We're not jealous . . . . . . . . . .
Mitt Romney, presently running well in the GOP primaries, announced today that he will also seek the Democratic nomination for President. He told this reporter, who had been suspiciously hanging out at his Massachusetts HQ, "I sense an opportunity. The President's falling in popularity, even in Democratic strongholds. In the business world, you jump or you sink. I'm jumping. If I win both primaries, it'll be an exciting campaign next Fall. I'm quite good at debating, as you know."
Ed. - - And some people wonder why Wall Street remains occupied territory. ProPublica published the following story to explain why. It's a "where are they now" that trumps even the astonishing Brady Bunch: Where Are They Now disclosures of 2004. It turns out that the big players in the financial crisis remain fairly flush and unincarcerated. Surprised? Read on.
We all change our opinions and beliefs, but few of us adopt this as a lifestyle. Mitt Romney does. Either that or he's both confused and confusing enough to reside in an upscale sanitarium. Some have speculated that Mitt's a Koch Bros. corporate mad scientist invention, a prototype tax averse political automaton (obviously with a few bugs that need working out). However, in growing numbers, others - I among them - believe he's an involuntary visitor from a place where no man has gone before, crash landing here, light years distant from his home.
From our nemeses in the GOP we constantly hear how the Obama administration has during its tenure failed to create any jobs whatever. Of course, that's patently false. This, in turn, proves to already-made-up GOP and Tea Party minds that Keynesian style stimulus does not work. Of course, that too is patently false. Are you sensing a pattern? . . .
"If it's been officially denied, then it’s probably true"
"That is a shocking story to me,
Over the last week an Indiana citizen's letter to the editor got a not inconsiderable amount of attention. Mr. Tim Abbott, of Crown Point tried to set straight his government's placement of deer crossings. Tim wrote the following plea to deer safety officials to act more sensibly. . .
Meet the Press, October 16, 2011, transcript of a portion of the discussion between David Gregory and Herman Cain, arguably the front runner in the GOP presidential race for the party's nomination.
MR. GREGORY: You’ve also said that stupid people are ruining America.
"We'll talk to our [customers, teammates and shareholders and]
they'll understand what we're doing --
understand we have a right to make a profit."
Brian Moynihan, CEO Bank of America
Brian Moynihan, CEO Bank of America
addressing the $5.00 ATM fee controversy
October 5, 2011
Brian Moynihan's no Tea Partier, by any means. He contributes to mostly Democratic party candidates, for example. But as Bank of America's CEO, he's a heavyweight member of the herd - of bankers, that is - whose excesses trampled our economy into the dirt back in the housing (Ka)boom. Consequently, he and his kind, are not well-liked around Main Street. In fact, BOA owns - to its great regret - Countrywide, the mortgage company that was among the leaders in dispensing toxic mortgages. In any event, I think that
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Occupy Wall Street: What Do Wall Streeters REALLY Think? " If anything, they say, people should show some gratitude."
Wall Streeters have much to say about the Wall Street Occupiers. Mostly they are dismissive, hostile, amused. Some, though, in their public statements, have been less so, some have seemingly taken the high ground, praising the First Amendment, and people in general. Today's New York Times article, In Private, Wall St. Bankers Dismiss Protesters as Unsophisticated lifts the veil a bit, and makes interesting reading . . .
Occupy Wall Street: How GOP Critics Grossly Misrepresent The Tea Party & The Occupy Wall Street Movement
The GOP and its Tea Party kin have been busy verbally beating down the Occupy Wall Streeters. All manner of insult thrown - and thereby caught in the perpetual irony - this provides the publicity needed to keep the OWS movement growing. One of the themes used by their critics revolves around the OWSers' (imagined) propensity for violence. Often, as Republicans do, they object to minor property damage, resistance - usually passive - when police intervene, or a tendency to messiness. "The Tea Party," they maintain (most notably, Gingo), "cleans up after itself, they demonstrate peacefully." Model citizens. This characterization hides the Tea Party's essentially aggressive nature. Very few in the media dare discuss it. Democrats hide behind self-defeating "civility." Why do we let them, and the Tea party, get away with it? . . .
News Flash: Yesterday morning, my next door neighbor, while vacationing in Tampa, managed to infiltrate the confines of the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners (PCB) by masquerading as a toothless, (actually he is all that, he just thinks he's masquerading) . . . um . . . oh yeah, well anyway, he infiltrated PCB's offices. As Rachel Maddow reported last night, the PCB recently voted to stop fluoridating their drinking water later this Fall. . . .
Last night, Rachel Maddow gave us a glimpse at what a Tea party Republican America might look like. It ain't pretty. And it's stupider than it's pretty. Moreover, its collective toothy grin will be missing a tooth or two within a fairly short time. . .
"It's a ragtag mob, basically."
Rep. Peter King (R-NY)
Ten years after what seemed a good idea . . .
Beware The Anger Of A Patient Man.
What the Occupy Wall Street contingent protests is primarily that downward path of the 90% Americans who have lost ground financially for more than three decades. Particularly, however, since the 2008 housing and financial market meltdown the decline of the well-being of most Americans is stark. Housing values - heretofore the staple of net worth for most Americans - are in a depression, and