Sure, right:
    Lalit K. Jha of the Press Trust of India, at Obama’s meeting with the Pakistani prime minister, reported, “In less than a minute, the pool was asked to leave.” The Yomiuri Shimbun correspondent found that she was “ushered out about 30 seconds” after arriving for Obama’s meeting with the Malaysian prime minister. Emel Bayrak of Turkey’s TRT-Turk went to Obama’s meeting with the president of Armenia but “we had to leave the room again after less than 40 seconds.”
    “When you only see the president for 15 or 20 seconds without him asking if you have any questions, it’s very frustrating,” said Laura Haim of France’s Canal+, which persuaded the White House to include foreign outlets in the press pool. “It’s very important for this president, who wants to restore the image of the United States, to have more access.”

    Obama’s official schedule for Tuesday would have pleased China’s Central Committee. Excerpts: “The President will attend the Heads of Delegation working lunch. This lunch is closed press . . . The President will meet with Prime Minster Erdogan of Turkey. This meeting is closed press. . . . The President will attend Plenary Session II of the Nuclear Security Summit. This session is closed press.”

    Hey, maybe THAT’S why he bowed to the Chinese president, Hu Jintao, at the Nuclear Summit he just finished hosting in Washington, DC (no excuses about “cultural expectations” this time, folks). he was thanking him for giving him the rubric for how to run meetings and cut off the press! Yeah, that’s the ticket! (and I LOVE that Media Matters refers to Obama’s bowing to foreign leaders, who do NOT bow back, as “supposed.” Are you kidding me with that kind of dissembling? Please. You know, Media Matters actually used to be a site for which I had respect. I thought it really did work to highlight improper reporting, regardless who was doing it. Nice to get those rose-colored glasses off. Because if they can’t accept that Obama has been bowing to other leaders (he was practically scraping the floor meeting the Emperor of Japan), they have zero credibility on this issue. (Photo by Jim Watson, AFP/Getty Images)

    Back to Millbank and the reporters being a bit taken aback by the “transparency” and “openness” of this “hopey, changey” president:
    Reporters, even those on the White House beat for two decades, said it was the most restrictive set of meetings they had ever seen in Washington. They complained to both the administration and White House Correspondents’ Association, which will discuss the matter Thursday with White House press secretary Robert Gibbs.
    The restrictions have become a common practice for the Obama White House. When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu came to the White House a couple of weeks ago, reporters were kept away. Soon after that, Obama signed an executive order on abortion, again without any coverage.

    Over the weekend, Obama broke with years of protocol and slipped off to a soccer game without the “protective” pool that is always in the vicinity of the president in case the unthinkable occurs. Obama joked about it later to Pakistan’s prime minister, saying reporters “were very upset.”

    Ahahahaha. Those silly, pesky little reporters! Isn’t it amusing that Obama broke with years of protocol (think back to his treatment of Prime Minister Brown, “rudeness personified,” press people) by shaking them off and not treating them like professionals trying to do their jobs? Oh, that’s a good one. I’m sure they are ALL laughing about it – not.

    Back to the Millbank article and the Summit:
    In “bilateral” meetings with foreign leaders, presidents usually take questions, or at least trade statements. But at most of Obama’s, there were only written “readouts”:
    Canada: “The president and the prime minister noted the enduring strength of our bilateral partnership.” India: “The two leaders vowed to continue to strengthen the robust relationship between the people of their countries.” Pakistan: “President Obama began by noting that he is very fond of Pakistan.”

    Reporters, many in a “filing center” about a quarter-mile away from the leaders’ meetings, relied on dispatches from colleagues allowed in as the press pool. The dispatches, over three days, were uniform: “They were too far away to hear conversation. . . . Again, Obama had nothing to say of substance that pooler heard. . . . We were in for all of 30 seconds. No news; no quotes and again no statements. . . . Same deal folks.”

    Finally, Obama walked over to a group of reporters Monday afternoon. Would he give them an account of his meetings? “I’ll let somebody else do it,” he said with a smile.

    Oh, well, I am sure they all swooned and lapped up the fleeting attention. Right? Let’s hope not. Let’s hope they are FINALLY going to start looking at this man they helped get into the White House, OUR White House, on half truths, denials of relationships and reality, blessed little investigative reporting on, well, ANYTHING of substance when it came to Obama (remember, they couldn’t be bothered to send anyone to the distant lands of CHICAGO, but they could send a whole bunch to Wasilla, Alaska). Maybe now, just maybe, they will start to do their jobs in time to get this charlatan, this egotist, out of our White House in 2012. Actually LOOK at his record, FIND his records, stop buying rumors and innuendos from his people, QUESTION what you are told by this most nontransparent of presidents. Do your jobs. Hop to it already.

  38. ShortTermer
    April 15th, 2010 at 11:03 am

    50-60 thousand a year in today’s terms is low IMHO. In wages that is. Hard to feed a family and put a roof over their head. My daughter is teaching and coaching up in the Dallas area, her first year. She is being paid 53,000 a year, but puts in 75-90 hours a week. She won the teacher of the year award, she is a natural. But 75-90 hours a week. not enough…She teaches middle school and during basketball season had to pick up half her team in the am because their parents were drunk or wouldn’t get up. People mate like rats and don’t give a shit in her poor district. Parents need to be held accountable or sterilized. Working in Adol mental health for many years, Jesus you really don’t want to hear the stories..What we do to our children is what nightmares are made of.

  39. wbboei

    Rabble Rouser at No Quarter:
    My blood pressure is ready to blow, and I just started reading your article…

  40. How many times can you warn people?
    I sent Lynette Longs website to all of them about the caucus fraud, they thought it was a lie, they thought I was silly.
    We are all paying the price for the Obots stupidity.
    Thank God for the Tea Party people that are ticked off…I wish I had the money to buy a little laptop so I could blog from a tea party, but I have to work to keep my job and pay my frickin’ taxes to the MAN.
    This country used to be defined by the practical wisdom of its people. I am not talking about education, I am talking about something far more important–judgment. Today, we have a plethora of over educated idiots in our midst, and an even larger crowd who lack critical thinking skills are easily manipulated by the propagandaists pushing the right emotional buttons.

    Today, if you proceed on the assumption that half the country is dumber than owl shit, you will never be disappointed.

  41. Shadowfax
    April 15th, 2010 at 11:58 am

    Me too. They actually refused to read anything, told me it was propaganda. These are the same people that told me in the past how they loved working with me, trusted me, respected me for my leadership. But then I guess I turned into a red necked “low information”,low IQ, incest victim or something over night.

  42. Today, if you proceed on the assumption that half the country is dumber than owl shit,


    wbb. Is owl shit dumber than pig shit?

  43. Here is more evidence that I am not the only one who believes that half the country is dumber than owl shit:


    I see Barry was back up to -8 in yesterday’s Rasmussen DTP. The “Strongly disapprove” numbers have barely budged since July, hanging in there at 42-45%. But the “Strongly approve” numbers have been all over the map…from 22% to 36%.

    It’s as though we’re afflicted with some form of national narcolepsy. We wake up for a while when reality makes itself rudely known and then we fall back to sleep, lulled by Barry’s pretty words. Stay awake, people!

    Rabble Rouser Rev. Amy
    Thanks, Creeper – Yep, I couldn’t agree more. It is iinfuriating that our media so drive our politics.

    As it turns out, Obama’s numbers have gone down again according to recent polls. Glad some folks are finally waking up, but still too many want to give him the benefit of the doubt. My question is: at what cost? How far down are you willing to drive the country just to let Obama get his way?

  44. wbb. Is owl shit dumber than pig shit?
    I think that is a question for Oprah.

  45. ShortTermer and others interested in teacher’s salaries.
    I graduated with no education credits and one year into my stint as a Senior Technical Aide with Bell Telephone Laboratories (1965), traded my $6,000 per year salary there for a $4,000+, teaching middle school children. A friend my age who stuck with teaching was making $80,000 annually when she retired about a decade ago. That’s a NJ figure.

  46. Hmmm. I’m talking too much today. This will be the last and I hope it’s not a repeat:

    The middle school teacher in Oregon who announced his intention “to dismantle and demolish the Tea Party” on his “Crash the Tea Party” Web site is under investigation by his state’s Teacher Standards & Practices Commission. The investigation by Oregon’s teacher licensing agency comes in response to a public outcry over Jason Levin’s public statements that he’ll do anything short of throwing rocks to bring down the Tea Party. Levin, the media teacher at Conestoga Middle School in Beaverton, is the leader of a group that says it wants to infiltrate and bring down the loosely organized anti-big-government Tea Party movement.

    He has said he would seek to embarrass Tea Partiers by attending their rallies dressed as Adolf Hitler, carrying signs bearing racist, sexist and anti-gay epithets, and acting as offensively as possible — anything short of throwing punches. His school district is defending his right to free speech, but it’s investigating whether he used district computers to spread his political message or worked on his Web site during school hours.

  47. webboei

    Today, if you proceed on the assumption that half the country is dumber than owl shit, you will never be disappointed.
    In my present anger, I tend to think America is made up of misfits depending on if I like the President and his policies.
    Smart with Clinton
    Dumb as rocks with Bush and Obama…

    But I also think that adults that decided to vote for the young, black guy because their kids thought he was cool, were giving up their wisdom and sold out.

    Others stayed home, and didn’t vote.

    Others didn’t think the Fraud had enough experience but were too afraid to vote for the hawk.

    So many excuses, so little wisdom.

  48. I also hate, hate, hate……..(one more) HATE American’s that vote for a President or congressperson because he is tall, he has hair, she is attractive or he uses full sentences.

    Wake up America, this isn’t American Idol, this is our country at stake and your stupidity is alarming.

  49. About John Lewis’s charges about ‘spitting’ etc, I think it’s worth looking at the videos of what really happened. Links have been posted here already iirc.

    The street was blocked off. Police were on guard. There was a clear area of at least 20 feet around the caucus people at most times.

    They CHOSE to walk about a block or more here — then to walk back through the same crowd. Not likely to take the same route back if there was really any danger or abusive behavior.

  50. wbboei, owl shit is SLICKER than pig stick…………YUCK, that is what we have in the White House???? Yuck! Don’t step in it or get it on your hands. YUCK!!!!

    TDO, wow, evidently NJ treats its teachers better about salaries. Good on them. When I retired my salary was $32,000 with a post graduate education. Adjusting for inflation, average teachers’ salaries declined in fifteen states over the past decade according to The lowest salary was in South Dakota at a little better than $30k. The highest salaries were paid in NY and CA at at or about $70k; these figures are current as of 2009.

    ShadowFax, you are so funny!!! I love it.

    Thanks, Admin. Keep up the good work everyone. As always, I soldier on.

  51. They CHOSE to walk about a block or more here — then to walk back through the same crowd. Not likely to take the same route back if there was really any danger or abusive behavior.

    The Democratic National Congessional Committee is run by a self loathing Harvard educated white man named Chris Van Hollen. His agenda is to promote race baiting.

    The Congressmen in question have a history of playing the race card to advance their agenda. They went out of their way to walk through the Tea Party gathering.

    Their top leader Eva Braun Pelosi made an effort of her own to provoke an incident. She walked through the Tea Party ranks carrying an over-sized gavel.

    Does anyone who lives in the same world as most of us have any doubt in their mind that the motive of these black congressmen was to provoke a racial incident? Does anyone see the pattern?

    Is there any other plausible explanation for their actions? Is there?

    If that was their motive, and their actions did not provoke the desired response, is it not likely that one or more of these paragons of virtue would falsely assert that racial epithets were hurled at them by Tea Party People when in fact they were not? Or that they were spit upon when they were not?

    And when the video showed no evidence that the charges were true, is it any wonder that race baiters like Honest Jim Clyburn, the self dealing saint from South Carolina who funnels government business to his relatives would beat a hasty retreat? And that left one of their own, the once proud now rotten redwood standing alone. Cowards.

  52. I just read that Sarah Palin said she would run with Mittens in 2012′. OMG! I hope not…I would not be able to vote for that ticket…she needs to be careful saddling herself with the Hillary hater Mittens, she will lose millions of Pumas!

  53. I can’t believe we’re not talking about Israel today…I read there’s something going on because they have an emergency shut down right now.

  54. Has anyone seen the “meteor” pics that lite up 5 states…I find it so unusual that we had so many of these things…one in Oslo…and now this one! I don’t remember seeing anything like this in all my years on this earth, but then I’m only 60.

  55. confloyd

    I just read that Sarah Palin said she would run with Mittens in 2012′.
    The Mitters with anyone is frightening.

  56. shadowfax, There is so much disinformation out there its not even funny. Nobody ever announces their vp until time to do it.

    I read also that Obama cancelled the National Prayer Day…that did not happen either…lets just nail him with what he’s really done, without making stuff up…thats what they did to Hillary…there’s plenty stuff to chose from on Obama’s administration of thugs/crooks.

  57. It is not a ticket that can win. We respect Sarah Palin , but she cannot beat Obama. The republicans must come up with someone new, maybe a guy like Scott Brown, to defeat the most dangerous man we have ever put in the White House.

  58. BIG RALLY NEWS!!!!!!!!!!!!! May 29, 2010. Washington D.C. behind the White House. Attorney Phil Berg is sponsoring a protest rally about Obama not being a natural born citizen and the unconstitutional health care bill. Please spread this info everywhere. The rally is planned from noon to 4pm. For more info go to

  59. confloyd
    …lets just nail him with what he’s really done, without making stuff up…thats what they did to Hillary…there’s plenty stuff to chose from on Obama’s administration of thugs/crooks.
    No kidding, we have a boat load of rotten eggs to throw at him, even if he was perfect from this day on…………as if.

  60. I would like to have someone new to go with Sarah too, but Obama was new and Hillary was considered “old politics”, so I am a little weary of “new”.

    If Mittens would just stop with the Hillary Hate!! All you Mittens supporters out there, tell him to stop and he might get a couple more votes!

  61. If we get someone new, I want his/her records from birth to running for Potus…nothing can be sealed!

  62. It is not a ticket that can win. We respect Sarah Palin , but she cannot beat Obama. The republicans must come up with someone new, maybe a guy like Scott Brown, to defeat the most dangerous man we have ever put in the White House.
    Correct. I think the people you see up front now are an intentional diversion. The important thing is they are shelling the beach head. Obama will get more vulnerable politically as time goes on.

    But the Republican Party must put up the right candidate. The right candidate is someone who is like Obama on the one hand. and the opposite of Obama in other respects. In other words their candidate must appeal to the electorate based on where their heads are at, as opposed to where you and I might like them to be.

    Here are the relevant criteria in my opinion:

    1. Obama’s generation (people associate youth with vigor and honesty)

    2. photogenic (so young women will vote for him)

    3 inspirational speaker (like Obama did initially)

    4. authentic life story (unlike Obama, Oprah, etc)

    5. a proven track record of problem solving (unlike Obama)

    6. a decent respect for the traditions of this country (unlike Obama)

    7. not a cipher for the far right (which scares too many people)

    8. male (female vice president with similar background)

    Scott Brown meets all of these criteria.

  63. This is golden, as Blago would say…

    On another blog, a tea party sign read,

    “The democrats first lie was Obama won the nomination”

  64. After about 24 hours of searching “this “7,6,5 and 4 days to the announcement” that I found on my facebook page, I’ve have figured out all the clues and have found that our old friend “BMerriweather” AKA RBO has written a book. IT will be on the shelves Tuesday. It’s called the “Manchurian President” and she has another on the way.

    I for one want to congratulate her as she I’m sure has been a major thorn in Obama’s side, LOL!! It goes on sale Tuesday, and you can get your copy at Amazon!

  65. You betch it better be an authentic life story….Obama can’t even keep his life story straight…he even mixed up the name of his sister and his daughter…now that’s a screw up.

  66. Shadowfax, That is golden, because all day long BM says the tea parties are only conservatives. We all know that’s not true.

  67. I personally can’t wait to get my copy of “The Manchuran President”. I bet there’s all kinds of new information in there…lets hope lamestream media picks up on it and talks about it like they did “game changer”.

  68. Sarah Palin can win the presidency. It’s disconcerting that so many people still say she can’t. They’re giving too much credence to the LSM’s false take on her. Why make it a self-fulfilling prophecy? She has more common sense than Obama, and she is honest, which is what many would like to see for once. I trust her like no one else in politics right now. I believe that she would make the right choices for her cabinet, and any other government agencies when required to do so. Also, she’s a pitbull when necessary… a strong female with guts. That’s change I can believe in.

  69. Yep, $80k at the end of a long career for teachers here in Cali, and they live in communities where a 1400 square foot house built in the 1950s costs over $500,000. I don’t know a single state where teachers aren’t underpaid.

  70. Obama is as far from a socialist as it gets. The reason his stimulus has tanked so badly is that it had very few socialist elements. Had it focused more on making life manageable and creating new jobs for the middle class and less on shoring up the financial industry, it would have been more effective.

    Obama’s ties to socialists do not seem to have left nearly the impression on his that his idol Ronald Reagan has. Obama is to Palin’s right on most issues. He’s as far from a socialist as it gets. If that’s what B. Merryweather is going on about, then the book has no real world value.

  71. Bmerri has been researching Obama’s past from the beginning of time, LOL! She knows everything about him…you do have to admit, he knows and is associated with many socialists and radicals…William Ayers…Van Jones and etc….

    His policies as of yet aren’t leaning towards socialism though, but he knows many and has many connections to them.

  72. I have never met a teacher that was paid according to their education. THe only ones who make a good living are the ones who get into management…and of coarse…here in Texas…great athletic directors of winning teams do pretty good too.

    I taught high school for one year…the kids drove me nuts…I taught health care science…and I made more money than those teacheers teaching english…I could never figure that out…but occupational education in Texas pays more that the regular real teachers.

  73. I want Hillary in 2012, not Sarah Palin. If it comes down to Obama vs. some combo of Palin & Mittens then I am NOT VOTING!!!

  74. basement angel
    April 15th, 2010 at 9:02 pm
    …..I don’t know a single state where teachers aren’t underpaid.

    I am a teacher and the most one can make in my school district is about $60,000 if you have been there enough years to qualify for longevity pay (20 years). While this seems like a huge salary to those making minimum wage its actually not a high professional salary at all, particularly considering the education you need to get to that level (a Master’s degree minimum). My niece made that salary at age 22 right out of college with a general business degree.

    I have three college degrees, a master’s degree, and additional education related licensures but it will be several years yet before I get to that top level of pay (I will be near 60 years old). As a teacher I just wish we could be paid equal to other professionals. None of us are asking for excessive wages. It’s so frustrating to constantly read and hear comments that teachers are overpaid. I would love for people making those comments to teach for a week in my hectic, demanding job with my challenging students and then ask them again if they think we should be paid minimum wages.

  75. We finally know what Obama meant when he said “I’m going to spread the wealth”. It meant that he was going to give our space program to the Soviets, our farms to Brazil and our jobs to China. God only knows how he’s going to outsource our healthcare and schools. I just can’t wait to find this out.

  76. Jen, I hope I don’t have to decide who to vote for between Obama and Palin/Mittens, neither is what I would say are good, flip/floppers and flip/flopping mobsters. Thats such a good choice.

  77. Confloyd, I am upset at Hillary regarding Israel. I will always give her the benefit of the doubt, love and adore her, but I just can’t believe some of the things she is going along with.

  78. Just got back from a Tea Party in Georgetown, TX. It was pouring cat’s and dog’s, so the crowd was not as large as it probably should have been. None the less, I am glad I went. A few Hispanics, few youngin’s and even a few AA’s. Good speakers. Glad I went.Had changed my mind when the rain wouldn’t stop, but then I thought about what the heck is a little rain. Here in Texas, we never complain about too much rain very often. I say this understanding the horrid rain in the east coast lately. Here, it’s all about the drought and 100 degree weather for 3 months straight.It’s coming way too soon…

  79. AmericanGal
    April 15th, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    You may have noticed by post above about my daughter the teacher. I think teachers might get better pay with year round schooling. I think people hold it against them for having 3 months off a year, great benefit, but works against ya all I think. And yes, you are most certainly underpaid!

  80. jbstonesfan, I have the same reservations…I don’t understand what is going on either…but I think that the feces is about to hit the fan…I don’t know if Hezbollah has gotten those Scuds, they were probably some of Saddam’s…I am so worried about Israel and I don’t trust those Nuke talks and they were done away from the press…as if they’d tell us the truth anyway!

  81. We Hillary supporters will have to make some tough decisions if she doesn’t run again and he does…Im with B-Merry, she hopes that we can at least limit him to this one term…getting him out early doesn’t seem possible…he just can’t run again…I hope.

  82. American Gal,

    I’m with you. I have no idea why people have such a fit over paying teachers real world wages. The RNs in my neighborhood have two year degrees and are making $80k a year working three 12 hour shifts per week. Why can’t teachers earn that much? Both are high demand/high skill jobs.

    Obama has even more ties that aren’t socialist – Rezko, for instance. Socialism is an economic system that prizes the labor and the well-being of working class over the privileges of the wealthy. Everything Obama has done, with the exception of the school loan bill, benefits the rich. By definition, that’s not socialism. Not in the real world.

    I know quite well who B. Merryweather is. We had a series of exchanges while we were producing The Audacity of Democracy. And if Merryweather is now saying that Obama is a socialist, then they are simply looking to make some money repeating a bullshit charge.

    Obama is a Reaganite – corrupt, stupid and elitist. He is in no real world way a socialist. If he was a socialist, he would have been bailing out homeowners, not banks. If he was a socialist, he’d be throwing the fuckers who destroyed our economy in prison. If he was a socialist, he’d be looking at increasing the amount of food stamps for unemployed families and increasing the amount of unemployment payments. He’d be looking for ways to drive down tuition requirements. His health care reform’s first priority is guaranteeing profit to private industry – that’s as opposed to socialism as it gets. His reform is not designed to provide healthcare – in fact, most people will have less access to healthcare once the reform is fully institutionalized than they do now. So, his reform guarantees profit while making very few demands on the health insurance industry. Anyone who is telling you otherwise is lying – be careful of those people.

    Why don’t you read up on socialism as defined by socialists? I think you’ll find that you wish he was a socialist.

  83. This book that B-Merry wrote is with Aaron Klein…I think he is very pro-Israel so I’m looking forward to see whats in the book.

  84. Is this a Lieberman in the is the AP

    By the way, did Lieberman vote for the Fraudcare?

    Poll: Crist leads 3-way contest if race held now
    Apr 15 12:02 PM US/Eastern
    Associated Press Writer

    Gov. Charlie Crist, right listen to teacher Scott Whittle express his conce…

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Gov. Charlie Crist has fallen far behind in Florida’s Republican primary contest for the U.S. Senate, but he could capture a three-way race in November, a poll released Thursday suggests.
    Crist must decide by April 30 whether to remain in the GOP primary where former state House Speaker Marco Rubio is favored or pursue an independent bid. He has refused to shut the door on speculation he might bolt the party that helped him win races as Florida’s attorney general and education commissioner before he became governor in 2006.

    If the general election were held now, 32 percent of voters would favor Crist, compared with 30 percent for Rubio and 24 percent for the Democratic hopeful, U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek, according to a survey of 1,250 registered voters taken April 8-13 by Quinnipiac University in Connecticut.

    “The biggest threat to Crist’s political career is the Republican primary,” said Peter Brown, Quinnipiac’s assistant polling director. “People overall think he is doing a good job as governor, but that doesn’t mean Republicans think that he should be their U.S. senator.”

    In a poll of 497 registered Republicans, Rubio defeats Crist 56 percent to 33 percent in a head-to-head GOP matchup. In Quinnipiac’s January poll, Rubio had a 47-44 lead.

    Quinnipiac said its larger survey of voters in a three-way general election race had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.8 percentage points. The smaller sampling of only Republican voters had an error rate of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points.

    Crist’s biggest problem among Republicans is that they don’t view him as conservative enough—the poll found 59 percent see Rubio as more consistently conservative, compared with 27 percent for Crist.

    But what could hurt Crist in the primary could help in the general election. The poll found Crist would defeat Meek 48 percent to 34 percent, while Rubio would win with 42 percent of the vote to 38 percent for Meek, if that race were held now.

    Quinnipiac’s survey also showed Crist would fare better with independents than Meek or Rubio. In a three-way race, Crist had the support of 38 percent of those who called themselves independents compared with 29 percent for Rubio and 15 percent for Meek.

    The numbers represent a dramatic reversal for the 53-year-old governor, who crushed former Insurance Commissioner Tom Gallagher in the 2007 GOP primary and then eased to a general election win by 7 percentage points over Democratic nominee Jim Davis.

    Meek’s biggest problem seems to be his anonymity. Only about a fourth of those surveyed had heard of the Miami congressman.

    The three are vying to succeed Republican Mel Martinez, who left before his term ended. Crist appointed state Sen. George LeMieux to fill the seat temporarily.
    Copyright 2010 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  85. basement angel
    April 15th, 2010 at 10:27 pm
    American Gal,

    I’m with you. I have no idea why people have such a fit over paying teachers real world wages. The Rn’s in my neighborhood have two year degrees and are making $80k a year working three 12 hour shifts per week. Why can’t teachers earn that much? Both are high demand/high skill jobs.

    One is tax payer funded. Most nurses make 60-70 thousand a year with 2 weeks off for the first 1-10 years. It’s a very tough and demanding job. I work many a 12 hour shift without so much as a 5 minute break. You don’t see many older nurses working in patient care, too demanding. Most Rn’s are now BAN, not 2 year. Some of the low wage issue is related to the large amount of time off I think with teachers.

  86. Gov. Crist Vetoes Senate Bill 6

    After nearly a week of teacher and student demonstrations in South Florida, Tallahassee and throughout the state, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist vetoed the controversial teacher merit-pay bill Thursday.

    Crist announced the veto at an afternoon press conference where he called the bill “significantly flawed.” “Their voices were heard,” Crist said of the teachers who inundated him with petitions all week long, holding rallies and even a large so-called “sick-out” Monday in Miami-Dade to protest Senate Bill 6. “This bill has deeply and negatively affected the morale of our teachers, our parents and our students.”

    Crist said he made the decision to veto the bill last night, after considering the accumulation of input he received the last week.

    Story continues below ↓
    advertisement | your ad here


    Crist, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate who is running far behind fellow GOPer Marco Rubio in polls, denied vetoing the bill was part of his plan to switch to Independent for the Senate bid.

    “It has nothing to do with politics at all, it has everything to do with the children of Florida,” Crist said during a news conference Thursday where he announced his decision. “I know in my heart it’s the right thing to do.”

    Crist, who had earlier supported the bill, said it had been “rushed through.”

    The bill, which passed around 2:30 a.m. last Friday by a 64-55 vote, would have given teachers pay raises based on student performance on standardized tests. Bad evaluations could have cost teachers their certifications.

    “The Governor has exercised foresight, leadership and wisdom in vetoing SB6. I applaud his decision,” Broward County Public Schools Superintendent James F. Notter said in a statement. “It’s clear that he pays attention to the voices of the thousands of teachers, administrators, parents, students and citizens across the state.”

    The House vote on the bill was essentially split on party lines, with all Democrats opposing it and all but 11 Republicans supporting.

    Democrats wasted no time in giving Crist’s decision their full support.

    “On behalf of the Florida House Democratic Caucus, I commend Governor Charlie Crist for his veto of Senate Bill 6,” said Florida House Democratic Leader Franklin Sands (D-Weston). “The students, teachers, parents and all Floridians have won a great victory, which was denied them by the Republican leaders in the Florida House and Senate.”

    “Nothing is more powerful than teachers, parents, and students standing together and speaking out against policies that degrade our teachers and diminish the quality of our children’s education,” said Rep Kendrick Meek (D-Miami).

    “It goes without saying that I am disappointed this legislation has been vetoed by Gov. Crist, and I continue to think that one day it will be fully implemented in our state,” said Sen. John Thrasher (R-Jacksonville), the bill’s main sponosor.

  87. Gonzo,

    It’s not like teachers arranged the system, nor is there much that can earned working 3 months during the summer.

    We should grow up and pay teachers well without bitching. Extend the school year and raise pay.

    I bet in areas where RNs make $60k – $70k, teachers only make $50k. And if being a teacher was such a cushy job, we wouldn’t have a chronic shortage of them.

  88. When I taught school in Robstown, Texas in the 90’s, school was on the year-round school year which I loved, but those kids, teaching plans, every year more and more to be crammed in the school day…I found it stressful. I had a nice and smart bunch of girls, future nurses, doctors and etc. most got pregnant by the end of the year and dropped out. It was so disheartening. I do hope some of those girls made even after having the children. I had 7 girls pregnant and I only taught half days.

  89. confloyd
    Sure they weren’t future farmers? Most farmers I know like to keep everything pregnant!

  90. “The only difference between death and taxes is death does not get worse when Congress is in session”—-Will Rogers

    1. The dimocrats are lying to the American People–again.

    2. They are claiming that have cut taxes. (Durbin said this. So did a stupid bot on NQ).

    3. In fact, they have increased taxes $670 billion dollars

    4. including 14 tax hikes totaling on middle class families,

    5.. during the worst economic downturn in the last 80 years.

    6. They also contend that the subsidies paid to insurance companies are tax cuts.

    7. Though the looking glass darkly:” I can use words to mean anything I want them to mean”.

    Representative Mike Pence’s (R-Ind) is a possible presidential candidate. Here he sets the record straight.

  91. I do know what socialism is. I also know Obama is really an undercover freaking Rino republican, but when I say that on here I get in trouble, so I refrain from that. People can make up their own mind according to what agenda each and everyone has.

    Personally you have to judge him by what he has done since he has been POTUS, but the tea partiers and the avg. republican can’t see the forest for the trees and are being lead about by the Glenn Beck’s of the world. I just happen to look at what he has done, and how I think the republicans are gaining ground because of it. So I am not happy about any of this!

    Now I’ve said it and you better bet I will get some crap for it.

  92. basement angel, If I was really going to tell what is in my heart on here, I would tell you Obama is a republican hoax. They put him in here and they will use him to get back in. Then we will lose our social security, we will have are medicare run by the insurance companies, and we will all be screwed…but you can’t tell the idiots anything…

  93. wbboei,

    What are the tax hikes on the middle class?

    1. The tax increases break down this way. (Note: half of this will be felt by middle class)


    health care deform . . . .$550 billion

    schip . . . . . . . . 60 billion

    stimulus . . . . . . . 7 billion

    ui, nol, home buyer cr. 23 billion

    world wide interest 6 billion

    2. The overall economic outlook under Obama is even bleaker: Paul Ryan analysis below:

  94. Confloyd,

    Our national discourse is thoroughly corrupted. It’s important that we not repeat bullshit, partisan talking points. Take a stand for truth.

  95. Tea Party Protesters Descend on D.C. With New ‘Contract From America’

    Thousands of protesters descended on the nation’s Capitol for April 15 tax deadline protests as activists offered up a new “Contract From America” aimed at using the winning formula of the 1994 Republican revolution while also developing a direction for the burgeoning movement.

    WASHINGTON — Thousands of protesters descended on the nation’s Capitol for April 15 tax deadline protests as activists offered up a new “Contract From America” aimed at using the winning formula of the 1994 Republican revolution while also developing a direction for the burgeoning movement.

    Those behind the document say that by asking visitors to the Web site to propose and vote on the agenda, the results are a list not “handed down from on high by old-bull politicians, but one handed up from the true grassroots in this country.”

    “After garnering nearly half a million votes in less than two months, the Contract from America has now been finalized into a blueprint that will serve notice to public officials about what the people want for their future,” reads a press release from the contract’s organizers

    When the votes of more than 443,000 were cast, the top ten planks were:

    (1) Require each bill to identify its constitutional authorization

    (2) Defund, repeal, and replace government-run health care

    (3) Demand a balanced budget

    (4) End runaway government spending by imposing a statutory cap limiting growth in federal spending

    (5) Enact fundamental reform to simplify and lower taxes

    (6)Create a Blue Ribbon task force that engages in a complete audit of federal agencies and programs

    (7) Reject cap-and-trade

    (8) Pass an “all of the above” energy policy

    (9) Stop the 2011 tax hikes

    (10) Stop the pork.

    The Contract from America may be an effort at organizing the party. Tea Party insiders admit organizing them is “a lot like herding cats,” but they also claim that’s exactly the way they like it.

    “Look we don’t (need) leaders for this,” said Dick Armey, the former Texas Republican congressman who now leads FreedomWorks and was part of both the 1994 Contract With America and the new contract.

    “This is endemic, it’s in the DNA of the American people. We love freedom, we understand what works in the world because we are in the world and we really our government to grow up and mind its own business,” Armey said.

    However, for a movement that prides on the absence of professional political leadership, Thursday’s festivities featured some of the best known partisans on the right.

    Aside from Armey, a former House majority leader, Reps. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., Steve King, R-Iowa, and Jack Kingston, R-Ga. — all reliable partisan battlers — were in attendance.

    Bachmann fired up the crowd at Thursday’s event in Washington.

    “This November, what do you say, let’s take back our country,” she yelled.

    The crowd at the earlier of two rallies scheduled for Thursday was not a huge one by Washington, D.C., standards, coming in at about 3,000 to 4,000 people.

    A day earlier organizers downplayed expectations, saying only about 5,000 to 10,000 people were expected to show up because they have encouraged people across the country to cultivate protests in their hometowns.

    Tax day protests did occur nationwide, with the D.C. rally marking the end of a 23-state Tea Party Express tour targeting vulnerable Democratic Sens. Harry Reid of Nevada, Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas and Arlen Specter or Pennsylvania as well as nine House members who voted for health care reform.

    Anti-Tea Party counter-protesters carried a huge banner that read “The Other 95 percent. Say thanks for your tax cuts Obama.” They walked around the crowd but represented only a miniscule percentage of the ralliers.

    Speaking from the podium, Kingston welcomed the counter-protesters. “Welcome. I’m hoping that you’ll learn something.”

    Tea Party activists have been on the lookout for infiltrators. In recent weeks, Web sites such as have urged people to “act on behalf of the Tea Party in ways which exaggerate their least appealing qualities (misspelled protest signs, wild claims in TV interviews, etc.) to further distance them from mainstream America and damage the public’s opinion of them.”

    Armey offered a message to any would-be infiltrators.

    “My daddy told me when I was boy, it’s better to be persecuted than ignored. We must be meaning something to these folks or they wouldn’t be attacking us.”

    However, Armey did express concern about the havoc infiltrators could wreak on the movement.

    “Why don’t you have the decency to be proud to be you for crying out loud? Just don’t come in here like a bunch of juvenile delinquents on a lark and try to sabotage our event. We have a right to present ourselves to the American people without mischaracterization. It’s hard enough for the conventional press in America to get it, who we are and what are the lessons of liberty that we are so committed to, without you confounding the picture with your antics.”

  96. Our national discourse is thoroughly corrupted. It’s important that we not repeat bullshit, partisan talking points. Take a stand for truth.
    I understand your frustration.

    You wanted Hillary. So did I.

    The focus must shift to what is best for the country.

    I consider myself a Jacksonian Democrat.

    Most Jacksonians will tolerate a certain amount of corruption–it comes with the territory.

    What they will not tolerate is the powers of government used to oppress them politically, economically, etc.

    That is what is happening now with Obama.

    It is fine and well to say we value the truth.

    But does that mean?

    To some it depends on whose ox is being gored.

    To me the truth lies in fighting Obama.

    He is a clear and present danger to our country.

    And war makes strange bedfellows.

    But it was never as bad as it is now.

    Neither side will tell you the whole truth. Therefore, as a rule it is best to listen to both sides. But in this cycle that rule no longer applies. The Obama Administration is a fraud on the American People. Therefore, nothing that emanates from them can be taken at face value. Time and again they lie. The same with big media.

  97. basement angel, YOu are a mystery to me…you come on here telling us Obama is not a socialist, I agree with you and call him a republican and now you say I am repeating partisen talking points…exactly which ones are those…the taxes…I am sick of that…or that Obama is a republican….spell out what you believe and I will see if you are just here to grip about everything that is posted by the republicans on here or if you really believe as I do that Obama is a republican. I guess you believe what Ron Paul says that he is a corporatist…well he certainly did not want to call him a republican because Ron Paul believes himself to be a republican..So of coarse he did want to put himself in that same light. The man has continued all of Rino Bush’s policies, so to me and lots of folks, Obama is not socialist.

    In case all you guys haven’t heard Glenn Beck since he’s been putting Hillary with Obama’s radical advisors his numbers have dropped off to be exactly like Keith Ogreman’s.

    What exactly are you talking about???

  98. Yes Wbboei, and while we are all on here arguing our point the Bas(*&d is screwing things up we don’t even know about…I agree there is no truth to be had anywhere and many friends have gotten sideways in search of it…but one thing we all have in common is hatred/disgust for the “ONE”. That hasn’t changed!

  99. Wbboei,

    They don’t lie anymore than the Bush administration or the Reagan administration. No one lies more than those two did.

    It’s absolute bullshit to say that you can look at both sides and come down with some semblance of the truth. That assumes that both sides have diametrically opposed interests and are equally dishonest. In many cases, one side is usually telling roughly the truth while the other is dissembling furiously. Splitting it down the middle is incentive to lie more and lie bigger. It only rewards corruption.

    Admin is right that words no longer have meaning. But listening to anyone who defines Obama as a socialist means you’re either listening to an idiot or a liar. There’s no upside in either.

    Just look at the Tea Partiers demands – the want to cut taxes and balance the budget. The stupidity involved in making simultaneous demands, particularly on an economy in such egregious shape as ours, is insanely juvenile. And then government run health care – what they want to end the VA? Medicare? They’re gonna have to fight the veterans and the seniors for that and neither of those interests are going to go quietly. Other than that, there is no government run healthcare in this nation. There is merely the fact that there is government enforced purchasing of private insurance policies in the not to distant future.

    Getting out of the god-awful mess that we’re in is going to take a lot of work. Muddying the waters by disseminating blatantly dishonest and manipulative rhetoric only makes things dicier. If someone can’t get the basic facts right, then, really, they have nothing of value to say.

    Our culture is dying for punditry. People don’t read the news story anymore. They read the spin. That’s what’s killing us.

  100. To tell you the truth everyone, I am sick of labels! I just want an honest person, bearing in mind “honest for a politician” to get elected and try to help everyone, including the freaking rich bas*&^ds.

    We need someone who will listen to elite, help them with of few of their wants,listen to the middle class give them a few tokens and try and help the poor people advance upwards thru their own hard work have enough testicular fortitude to standup and that’s all your getting, live with it.

  101. basement angel, YOu are a mystery to me…you come on here telling us Obama is not a socialist, I agree with you and call him a republican and now you say I am repeating partisen talking points
    No Connie. Her insult was meant for me. And I will not share it with anyone else regardless they say.

  102. I don’t get her complaints, I agree with her and she still complains, tells me to look up the meaning of socialism…OMG, what does she think I am a back woods redneck,LOL! Of coarse I am that, but lets let that be our secret!

  103. I was talking with the Cuban banker the other night. He was in a state of high dudgeon. He is sick of Democrats and sick of RINOS. He said to hell with this business of finding the right politician. To hell with it he said. If you have been where I have been then you know that is a snare and a delusion. Even if you find the right leader it is a temporary fix. Either he changes once he gets in power or else he is succeeded by somebody who is bad. I put my faith, he said, in institutions. So I asked him the following question: what if the institutions themselves are corrupt?

  104. The reason many people see Obama as a socialist is because he has stated repeatedly that he intends to spread the wealth, has promoted legislation consistent with that objection, and has placed large segments of the economy under government control. That is what socialist tend to do. Thus, it is not an irrational charge. Where it is deficient however is it fails to account for the protection he lavishes on the wealthy. A committed socialist would never do that. This is why I define him as a dictator who advocates state capitalism (as opposed to private enterprise). That is what he really is.

  105. If stupid and butt ugly are what it takes to be in charge of the editorial page of the New York Times, (hell it worded for Mr. Apple) then it is no mystery why Gayle Collins is where she is. Collins, you may recall, was a big time Hillary hater and Obama lover. Bob Summerby’s agrees with my assessment of Collins.
    It’s important for people to get real information about our federal tax policies. It’s important for people to have real facts presented from different perspectives. From 2001 through 2007, Gayle Collins was the editor of the New York Times editorial page. And yet, this is the best she could do at the start of her column:

    COLLINS (4/15/10): The Internal Revenue Service needs to get way better at marketing.

    Somehow the government tax collectors have let the country get locked into the idea that April 15 is a day of sorrow and misery, the culmination of the dreaded filing of the income tax form.

    But, in fact, most people who file get money back. (Cue the horns and balloons.)

    And according to one much, much-quoted study by the Tax Policy Center, 47 percent of American households didn’t have to pay one cent of income tax for 2009. (Marching bands, confetti.)

    Thanks to the tax credits in President Obama’s stimulus plan and other programs aimed at helping working families, couples with two kids making up to $50,000 were generally off the hook this year.

    Naturally, anti-tax groups held rallies to thank the president for doing so much to reduce the burden on the half of the country least able to pay. Not.

    That is stunningly awful:

    In the current environment, many people will read that first highlighted statement to mean that “most people” receive more money in tax credits than they pay in taxes. (That they “make a profit” on federal taxes.) This is inaccurate, of course.

    In the second highlighted passage, Collins stresses the tax credits in Obama’s stimulus plan; from what she writes, many people will mistakenly think that these tax credits must be the main reason for that 47 percent figure. Especially in the current environment, people need to be reminded that policies passed by Presidents Reagan and Bush play a larger role in the fact that so many people don’t pay federal income taxes.

    Finally, Collins implies that anti-tax groups are somehow contradicting themselves when they don’t applaud the current situation. That is completely foolish, like so many things Collins says.

    That said, Collins has long been a public fool. She is a clown, a cipher, a public inanity. And she writes twice a week in the New York Times, whose editorial page she recently headed. As she continued, it didn’t take long before we reached a claim which looks like flat-out error:

    COLLINS (continuing directly): “We need to cut taxes so that our families can keep more of what they earn and produce and our mom-and-pops then, our small businesses, can reinvest according to our own priorities,” said Sarah Palin, at a Tea Party, anti-tax rally in Boston on Wednesday. This was the most coherent thing she had to say about taxation, although there was quite a bit of “Drill, baby, drill!”

    According to the Gallup polls, 45 percent of Tea Party supporters have incomes under $50,000. According to a New York Times/CBS News poll, Tea Party activists are virtually the only segment of the population in which a majority feels its tax burden is unfair. Clearly, these are not the kind of folks who would cancel their anti-tax rallies just on account of not being taxed.

    In fact, 52 percent of “Tea Party supporters” in the New York Times/CBS poll say the income tax they will pay this year is fair. (In the full poll, we can find no separate data for “Tea Party activists.”) This point is made in paragraph 6 of the New York Times front-page news report on this poll, where this response is cited as one of the ways in which Tea Party responses were “like the general public.”

    The American public gets dis- and misinformed by Hannity on most nights. The larger problem results when people like Collins start their mincing and clowning. Before she’s finished today, the lady can even be found musing about an apocryphal lawyer:

    COLLINS: When President Obama gives a domestic policy speech, there’s usually a cleaning woman who has no health insurance or a laid-off firefighter invited to come onstage. But on April 15, maybe he could give a hug to a corporate lawyer who pulled down $3 million and gave half of it back.

    Does such a corporate lawyer exist? Does anyone really make $3 million, then pay $1.5 million in taxes? (Does she mean in federal taxes?) We don’t know the answer to that—in part thanks to nobles like Collins.

    Final point, and let’s recall the error Collins apparently made about that “tax fairness” issue:

    In comedy clubs, people used to make rueful remarks about comedians who arrived late for a show. It’s pretty sad, this comment would go, when your work-day starts at 8 PM and you can’t get there on time.

    Collins’ work-week starts on Thursday morning. This week, she had three days to type 700 words—and this was the best she could manage. Modern nations simply can’t function with efforts like this from the top.

  106. So I asked him the following question: what if the institutions themselves are corrupt?
    Big Media–the Fourth Estate being a prime example.

  107. Your Cuban friend is right! Your right about Obama though he takes care of his elitest friends first and foremost, that way he can further himself because that’s the most important thing to him.

    I will be glad when his black constituency figures it out, and when they do there may be a big march in D.C.

  108. So we might as well have a budlight or a scotch, and keep up the good fight against the corruption! Goodnight!

  109. Confloyd,

    I like you quite a bit. I wasn’t insulting you at all.


    I think you’re too smart to post some of the stuff that you post. What socialists do is create policy that benefits the middle and lower classes. None of Obama’s policies, with the exception of the student loan bill, do that. They all benefit the wealthy. The health care bill does not put health care under government control in the least – that’s the problem. As we learn more and more about the bill, we learn that there are no controls on the health insurance industry yet we are mandated to buy policies from them. They aren’t under governemnt control to provide health care. We’re under government control to purchase health care – that is a far from socialism as it gets. Yes, we agree that he is a capitalist. But then you post stuff that defines him as a socialist and that’s just polluting the discourse. Con artists will say anything to get a vote – and that’s what he is. But his legislation does nothing to spread wealth around. His legislation concentrates wealth in the upper class. Even the student loan bill does nothing to drive down tuition. It merely makes outrageous tuition somewhat more affordable than it would be if students were getting screwed by both the schools and the loan sharks.

    I would just love to see the rhetoric in here back away from quoting pathological liars like Limbaugh and Beck and use words as they are intended to be used. Somewhere, someone, has to be willing to take a stand for the truth and for straight forward communication.

  110. basement angel said:
    Obama is to Palin’s right on most issues.


    He’s certainly to the right of Hillary! He would probably not have tamed the oil companies in Alaska like Palin did. Other issues?

  111. confloyd
    April 15th, 2010 at 11:21 pm
    Obama is a republican hoax. They put him in here and they will use him to get back in.


    That would explain some things. But I wouldn’t say all Republicans did this.

  112. Obama is a corporatist in socialist’s clothing. No wonder people are confused.

    That’s one of his weapons: confusion.

  113. potus just completed a mini-goodwill effort – extending help for the unemployed, providing long-needed status for the gay-lesbian community regarding visitation/medical decisions at most hospitals. However, this is what truly defines the ‘man’:
    Obama ‘amused’ by Tea Party rallies
    By Sam Youngman – 04/15/10 08:18 PM ET
    President Barack Obama struck a hyperpartisan note Thursday, telling Democrats that he was “amused” by the Tax Day Tea Party rallies.
    Obama, addressing a Democratic National Committee (DNC) fundraiser in Miami, did little to endear himself to the Tea Party groups protesting around the country, saying “they should be saying thank you” because of the tax cuts he has signed into law.
    thehill com/homenews/administration/92625-obama-amused-by-tea-party-rallies….

  114. Currently at
    appellate nominee to testify after questionaire omissions

    Pres. Obama’s recent nomination of Goodwin Liu to the U.S. Court of Appeals’ Ninth Circuit goes before the full Senate Judiciary Committee today after committee members twice rescheduled the hearing. The federal appellate nominee left off speeches and other background materials when he submitted his initial answers to a committee questionnaire.

  115. You know basement angel if you persist in taking what I say out of context there is no point in following up, now is there?

    If you read the text of what I said it was that Bambi has many of the characteristics of a socialist, but is in fact a state capitalist.

    A state capitalist is what we see in China. It coincides with what Rep. Dingleberry (D-Mi) Dean of the House said, which is that we Dimocrats are putting into place a set of laws which will allow us to control the people.

    If you put self interest aside for the moment, that is the problem you need to spend maybe just a little time thinking about. You are an artist. Your freedom of expression along with everyone else’s will go down the shitter.

    The artistic community hates republicans. It is part of the hidden handshake the common faith of the community. I get that part. They want the public to finance their avante garde ideas of self expression, and republicans put a lid on it. Republicans also demogogue over the issue.

    Yes, I post Republican comments here. I also post comments by people like Gramci who was a brilliant Italian communist who saw through the elites and big media 100 years ago. I post alot of stuff by Somerby who is a honest man of the left. I post what I believe to be true, and I trust that people here have the judgment to agree with some things and not with others.

    It does not mean you have to agree with my take on things. We are all a product of our own experiences. And we see different patterns based on our life experiences. It is one thing to disagree with what others say, and something else to dismiss it as ignorance and a mechanical repetition of what you call talking points.

    That is not what we do. That is what propagandist and bots do. That is what we are fighting against.

    I went to a local coffee shop yesterday which I frequent. Sitting there was a man who is the major domo of the place. He greets everyone when they enter and when they leave. And in between he waxes eloquent about the inequities of the society. He is glad we have the health care deform because it covers the uninsured.

    I asked him whether we could have done that with stimulus funds and avoided this 2700 page monstrosity with all its warts. Instead of answering my question, he told me about a time when he saw someone sleeping in the street, while cities like ours build sports arenas. I said I agree with him and asked him what he proposed to do about it. He did not answer. My response was why not begin by liquidating the Fortune of the Kennedy family and putting that money to work for the good of the public. It might mean Caroline could not take ski trips to Europe but what good would it do. He did not support that.

    I concluded that he was not really interested in thinking about solutions to problems. He was solely interested in whining about them, and preening about his social conscience. And yes, he said goodbye and opened the door for me when I left.

  116. Fighting about labels is licking the ‘sucker’ that is fundamental to the Alinsky method of the Rules for Radicals which is ‘to frame the language’ and to use words against your opponent that will change according to your ‘target.’ I see socialist/marxist/communist/corporatist leanings in Obummer. I also see that he ‘hates’ what America is all about especially the consitution, except when it benefits his agenda. As my mama always taught me, ‘birds of a feather flock together.

    wbboei ALWAYS speaks truth to power and anyone who criticizes him is no friend of mine! He puts logic, experience and a lot of thought behind his expositions.

    Perhaps the right label for Obummer and his better half would be ‘cancer.’ They are a malignant rapidly spreading cancer on the values and prinicples that founded America. Our nation is in stage IV and time is running out.

  117. y Larry Johnson on April 15, 2010 at 2:51 PM in Current Affairs
    Well Barack, how’s that stimulus package turning out? Not so good. Here are the latest “good” news about Barack’s economic leadership:

    Foreclosure rates surge, biggest jump in 5 years

    A record number of U.S. homes were lost to foreclosure in the first three months of this year, a sign banks are starting to wade through the backlog of troubled home loans at a faster pace, according to a new report.
    RealtyTrac Inc. said Thursday that the number of U.S. homes taken over by banks jumped 35 percent in the first quarter from a year ago. In addition, households facing foreclosure grew 16 percent in the same period and 7 percent from the last three months of 2009.
    More homes were taken over by banks and scheduled for a foreclosure sale than in any quarter going back to at least January 2005, when RealtyTrac began reporting the data, the firm said.

    And then there is this. Initial jobless claims increased sharply.

    In the week ending April 10, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 484,000, an increase of 24,000 from the previous week’s unrevised figure of 460,000. The 4-week moving average was 457,750, an increase of 7,500 from the previous week’s unrevised average of 450,250.
    The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.6 percent for the week ending April 3, an increase of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week’s unrevised rate of 3.5 percent.
    The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending April 3 was 4,639,000, an increase of 73,000 from the preceding week’s revised level of 4,566,000. The 4-week moving average was 4,638,500, a decrease of 13,750 from the preceding week’s revised average of 4,652,250.
    The fiscal year-to-date average of seasonally adjusted weekly insured unemployment, which corresponds to the appropriated AWIU trigger, was 5.217 million.

    And then Barack’s financial buddy, George Soros, offered up this cheery bit of analysis last night:

    Railway porter-turned-billionaire financier George Soros delivered a stark warning last night that the financial world is on the wrong track and that we may be hurtling towards an even bigger boom and bust than in the credit crisis.

    The man who ‘broke’ the Bank of England (and who is still able to earn a cool $3.3 bln in a year) said the same strategy of borrowing and spending that had got us out of the Asian crisis could shunt us towards another crisis unless tough lessons are learned.

    Soros, who worked as a porter to pay for his studies at the London School of Economics after emigrating from Hungary, warned us to heed the lesson that modern economics had got it wrong and that markets are not inherently stable.

    “The success in bailing out the system on the previous occasion led to a superbubble, except that in 2008 we used the same methods,” he told a meeting hosted by The Economist at the City of London’s modern and impressive Haberdashers’ Hall.

    “Unless we learn the lessons, that markets are inherently unstable and that stability needs to the objective of public policy, we are facing a yet larger bubble.

    If a friend of Barack is issuing a dire warning like this then it is time to head for the lifeboats. But this is not just an opinion of George Soros. Remember Richard Davis (Consumer Metrics Index founder who was on Larry Doyle’s radio show a couple of weeks ago)? Davis’ date shows more trouble coming:

    One additional point: our ‘demand’ side data is more than a quarter upstream from the ’supply’ side data measured by the GDP. Even if we are at the bottom of the current ‘demand’ side contraction — which we aren’t according to our Contraction Watch chart (see chart on left below) — the turnaround in GDP numbers won’t start to appear for more than a quarter.

    Our Housing Index improved through Easter but had again fallen off by April 9th to levels indicating an 11% year-over-year drop in demand (see chart on right below). The detailed sub-index charts tell the story: new financing has dropped to readings not seen since August 2008, while refinancing activity remains in unprecedented year-over-year decline.

    Expect more bad news over the next two months with respect to the housing industry. If this trend holds you can bet the house that the unemployment numbers will not be turning around any time soon.

    And what is Barack “Nero” Obama fiddling with? A nuclear summit that produces no results. Hiking health care costs on corporations that employ millions of people. This in turn is putting more folks out of work. Expanding the Federal Government deficit to unprecedented levels. Time to face reality–Obama is presiding over an economic disaster that will be his baby.

    Echo 88 Items

  118. Harry Reid, who is a congenital liar, claims they are withing 4 votes of passing Amnesty. They should be tried for treason.

  119. This guy is a free lance thug. If he worked for the traitors at blue state digital he would be dangerous. He craves the publicity.
    Updated April 16, 2010
    Teacher Who Sought to ‘Demolish’ Tea Party Placed on Leave From School
    By Jana Winter

    The Oregon teacher who announced his intention to “dismantle and demolish the Tea Party” has been placed on administrative leave until the school district where he works finishes its investigation and decides his fate.

    print email share recommend (3)

    Teacher Jason Levin is under investigation after his “Crash the Tea Party” Web site called on supporters to infiltrate anti government protests.
    The Oregon teacher who announced his intention to “dismantle and demolish the Tea Party” has been placed on administrative leave until the school district where he works finishes its investigation and decides his fate.

    The state’s Teacher Standards & Practices Commission is also conducting an investigation into Jason Levin, a media teacher at Conestoga Middle School in Beaverton, a school district employee who requested anonymity, told

    Levin has come under fire for saying he’d do anything short of throwing rocks to bring down the Tea Party. In the last two days the Beaverton School District has received thousands of e-mails and phone calls from people across the country who said they were outraged at his behavior.

    The school district is investigating whether Levin’s political behavior is appropriate for a middle school teacher. The source within the district said parents at Conestoga did not initially appear upset at Levin’s anti-Tea Party activism — but that changed in recent days as controversial statements continued to emerge.

    Levin has said he would seek to embarrass Tea Partiers by attending their rallies dressed as Adolf Hitler, carrying signs bearing racist, sexist and anti-gay epithets and acting as offensively as possible — anything short of throwing punches.

    Now, the source said, parents have become outraged by the severity of his political activism, and many have told the school board members that it has no place in a public school system.

    Parents supported teachers who wore Obama buttons during the 2008 presidential election, the source said. But they say Levin has crossed the line.

    The district is also investigating whether Levin used the school’s computers to update his “Crash the Tea Party” Web site, and whether he worked on it during school hours.

    That Web site has since been changed, and the calls to infiltrate the Tea Party have been removed. The home page now simply reads: “Want to Show your support for Jason Levin? BUY A TEA-SHIRT.”

    The Beaverton School District is defending Levin’s right to free speech, but it’s investigating whether he used district computers to spread his political message or worked on his Web site during school hours.

    In a recent interview with Talking Points Memo, Levin said of his plans, “Our goal is that whenever a Tea Partier says ‘Barack Obama was not born in America,’ we’re going be right there next to them saying, ‘Yeah, in fact he wasn’t born on Earth! He’s an alien!'”

    In a now deleted post on his “Crash the Tea Party” Web site, he called on his supporters to collect the Social Security numbers — among other personal identifying information — about as many Tea Party supporters as possible at the numerous rallies that took place on Thursday, Tax Day.

    “Some other thoughts are to ask people at the rally to sign a petition renouncing socialism. See just how much info you can get from these folks (name address, DOB, Social Security #). The more data we can mine from the Tea Partiers, the more mayhem we can cause with it!!!!” he wrote.

    The state agency is investigating whether this is a hint at identity theft, and whether it is appropriate behavior for a public school teacher. It also will investigate charges that Levin used school computers during school hours to work on his Web site. Levin teaches 6th, 7th and 8th graders about computers and technology.

    According to the school district laws regulating teacher conduct, which are posted online: “The Beavertown School District rules involving teacher use of the district’s electronic system clearly state: The district’s electronic communications system shall be used for educational purposes consistent with the district’s mission, priorities and beliefs. Educational purposes do not include commercial use, use for personal financial gain or political advocacy.”

    The investigation will be assigned to a case agent who will compile a preliminary report that will be presented before the commission. The commission members will then decide whether to charge Levin with misconduct or dismiss the case due to insufficient evidence, said Melody Hanson, the director of professional practices

  120. Wbboei,

    Obama has no characteristics of a socialist. The economy would be improving if he did. It’s simply a label attached to him for partisan reasons.

    None of his legislation has had an even remotely socialist outlook.

    People come here for truth, because this site’s writer was one of the few that couldn’t be intimidated into stopping. I don’t understand reading about Limbaugh and Hannity in the comments. Why muck things back up?

  121. This piece by Larry Kudlow is excellent. Among other things it highlights the difference between cause and symptoms. Tax inequities and massive tax increased to come are symptoms of the real problem. Racism is a red herring conjured up by a corrupt media to distract those easily distracted. The real problem is runaway spending and the abandonment of Constitutional principles which empower ordinary people. This administration is an effort to consolidate dictatorial powers in the Executive Branch, which was an option which the Founders of the nation took great pains to reject root and branch. They specifically provided that the people are sovereign and that is what the elites are trying to undo through Obama. The left should be our ally in this fight but they are not. When the chips are down, they have no principles. I used to know a fine arbitrator in the Bay Area who was also a law professor. He told me one time, I am a liberal but what I find as I grow older that my liberal friends have no consistency or commitment to their principles. The conservatives are not that way. They stick to their principles come hell or high water. Most often that it a blessing, but sometimes it is also a curse. Consistency may be the hobgoblin of small minds, but it is what it takes to win wars. When Napoleon was asked what qualities he looked for in a general he said–a strong mind, not a brilliant one.

    America’s Constitutionalist Revolt
    By Lawrence Kudlow
    April 16, 2010

    So much is being written in the mainstream media about who the tea partiers are, but very little is being recorded about what these folks are actually saying.

    We know that this is a decentralized grassroots movement, with many different voices hailing from many different towns across the country. But the tea-party message comes together in the “Contract From America,” the product of an online vote orchestrated by Ryan Hecker, a Houston tea-party activist and national coordinator for the Tea Party Patriots.

    With nearly 500,000 votes recorded in less than two months, this Contract forms a blueprint of tea-party policy goals and beliefs.

    Of the top-10 planks in the Contract, the No. 1 issue is protect the Constitution. That’s followed by reject cap-and-trade, demand a balanced budget and enact fundamental tax reform. And then comes number five: Restore fiscal responsibility and constitutionally limited government in Washington.

    Note that two of the top-five priorities of the tea partiers mention the Constitution.

    Filling out the Contract, the bottom-five planks are end runaway government spending; defund, repeal and replace government-run health care; pass an all-of-the-above energy policy; stop the pork; and stop the tax hikes.

    What’s so significant to me about this tea-party Contract From America is the strong emphasis on constitutional limits and restraints on legislation, spending, taxing and government control of the economy. Undoubtedly, the emphasis is there because no one trusts Washington.

    As I read this Contract, tea partiers are reminding all of us of the need for the Constitution to protect our freedoms. They’re calling for a renewal of constitutional values, including — first and foremost — a return to constitutional limits on government. The tea partiers who responded to this poll are demanding a rebirth of the consent of the governed. The government works for us, we don’t work for it.

    All this makes me think of President Reagan, who never quite succeeded in gaining a constitutional amendment for a balanced budget, or for limits on spending, or for a two-thirds congressional majority for any new tax hikes. But throughout his presidency, and for many years before, the Gipper argued for constitutional limits on government, especially government spending.

    And now this message is being echoed perfectly in the tea-party Contract From America. In effect, it picks up where Reagan left off.

    The tea partiers, whom I call free-market populists, desire a return to Reaganism. In particular, their demands for a balanced budget (third plank), for restoring fiscal responsibility (fifth plank), for ending massive government spending (sixth plank), and for stopping the pork (ninth plank) all underscore the populist revolt against runaway government spending, and therefore runaway government power.

    There are mentions in the Contract of tax reform and stopping tax hikes. But it is pretty clear to everyone nowadays that the massive run-up in spending of recent years will inevitably result in an equally massive tax-hike movement — that is, unless the spending is strictly curbed and reduced.

    Yet the tea partiers don’t trust Congress to do this, so they want to bring in constitutional restraint.

    A recent survey by the Brookings Institution spells out this spend-and-tax problem with great clarity. Under current spending trends, tax-the-rich efforts to bring the deficit to just 3 percent of gross domestic product — not balance, mind you, but 3 percent deficit — would require a nearly 80 percent marginal tax rate on the most successful earners. And if taxes are raised across-the-board, the marginal rate would rise to nearly 50 percent for the top earners, with state and local tax burdens bringing it up to 60 percent. Otherwise, a European-style value-added tax (VAT) would become necessary.

    The tea partiers know this, and they don’t like it one bit. And so, at bottom, they have formed a constitutionalist movement to revolt against big government and big taxes — and oh, by the way, to stand against big-government control of large chunks of the economy, such as energy and health care.

    Harking back to the Founders’ principles of constitutional limits to government is a very powerful message. It’s a message of freedom, especially economic freedom. The tea partiers have delivered an extremely accurate diagnostic of what ails America right now: Government is growing too fast, too much, too expensively and in too many places — and in the process it is crowding out our cherished economic freedom.

    It’s as though the tea partiers are saying this great country will never fulfill its long-run potential to prosper, create jobs and lead the world unless constitutional limits to government are restored.

    Now, as the tea partiers rally across the country, the big question is only this: Will the political class get it?

  122. Shorttermer/basement angel/wbboei,

    Well for sure we can all agree that we dislike Obama to the point of almost hating him, but he wins if we continue to fight about how he got into his position, what side of the political spectrum he belongs to and who is right about who he is…I’ve almost quit coming here because people have gotten rude about who is right on here…we are simply playing into Obama’s hand if we continue to do this.

    I for one probably shouldn’t of come back, but I have been reading and enjoying this blog for a long time…there’s none like on the whole internet…so I refused to give it up on the grounds that a few seem to think they opinion is the correct one.

    I enjoy reading everyone’s opinion whether it’s in literary prose or just plain ole Texan. So I do hope we can quit with the ganging up on each other. Everyone on here is special, no matter their station in life or their education, most of all we all need to be stick together to combat the tierney of this administration.

    OBAMA IS BAD, OBAMA IS BAD, OBAMA IS BAD we all agree on that!

  123. I also basement angel is right on how she describes Obama, her occupation and her love of the democratic party SHOULD NOT be in question…I am a democrat too and so is Hillary….perhaps that is why she signed on the do what ever she could to counteract Obama…maybe we should quit playing into the hand of the progandaists.

  124. Obama has no characteristics of a socialist. The economy would be improving if he did
    When people argue about the merits of one system vs another there is a tendency to draw an apples to oranges comparison. They compare the disfavored system as it exists to the idealized one which they favor. The communists like Angela Davis were famous for this. For the comparison to be valid one has to compare what is to what is. One of the things I always enjoy is watching one of my heroines Lorie Walloch at Global Citizen debate a Wall Street apologist on the issue of job loss through globalization. The Wall Street shill argues theory and she argues impacts and guess who always wins. If you want to admire socialism and see it is the panacea, then at least realize what you are opting for. Government bureaucrats taking your income and running your life. Talk to some middle class German who pays 45% of their income to the government, and you will find that socialism ain’t all beer and skiddles.

  125. One of the things which is unfortunate is to see people accept false paradigms never realizing that they are being manipulated. One of those paradigms is that Republicans are these rich fat cats and Democrats are these working class heroes. In urban areas there is some truth to this. But in the rural areas it is false. I know so many republicans–farmers, ranchers, small business people who do not fit that stereotype. In the south they tend to be democrats and in the north and west they tend to be republicans, but they are the same people culturally and economically. These are hard working people. And they are deeply distrustful of elites. At the same time, it is a proven fact that the elites in both parties are globalist in their orientation because they both cater to business. To his everlasting credit, both presidents Roosevelt took on the elites. One was a Republican and the other was a Democrat. The Democratic Party ceased to be the party of the people when Wall Street money man Felix Rohatan (executor of the Kennedy Will and friend of Pelosi) convinced the powers that be that the Democratic Party could not be competitive unless it became partners with Wall Street. So when they tell you they are the party of the people caveat emptor. And that for me was the merit and the virtue of what Hillary represented. The legitimate successor to the Rooselvelt line who would fight for the people against the elite interests who bankrolled Obama and are now feeding quite nicely at the public troth.


    Stiglitz helps puncture those fallacies. Here is the key section:

    Joseph E. Stiglitz, the Nobel-winning economist who was among the doomsayers, still isn’t willing to declare victory, and he probably never will.

    “I think this is disingenuous and a real attempt to distract people,” Mr. Stiglitz, the author of “Freefall: America, Free Markets, and the Sinking of the World Economy,” said of the latest claims.

    Mr. Stiglitz, who has made a career of seeing every glass as half-empty, said we’re looking at the numbers wrong. Even if we get our money back, he says, that doesn’t tell the full story. To calculate the real cost, he insists, we need to add in the lost interest on the money spent.

    “Did we get back anything commensurate with the risk?” he asked almost rhetorically, before answering his own question. “Clearly the answer is no.”

    Even at this feel-good moment, Mr. Stiglitz refuses to share in the love fest. Like many of us, he is still upset that the government didn’t attach more strings to the bailouts. He also warns of the moral hazard that was created when the government made clear that it wouldn’t let certain big banks fail. This, he says, will inevitably encourage more recklessness on Wall Street.”
    &&&&& end of excerpt&&&&

    Here’s the link, and below, the whole piece.

    Imagine the Bailouts Are Working

    Published: April 12, 2010

    What if, after all that panting over Washington’s bailout of the financial system, we learned that it actually worked?

    And what if, after all that vitriol over the government’s risking hundreds of billions of dollars to rescue Wall Street from disaster, it turned out that taxpayers might actually lose nothing, or even make a profit?

    Could it be? Really?

    Every couple of months the Treasury Department takes a moment to strategically leak some good news about the bailouts. It happened again on Monday, when a Treasury official told The Wall Street Journal that America’s coffers would be only $89 billion lighter after all accounts were settled from the rescues, down from an earlier estimate of $250 billion.

    It’s enough to make us all feel rich, isn’t it?

    Inside the Obama administration, there are whispers of even greater optimism, with some officials suggesting that if the economic recovery continues apace, the bailout program could eventually turn from red to black.

    That may seem far-fetched to anyone who remembers the dire predictions about banks like Citigroup, but the numbers tell a different story. The government’s $45 billion investment in Citigroup alone is on track to make a profit of nearly $11 billion, plus $8 billion or so in interest and other fees.

    People inside the administration no longer refer to Citigroup as the “Death Star”; now it is a “profit center.”

    Of course, we’re still expected to lose $48 billion on the government’s rescue of the American International Group. But two people close to the board suggested to me that as the company recalculates the value of assets in its portfolio that were once considered “toxic,” the government could actually claw its way back to even on that investment, if it holds on to its stake long enough.

    A year ago, by the way, these same people told me they expected the government to take a “$100 billion bath” on its investment in A.I.G.

    And then there are the banks that have settled up with Uncle Sam, like Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and Bank of America. We’ve gotten all our money back from them, along with several billion dollars in interest.

    Of course, there’s a small problem with all this happy Washington math: it doesn’t take into account the piles of cash we’re likely to lose on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the huge mortgage finance companies. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that figure to be about $320 billion. That would wipe away any gains made elsewhere.

    The overall math also doesn’t account for the more than $1 trillion the Federal Reserve pumped into the system through loans to Wall Street that were virtually interest-free.

    But if you can put that aside for a moment — and I know that’s difficult to do — do any of these numbers persuade you, the skeptical public, that we might one day declare the bailouts a victory? After all, at this point in the recovery, a fair observer could be forgiven for thinking we were, at minimum, saved from an economic nuclear winter. Newsweek declared on its cover this week that “America’s Back.”

    None of this math is likely to lead the American public to declare Mission Accomplished. Outside of Wall Street and Washington, the numbers will never look good enough, because to most people it’s not about justifying the bailout but about avoiding another financial mess in the future. It’s about moral hazard. It’s about right and wrong.

    You may recall that during the most perilous months of 2008 and early 2009, there was a vigorous debate about how the government should fix the financial system. Some economists, including Nouriel Roubini of New York University and The Times’s own Paul Krugman, declared that we should follow the example of the Swedes by nationalizing the entire banking system.

    They argued that Wall Street was occupied by the walking dead, and that no matter how much money we threw at the banks, they would eventually topple the system all over again and cause a domino effect worldwide.

    So were they wrong after all?

    Joseph E. Stiglitz, the Nobel-winning economist who was among the doomsayers, still isn’t willing to declare victory, and he probably never will.

    “I think this is disingenuous and a real attempt to distract people,” Mr. Stiglitz, the author of “Freefall: America, Free Markets, and the Sinking of the World Economy,” said of the latest claims.

    Mr. Stiglitz, who has made a career of seeing every glass as half-empty, said we’re looking at the numbers wrong. Even if we get our money back, he says, that doesn’t tell the full story. To calculate the real cost, he insists, we need to add in the lost interest on the money spent.

    “Did we get back anything commensurate with the risk?” he asked almost rhetorically, before answering his own question. “Clearly the answer is no.”

    Even at this feel-good moment, Mr. Stiglitz refuses to share in the love fest. Like many of us, he is still upset that the government didn’t attach more strings to the bailouts. He also warns of the moral hazard that was created when the government made clear that it wouldn’t let certain big banks fail. This, he says, will inevitably encourage more recklessness on Wall Street.

    The next and perhaps final question is whether the government should hold on to its investments in companies like Citigroup rather than sell them off right away.

    The Treasury has signaled that it plans to wind down its Citigroup stake. But what if Citigroup’s shares continue to rise, and the government misses out on an even bigger gain? Had the government not let Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase pay their bailouts so early, taxpayers would have made out with even more money.

    But as the old Wall Street disclaimer goes, past performance is no guarantee of future results. I suspect that most taxpayers would be happy to take the advice of Kenny Rogers and quit now, while there are still chips to count.

Comments are closed.