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I'm not going with "Yes We Can" anymore.

Yes, really. )
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What we know:
- House of Representatives[1] did not pass the latest version of the bailout plan, at least as of this writing
- $700b figure was essentially pulled out of Secretary Paulson's ass[2]

What I think:
- GOOD. Engage in risky behavior, THERE IS RISK OF FAILURE INVOLVED. There's a fucking news flash. Being insulated from risk in the face of endemic, systemic stupidity and avarice is how we got here in the first place as an economy/society (not to mention why so many otherwise unfit individuals survive to adulthood and procreate, but that's another rant altogether).
- Let the market "correct." If a whole lot of businesses that were poorly-managed and directed fuck the dog, that is, more or less, what they deserve. Apparently, my secondary brick-and-mortar bank (Wachovia) is being bought out by CitiGroup today, because they did some dumb shit. My credit union isn't, because it didn't. Amazing how that works.
- There's a lot of common-sense talk going around by, you know, people who aren't highly-paid Washington or Wall Street suits about "Maybe if you fixed the fairly mundane root of the problem (ie: mortgage fraud, questionable lending practices, sketchy financial instruments, etc), and not the gaudy burning plane crash ass end of it, you might actually do some good."

Of course, that doesn't make for good theater, even if it's the smart fucking thing to do.

From an IM conversation with a colleague:
Him: We're talking about financial collapse that would make the Great Depression look minor by comparison. We would never fully recover. The US would no longer be a financial superpower, the Euro would replace the dollar as the reserve currency for the world. The free market needs regulation. Nobody who knows anything about economics would argue otherwise. This is extreme regulation, but it's necessary because it wasn't regulated enough to begin with.

I'm not sure where to even begin refuting all of those points. Let's just say he and I disagree about as comprehensively on this topic as possible. I am fundamentally ambivalent about the US' remaining as a financial superpower, or the continued use of the USD as the coin of the realm; the Europeans are also, to my understanding, trying to insulate themselves and their market structures from their own misbegotten forays into the shitty mortgage-backed securities and credit default swap insurance businesses.


[2] Seriously, I'm not making that shit up about them making that shit up. In fact, some of the most basic details, including the $700 billion figure Treasury would use to buy up bad debt, are fuzzy. "It's not based on any particular data point," a Treasury spokeswoman told Tuesday. "We just wanted to choose a really large number." Source:
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So, how about the Fed offering to throw itself (and, by extension, the American taxpayers) on that grenade, huh? Man, that gives me some warm fucking fuzzies. Makes me wish I were an incompetent, avaricious captain of industry, so I could engage in risky behavior and not get burned at the stake when the consequences caught up to me and the larger economy. Their fuckup, their bill. Isn't that how the free market works? Ahh, I love the scent of artificial naivete in the morning. It smells like... well, cheap hot cocoa, actually.

If you are still undecided about which candidate's tax plan you want to see implemented, allow me to make a none-too-subtle suggestion: The candidate who is going to lower your taxes while increasing the tax burden on the assholes who created this bullshit.

For the slow folks in the audience, that's the guy with (D)-IL next to his name on the Senate roster and the running mate who isn't actively impeding a state investigation into illegal activities by having folks ignore subpoenas.
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(courtesy of [ profile] ikilled007)

And some people wonder why I think the vast majority of my fellow citizens are fucking morons, capable of any stupidity (political, personal, and more).

I mean, just look at this woman. Strident, flag-waving, draped-in-righteousness... these people think they're absolutely, unquestionably, beyond a shadow of a doubt right. These are the people who think GWB is doing a great job (independent of the fact that they're from Texas; there are people like this in every state in the union, they just seem to grow 'em bigger, louder, and dumber in Texas). These are the people Tom Tancredo was speaking to before sane, rational reality stepped up and said, "Dude, you're a fucking asshat, sit down and shut the fuck up."
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So, just so I'm clear on this....

Conservative socio-fiscal policy is, in a nutshell, "No hand-outs."

Can someone explain, using small words and diagrams where necessary, at what point a business becomes big enough to become exempt from this, given the Fed's current stance of bailing out, supporting, and offering discounted loans to the financial institutions in the wake of their own risky behavior?

Because, really, I'm not seeing a hell of a lot of difference[1] right now, fundamentally, between Bear Stearns' stock price going from $141 to $2 per share and them needing to be rescued by a combination of the Fed and JP Morgan Chase (with the government's blessing and assistence) and, say, a guy who loses his job and can't get another because he's got a meth habit and a penchant for fucking disease-ridden raccoons and finds himself out on the street with his dick falling off.

[1]The difference, of course, is that the financial institutions can grease palms, and continue to do so; and conservatives will argue that a financial market crash hurts more people; to this latter point, I'd like to pose the following question: "How is an unsafe, artificially supported financial system on the verge of collapse superior to a post-crash one that's learning[2] from those mistakes?"

[2] Unless, of course, they don't learn from them; this is always an option, and frequently the case.
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And finally, it was liberals who caused Romney's decision to suspend his campaign. Romney compared himself to Ronald Reagan in 1976, invoking Reagan's decision to stay in the presidential race through the convention that year to applause. Then he dropped the bombshell: "But there is an important difference from 1976. Today we are a nation at war. And Barack [Obama] and Hillary [Clinton] have made their intentions clear regarding Iraq and the war on terror: They would retreat, declare defeat."

This, Romney said, he could not allow. And so he would be dropping out. "[I]f I fight on, in my campaign, all the way to the convention... I'd forestall the launch of a national campaign and, frankly, I'd make it easier for Senator Clinton or Obama to win. Frankly, in this time of war, I simply cannot let my campaign be a part of aiding a surrender to terror," he said.

Finally, to shouts of "No!," Romney delivered the capper. "I entered this race because I love America," he said. "And because I love America, in this time of war, I feel I have to now stand aside for our party and for our country."

That's right - speaking before the biggest bunch of conservative assholes in the country, Ol' Mitty is already pre-emptively blaming the failure or George W. Motherfucking Bush's "War on Terror" on the Democrats and liberals, who haven't even been elected.

Go die in a hair-care fire, you sack of shit. And when your asshat PR monkeys call you "all-American," you might want to remind them that you're the son of Mexican immigrants, whose grandparents fled America because of persecution of their beliefs (and their unwillingess to give up polygamy). Persecution you, yourself, now espouse.

You are a hypocrite and a coward, and this country is far better without you aspiring to lead it.
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So, there's a whole constellation of electoral fuckery to be bandied about today. Get comfy.

Both national parties are so full of shit that they squeak going into a turn - this whole circus of "caucuses" and "delegates" and the rest of it is simply a way to make sure that the public doesn't actually get the candidate it wants, it gets the candidate its party wants. The Democrats are marginally less assholish about this, going with a proportional distribution of delegates, as opposed to the Republicans' winner-take-all state races (if the Electoral College would follow the Dem's model, I'd have fewer complaints about it, but it should be dismantled and burned to heat the boiling oil Karl Rove and Ann Coulter need to be immersed in).

Of course, each national party has its own internal politics, carping on shit like "electability" at the expense of such trivial things as "competence." Don't even get me started on the legally-sanctioned mass disenfranchisement - the fact that the national parties got their high-handed knickers in a twist when states wanted to move their primaries up to when they might matter and saying "you don't count, don't campaign there." Thanks, assholes, way to give "of the people, by the people, for the people" a nice fucking kick in the eye.

As a Dem-leaning Independent, I want to vote *for* Obama; otherwise, I'm merely voting *against* someone who I think would be the worse alternative.

The math looks like this in my head:

Obama > any GOP candidate

Clinton =?= McCain =?= Ron Paul

In 2000, it would have been McCain > Clinton, but he's lost a lot of credibility due to his continual capitulation to the Bush administration's policies and talking points; "Straight Talk Express," my ass. I have disliked HC since her days as a NY Senator - I believe the phrase I used at the time was "carpetbagging bitch," because, as a NY state native, seeing her waltz in and assume to know what was best and how to represent us was presumptuous; I've still got enough of my "New York Is More Than Just The Fucking City" attitude to go around; also, her inability to own up to voting to authorize Bush's War in any kind of substantial way - sorry, lady, but "if I knew then what I know now" is a fucking cop-out, and we all knew it was bullshit during the run-up; you voted that way to protect your own ass, and now you get to live with it. Paul has no fucking shot, and would be my second choice if some of his social issue positions weren't diametrically opposed to my own.

Clinton > any GOP other candidate, because they're all fucking insane, social conservatives, or both

Yeah, it's an election year.
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Without getting mired down in nuance, have a nice, tasty soundbyte to sum up some political feelings:

Your laws and rights end at my skin.
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So, I stopped by my local polling station on the way to work this morning, cast my vote in the one issue I had available (as a registered Independent, I don't get to fuck with either presidential primary)... but first, I had to run a one-person gauntlet.

.... and, boy, she was not prepared for what I had to say.

Morality Activist: "Excuse me, but are you familiar with the Marriage Protection Amendment?*"

Yours Truly: "Yes, and I'm vigorously opposed to it. Keep your laws and morals the fuck away from my private life. I don't tell you how to live, even if I think you're a fucking moron, and I expect the same courtesy. And I do not, under any circumstances, believe morality should be legislated. GOOD DAY, Madam."[1]

Morality Activist: "Buh, buh... uhm...."

Yours Truly: *drives to work, "I VOTED" sticker in hand*

* The MPA is one of those "defining marriage as between one man and one woman" petitions they're trying to get signatures for to include on the general election ballot.

[1] Edited for clarity, and I wasn't awake enough at 7:05 to toss off the "GOOD DAY, Madam" closer.
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[profile] excusemesenator gives his own version of Twelve Days of Christmas in response to this context! video posted here on [community profile] wtf_inc:

Twelve more dead soldiers
Eleven signing statements
Ten trillion in debt
Nine-eleven fuckups
Eight broken levees
Seven no-bid contracts
Six shills a-lying
Four torture camps
Three freedom hens
Two fixed vote counts
And destruction of our civil libertiiiiees!
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How the fuck does the man reconcile his staunchly pro-life stance with the rest of his "get the government out of the fucking way" platform?
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"All of it is now, after one revelation last week, transparently clear for what it is: the pathetic and desperate manipulation of the government, the refocusing of our entire nation, toward keeping this mock president and this unstable vice president and this departed wildly self-overrating attorney general, and the others, from potential prosecution for having approved or ordered the illegal torture of prisoners being held in the name of this country....

Charged, as you heard in the story from ABC News last Friday, with assessing the relative legality of the various nightmares in the Pandora's box that is the Orwell-worthy euphemism "Enhanced Interrogation," Mr. Levin decided that the simplest, and the most honest, way to evaluate them ... was to have them enacted upon himself.

Daniel Levin took himself to a military base and let himself be waterboarded.

Mr. Bush, ever done anything that personally courageous?"

Here is David Levin's video of the experience. Looks like the sort of thing a bunch of Administration officials ought to enjoy.... Or am I using my outside voice again....?
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I have nothing to say that's going to be pleasant for most folks to hear, so most of it has been typed out, sworn at, and deleted.

Now, I'm going to get the fuck away from the jingoistic bullshit spewing from my coworker's radio before I perform a terrorist act of my own.

The unpleasant stuff I can't leave unsaid. ) - Live and learn. Or not. - Proud of our government, who wants -more- terrorist attacks, which it can use as an excuse to further fuck over freedom?
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Glenn Greenwald on the basic evil of the administration.

Go. Read.

Money shot:
"The dominant political movement in this country believes in that power [that the Executive is above the law] and has defended and exercised it. Mansfield's beliefs may be twisted and tyrannical and radical and profoundly un-American. But they are also the beliefs that have propelled our government for the last six years.

"But more so, one would hope that no response is really necessary, since most Americans -- outside of the authoritarian cult that has followed George W. Bush as Infallible War Leader -- instinctively understand that America does not recognize such a thing as a political official with the power of "one-man rule" that overrides the rule of law. That we are a nation of laws, not men, is so basic to our political identity that it should need no defense.

"And for those with any lingering doubts about how repugnant Mansfield's vision is to the defining American political principle, I would simply turn the floor over to the great American revolutionary Thomas Paine, writing in Common Sense:

Let a day be solemnly set apart for proclaiming the charter; let it be brought forth and placed on the divine law, the word of God; let a crown be placed thereon, by which the world may know [that so far as we approve of monarchy], that in America the law is king. For as in absolute governments the king is law, so in free countries the law ought to be king; and there ought to be no other."

Quoted for Motherfucking Truth.

As [ profile] jaylake asks, "Are you proud of your Republican party now?"
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Four years since "Mission Accomplished," and El Shrubbo used his pen to scrawl the very second red X on something of his administration.

I'm going to put on my extra-partisan hat here for a moment.


Mr. Pro-War President just cut the military off at the pocketbook, and NOBODY is calling him on it. They're blaming Congress. Guess what, fucksticks? CONGRESS PASSED THE BILL.

That's the Democrats' problem - they're too fucking nice. Light into him for "Not supporting the troops" by hanging them out to dry; under-equipped, with funding set to dry up in the next two months, when he could have done something about it.

This isn't even about the open-ended asshattery of the myriad evils; this is cut and fucking dried. For a guy who says he's behind our troops and the war, he just gave them all a big ol' "Fuck You" with that veto.

Somebody hold his dick to the fucking fire for it.

[This is why all politics is bullshit - the Democrats made a clever play to make the President be the bad guy, and now that he's gone and done so, NOBODY is standing up and saying "ZOMG, THERE IS A FUCKING ELEPHANT IN THE BEDROOM!" You laid the trap, he walked right fucking into it, now pull the fucking trigger and let's see some brain matter hit the fucking wall. Don't become the pussies the GOP knows you are, Dems. Harry Reid can't have -all- the balls in the party.]
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[C&P from the righteously and rightfully indignant [ profile] jaylake]
Washington Post on the myth of voter fraud.

The Republicans have perfected the Big Lie in my lifetime. Screaming voter fraud while engaging in wide scale voter suppression (Google the New Hampshire phone jamming scandal for an example of that if you don't know what I'm talking about), claiming the "fair and balanced" perspective through their highly partisan proxies at Fox (look up the biography of Fox news director Roger Ailes if you don't believe me), claiming the mantle of fiscal responsibility while shattering even Reagan's record at squandering money, deliberately fostering the idea of WMDs in Iraq in the face of all evidence before, during and after the invasion, claiming the mantle of good government while promoting cronyism and corruption an order of magnitude worse than recent administrations of either party.

Look at the cheat-and-retreat pattern of the Justice department's varying statements over the USA scandal in recent weeks. Tell a lie, get caught, tell another lie, get caught, tell another lie... If we'd had honest legislative or journalistic scrutiny of this administration all along, the Republican scam would have been painfully obvious to everyone, not just liberal cynics like me. Now the Bush administration is just trying to run out the clock until the news cycle moves on.

What makes someone remain a Republican today? Is it intellectual dishonesty? Cultivated ignorance? Wishful thinking? Or just the simple convinction that things really were worse under Clinton, with relative world peace, a budget surplus, jobs growth and a booming economy. I guess those blow jobs in the White House really do outweigh everything that's come since for 40+ million voters.

Are you still proud of your Republican party?
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