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i hope you don’t miss the 90% sold part.

 

These are my new neighbors, the Obama bailees.

Should have been “snake oil samples”

WASHINGTON – APRIL 27: U.S. President Barack Obama (4th L) speaks as he greets members of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, including co-chairs Erskine Bowles (3rd L) and Alan Simpson (5th L), in the Roosevelt Room at the White House April 27, 2010 in.

Oprecious who is even these days compared to FDR set up this abomination by executive order.

Its recommendations are supposed to be voted by this lame congress – AFTER the elections,

Pelosi just made sure of it

BREAKING: Pelosi Sneaked Approval of Vote on Debt Commission

FDL has learned that in a last minute move, Nancy Pelosi sneaked language into the rule that the House is voting on tonight regarding war funding.

Embedded in the rule is the requirement that the House will vote on the deficit commission’s recommendations in the lame duck session if they pass the Senate.

It’s been called a Suicide pact by B0bots who still don’t understand why

President Obama risks endangering his own future and his party’s in pursuit of a misguided policy goal.

And James Gailbraith provides testimony to the commission about why this thing shouldn’t even exist. It’s required reading for everyone

James K Galbraith Statement to the Commission on Deficit Reduction

He calls in the legitimacy of a secret commission, bankrolled by a foe of Social security.

first, that your discussions are at a level of discourse so low that you feel it would be embarrassing to disclose them. Second, that some members of the commission are proceeding from fixed, predetermined agendas. Third, that the purpose of the secrecy is to defer public discussion of cuts in Social Security and Medicare until after the 2010

He calls Simpson’s ability to lead the commission

But Senator Simpson has plainly shown that he lacks the temperament to do a fair and impartial job on this commission. This is very clear from the abusive response he made recently to Alex Lawson of Social Security Works, who was asking important questions about the substance of the commission’s work, as well as calling attention to the illegitimate secrecy under which you are operating.

Before this display of ignorance

he called retired Americans “greedy geezers” because they don’t want their Social Security payments used to fund extravagant tax cuts and military spending.

Please note in the video how he says that the life expectancy used to be 57 and that’s why they set retirement age at 65. Also, those IOUs he mentions, are the violations of the “lock box” by the government which dipped in OUR money to pay for wars and tax cuts to the rich.

Galbraith statement also explores the economic reasons the catfood commission is nonsense – as it’s stacked with politicians and only 2 economists.

And as the public at large has no idea what’s going on, here they go in the darkness to seal our fate

WASHINGTON – APRIL 27: U.S. President Barack Obama (C), and co-chairs of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform Erskine Bowles (L) and Alan Simpson (R), leave the Rose Garden after remarks by Obama April 27, 2010 in Washington, DC. Obama thanked members of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform for their service and spoke on the ‘importance of forging bipartisan consensus around recommendations to meaningfully improve our long-run fiscal health.’
Please, spread this information around before it’s too late.

The one good news I take from today’s paper is that our protest was seen. Not everywhere where we held hands. In fact, in only one state: Florida

But the first part of this entry will look like my last one

and from Palm Beach

Panama City with masks

and a little aerial shot on the left in Charlote Sun along with worries of tropical storm Alex

Alex worries in Alabama

and Louisiana

and maybe not? (still calling it a spill?)

and then, there are other worries

and more

Elsewhere, there’s a war

Make that “twin wars” (did they mean to make us think of the twin towers?)

and non-oil-kill woes too

and in Long Island

Sorry to be so down. It did start well though.

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The two major cesspools that made Obama’s political career possible seem to gift us

with particularly malodorous emissions today.

There’s Goldman Sachs which is coming to Washington today

Some of the financial titan’s current and former brass will testify in front of the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations in a hearing entitled “Wall Street and the Financial Crisis: The Role of Investment Banks.”

Not that they were ever very far from it, running the government and all that.

In the middle of it all, Goldman’s boss, whom Politico calls

arguably the most powerful figure on Wall Street,

has a little ego meltdown

Blankfein: Suit Against Goldman Will “Hurt America”

comments Naked Capitalism

Blankfein’s comments sound like those of a narcissist completely unhinged at the idea that he is being criticized. If this neurosis pervades the Goldman executive ranks (which we think is entirely possible, see our earlier discussion), that provides an indirect confirmation of the widespread perception that the firm is concerned only with what it can get away with, and is lacking in any moral compass.

meanwhile, back at the ranch, Blago is still making headlines attaching his name to Obama and Rezko at the same time.

1. Obama may have lied about conversations with convicted fraudster Tony Rezko

Blagojevich’s lawyers allege that Rezko admitted breaking the law by contributing “a large sum of cash” to a public official. Blagojevich’s attorneys say that public official is Obama. Obama said that Rezko never relayed a request from a lobbyist to hold a fundraiser in favor of favorable legislative action. But the point may be moot: regardless of Obama talking/not talking to Rezko, Blagojevich’s attorneys say that Obama refused the request regardless.

The story made page one in Chicago Tribune

but then again Rezko was on page one throughout most of the elections and no one bothered to mention it to the voters.

And if that Chicago swamp  is not enough, Politico has another headline about the upcoming senate elections

White House leaves Dick Durbin hanging

Sen. Dick Durbin slipped into the West Wing last week to ask Rahm Emanuel for White House help in saving Barack Obama’s old Senate seat.

It seems though, more corruption requires further distancing, Senate control be damned

At the moment, the White House seems open to the idea of losing Obama’s old seat rather than putting the president’s prestige on the line for Giannoulias, the brash and boyish Illinois state treasurer — and onetime Obama basketball buddy — whose campaign has been rocked by the financial meltdown of his family’s bank.

which of course pisses off the local operatives

“This is [Obama’s] state,” said a Democratic operative who is backing Giannoulias.

“If they keep this up, they are going to lose the majority leader’s seat, the vice president’s old seat and the president’s old seat,” the person added, referring to Sen. Harry Reid’s precarious Nevada reelection chances and the tossup race for Joe Biden’s old Senate seat in Delaware.

And this was “Today in corruption” for the Hope and change administration. Ironically, I found this grandstanding promise cover from February 2009

Anyone remember the names he named? Geitner? Goldman Sachs?

And in view of it all, omeone please remind me: what was Whitewater about again? Travelgate? Filegate? Bueler? Anyone?

Update

The “D” candidate for Obama seat had his bank seized by the Feds today

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