Got A Date? Mixed Seating At State Of Union

Jan 24, 2011 Full story: KIROTV 107

Civility or just silly, the push to mix Republicans and Democrats through the audience of President Barack Obama's televised State of the Union address spread across Capitol Hill on Monday, fueled by signals that Americans want to see more cooperation among the nation's leaders.

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Liberal ScumBags

Jersey City, NJ

#1 Jan 24, 2011
Have they forgotten the two years of Dems going behind closed doors locking Republicans out of any debates or decision making. Now the scumbags wanna mix it up to make obama look not so hated on national T.V. always a motive and always sleezy politics.

“El Bobo's is this big.”

Since: Jan 11

Location hidden

#2 Jan 24, 2011
Nope, not forgotten. And haven't forgotten about being shutout by the Cons from '02-'06.

MmmmmmmmmMmmmmmmmmmmmMmmmmmmmm mmmmmmmm
Deo Vindice

Sacramento, CA

#3 Jan 24, 2011
Sorry I can't make it, got an appointment for a predicure.
WOODCHUCK

North Port, FL

#4 Jan 24, 2011
Wonder who will sit next to PELOSI?..Need DUCT TAPE to restrain this BITCH from again being a JACK-ASS in the BOX!!

“President DOWNGRADE..Ha Ha Ha!”

Since: Sep 09

Altamonte Springs, FL

#5 Jan 24, 2011
Donkeycrat-Republican seating arrangements are about as important as Obama's speech chock full of Lies. No one cares. It's all a show.

The only thing that matters is their actions.
Seeking truth

Dearborn, MI

#7 Jan 24, 2011
Civility.

“President DOWNGRADE..Ha Ha Ha!”

Since: Sep 09

Altamonte Springs, FL

#8 Jan 24, 2011
Seeking truth wrote:
Civility.
Obama Pulls a Clinton on Deregulation

Robert Scheer
January 19, 2011

Here we go again. When Bill Clinton suffered an electoral reversal after his first two years in office, he abruptly embraced the corporate money guys who had financed his congressional opposition in an effort to purchase a second term. On Tuesday in his Wall Street Journal op-ed piece, Barack Obama veered sharply down that same course, trumpeting his executive order "to remove outdated regulations that stifle job creation and make our economy less competitive."

He employed the same "creating a twenty-first-century regulatory system" rationalization used by Clinton when he signed off on the sweeping deregulation legislation that unleashed the Wall Street greed that ended up being the biggest job-killer since the Great Depression. "Over the (past) seven years, we have tried to modernize the economy," Clinton enthused as he signed the Financial Services Modernization Act that repealed key New Deal legislation, adding, "And today what we are doing is modernizing the financial services industry, tearing down those antiquated laws and granting banks significant new authority." Modernizing was the propaganda constant, as in the Commodity Futures Modernization Act that Clinton signed, thus shielding financial derivatives from any government regulation.

That deregulation, as Obama concedes in his WSJ column, led to "a lack of proper oversight and transparency (that) nearly led to the collapse of the financial markets and a full-scale depression." But Obama now promises that his deregulation efforts will be more sensibly targeted and will "bring order to regulations that have become a patchwork of overlapping rules, the result of tinkering by administrations and legislatures of both parties and influence of special interests in Washington over decades."

When he wrote that he intends to accomplish this revamp "with more input from experts, businesses and ordinary citizens," did he have in mind his two new key White House advisers who were the most effective advocates for those special interests?

Tom Donilon, Obama's national security adviser, was the Washington lobbyist for the housing behemoth Fannie Mae, which will cost taxpayers $700 billion because of its marketing of toxic derivatives.

Obama's new Chief of Staff William Daley was the lead Washington representative for a similarly afflicted JPMorgan Chase and point man for NAFTA.

These are the folks, along with many other Wall Street alums in this administration, who will oversee the latest update of already weakened regulations.

A constituency that Daley, Obama's new chief of staff, can faithfully represent, having received $5 million a year from JPMorgan Chase. And so ends the season of hope for the less wealthy constituency traditionally allied with Democrats.

http://www.thenation.com/article/157865/obama...

“Dow hit 18,000 first time ever”

Since: Jun 07

Obama economics at work.

#9 Jan 24, 2011
It is sad that it took a tragedy to shame the right-wingers into stopping the militarized vitriolic rhetoric as they desperately try to convince America that they aren’t spewing the kind of hate they led to the Tucson tragedy.

The right-wingers are backing off the hate speech with their tails between their legs as President Obama’s poll numbers continue to skyrocket…

Doesn’t get any better.

“President DOWNGRADE..Ha Ha Ha!”

Since: Sep 09

Altamonte Springs, FL

#10 Jan 24, 2011
Perps in the White House

Robert Scheer
January 12, 2011

While it is widely recognized that the banking meltdown has left enormous economic pain and political upheaval in its wake, it is amazing that the folks who created this mess are rewarded with ever more important positions in our government. Yet the recent appointments of Gene Sperling and William Daley, key Wall Street–connected perps of this crisis, to the most critical positions in the Obama White House have not generated much controversy.

The justification for the media’s indifference appears to be that the new appointees can hardly be worse than the hustlers they replaced. From its beginning, the Obama administration has been flooded with veterans of the Clinton White House who pushed through the radical deregulation that Wall Street had long sought and were rewarded with fat fees from the big banks when they left government.

Sperling was a key proponent, back in the Clinton Treasury Department, of the deregulation of the financial industry that precipitated this crisis, but his then-boss, Lawrence Summers, the man he will now replace as Barack Obama’s top economic adviser, was certainly even more culpable. Both were well rewarded for their efforts. Summers received $8 million in Wall Street compensation back in 2008 while he was an adviser to candidate Obama, and during that same year Sperling got $2.2 million from his various consulting activities, mostly for banks that ran into trouble. His main employer was Goldman Sachs—which paid him $887,727 for advice on, of all things, charitable giving while Goldman’s dubious business practices were leaving many around the world more desperately in need of charity.

So, too, the case of Daley filling the shoes of Rahm Emanuel as White House chief of staff. Both are Democratic Party operatives with long histories of parlaying political influence into private wealth. But Daley, a scion of the Chicago machine that was so instrumental in the rise of Obama, is an even more persistent combatant on the side of Wall Street against the pubic interest. After serving as commerce secretary in the Clinton administration, where he developed a particularly strong connection with Enron before that company’s implosion, Daley went into the private sector, where he played a major role in making the large corporation’s case against the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 1982, designed to prevent another Enron debacle.

Later in the decade, as most Americans were reeling from the dire consequences of the unfettering of Wall Street greed that Daley had supported in the Clinton administration, he himself was profiting mightily, earning $5 million a year from JPMorgan Chase and half a million more as a director of defense contractor Boeing and health industry giant Abbott Laboratories.

Back in the 1990s, Daley was a director of Fannie Mae as the housing agency began its steep slide into massive mortgage debt, but he showed no caution at JPMorgan when he was a top executive and the bank took on so much of that toxic debt.

With 50 million Americans holding “underwater” mortgages, there can be no solution to the housing crisis unless the banks that got us into this wreck are forced to accept cramp-downs and other painful adjustments to help folks stay in their homes. If the economy remains in the sorry state that the Fed predicts for the next two years, Obama will not be re-elected, no matter how much money he is able to raise from his newest best friends on Wall Street.

http://www.thenation.com/article/157662/perps...
Cranky Old man

United States

#11 Jan 24, 2011
There are some people who cling to every word of Obama like he is their annointed prophet. Obama is a corrupted lying socialist muslim loving piece of filth. Forget what he says. Watch what he does.

“President DOWNGRADE..Ha Ha Ha!”

Since: Sep 09

Altamonte Springs, FL

#12 Jan 24, 2011
Lanny Davis Puts Dems to Shame

Robert Scheer
January 5, 2011

Last week the New York Times carried a report on the tawdry lobbying practice of Lanny J. Davis, who first came to public attention with his strident defense of Bill Clinton following the stained blue dress incident. As the Times reported, Davis now spins the truth for political leaders with much more horrendous acts to hide:

“Since leaving the White House, Mr. Davis has built a client list that now includes coup supporters in Honduras, a dictator in Equatorial Guinea…the Ivory Coast strongman whose claims to that country's presidency have been condemned by the international community and may even set off a civil war.”

Quite an embarrassment for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who has been a close chum of Davis going back to the days when she and Bill were classmates of his at Yale. This is a generation of '60s-bred political leaders who rose from the Ivy League elite obsessed with the conceit that they could do well—meaning get enormously powerful and/or filthy rich—while doing good.

Doing good, as in professing a concern for the downtrodden, turned out to be nothing more than a cover for acquiring immense personal political and economic power. The value of the Davis example, as with the parade of Wall Street hustlers so prominent among the Clintonistas, is that his greed has broken his cover. A day before the New York Times story was published, Davis ended his $100,000-a-month contract to advance the cause of Ivory Coast strongman Laurent Gbagbo. But as reporters Ginger Thompson and Eric Lipton noted, "Still, his role in West Africa has stoked growing criticism that Mr. Davis has become a kind of front man for the dark side, willing to take on some of the world's least noble companies and causes."

Davis's influence peddling, which implies great access to Hillary and other top Democratic politicians, has provided an enormous embarrassment for the State Department Clinton heads. State Department spokesman Phillip J. Crowley responded to the Times by stating:“Lanny is a relentless and effective interlocutor, but he cannot change the basic facts and interests that guide our foreign policy,” and referring to Davis’s clients in the Ivory Coast and Equatorial Guinea, respectively, Crowley added,“President Gbagbo scheduled an election that he lost fair and square. That’s a fact.[Equatorial Guinea's] President Obiang had an abysmal human rights record. That’s a fact.”

The State Department has been late to respond to the controversies generated by a man who acted as Hillary Clinton’s designated surrogate during her failed presidential campaign. Why should it not be assumed by foreign leaders that the outlandish actions of someone who promotes his past service to Bill and Hillary Clinton in his resume reflects her views, or at the very least that he has access to those making US foreign policy?

Davis’s foreign policy interventions were reported by Glenn Greenwald in Salon in August of 2009. "Davis’ history is as long and consistent as it is sleazy," Greenwald wrote, noting that Davis was the chief lobbyist for Pakistani dictator General Pervez Musharraf back in the '90s when Pakistan was one of only three governments to diplomatically recognize the Taliban tyrants in Afghanistan. It was also the period in which Pakistan developed into a nuclear power whose top nuclear scientist, A.Q. Khan, whom Musharraf coddled, shared that technology with North Korea, Libya and Iran.

The fact that the White House lawyer who most ardently defended Clinton has since put his dissembling talents at the service of ruthless dictators is not the fault of the former president or his wife, but it is a reminder of the shameful opportunism that characterized the Clinton presidency and which some so-called "New Democrats" like Davis insist the Obama presidency should emulate.

http://www.thenation.com/article/157482/lanny...

“President DOWNGRADE..Ha Ha Ha!”

Since: Sep 09

Altamonte Springs, FL

#13 Jan 24, 2011
In Money-Changers We Trust

Robert Scheer
December 29, 2010

Two years into the Obama presidency and the economic data is still looking grim. Don’t be fooled by the gyrations of the stock market, where optimism is mostly a reflection of the ability of financial corporations—thanks to massive government largesse—to survive the mess they created.

The basics are dismal: Unemployment is unacceptably high, the December consumer confidence index is down and housing prices have fallen for four months in a row. The number of Americans living in poverty has never been higher, and a majority in a Washington Post poll said they were worried about making their next mortgage or rent payment.

In a parallel universe lives Peter Orszag, President Barack Obama’s former budget director and key adviser, who even faster than his mentor, Robert Rubin, has passed through that revolving platinum door linking the White House with Wall Street. The goal is to use your government position to advance the interests of your future employer, and Orszag and Rubin’s actions in the government and then at Citigroup provide stunning examples of the synergy between big government and high finance.

As Bill Clinton’s treasury secretary, Rubin presided over the dismantling of Glass-Steagall, the New Deal legislation that would have prohibited the creation of the too-big-to-fail Citigroup. He was rewarded with a $15-million-a-year job at Citigroup, where he became a leader in the bank’s aggressive move into high-risk ventures. An SEC report in September claimed that Rubin as Citigroup chairman was aware that the bank failed to disclose $40 billion it held in subprime mortgages before the collapse.

During those years at Citigroup, Rubin financed the Brookings Institution’s Hamilton Project, an economic policy program, and named Orszag, a Clinton economic adviser, as its director. The Hamilton Project continued to celebrate Rubin’s deregulation philosophy up to the point of utter embarrassment. Clearly, Orszag is not easily embarrassed, for upon taking his new job recently he boasted “I am pleased to be joining Citi, with its unmatched global platform and dedication to providing clients with service and advice.”

The most damning comment on this corrupt syndrome was offered by former Citigroup co-chief executive John Reed, who had worked with Rubin to get Glass-Steagall reversed and now is a sharp critic of the result.“We continue to listen to the same people whose errors in judgment were central to the problem,” Reed told Bloomberg News.“I’m astounded because we basically dropped the world’s biggest economy because of an error in bank management.” Reed estimated that the financial deregulation proposals contained in the Dodd-Frank bill and other reforms of the Obama administration represent only 25 percent of the change needed.

The reason for that failure is obvious from the president’s choice of advisers featuring Rubin acolytes from the Clinton years. Harper writes:“While Obama vowed to change the system, he filled his economic team with people who helped create it,” referring to, among others, Timothy F. Geithner, who had gone from the Clinton Treasury Department to head the New York Fed, where he presided over the salvaging of Citigroup and AIG. As Obama’s treasury secretary he was quick to appoint a Goldman Sachs lobbyist as his chief of staff. Geithner’s subservience to Wall Street was reinforced by White House top economic adviser Lawrence Summers, Rubin’s deputy and then replacement in the Clinton administration who pushed through the repeal of Glass-Steagall and fought against the regulation of derivatives.

http://www.thenation.com/article/157349/money...
imaginaryfriend

Westland, MI

#14 Jan 24, 2011
All the repugs will have their citizens united hookers sitting on their laps, giving them a lap dance. This includes the criminal injustices 5: Roberts, Alito, Scalia, Thomas, and Kennedy. Middle class Americans can't afford the electricity, let alone cable TV to watch. Obama must channel FDR, or we're ALL sunk.

“President DOWNGRADE..Ha Ha Ha!”

Since: Sep 09

Altamonte Springs, FL

#15 Jan 24, 2011
Will obama apologize to the few supreme court justices that bother to show up to the pep rally this time?
Just saying

Northfield, MN

#16 Jan 24, 2011
Marine Corp Pat wrote:
It is sad that it took a tragedy to shame the right-wingers into stopping the militarized vitriolic rhetoric as they desperately try to convince America that they aren’t spewing the kind of hate they led to the Tucson tragedy.
The right-wingers are backing off the hate speech with their tails between their legs as President Obama’s poll numbers continue to skyrocket…
Doesn’t get any better.
That's funny, it seems Keith Oberman is the only one in the dog house. Besides, I heard the shooter told his lawyer that he could hear Obama in his head telling him to do it.
cjrian

United States

#17 Jan 24, 2011
the Messiah wrote:
Will obama apologize to the few supreme court justices that bother to show up to the pep rally this time?
No.

* That would be an admission that he was wrong
* And MESSiahs can never be wrong
(the acolytes would be SO disillusioned)
* And would mean the "100 years" of law was NOT overturned
(I didn't know that John McCain & Russ Feingold were THAT old)
* And would mean that the "constitutional law professor" (ok, lecturer) didn't understand Constitutionality as well as the Supremes.
* I'll be surprised if he doesn't "double down" on his illiteracy
cjrian

United States

#18 Jan 24, 2011
Marine Corp Pat wrote:
It is sad that it took a tragedy to shame the right-wingers into stopping the militarized vitriolic rhetoric as they desperately try to convince America that they aren’t spewing the kind of hate they led to the Tucson tragedy.
The right-wingers are backing off the hate speech with their tails between their legs as President Obama’s poll numbers continue to skyrocket…
Doesn’t get any better.
Yeah, all those violent rightwingers that, for 8 years, waved BusHitler signs
That hung GW in effigy
That made a fantasy movie about GW's assassination
That have espoused on TV the deaths of Rush, Beck, Palin, Hannity, etc
That have dragged opponents children through the mud
That have defamed protesters as knuckle-dragging, illiterate, misguided, Astroturfers.
That have had great fun referring to TEA Partiers using a gay sexual term
That have infiltrated TEA Parties to create false impressions
That have initiated ACTUAL violence at TEA Party rallys
That have spread false memes about their opposition
That have sliced and diced video, pics and audio to defame

Oh, THOSE rightwingers!
Poopeye

Somerset, NJ

#20 Jan 25, 2011
imaginaryfriend wrote:
I am looking for a sailor with tree trunk thighs!
Yo

Since: Nov 08

Location hidden

#21 Jan 25, 2011
Marine Corp Pat wrote:
It is sad that it took a tragedy to shame the right-wingers into stopping the militarized vitriolic rhetoric as they desperately try to convince America that they aren’t spewing the kind of hate they led to the Tucson tragedy.
The right-wingers are backing off the hate speech with their tails between their legs as President Obama’s poll numbers continue to skyrocket…
Doesn’t get any better.
White House:'Birthers' aren't 'rational'...BUT Isn’t NOT showing your records IRRATIONAL…………….PLEASE MR. PRESIDENT……RELEASE YOUR DOCUMENTS. Your loons are getting tired of defending your inexcusable behavior. People keep asking, WHAT ARE YOU HIDDING?

3 SEIU Locals Get HealthCare Waivers; SEIU Spent $28M on Obama Campaign... IT’S ALL ABOUT THE UNIONS…………….OBAMA’S HANDLERS.

OBAMA MAKEOVER: PRAISE REAGAN...LET THE CON BEGIN……………………..SHADES OF CLINTON.

Renewed Push to Give Obama an Internet 'Kill Switch'...WELL THERE GOES THE FIRST AMMENDMENT…………………….

CHICAGOLAND SHOCK: RAHM BOOTED OFF BALLOT...SHOULD HAVE NEVER BEEN ON IT.

COURT: Candidate 'must have actually resided' in city for 1 year before election...WHAT, YOU MEAN THE MOB NOW HAS TO PLAY BY THE RULES.

Supreme Court Justices Could Be No-Shows For SOTU Address...WHY NOT, AFTER THE CHILDISH VERBAL RANT FROM OBAMA LAST YEAR.

“El Bobo's is this big.”

Since: Jan 11

Location hidden

#22 Jan 25, 2011
Quoting Le Jimbo:'Birthers' aren't 'rational'....nice to see you admit the obvious.

So you'll be sitting with your blowup doll for the SOTU, LJ?

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