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Updated 4:49 p.m.
By Perry Bacon Jr.
WESTMINISTER,Colo. -- Sen. Barack Obama said that "it's important for the American public and the markets to stay calm" in the wake of a failed vote on a financial sector bailout bill this afternoon and strongly advocated for its approval, adding, "One of the messages I have to Congress is, get this done, Democrats. Republicans, step up to the plate."

The candidate, who had signaled cautious support for the agreement yesterday, delayed his event here to speak to Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Once on stage, he said of the bill's passage, "It's required for us to stabilize the markets."

He added: "Democrats and Republicans in Washington have a responsibility to make sure an emergency rescue package is put forward that can at least stop the immediate problems that we have."

Following the failed House vote, Obama aides said the Democratic nominee would travel to Washington to back the bailout bill if it comes to the Senate floor.

Later Monday, Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton issued a statement repudiating a McCain campaign aide's effort to blame Obama for the bill's failure.

"This is a moment of national crisis, and today's inaction in Congress as well as the angry and hyper-partisan statement released by the McCain campaign are exactly why the American people are disgusted with Washington," Burton said.

"Now is the time for Democrats and Republicans to join together and act in a way that prevents an economic catastrophe. Every American should be outraged that an era of greed and irresponsibility on Wall Street and Washington has led us to this point, but now that we are here, the stability of our entire economy depends on us taking immediate action to ease this crisis."

By Web Politics Editor  |  September 29, 2008; 2:54 PM ET
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why should barack be all excited and scared about this. the american people are the one who don't won't to be saved and no body can make them. they will just go into work one day and the folks is going to send them right back home because they are not going to have credit to run the business. and there bank accounts will be no more good because the bank can't get or give credit and don't knowbody else need a new car because you keep calling for them not to sign the bill everybody is straight as far as tranpotation go. and lord knows a new house is out of the question. and the american people know that they are using those credit cards just to get by but on day very soon they are going to try that card and it is going to be a trip when folks done told them whats going on it like you can't take this back once this ball is on the roll that is it i hope that you have enough cash to make it and you ain't going to have that because you won't be able to get a job. and then what are you going to do beg, borrow, steal witch one, keep calling washington telling folks that you don't won't this bill to pass tell them every day to the credit dry all the way up ain't no drops left.. i got a hustle
me and family is going to eat trust me it is what it is, just keeping it real...

Posted by: obama1 | September 30, 2008 9:27 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: dicktracy2001 | September 30, 2008 11:30 AM | Report abuse

I just apologized on the net for the abusive way they treated a lady, Miss Sarah Palin and family.. I am one of them caught up in the hype and worried for the future of my granddaughter. I now think, Obama and Ms. Palin should be on your ticked. Man, there is no fool like an old one. Please forgive me America. Running scared, a senior from Canada.

Posted by: justada56 | September 30, 2008 9:20 AM | Report abuse

I now believe that Obama wanted the bailout bill to fail.
His two closest friends in Congress are Jesse Jackson Jr. and Bobby Rush, both of Chicago.
They both voted no on the bailout. If Obama wanted the bill to pass he would of contacted them and asked that they vote yes.

Posted by: mwhoke | September 30, 2008 8:33 AM | Report abuse

The Associated Press is reporting that,

Rezko has been going to the Federal court house,and flipping evidence to the feds, about his friends and business partners.
In the hope of receiving a lighter sentence.

Gee,I wonder who Rezko is talking about ?

Posted by: dashriprock | September 29, 2008 11:01 PM | Report abuse

So. What is Dr Mabuse McCain the histrionic going to come up with next? Yes John, you're the big guy. We just don't understand. Lucky you are John for having this partner of yours who really understands everything. A 100-watt lightbulb she is...

Posted by: RegisUrgel | September 29, 2008 11:01 PM | Report abuse

OBAMAnaTION!

Things are bad and we need to bop Nobama!

I added 300 Nobama!

http://www.bop-o-rama.com

McCain '08

Posted by: acarponzo | September 29, 2008 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Take 3 minutes now or later:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-thc-sWNcGU

Posted by: kkrimmer | September 29, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Here's the thing folks.

For better or worse, America is a land of credit and credit cards. Even if you DON'T NEED TO USE A CREDIT CARD, most consumers do.

If you work in a retail situation, or in ANY industry that sells anything to people, your business- or your employer- will see the effects of people not being able to purchase anything. If americans lose the ability to buy, chances are, your employer or business will have reduced cash flow, which will result in you getting fired, or losing that xmas bonus, or losing health benefits, etc etc.

Personally, I live within my means, and have no credit card debt, and no loans other than our 30 yr. fixed mortgage- so we'll be fine. We have been financially responsible, so we're not too concerned about losing the ability to get a loan or credit card or whatever...but those of you who do...you are one of the millions of people who would be adversely affected by congress' failure to get a bill passed.

No one likes the bailout bill, but the economy will go from 'slow' to a screeching halt, if congress doesn't get a bill through soon.

Posted by: julieds | September 29, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse

THE GOP SUPPORTED BUSH FOR 8 YEARS NOW NOT?
They don't want to take responsibility for their mess.

S.E.C. Concedes Oversight Flaws Fueled Collapse
By STEPHEN LABATON
WASHINGTON — The chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, a longtime proponent of deregulation, acknowledged on Friday that failures in a voluntary supervision program for Wall Street’s largest investment banks had contributed to the global financial crisis, and he abruptly shut the program down.

The S.E.C.’s oversight responsibilities will largely shift to the Federal Reserve, though the commission will continue to oversee the brokerage units of investment banks.

MCCAIN A LIFELONG DEREGULATION ADVOCATE
THANKS JOHN!

NOCAIN -08

Posted by: kkrimmer | September 29, 2008 9:44 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA AND ACORN

ACORN AND OBAMA

AMERICA - JUST SAY NO!

Posted by: Texan2007 | September 29, 2008 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Obama calls for "calm." Of course he does. He does not have enough experience to even know we are in an economic crisis much less understand the crisis. This is why he is on the campaign trail running for office...running for office.

Posted by: Texan2007 | September 29, 2008 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Yep Obama is as careful about getting into this bailout as Hillary was careless about getting into Iraq. Why! He has spent all of seven days reviewing it! 700 billions of it.

Yup Hillary lets Bush blow 700 billions in seven years in Iraq. Obama will let Bush blow 700 billions in seven months instead. That's good judgment for you!

Posted by: bobte | September 29, 2008 9:30 PM | Report abuse

I would rather let the economy tank than reward the greedy freaks who brought us to this depression.

Posted by: zer0lin | September 29, 2008 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Americans helped create the problem, We should be the one's to help fix it.After 1996, when the Republican party found itself in control of both House's, the litany of deregulation started.Rich investors paid to get their opinions pushed through senators, Congressmen, and yes, Right through the White House.A roll of "BIG Money Men" have wittled our economy down to nothing, all the while saying " We are Big Money, we know whats best for our Country, and we know best about this countrys Economy".

Thanks GOP,WHAT A WONDERFUL JOB YOUV'E DONE.

And once McCain gets done licking his wounds (all self imposed) and realizes all of his attentin grabs have harmed him way more than helped him, we might get back to a more realistic election process.They call this the "Crazy Season", and this one will be in the Record Books for TOTAL CHAOS, MOST FLIP FLOPS IN A MONTH,MOST MIS-SPOKEN POLICY, AND MOST OUTRIGHT LIES.
McCain wanted to be in the record books for his political career, well, now he will be.

Posted by: mullett | September 29, 2008 9:22 PM | Report abuse

There's not much anyone can do about the recession we are heading into.
All the rich investors that profited from the run up are now shorting where ever they can.
The DOW could go lower than eight thousand.
Unemployment could hit 11 per cent.
This is an optimistic assessment.
When it looks like the bottom is near those rich investors will buy up everything at bargain prices.
By the way, this is the free market system that those rich investors think needs no regulation.
Those investors are mostly republican. (one of them is McCain)

Posted by: schmuckduck | September 29, 2008 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Fear of the unknown will force passage of this bill.

Posted by: bobnsri | September 29, 2008 8:26 PM | Report abuse

McCain's decision making favors melodrama, and as recent decisions (his choice of Palin, his "suspension" of his campaign so he could fix our financial crisis) indicate, he has a gambler's penchant for risky actions, for rolling the dice on questions of our country's future. Thus it is not entirely surprising to learn how extensive his support of the gambling industry has been.

Obama's leadership is best described as gradualism of action after analysis of facts on the ground and collegial consideration of what can be surmised as consequences apt to flow from decisions taken.

Posted by: FirstMouse1 | September 29, 2008 8:17 PM | Report abuse

McCain's decision making favors melodrama, and as recent decisions (his choice of Palin, his "suspension" of his campaign so he could fix our financial crisis) indicate, he has a gambler's penchant for risky actions, for rolling the dice on questions of our country's future. Thus it is not entirely surprising to learn how extensive his support of the gambling industry has been.

Obama's leadership is best described as gradualism of action after analysis of facts on the ground and collegial consideration of what can be surmised as consequences apt to flow from decisions taken.

Posted by: FirstMouse1 | September 29, 2008 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Dear Wall Street.

We're sorry but your card was declined.

Posted by: JohnQuimby | September 29, 2008 8:15 PM | Report abuse

McCain's decision making favors melodrama, and as recent decisions (his choice of Palin, his "suspension" of his campaign so he could fix our financial crisis) indicate, he has a gambler's penchant for risky actions, for rolling the dice on questions of our country's future. Thus it is not entirely surprising to learn how extensive his support of the gambling industry has been.

Obama's leadership is best described as gradualism of action after analysis of facts on the ground and collegial consideration of what can be surmised as consequences apt to flow from decisions taken.

Posted by: FirstMouse1 | September 29, 2008 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Dear Wall Street.

We're sorry but your card was declined.

Posted by: JohnQuimby | September 29, 2008 8:14 PM | Report abuse

First McCain comes out crowing that his leadership was responsible for the passing of the Wall St. bailout bill. Then he attcks Obama and democrats for it's failure, then, in the same breath says we shouldn't blame anyone, the turns around and blames Pelosi...????

Meanwhile, Obama calls for calm and bipartisanship. It's time for a change in Washington. who do you think is going to bring it? McSame??

Posted by: thebobbob | September 29, 2008 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Obama calls the current financial crisis an "outrage — an outrage — that we are now being forced to clean up their mess." Then he says "My inclination is to support it because I think Main Street is now at stake." Then he turns around and says "There's no project more important over the next five weeks," meaning his presidential campaign. This is the leader and Commander-in-Chief that we so desperately need, always thinking about himself first. Wait a minute that just sounds like the calling of the Wall Streeters who dragged us into this crisis to begin with – me first!

Posted by: Wiel | September 29, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Thats a very interesting post from Michael Moore.
Its kind of a shame it came from him as it wont be listened to much now as his style has discredited, in many peoples eyes, his content.

Take the time to read it through.

This bailout is being rushed through and will probably eventually go through because it is now a juggernaut that has gained momentum.
Its just like the rush to go to war. Once it had reached a certain point it became about how rather than why?

We should be asking why and getting better answers before it is passed.


Posted by: iambilco | September 29, 2008 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Cryos - The sentiment is appreciated, but this has relatively little to do with Fannie & Freddie. That was handled in the government takeover a couple of weeks ago. This is all about commercial paper that's been marketed to commercial banks and investors.

I'll spot you Fannie and Freddie if you'll spot me everything else. Somehow, I don't think you have the capacity to spread the blame beyond, umm, Democrats who were NOT in the majority when the salient laws were passed.

BB

Cryos posted "I'm glad the bailout failed. Maybe the MSM will be honest and have to post the source of these problems; that paid off democrats like Dodd and Barney refused to regulate Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac since 2003."

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | September 29, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Now we really know who puts Country First: Barack Obama.

Posted by: jimcummings | September 29, 2008 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Campaign First!

McCain/Palin

Posted by: RightDownTheMiddle | September 29, 2008 7:05 PM | Report abuse

You can bet that that NO vote made those rich Republican Wall Street criminals a tuck load of money today. This whole thing stinks to High Heaven.

Posted by: HemiHead66 | September 29, 2008 7:03 PM | Report abuse

When asked why they favored George Bush as Presidentin 2000, voters said because they would love to have a beer with him.

When asked why they favored Obama for President in 2008, voters said because it will be cool to have a black President that will change things, but no one has a clue how the inexperienced candidate will do it.

Considering the mess that this country is in, does anyone see who is REALLY to blame?

Posted by: lpeter59 | September 29, 2008 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Now THIS is Leadership.

Losers look to pin blame as priority one.

True Leaders forge unity in seeking solutions. Without the hyperventilation, hystrionics, drama...

Posted by: T-Prop | September 29, 2008 6:46 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad the bailout failed. Maybe the MSM will be honest and have to post the source of these problems; that paid off democrats like Dodd and Barney refused to regulate Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac since 2003.

The democrats wanted these lowered loan standards for social justice and then when their plan completely fails they want to blame republicans. I hope the republicans balk on this until the truth comes out and the blame is layed where it should be for this one; democrats. Republicans do at least their fair share of corrupt dealings but this one falls squarely in democrats' laps.

Posted by: Cryos | September 29, 2008 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Senator Obama is already behaving like a president. This is the language of a CEO and leader.

Compared to Senator McCain's erratic self-egrandizing behavior. Senator McCain does not act like a leader of men. He is a bully that throws rocks and shouts for everyone to recognize him, "me!, me! I'm the pres, I'm the pres!".

These are serious times and we need a mature and highly intelligent adult with good character to lead our country in the 21st century. Senator McCain should take over as the minority whip of his party. He is not presidential and will not be a president.

Posted by: lucy2008 | September 29, 2008 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Senator Obama is already behaving like a president. This is the language of a CEO and leader. Contrast that to Senator McCain's erratic self-egrandizing behavior. Senator McCain does not act like a leader of men. He is a bully that throws rocks and shouts for everyone to recognize him, "me!, me! I'm the pres, I'm the pres!".

These are serious times and we need a mature and highly intelligent adult with good character to lead our country in the 21st century. Senator McCain should take over as the minority whip of his party. He is not presidential and will not be a president.

Posted by: lucy2008 | September 29, 2008 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Before "tweaking" the bill, our congressional leaders and our two candidates for president would do well to listen to Michael Moore on the subject.

I know, I know. He's a liberal - but this time, I think he's right:

Michael Moore wrote:

Friends,
Let me cut to the chase. The biggest robbery in the history of this country is taking place as you read this. Though no guns are being used, 300 million hostages are being taken. Make no mistake about it: After stealing a half trillion dollars to line the pockets of their war-profiteering backers for the past five years, after lining the pockets of their fellow oilmen to the tune of over a hundred billion dollars in just the last two years, Bush and his cronies -- who must soon vacate the White House -- are looting the U.S. Treasury of every dollar they can grab. They are swiping as much of the silverware as they can on their way out the door.

No matter what they say, no matter how many scare words they use, they are up to their old tricks of creating fear and confusion in order to make and keep themselves and the upper one percent filthy rich. Just read the first four paragraphs of the lead story in last Monday's New York Times and you can see what the real deal is:
"Even as policy makers worked on details of a $700 billion bailout of the financial industry, Wall Street began looking for ways to profit from it.

"Financial firms were lobbying to have all manner of troubled investments covered, not just those related to mortgages.

"At the same time, investment firms were jockeying to oversee all the assets that Treasury plans to take off the books of financial institutions, a role that could earn them hundreds of millions of dollars a year in fees.

"Nobody wants to be left out of Treasury's proposal to buy up bad assets of financial institutions."

Unbelievable. Wall Street and its backers created this mess and now they are going to clean up like bandits. Even Rudy Giuliani is lobbying for his firm to be hired (and paid) to "consult" in the bailout.

The problem is, nobody truly knows what this "collapse" is all about. Even Treasury Secretary Paulson admitted he doesn't know the exact amount that is needed (he just picked the $700 billion number out of his head!). The head of the congressional budget office said he can't figure it out nor can he explain it to anyone.

And yet, they are screeching about how the end is near! Panic! Recession! The Great Depression! Y2K! Bird flu! Killer bees! We must pass the bailout bill today!! The sky is falling! The sky is falling!

Falling for whom? NOTHING in this "bailout" package will lower the price of the gas you have to put in your car to get to work. NOTHING in this bill will protect you from losing your home. NOTHING in this bill will give you health insurance.

Health insurance? Mike, why are you bringing this up? What's this got to do with the Wall Street collapse?
It has everything to do with it. This so-called "collapse" was triggered by the massive defaulting and foreclosures going on with people's home mortgages. Do you know why so many Americans are losing their homes? To hear the Republicans describe it, it's because too many working class idiots were given mortgages that they really couldn't afford. Here's the truth: The number one cause of people declaring bankruptcy is because of medical bills. Let me state this simply: If we had had universal health coverage, this mortgage "crisis" may never have happened.

This bailout's mission is to protect the obscene amount of wealth that has been accumulated in the last eight years. It's to protect the top shareholders who own and control corporate America. It's to make sure their yachts and mansions and "way of life" go uninterrupted while the rest of America suffers and struggles to pay the bills. Let the rich suffer for once. Let them pay for the bailout. We are spending 400 million dollars a day on the war in Iraq. Let them end the war immediately and save us all another half-trillion dollars!

I have to stop writing this and you have to stop reading it. They are staging a financial coup this morning in our country. They are hoping Congress will act fast before they stop to think, before we have a chance to stop them ourselves. So stop reading this and do something -- NOW! Here's what you can do immediately:
1. Call or e-mail Senator Obama. Tell him he does not need to be sitting there trying to help prop up Bush and Cheney and the mess they've made. Tell him we know he has the smarts to slow this thing down and figure out what's the best route to take. Tell him the rich have to pay for whatever help is offered. Use the leverage we have now to insist on a moratorium on home foreclosures, to insist on a move to universal health coverage, and tell him that we the people need to be in charge of the economic decisions that affect our lives, not the barons of Wall Street.
2. Take to the streets. Participate in one of the hundreds of quickly-called demonstrations that are taking place all over the country (especially those near Wall Street and DC).
3. Call your Representative in Congress and your Senators. (click here to find their phone numbers). Tell them what you told Senator Obama.
When you screw up in life, there is hell to pay. Each and every one of you reading this knows that basic lesson and has paid the consequences of your actions at some point. In this great democracy, we cannot let there be one set of rules for the vast majority of hard-working citizens, and another set of rules for the elite, who, when they screw up, are handed one more gift on a silver platter. No more! Not again!

Yours,
Michael Moore
MMFlint@aol.com
MichaelMoore.com

P.S. Having read further the details of this bailout bill, you need to know you are being lied to. They talk about how they will prevent golden parachutes. It says NOTHING about what these executives and fat cats will make in SALARY. According to Rep. Brad Sherman of California, these top managers will continue to receive million-dollar-a-month paychecks under this new bill. There is no direct ownership given to the American people for the money being handed over. Foreign banks and investors will be allowed to receive billion-dollar handouts. A large chunk of this $700 billion is going to be given directly to Chinese and Middle Eastern banks. There is NO guarantee of ever seeing that money again.

P.P.S. From talking to people I know in DC, they say the reason so many Dems are behind this is because Wall Street this weekend put a gun to their heads and said either turn over the $700 billion or the first thing we'll start blowing up are the pension funds and 401(k)s of your middle class constituents. The Dems are scared they may make good on their threat. But this is not the time to back down or act like the typical Democrat we have witnessed for the last eight years. The Dems handed a stolen election over to Bush. The Dems gave Bush the votes he needed to invade a sovereign country. Once they took over Congress in 2007, they refused to pull the plug on the war. And now they have been cowered into being accomplices in the crime of the century. You have to call them nowand say "NO!" If we let them do this, just imagine how hard it will be to get anything good done when President Obama is in the White House. THESE DEMOCRATS ARE ONLY AS STRONG AS THE BACKBONE WE GIVE THEM. CALL CONGRESS NOW.

Posted by: deberry10 | September 29, 2008 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Mr Obama,a more practical approach might be to return all that Fannie an Freddie money you took. However, both parties are dismal failures. I'll register that displeasure during the next congessional election. I have had my fill.

Posted by: donchew1 | September 29, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Bush is as good as gone.
McCain can't lead his own party.

The Republicans have lost control of the government.

Posted by: JohnQuimby | September 29, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Instead of casting blame, Obama is the voice of reason and bipartisanship. McCain has failed at every effort to demonstrate bipartisanship. It is not in his nature when he has declared that his campaign is "Country first" to get close to anything that he says. McCain is totally schitzoid.

Posted by: EarlC | September 29, 2008 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Obama campaign. Thank you Obama.

Come on Dems and Republicans!

Is McCain going to address the people today too? Apart from blaming Obama or others, are they going to stand up and acknowledge what has happened today and tell us what their next plan of action is? Let us see some experienced leadership! Lets have it for McCain :)

Posted by: Obama2008 | September 29, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Obama campaign. Thank you Obama.

Come on Dems and Republicans!

Is McCain going to address the people today too? Apart from blaming Obama or others, are they going to stand up and acknowledge what has happened today and tell us what their next plan of action is? Let us see some experienced leadership! Lets have it for McCain :)

Posted by: Obama2008 | September 29, 2008 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Please can't we get past finger pointing and find a solution? It is going to take both parties to fix this problem and no CEO needs a package except one that says you're unemployed just as the rest of us would get.
The people (us) would be investors in the bail out and should receive dividends to help pay back this money.

If you want to judge the candidates on this then do it from an adult prespective, I personally don't want someone who goes off mad unable to function because things didn't go his way. I can't do that nor can you we would have to find another way to solve the problem.

Posted by: shogun1 | September 29, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Hey Bill Burton...tell it to Pelosi. If Obama has been in constant contact with the Washington players as he claims...then why was he not able to control his party's divisive House leader...from running her partisan mouth?

Hey Obama...I guess when it comes to multitasking, your cell phone diplomacy isn't work out too well.

Can you hear me now?

Posted by: dwj2215 | September 29, 2008 5:24 PM | Report abuse

John McCain's selfish stunt last week torpedoed a deal that would have averted today's disaster. He has A LOT to answer for. This man, as the republican leader, has failed to rally his party behind this painful, but critical bill after his intervention, instead, threw the whole process into disarray. John McCain has effectively thrown the country into recession BEFORE he is even in the white house, with a single political stunt.

Now he is blaming the democrats, and Obama, who were united in their support of this bill? How absurd. This man is PURE POISON.

Posted by: andytoh | September 29, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

John McCain's selfish stunt last week torpedoed a deal that would have averted today's disaster. He has A LOT to answer for. This man, as the republican leader, has failed to rally his party behind this painful, but critical bill after his intervention, instead, threw the whole process into disarray. John McCain has effectively thrown the country into recession BEFORE he is even in the white house, with a single political stunt. This man is poison.

REVOLUTION!

Posted by: andytoh | September 29, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Obama delivered 60% of Democrats. John McCain didn't deliver.

Posted by: asja | September 29, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

John McCain would be the first President in history to START his Presidency as a LAME DUCK!!

Posted by: martiniano | September 29, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Obama is urging calm while McCain is finger-pointing. Which one knows how to keep his cool in a crisis?

Posted by: skrut003 | September 29, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Seems the Republicans are never able to deliver what they promise.

Posted by: JaneB3 | September 29, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Seems the Republicans are never able to deliver what they promise.

Posted by: JaneB3 | September 29, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Isn't it wonderful that America has at least one politician who isn't running around screaming, "The sky is falling! The sky is falling!" ?

President Obama will pull us back together. Of THAT, I have NO doubt whatsoever!

We will survive this. Maybe a little more humbly and simply perhaps, but - to my mind, at least - that may actually be the best rescue plan we've got! (By far.)

Posted by: miraclestudies | September 29, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

concernedaboutdc:

John McCain did no such thing! He specifically DECLINED to take credit. He said that's up to the American public to decide. McCain did get together as many GOP House members as possible. You know what they say about "counting your chickens before they hatch".

Posted by: MarkInAustin | September 29, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

too few have too much power over too many. perhaps 60 years ago, having each state represented by two senators was enough, it is no longer so in my opinion. our nation was founded by extraordinaory men and they outlined our future brilliantly, but it is time to tweek it. or maybe it is time for the extraordinary to come forward once again. we are a nation of 200 million plus, and our repesentatives deciding for the good of themselves and not the good of the people.

Posted by: lorac58 | September 29, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Hey! Where's the Maverick? The guy that can reach across aisles a mile wide to bring together a coalition of the willing... so to speak?

No need to reach across the aisle this time Johnny, how about corralling some of those House GOPers to follow your lead?

What am I talking about? You've shown no leadership and the GOP base hates you. Then why don't you Palin to endorse the bailout - she's more well loved by the GOP base than you are.

Posted by: Roofelstoon | September 29, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

I'm calm. My husband's calm. Our friends are calm, as well. Not everyone outside of Washington hasn't seen this coming for a mile.

Wall Street may have its day of reckoning but the people will (as they always have) persevere.

Families and communities will pull together (as they always have but maybe better than recently).

And America's economy will get on a GENUINE footing, based on reality and value and our native ingenuity.

Just sans the leeches at the top...

Posted by: miraclestudies | September 29, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

What's up with the following Representatives (from BOTH parties) not even voting at all:

Akin
Cubin
Culberson
Hinchey
Hinojosa
Jefferson
Langevin
Perlmutter
Pryce (OH)
Rush
Tancredo
Waxman
Weller
Wexler
Young (AK)

Posted by: MarkInAustin | September 29, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Neither President Bush nor John McCain were able to deliver the GOP leadership needed to get this bill passed. John McCain's campaign, on Sunday's Meet the Press, took credit for delivering the Republicans' needed to get this passed.

Is it Barrack Obama's fault that the Republican's aren't able to put America ahead of their bruised ego's?

John McCain has no leadership skills. He is an uptite old man who sneers like some sort of geriatric patient with chronic constapation.

He needs to RETIRE, not run for President.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | September 29, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

I think Obama is still maintaining his cool in a crisis. McCain is staying quiet. Why? Because his so called plan to suspend his campaign and "put the country first" did not work.

Maintaining calm in a crisis, multi-tasking-Obama vs rash decision making,not taking ownership when your plan fails( being quiet), single taksing- McCain

Who would you want to be President?

I have to admit both Obama and Mccain agree something has to be done. But they were not wild about this plan either.

But at least Obama is smart and intelligent enough to think things through instead of trying to appear to be putting the Country First like McCain did only to have it backfire in his face.

The Republicans will say and do anything to win. I think this whole thing was a conspriracy.

Now the American taxpayer may have to foot the bill for their greediness.

If you believe in God, hold on to him, he is the only true leader in this Crisis.

Posted by: bjlopez1130 | September 29, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

yes this is real leadership.....think of the whole picture instead of pointing a finger as castrato does...
more push and the dam will break...they will get the relief through and it will be a better plan...calm, grounded leadership..not hysteric ranting. we have had enough.

Posted by: rayreyns | September 29, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Still think the "Fundamentals of the economy are strong"? Quote McCain, 1 week ago today.

McCain is a moron, a hapless candidate with no mind for economics (self-admitted) and no ETHICS!

Quick, let's ask Sarah or Bush what to do!

Sue M a Veteran for OBAMA!

Posted by: SueMVetforObama | September 29, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

I am not sure I want this bill, but I do want Obama as Prez. The guys is unflappable whereas McCain seems like an angry petulant child. Ill-mannered and ill-tempered. McCain at the debate was weird.

Why didn't he once look at Obama during the debate. I have seen this kind of thing before... It was when a prejudiced black man didn't look at me. I have seen racist white people who were unwilling to look at black people and acted like they weren't there... It has always been a racist not wanting to look at somebody. McCain reminded me of that during the debate...

Is John McCain racist?

Posted by: mbshults | September 29, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Thanks to House Republicans, marginally employed and undisciplined poor people will no longer be able to get hundreds of thousands of dollars in loans they didn't deserve, and could not repay.

Thanks to House Republicans, honest, hardworking, thrifty, responsible working class Americans will not have to see their tax dollars go to bail out anyone who messed up, when they did nothing wrong.

Thanks to House Republicans, The Constitution is protected and the creep of artficially-engineered Socialism will not further erode the natural markets and fair commerce.

Thanks to House Republicans, mediocre students will not get undeserving loans to go waste time in college, and bankrupt people will have a harder time before they take money they don't deserve.

Thanks to House Republicans, finally we can bury that myth of home ownership being a right, and the way to advance minorities is to give them preferrential treatment.

Thanks to House Republicans, our economy has shown it is indeed resilient and sound -- it can correct itself and shake off the bullcrap element to it, and get back to being a true engine of equity.

Thank you, House Republicans! For standing up to Socialism, Democratic gerry-rigging of society, and putting unqualified poor people back into renting where they belong.

Sure, those scheisters on Wall Street are criminal, but you need to also blame the fools and suckers who blow their chance at getting money every time!

Posted by: jimwhite1 | September 29, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

fairfaxvoter:

The Democrats control the House of Representatives 235-199 (there's one vacant seat, I believe).

Posted by: MarkInAustin | September 29, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

STAY CALM!??!

Yeah now that's leadership.
Again with the DO NOTHING and BS-speak.

Obama doing nothing does not:
1- Help in Iraq
2- Help with Russia
3- Help with Economy

Obama why don't you DO SOMETHING instead of telling everyone to stay calm and do nothing!

Maybe you should take a break from the debates after all. Or was trying to make a deal with your ego more important than this country!?

Posted by: jabberwolff | September 29, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

"People are so easily convinced to vote against their own best interests. When the retirement and stock account statements come in the mail, people will begin to understand just how stupid they've been by demanding that their House Representatives vote against this bill." ---dbax

The stock account statements and the retirement funds have already and will continue to take a hit and would have still taken a hit should this package have gone through. The purpose of the package was to get the markets to "stabilize" and open up the "frozen" credit markets. Problem was is that it didn't dictate what the money could be used for, leaving it up to the recipients to decide how best to spend the money...they already poorly managed the money they had in the first place, and we were going to give them almost a trillion dollars to allow them to go under again? bad idea. Yes, the final version of the bill had some regulations on CEO compensation (though I doubt it had any for the board members and other Corporate level manager or VP) and some oversight protections, but it didn't dictate what needs to be done with the money....Refinance the bad debt to keep the people in their homes and paying their mortgages on time. (Something that these companies could have done at anytime, but simply refused to)

Everyone seems to be playing fear politics with this compairing this to 1929....well a few different issues since then:

1) Corporate conglomerates make enough profit to be able to grow (albeit at a slower pace than the last 5 years) without taking out loans.

2) The banks that survive will still make loans available to those people/businesses with good or great credit---that's how they make their profits (yes, not as many loans will be given out, nor will they be given out to sub-prime borrowers, but the smart people will still see that someone like me (over 800 credit score) can afford a loan for a car, and they can make up to 15% on it).

Posted by: cgallaway2000 | September 29, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Still think the "Fundamentals of the economy are strong"? Quote McCain, 1 week ago today.

McCain is a moron, a hapless candidate with no mind for economics (self-admitted) and no ETHICS!

Posted by: SueMVetforObama | September 29, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Hey Nancy - Barney and Harry you couldn't wait to grab the gold ring and it looks like your UnAmerican rhetoric back fired on you. Pathetic simply Pathetic.
You folks worry about Palin. I worry about a character like Barney being the key man on this baulout deal.
And Nancy you act like all of you people went into hiding and GW done all of this by himself. You people are pathetic you really need a reality check.

Posted by: JWinGeorgia | September 29, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

HOME TO ROOST
HOME TO ROOST
HOME TO ROOST.

We must remember I caused this, you caused this, we caused this by forgetting the eternal truths of living within our means and being fair and economical for the whole society include resources and the environment.

But it's important to realize this without gloating. It's not comfortable for anyone to choose heat or food, rent or school. Not comfortable, but good, because we've been literally borrowing from others and borrowing from eternal wisdom for a long time. The lesson will raise us higher and we'll evolve to a better country. It's the teenager facing the first hard winter of adulthood. If you look at a 22 year old X 10 nation-years per calendar year, and you get a 220 year old teenager gasping to find our footing and asking the non-existent safety net for a bailout.

Grab out bootstraps, work hard, connect with what's important, and change with the changes that we cannot avoid as people have known for the entirely of civilization.

Posted by: michaelculture | September 29, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

The old banking model does not work anymore and something new must take it's place. Money needs to be backed by something - money is currently backed by debt which is a promissory note based on future productivity. Any caveman can tell you that the only sustainable way to increase productivity today is to innovation yesterday - not tomorrow.

One example of a new DNA economy is well described at www.igenesist.com. In short; The new DNA economy will peg the dollar to human productivity in the present resulting from innovation in the past. This will be transformational - but sustainable and very easy to do.

There are a few simple web application - not yet developed - that can make human knowledge tangible much like a financial instrument;

A knowledge Inventory
A Percentile Search Engine
An Innovation Banking System

Whoever develops these applications will generate a great deal of wealth in society - America's brilliant entrepreneurs make short work of it.

The result is that human knowledge will become tangible outside the construct of the corporations, banks, and even government by residing in social networks. The question is whether we are ready, politically, to let the society have real control over the priorities of what gets invented and what does not, what gets disrupted and what does not.

Posted by: Percentile | September 29, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

WHAT MAIN STREET AMERICA DOES NOT UNDERSTAND?

1) There is a fat cat on wall street who made a stupid loan to some fool on main street.....so what are you going to do about that dead beat on main street?

2) The fat cat on wallstreet has other people's money, other people on main street's money.....other people's 401K and pensions....so, who are we bailing out?

3) Everyday, wall street funds credit card charges being done by folks on main street, so why don't we frick'n cut that down so my money is not used to fund main streets excesses?

....and oh by the way, the top 3 credit card issuers are about to cut credit limits beginning this friday. So, if you're on main street then guess what.....the party is over. Stop living beyond your means.

Wall street will always be fine.....it's their money that you will never get to spend again.

May be it was a good thing the bill failed so we can all step back from relying too much on credit and unemployment can go up to it's rightful level.

Posted by: Responsible2000 | September 29, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Dionysus wrote Mccain has consistently stalled legislation that would have.........
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Sir you are without doubt am imbecile. have you ever heard of S.190. Offered by the Republicans in 2005 (co sponsored by McCain you idiot) would have brought oversight to ANY organization involved in the secondary subprime lending market.

I assume you're too F*ing stupid to realize; that is the very heart of this entire problem.

Posted by: Bcamp55 | September 29, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Dionysus wrote Mccain has consistently stalled legislation that would have.........
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Sir you are without doubt an imbecile. have you ever heard of S.190. Offered by the Republicans in 2005 (co sponsored by McCain you idiot) would have brought oversight to ANY organization involved in the secondary subprime lending market.

I assume you're too F*ing stupid to realize; that is the very heart of this entire problem.

Posted by: Bcamp55 | September 29, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

THOSE RICH WALL STREET SPECULATING GOP REPUBLICANS WHO DROVE THE BUS INTO THE DITCH, WILL NOT BE TRUSTED TO DRIVE THE BUS OUT OF THAT DITCH.

SUPER RICH GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET SPECULATORS AND THEIR GOP REPUBLICAN HAND PICKED STOOGES IN THE WHITE HOUSE ADMINISTRATION, SENATE, SUPREME COURT, TREASURY, SEC AND CONGRESS TOGETHER HAVE $1 TRILLION WORTH OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE’S ASSETS (DOMESTIC AND HIDDEN ABROAD) THAT MUST BE RETURNED TO THE CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES.

AMERICA WANTS ITS $1 TRILLION BACK NOW AND CRIMINAL TRIALS FOR ALL INVOLVED IN THIS CONSPIRACY AGAINST THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRANSPARENCY ARE THE NEW LAWS OF THE LAND.

TREASON AGAINST THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WILL NOT BE TOLERATED.

NO MORE GOLDEN PARACHUTES FOR EXECUTIVE CRIMINALS. GOP SUPER RICH REPUBLICAN WALL STREET CRIMINALS PREPARE FOR HANDCUFFS AND ASSETS CONFISCATION.

THOSE GOP REPUBLICAN CORPORATE EXECUTIVES WHO STOLE AND SQUANDERED AVERAGE AMERICANS’ MONEY ON HIGH RISK UNSECURED WALL STREET LAS VEGAS STYLE SPECULATIONS SHOULD NOT BE REWARDED WITH MULTIMILLION-DOLLAR COMPENSATION PACKAGES SUBSIDIZED BY THE TAXPAYERS.

THESE GOP SUPER RICH REPUBLICAN CORPORATE EXECUTIVES, SPECULATORS AND CONGRESSIONAL STOOGES SHOULD BE IN HANDCUFFS. ALL OF THEIR ASSETS SHOULD BE CONFISCATED, LIQUIDATED AND RETURNED THE TREASURY (AMERICAN PEOPLE).

LET THE TRIALS BEGIN: GOP SUPER RICH REPUBLICAN FLEECING OF AMERICA

CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES VERSUS GOP SUPER RICH GOP REPUBLICAN CRIMINALS

ACT QUICKLY, ACT QUICKLY, ACT QUICKLY
IS NOT THIS THE SAME THING THAT THOSE GOP REPUBLICAN CRIMINALS SAID TO START THE ILLEGAL IRAQ WAR!

LET THE TRIALS BEGIN: CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES VERSUS GOP SUPER RICH REPUBLICAN CRIMINALS (BUSH, CHENEY, RICE, PAULSON, MCCAIN) AND THEIR WALL STREET SUPERCAPITALIST SPECULATING FELLOW CONSPIRATOR FRIENDS

THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WILL PREVAIL

THIS GOP REPUBLICAN SUPER RICH WALL STREET MELTDOWN IS CRIMINAL MISUSE OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE’S MONEY AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL (TREASON)

D STUDENT JOHN MCCAIN FEARS SHARING THE STAGE WITH HARVARD LAW PROFESSOR BARACK OBAMA

MOOSE COMMUNITY COLLEGE SARAH PALIN FEARS SHARING THE STAGE WITH LAW SCHOLAR JOE BIDEN

Hmmm, let's see. We have a bunch of republicans whining about wanting these CEOs to keep their fortunes, multiple houses and cars, and they want the taxpayers to bail them out. But when the taxpayer wanted help to keep THEIR homes, they were called a bunch of whiners by these SAME republicans and were given NO bailout.

Why are their oversized fortunes more important than the rest of America's modest and undersized ones?

Now, for the last time, once and for all, explain to me how Obama is the elitist and the republicans are "just like you and me." Go ahead. I triple dog dare you.

GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET SUPERCAPITALISM AT ITS WORST

Executive salaries, CEO bonuses, grand robberies of the U.S. TREASURY in the $MILLIONS, $BILLIONS, and $TRILLIONS.

GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET SUPERCAPITALISTS robbed the AMERICAN PEOPLE of a $Trillion. RULE OF LAW states that the AMERICAN PEOPLE will be protected and all private properties, money, and wealth domestic and abroad owned by GOP REPUBLICAN SUPERCAPITALISTS taking part in robbing the U.S. TREASURY (AMERICAN PEOPLE) will immediately be confiscated and returned to the U.S. TREASURY (AMERICAN PEOPLE).

REPLACE GOP REPUBLICAN CEO GOLDEN PARACHUTES WITH CRIMINAL TRIALS AND PROPERTY CONFISCATION. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WILL PREVAIL AND THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION WILL BE REINSTATED. LONG LIVE FREEDOM AND JUSTICE. CORPORATE TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY WILL BE THE LAW OF THE LAND.

INSIDE JOB AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL:
GOP REPUBLICAN WHITE HOUSE ILLEGAL WARS AND
WALL STREET CRIMINAL DEREGULATED SPECULATIONS

You asked for it and you got it. GOP REPUBLICANS INSIDERS McCain, Bush, Cheney, Paulson, and Rice were hired by Super-Capitalists (Super Wealthy GOP REPUBLICANS) to start Illegal Oil Wars against Oil producing Nations and DEREGULATE (eliminate AMERICAN PEOPLE PROTECTION) the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT (White House, Congress, Supreme Court), TREASURY and WALL STREET. These INSIDERS did exactly what they were paid to do. Past GOP REPUBLICANS (Nixon, Reagan, Bush I) and current GOP REPUBLICANS (Bush II, Cheney, Rice, McCain, Paulson) have a credibility factor of zero. Americans no longer believe them, the World has never believed them and now they are done. They came in with the 9/11 attack upon the AMERICAN PEOPLE and leave with the Wall Street $1Trillion attack upon the AMERICAN PEOPLE.

Wave after wave after wave the GOP REPUBLICANS attack the AMERICAN PEOPLE based on the premise of disrespect for anyone who is not a GOP RICH REPUBLICAN. Either you are in their group (GOP RICH REPUBLICAN) or out (debt ridden worker bee / victim). GOP REPUBLICANS view the AMERICAN PEOPLE as gullible sheep perpetually fattened with debt and led to the subhuman existence slaughter. When slavery (free labor) ended GOP RICH REPUBLICANS attacked and enslaved the people of the world through unbalanced trade. Now that foreign sweatshops are demanding better pay and treatment, GOP RICH REPUBLICANS are attacking the AMERICAN MIDDLE CLASS. GOP RICH REPUBLICANS are banking on the idea that the AMERICAN MIDDLE CLASS are non-thinking drones fat with artificial food, high on Wall Street sponsored imported drugs (legal / illegal), and choked with clutter, debt and noise.

Through massive GOP REPUBLICAN SPONSORED DEREGULATIONS, GOP REPUBLICAN CEOs, Treasury Secretary, Wall Street Speculators, White House Administration, Cabinet Members, and their insider friends each walked away with more than $20,000,000 annually of money stolen directly from the U.S. TREASURY (AMERICAN PEOPLE). After eight years of GRAND FRAUD AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL, thousands of GOP REPUBLICANS ROBBED OUR UNITED STATES TREASURY OF $1TRILLION (ACTS OF TREASON AGAINST THE AMERICAN PEOPLE).

The AMERICAN PEOPLE will hold ALL GOP REPUBLICANS INVOLVED in these ACTS OF TREASON accountable before a TRIAL. ALL GOP REPUBLICANS INVOLVED in these ACTS OF TREASON will have ALL OF THEIR PROPERTIES (corporate and private, domestic and foreign sheltered) CONFISCATED, SOLD and RETURNED to OUR NATIONAL TREASURY (AMERICAN PEOPLE). The UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION (WILL OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE) shall prevail, despite the criminal efforts of GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET SUPER-CAPITALIST CRIMINALS.


CONGRESS WILL NOT ADJOURN UNTIL AFTER THE GOP REPUBLICAN PARTY FIX THEIR COLOSSAL MESS

GOP (GOOD OLDBOY PRIVATEERS)

Obama has 8 years experience as a State Senator, 4 years in the US Senate, taught Constitutional Law at the University of Chicago, etc. Obama’s very high intellectual capacity allows him to analyze situations and make sound decisions. How can you even compare Palin’s GED from Moose Community College credentials to these?

GOP REPUBLICAN JOHN MCCAIN WALL STREET DEREGULATIONS
GOP REPUBLICAN JOHN MCCAIN ALSO WANTED TO PRIVATIZE SOCIAL SECURITY (BONEHEAD)
GOP REPUBLICAN JOHN MCCAIN sponsored landmark legislation in 1999 that removed the walls between banks, investment firms and insurance companies. GOP REPUBLICAN JOHN MCCAIN bill allowed a company like AIG to expand beyond its traditional insurance business (which is still profitable) into exotic new extremely high risk products that brought the company down and created this colossal mess.

WALL STREET SRO - SELF REGULATORY ORGANIZATION
THE GOP REPUBLICAN RUN Government (GOP President, GOP Congress, GOP Supreme Court) looked the other way, while GOP REPUBLICAN Super-capitalist Obscenely Rich WALL STREET SRO Speculators Robbed Our U.S. TREASURY and Forced the $Trillion Debt Upon the AMERICAN PEOPLE.


Average Americans are becoming poorer, because GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET super rich SPECULATORS and corporate CEOs are paying themselves, business partners, friends, and family members at least $20,000,000 annually from MONEY STOLEN FROM THE U.S. TREASURY. These major crimes committed by WALL STREET SPECULATORS AND CEOs have gone beyond greed and into acts of treason against the AMERICAN PEOPLE. Seize the stolen money and properties valued in the $TRILLIONS back from these super criminals for attacking America. Those stolen $MILLIONS / $BILLIONS / $TRILLIONS belong to the AMERICAN PEOPLE.

RULE OF LAW states that the People of the United States will be defended. Those who attack American Citizens will be prosecuted. WALL STREET SPECULATORS and CORPORATE CEOs dictatorship over the AMERICAN PEOPLE is over. Average Americans are not going to accept WALL STREET CORPORATE CRIMES anymore. Rights of Citizen and Average Workers of the United States will be enforced. The AMERICAN PEOPLE will always come before corporate interests, because Americans Love America more than Wall Street Speculators love greed.


GERMANY, FRANCE, ENGLAND HAVE GREATER CITIZEN-WORKERS’ RIGHTS AND DOMESTIC TRANQUILITY THAN GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET RUN AMERICA. AMERICA WILL HONOR AMERICAN CITIZENS WITH DEMOCRATIC WORKERS’ RIGHTS AND DOMESTIC TRANQUILITY.

NO MORE WALL STREET IMPORTATION OF ILLEGAL CARTEL DRUGS
NO MORE WALL STREET MASS GUN SALES
NO MORE WALL STREET ILLEGAL WARS
NO MORE WALL STREET WILD SPECULATION AND IRRESPONSIBLE LEVERAGE
NO MORE WALL STREET SOFT PORNOGRAPHY ON PRIME TIME TELEVISION
NO MORE WALL STREET MASS VIOLENCE ON PRIME TIME TELEVISION
NO MORE WALL STREET HATE RADIO
NO MORE WALL STREET UNAUTHORIZED SPYING ON AMERICAN CITIZENS
NO MORE WALL STREET ILLEGAL CREDIT SCORES
NO MORE WALL STREET OVERSEAS TAX HAVENS
NO MORE WALL STREET OUTSOURCING AMERICAN JOBS
NO MORE WALL STREET BUYING AMERICAN POLITICIANS

GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET $TRILLION FRAUD AGAINST THE AMERICAN PEOPLE

Direct impact of GOP McCain sponsored deregulations
Bankrupt and floundering
Failure of the investment bank
Government's takeover

GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET's business model has collapsed

Greed and fear routinely govern GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET financial markets and GLOBAL CRISIS.

GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET (giant investment houses, brokerage firms, hedge funds, "private equity" firms) irresponsibly TRADED the savings of average Americans (placed LAS VEGAS STYLE BETS on extremely high risk stocks, bonds, and other securities).

DUBIOUS MORTGAGES were PACKAGED into BONDS and SOLD and TRADED. Investment houses had huge incentives to increase LEVERAGE (OBSCENELY HIGH BORROWING).

GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET compensation is heavily skewed toward annual bonuses, reflecting the profits traders and managers earned in the tune of lavish base salaries and obscenely high annual bonuses of $20,000,000.

GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET relies heavily on OBSCENELY HIGH LEVERAGE (OBSCENELY HIGH BORROWING). $3 Trillion (stocks, bonds, other securities) backed by only $80 billion in shareholders' equity while the $2.8 Trillion was LEVERAGE (BORROWED).

Leverage (huge borrowing) can create huge debts (huge principal and interest obligations)

GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET is a manic machine for gambling.
Traders and money managers are given huge incentives to do whatever would increase short-term profits.

For decades, GOP REPUBLICAN JOHN MCCAIN sponsored legislation that broadly deregulated WALL STREET banking and insurance industries.

GOP REPUBLICAN JOHN MCCAIN swept away Consumer Protection legislation and opened the way for a less restricted high risk financial marketplace.

While the GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET boom continued, government (White House, Congress, Supreme Court) looked the other way.

GOP REPUBLICAN Congress resisted tougher regulation and permitted WALL STREET to run out of control at obscenely high LEVERAGE (OBSCENELY HIGH BORROWED MONEY) RATIOS perpetrating intentional fraud against the AMERICAN PEOPLE.

GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET leaders intentionally deceived customers and lenders into taking hazardous risks for short-term rewards regardless of the long-term dangers to the AMERICAN PEOPLE.

Mortgages went bad. The powerful high leverage went into reverse. Losses eroded firms' capital bases and raised doubts about their survival.

Financial firms took major stupid and wasteful risks that severely damaged the American Economy and impeded economic recovery.

GOP REPUBLICAN STOCK MARKET $TRILLION FRAUD has deepened consumers' pessimism, fear and reluctance to spend. There may be more failures of FINANCIAL FIRMS.

GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET financial crises resemble the GOP REPUBLICAN illegal miscalculated war.


How were we ever made to believe that the now-collapsing GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET model ever made sense? Common sense should have told us that making RISKY BETS with HUGE AMOUNTS of BORROWED MONEY was a DANGEROUS GAME; if the bets pay off you make money beyond your wildest dreams, but if they go bad you face utter ruin.

Common sense should have told us that betting fortunes on meaningless fluctuations in stock, bond or currency values (McCain sponsored deregulated hedge funds) was about as productive as a trip to Las Vegas. Common sense should have told us that buying and selling exotic securities based on other securities based on bundles of mortgages that were treated like mere numbers on a balance sheet (no recognition that the whole iffy construct was based on real people living in real houses that they might or might not be able to afford) was not an intelligent endeavor.

Somehow, we all forgot that "HIGHLY LEVERAGED" is just another way of saying "DEEPLY INDEBTED." Now we've had a wake-up call, and maybe the erstwhile Masters of the Universe will have to stop playing with imaginary money and go back to using the real stuff.


RULE OF LAW WILL ENFORCE CONFISCATION OF ALL GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET SPECULATORS’ AND CEOS’ PERSONAL PROPERTIES RESPONSIBLE FOR OUR ECONOMY’S MELTDOWN. All money and properties of the Super Rich CEOs and WALL STREET Speculators domestic and abroad will be confiscated and returned to the United States TREASURY and the AMERICAN PEOPLE.

WALL STREET SRO - SELF REGULATORY ORGANIZATION
OUR GOP REPUBLICAN RUN Government (GOP President, GOP Congress, GOP Supreme Court) looked the other way, while GOP REPUBLICAN Super-capitalist Obscenely Rich WALL STREET SRO Speculators Robbed Our U.S. TREASURY and Forced the $Trillion Debt Upon the AMERICAN PEOPLE.

GOP REPUBLICAN LIARS SUPER RICH WALL STREET GET RICH QUICK GREEDY
BILLION DOLLARS RISKY UNSECURED LOANS RISKY UNSECURED LOANS RISKY UNSECURED LOANS
REPACKAGED AND SOLD TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

GOP REPUBLICAN LIARS SUPER RICH WALL STREET ROBBER BARONS
COMMIT TREASON AND GRAND FRAUD AGAINST THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.


WALL STREET SRO - SELF REGULATORY ORGANIZATION
OUR GOP REPUBLICAN RUN Government (GOP President, GOP Congress, GOP Supreme Court) looked the other way, while GOP REPUBLICAN Super-capitalist Obscenely Rich WALL STREET SRO Speculators Robbed Our U.S. TREASURY and Forced the $Trillion Debt Upon the AMERICAN PEOPLE.


HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON ANGERED BY SARAH PALIN’S REMARKS

Comments uttered by Sarah Palin has angered Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton who described Sarah Palin as an opportunist with no qualifications. Senator Hillary Clinton also stated that John McCain and Sarah Palin’s records on women’s rights are abominable. The country cannot withstand anymore George Bush failures cloaked in McCain/Palin. Asking Sarah Palin to become Vice President is like asking the grazing moose behind her trailer to pilot the shuttle.

National Organization of Women (NOW) Endorsed Pro-Women’s Rights ticket Obama / Biden for their outstanding work bettering the lives of women.

During her first term as Mayor, Palin went on an intense firing spree by sacking, or requesting resumes and resignation letters from the chief of police, finance director, public works director, and librarian.

In October of 1996, Palin consulted the city librarian about censoring "objectionable" books. The librarian was shocked and responded that the books were selected "on the basis of national selection criteria of libraries this size" and would resist all efforts to ban or remove any books from the library. A few months later Emmons received a letter from Palin stating that she had been terminated from her job. Emmons was reinstated the next day after public outcry.

Long time Alaskan acquaintance described Sarah Palin as a malicious, conniving opportunist, a reckless spender, and power abuser. Initially Palin supported the 'bridge to nowhere' project and even wore t-shirts that supported the project. When she realized that the project was not supported by the public she decided to back off.

Palin is an avid pro-lifer. Teen pregnancies are a major dilemma facing the nation today. The government spent $1 billion in supporting abstinence-only sex education programs since 1996. In the case of Palin's daughter, such programs are failing us. Palin is comfortable with giving her own daughter a choice, but wants to take away that choice from the rest of the nation.

By picking a young, attractive and vivacious woman as his partner in crime, McCain hoped to pull in all the disappointed Clinton supporters. This was his crucial mistake, because Sarah Palin is the antithesis of Hillary Clinton. She stands against women rights and would reverse women's rights by fifty years. Women are not as gullible as McCain and his advisors had hoped that they would be. Just because McCain placed a young woman in front of the crowd does not mean women will automatically vote for her without any question. Women will soon realize that Sarah Palin is an anti-choice, homophobic, polar bear, wolf, moose, and deer killing machine.

Sarah Palin is incapable of writing a speech. The speech given by her at the Republican National Convention was written long before she was considered for McCain’s running mate by the computer. McCain had never heard of Palin until after the computer printed her name one day before his announcement.

The thought that Sarah Palin will do anything in the White House is unsettling, because she is a unhinged lunatic who will mess up and give the public the perception that women cannot be in power. Hillary Rodham Clinton and women throughout the country are very angry that Sarah “moose hunter” Palin is in such an important position. Four out of Sarah’s five best friends have committed to Barack Obama.


GOP REPUBLICANS ARE AUTHORITARIANS WHO DO NOT BELIEVE IN FREE SPEECH OR DEMOCRACY. GOP REPUBLICAN ONLY INTERESTS ARE POWER AND MONEY.


GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET SUPERCAPITALISM AT ITS WORST

Executive salaries, CEO bonuses, grand robberies of the U.S. TREASURY in the $MILLIONS, $BILLIONS, and $TRILLIONS.

GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET SUPERCAPITALISTS robbed the AMERICAN PEOPLE of a $Trillion. RULE OF LAW states that the AMERICAN PEOPLE will be protected and all private properties, money, and wealth domestic and abroad owned by GOP REPUBLICAN SUPERCAPITALISTS taking part in robbing the U.S. TREASURY (AMERICAN PEOPLE) will immediately be confiscated and returned to the U.S. TREASURY (AMERICAN PEOPLE).


PALIN FAILIN RETURNED HOME TO 2,000 ALASKAN PROTESTERS WHO CHEERFULLY CHANTED "O-BAM-AH.

Gov. Sarah Palin returned home to 2,000 protesters outside the Anchorage library who wanted to correct the widespread impression that the Last Frontier endorses her candidacy.

"Last week a group of women were sitting around talking about this perception that all of Alaska supports Sarah Palin. We apparently hit a nerve and started a movement,"

A sense of festival obtained. There was a woman in a polar bear suit representing "Polar Bear Moms Say: No Palin Failin." Drivers on 36th Avenue saw a little girl waving a sign "Don't Ban My Books."

"My mom is from Alaska. She's a working mother. She's good looking," said Nolan. "So she seems to be qualified to be vice president."

Asking Sarah Palin to become the Vice President is like asking the grazing moose behind her trailer to pilot the shuttle.

Sarah Palin Failin Protesters Held Signs Reading:

Bush In A Skirt
Palin Be Failin
Jesus Was a Community Organizer
Palin Failin: Thanks But No Thanks
Smearing Alaska's Good Name One Scandal @ a Time
Candidate To Nowhere
Rape Kits Should Be Free
Voted For Her Once: Never Again!
Community Organizers are the Real Patriots
Barbies for War
I Shall Not Be Pandered To
Give Palin Failin Your Vote AND Your Draft Age Child
Sarah Palin Failin: So Far Right She's Wrong
Alaska Is Not Frisco
Coat Hangers for McCain
Sarah Palin Failin, Undoing 150 Years of American Feminism
Hockey Mama for Obama (on a hockey stick)


Cheerful chants of "O-bam-ah.


National Organization of Women (NOW) Endorses Obama / Biden For Their Pro-Women Rights Stance


McCain / Palin Failin are rejected for their anti-women stance and votes against Women Rights

PRESIDENTIAL AND VICE PRESIDENTIAL CHOICES

I'm a little confused. Let me see if I have this straight.....

If you grow up in Hawaii, raised by your grandparents, you're 'exotic, different.'

Grow up in Alaska eating mooseburgers, and its a quintessential American story.

If your name is Barack you're a radical, unpatriotic Muslim.

Name your kids Willow, Trig and Track, you're a maverick.

Graduate from Harvard law School and you are unstable.

Attend 5 different small colleges before graduating, you're well grounded.

If you spend 3 years as a brilliant community organizer,
become President of the Harvard Law Review,
create a voter registration drive that registers 150,000 new voters,
spend 12 years as a Constitutional Law professor,
spend 8 years as a State Senator representing a district with over 750,000 people,
become chairman of the state Senate's Health and Human Services committee,
spend 4 years in the United States Senate representing a state of 13
million people while sponsoring 131 bills and serving on the Foreign
Affairs, Environment and Public Works and Veteran's Affairs committees,
you don't have any real leadership experience.

If your total resume is: local weather girl, 4 years
on the city council and 6 years as the mayor of a town with less
than 7,000 people, 20 months as the governor of a state with only 650,000
people, and cook caribou/grizzly/wolf stew, then you're qualified to become the country's second
highest ranking executive.

If you have been married to the same woman for 19 years while raising 2 beautiful daughters,
all within Protestant churches, you're not a real Christian.

If you cheated on your first wife with a rich heiress,
and left your disfigured wife and married the heiress the next month,
you're a Christian.

If you teach responsible, age appropriate sex education, including
the proper use of birth control, you are eroding the fiber of society.

If , while governor, you staunchly advocate abstinence only,
with no other option in sex education in your state's school system
while your unwed teen daughter ends up pregnant , you're very responsible.

If your wife is a Harvard graduate lawyer who gave up a position in a prestigious law firm
to work for the betterment of her inner city community, then gave that up to raise a family,
your family's values don't represent America's.

If you're husband is nicknamed 'First Dude', with at least one DWI conviction
and no college education, who didn't register to vote until age 25 and
once was a member of a group that advocated: the secession of Alaska from the USA,
your family is extremely admirable.

OK, much clearer now.


National Organization of Women (NOW) Endorses Obama / Biden For Their Pro-Women Rights Stance


McCain / Palin Failin are rejected for their anti-women stance and votes against Women Rights

BRITISH PRIME MINISTER BROWN SUPPORTS BARACK OBAMA

LONDON - BRITISH PRIME MINISTER GORDON BROWN voiced support for UNITED STATES DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE BARACK OBAMA, saying he would help Americans struggling with an economic downturn.

In a move seen by some British media as a break with a political convention requiring foreign leaders to remain neutral ahead of US elections, BRITISH PRIME MINISTER BROWN praised MR. OBAMA as a fellow “progressive politician” who would help ordinary Americans in tough times. With eight weeks to go before the presidential election, MR. OBAMA and his Republican rival John McCain are neck-and-neck in domestic opinion polls.

BRITISH PRIME MINISTER BROWN described the race for the White House as “electrifying” and said: “It is the DEMOCRATS who are generating the ideas to help people through more difficult times.”

“To help prevent people from losing their home, BARACK OBAMA has proposed a Foreclosure Prevention Fund to increase emergency pre-foreclosure counselling, and help families facing repossession,” he wrote in an article in The Monitor magazine, a monthly political publication.


2008 UNITED STATES DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL RACE

DEMOCRAT HARVARD LAW VS. GOP REPUBLICAN D STUDENTS

OBAMA OF HARVARD LAW AND PRESIDENT OF HARVARD LAW REVIEW
BIDEN OF SYRACUSE LAW

MCCAIN OF NAVY ACADEMY LAST PLACE D STUDENT
PALIN FAILIN OF MOOSE COLLEGE

GOP Republican Wall Street SRO (Self Regulatory Organization) Robber Baron Supercapitalism Is Down And Will No Longer Rob the U.S. TREASURY and AMERICAN PEOPLE

STOP DESTRUCTIVE GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET SUPERCAPITALISM OIL SPECUALTARS (OIL MILLIONAIRES BUSH, CHENEY, RICE, MCCAIN, PALIN FAILIN)

NATIONALIZE U.S. OIL FOR NATIONAL DEFENSE
NATIONALIZE U.S. OIL FOR NATIONAL DEFENSE
NATIONALIZE U.S. OIL FOR NATIONAL DEFENSE

WHY A BARREL OF OIL ILLEGALLY SHOT UP FROM $24 TO $145 DURING THE GOP REPUBLICAN (MCCAIN, BUSH, CHENEY, RICE, PALIN FAILIN) ADMINISTRATION


GOP REPUBLICAN BUSH I OOOOOIIIIILLLLL MILLIONAIRE AND OIL EXECUTIVE
GOP REPUBLICAN BUSH II OOOOOIIIIILLLLL MILLIONAIRE AND OIL EXECUTIVE
GOP REPUBLICAN CHENEY OOOOOIIIIILLLLL MILLIONAIRE AND OIL EXECUTIVE
GOP REPUBLICAN RICE OOOOOIIIIILLLLL MILLIONAIRE AND OIL EXECUTIVE
GOP REPUBLICAN GUILIANI OOOOOIIIIILLLLL MILLIONAIRE AND OIL STOCKHOLDER
GOP REPUBLICAN MCCAIN OOOOOIIIIILLLLL MILLIONAIRE AND OIL STOCKHOLDER
GOP REPUBLICAN PALIN FAILIN OOOOOIIIIILLLLL COMMISSIONER AND OIL STOCKHOLDER


TOGETHER WHAT DO THEY ALL HAVE IN COMMON?

THEY ARE ALL GOP REPUBLICAN OOOOOIIIIILLLLL MILLIONAIRES AND OIL STOCKHOLDERS


GOP REPUBLICAN OOOOOIIIIIIIIILLLLLLLLLLL IS THE NEW CRACK
GOP REPUBLICAN OOOOOIIIIIIIIILLLLLLLLLLL IS THE NEW CRACK
GOP REPUBLICAN OOOOOIIIIIIIIILLLLLLLLLLL IS THE NEW CRACK


CAN YOU SAY GOP REPUBLICAN CONSPIRACY TO DEFRAUD THE AMERICAN PUBLIC, ROB OUR U.S. TREASURY, AND SPECULATE FOR OBSCENELY HIGH PROFIT RETURNS ON WALL STREET OIL STOCKS

WAKE UP AMERICA, BECAUCE THE WORLD ALREADY KNOWS ABOUT THE CRIMINAL GOP REPUBLICAN PARTY OF CONSPIRATORS

NATIONALIZE U.S. OIL FOR NATIONAL DEFENSE AS A VITAL RESOURCE

AMERICA AND AMERICANS FIRST

NO MORE GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET OOOOOIIIIILLLLL SPECULATION AND FRAUD AGAINST THE AMERICAN PEOPLE

IF YOU SAY THAT YOU LOVE AMERICA, THEN PROVE IT AND STOP THE GOP REPUBLICAN RAIDERS UPON OUR U.S. TREASURY AND OUTSOURCING OF U.S. JOBS


GOP Republican Wall Street Get Rich Quick By Robbing America TREASURY Wild Speculators Created The Enormous National Debt, So Make Them Pay For It And Balance Our Budget.
GOP Republican Wall Street Supercapitalism Speculators Have Committed Treason Against Our Country.

HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON ANGERED BY SARAH PALIN FAILIN’S REMARKS

Will the GOP Republican get rich by selling America party take credit for any of their disasters? GOP Republicans are successful at failing and hurting OUR COUNTRY in the eyes of the WORLD. Can we really afford to ignore what the ENTIRE WORLD THINKS OF US?


How does the WORLD perceive AMERICA led by Barack Obama? Extremely favorable.

How does the WORLD perceive AMERICA led by John McCain? Extremely negative.

FOUR MORE YEARS ANYONE?

Eventually, Americans will realize that doing the same thing (electing GOP Republicans) will not yield different results (stock market disasters, economic disasters, world view disasters, failed foreign policy disasters, failed domestic policies disasters).

Spraying perfume on a new GOP Republican Pig will not create a bright and shiny candidate. Garbage in equal garbage out. GOP Republican garbage in yield (stock market, economic, foreign relations, domestic policies) garbage out.

McCain has perpetually been a failure from school until now.
Palin Failin has perpetually been a failure (with a hillbilly hockey mom accent) from day one until now. Her bear hunting Arctic outback kids prove it.

Do you really need someone to tell you these basic facts? Under the Freedom of Information Act, all of this information is available free if you choose to type in the questions.

Lets prove to the Europeans and the World that we are not stupid, because they think that we are after two terms of Forrest Gump Bush.

D Student Crash Every Plane McCain and Hillbilly Trailer Palin Failin are not reflective of the AMERICAN PEOPLE.

If Palin Failin had a brain, then she would have considered the immense responsibilities demanded of the Office of the United States Vice President or President; and politely declined McCain’s crack induced invitation. GOP Republican Party is a joke.

If FOX NEWS does not clean up it’s filthy RACIST acts of discrimination, then American and European audiences will B O Y C O T T FOX RACIST NEWS.


GOP Republican Wall Street Get Rich Quick By Robbing America TREASURY Wild Speculators Created The Enormous National Debt, So Make Them Pay For It And Balance Our Budget.
GOP Republican Wall Street Supercapitalism Speculators Have Committed Treason Against Our Country.


REPORT SAYS GOP REPUBLICAN OIL AGENCY RAN AMOK

INVESTIGATION OF GOP REPUBLICAN OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET

INVESTIGATION OF GOP REPUBLICAN MINERALS MANAGEMENT SERVICE OIL MARKETING GROUP


GOP REPUBLICAN Government officials in charge of collecting BILLIONS of dollars worth of royalties from OIL and gas companies accepted gifts, steered contracts to favored clients and engaged in drug use and illicit sex with employees of the energy firms, federal investigators reported.

Investigators from the Interior Department's inspector general's office said more than a dozen employees, including the former director of the OIL royalty program, took meals, ski trips, sports tickets and golf outings from industry representatives. The report alleges that the former director, also netted more than $30,000 from improper outside work.

The report from Inspector General contains fresh allegations about the practices at the beleaguered royalty-in-kind program of Interior's Minerals Management Service, which last year collected more than $4 billion worth of OIL and natural gas from companies given contracts to tap energy on federal and Indian lands and offshore. The revelations come as Congress is set to consider opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and areas off the coast of Florida for drilling.

The royalty-in-kind program, based near Denver, allows energy companies to pay the government in OIL and gas, rather than cash, for the privilege of drilling on government land. It has been the subject of multiple investigations since 2006 by the Interior Department's secretary, its inspector general, the Justice Department and Congress for alleged mismanagement and conflicts of interest.

In the report released yesterday, investigators said they "discovered a culture of substance abuse and promiscuity" in which employees accepted gratuities "with prodigious frequency." The report cited one e-mail from a Shell Pipeline representative asking a woman in the royalty office to attend "tailgating festivities" at a Houston Texans football game: "You're invited . . . have you and the girls meet at my place at 6am for bubble baths and final prep."

Besides Shell, the energy company employees mentioned in the report worked for Chevron, Hess and Gary-Williams Energy. The social outings detailed in the report included alcohol-, cocaine- and marijuana-filled parties where certain employees of the Minerals Management Service were nicknamed the "MMS Chicks" by the energy employees. The companies paid for federal workers to attend football and baseball games, PGA Tour events, Colorado ski trips, paintball outings and "treasure hunts," investigators found.

"The OIL INDUSTRY holds shocking sway over the ADMINISTRATION and even KEY FEDERAL EMPLOYEES,". "This is why we must not allow BIG OIL'S AGENDA to be jammed through CONGRESS."

The current director of the Minerals Management Service, said that he takes the report "very seriously".
Employees identified in the report told investigators that they didn't think ethics rules applied to them because of their "unique" role in the agency and that they needed to socialize with industry representatives for "market intelligence," according to the report. Those employees, some of whom have been transferred to different offices, have been recommended for internal administrative action.

The inspector general's release comprised three separate reports, including one devoted to the program's director. It alleges that Smith improperly worked part time for Geomatrix Consultants, an Oakland, Calif.-based environmental and engineering firm, and marketed the company to government clients.

Additionally, the report said that the director had an inappropriate sexual relationship with a subordinate whom he paid to buy cocaine, promising her a bonus in return. The director admitted to the sexual encounter.

The director, who now works for a private OIL company in Denver, did not respond to requests for comment. Investigators referred their findings to federal prosecutors.

Justice officials also declined to comment on their decision about the criminal case against the highest-ranking official named in the report director of the Minerals Management Service, who worked in Washington. She is accused of improperly arranging a million-dollar deal for two retired employees.

The wife of the procurement policy administrator for the WHITE HOUSE OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET, retired from government service Jan. 31. She declined to comment on the report. She told investigators she had a "personal issue. The Justice Department's decision to charge created a rift with Interior officials.

One of the two retired employees pleaded guilty in July to a federal conflict-of-interest charge related to the investigation. Another employee has been under investigation for similar conflict-of-interest allegations.

Before he left, Mayberry created a job for himself by writing the job description and the criteria for selecting the winning bidder, court documents show. He started a company out of his Texas home and was awarded a $150,000 contract in June 2003. He later hired Dial, the report said. Mayberry's firm collected $788,000 worth of contracts.

The royalty-in-kind program, which started as a small pilot project a decade ago, has been touted as a way to simplify the way OIL AND GAS COMPANIES pay for the right to drill on federal land and offshore. Instead of calculating the profit from a well, they can simply give the government one-eighth to one-sixth of whatever they take from the ground.

Revenue rose quickly, from $1.5 billion in 2004 to $4.3 billion last fiscal year. But the growth occurred "in an environment with relatively unstructured in-house oversight," the congressionally convened Royalty Policy Committee said in a December report. Previous reports have said that companies were allowed to revise their million-dollar bids for projects indiscriminately, that government workers routinely failed to seek out legal advice on complicated deals and that the agency used outdated computers and a $150 million software program that resulted in royalty money going uncollected.

A lawyer who represented states and tribes entitled to a cut of the royalties, said it was nearly impossible to get accurate numbers from the agency. "They kept hemming and hawing," she said.

In late 2006 questions arose over its handling of leases written in 1998 and 1999 that allowed major OIL companies drilling in the Gulf of Mexico to avoid BILLIONS of dollars in royalty payments.

Former Interior Department auditors accused the agency of failing to bill companies. "We weren't allowed to audit them. It was disturbing," said an auditor who sued the federal government for not collecting royalties. "You couldn't see what was going on."

The minerals agency director said that the harm done by the royalty employees was to public trust and TREASURY, and acknowledged that financial considerations were given to firms that gave favors to federal employees, and he said the contracts will be audited.


Do you really question the motives of GOP Republicans Criminals? America must Immediately Nationalize U.S. OIL and Gas For National Defense.


DEMOCRAT HARVARD LAW VS. GOP REPUBLICAN CRASH JET AND MUDVILLE

U.S. Presidents From Harvard Law
John Adams
John Quincy Adams
Rutherford Hayes
Theodore Roosevelt
Franklin Roosevelt
John Kennedy
Barack Obama

President and Harvard Law Scholar Barack Obama Contrast With D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain


Growing Up

D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain was privileged, given everything by both parents, and worked for nothing.


Irish-American and Harvard Law Scholar Barack Obama grew up poor, raised by his Irish-American single white mother and Irish-American white working class maternal grand parents. Irish-American and Harvard Law Scholar Barack Obama was given nothing and worked for everything.

Education

D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain was a D student and graduated last in his class. D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain and McBush Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire share failed academic records. He partied constantly and dependent on favor handouts from his high ranking father and grandfather. D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain earned nothing on his own similar to McBush Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire. D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain is also Internet illiterate which slows down his information processing capacity. Is this good for the country?


Irish-American and Harvard Law Scholar Barack Obama worked hard and became PRESIDENT OF THE HARVARD LAW REVIEW. Everything that Irish-American and Harvard Law Scholar Barack Obama accomplished he did on his own. Irish-American Barack Obama’s HARVARD Scholarship ranks among the best. Irish-American and Harvard Law Scholar Barack Obama’s hard work represents the American Dream.


Community Service

D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain poor studies translated into poor performances in the military where he crashed several planes and recklessly endangered the lives of others. D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain was never trusted by his colleagues nor loved by his peers. The highlight of D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain’s career was getting shot down and becoming a prisoner. D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain served his country by getting handouts from his guards. Getting handouts seems to be D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain’s modem of operations. WillObscenelyRich Crash Every Plane McCain, who finished 894th out of 899 at the Naval Academy and who lost five jets, return competence to the White House? To lose one plane over Vietnam may be a heroic tragedy; to lose five planes here and there is carelessness.

Irish-American Barack Obama turned down large profits after graduating from HARVARD LAW to serve the community in Chicago where help was needed most. The community learned to trust and love Irish-American and Harvard Law Scholar Barack Obama for his dedication to public service.


Marriage

D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain walked out on his family to chase a younger woman who was on drugs, embezzling money from her company, stealing, and facing criminal charges, until her privileged family saved her from trial. D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain’s dysfunctional family represents chaos and lack of respect when he curses her in public.


Irish-American and Harvard Law Scholar Barack Obama married an intelligent IVY LEAGUE attorney and adores his beautiful young daughters. Irish-American and Harvard Law Scholar Barack Obama’s First Family represents what America is striving for. Irish-American and Harvard Law Scholar Barack Obama has always been surrounded by and still maintains a great respect for women (Irish mother, Irish grandmother, sister, wife, and two daughters). If anyone is in tune with and favors the betterment of working American women, then it’s Irish-American and Harvard Law Scholar Barack Obama.

International Diplomacy

The World wants no more chaotic McBush Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire-D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain.


The World loves Irish-American and Harvard Law Scholar Barack Obama and will follow America’s leadership behind Irish-American and Harvard Law Scholar Barack Obama.

If D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain had to make another emergency landing on a deserted island with Irish-American and Harvard Law Scholar Barack Obama onboard as one of the passengers, then it is safe to say that D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain would assume the role of Gilligan, while Irish-American and Harvard Law Scholar Barack Obama would assume the role of the professor.

Hillary Clinton Will Destroy Sarah Palin Failin From Mooseville College.


Navy pilot John Sidney D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain III should have never been allowed to graduate from the U.S. Navy flight school. He was a below average student and a lousy pilot. Had his father and grandfather not been famous four star U.S. Navy admirals, D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain III would have never been allowed in the cockpit of a military aircraft.

His father John S. "Junior" McCain was commander of U.S. forces in Europe later becoming commander of American forces in Vietnam while D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain III was being held prisoner of war. D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain III's grandfather John S. McCain, Sr. commanded naval aviation at the Battle of Okinawa in 1945.

During his relative short stunt on flight status, D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain III lost five U.S. Navy aircraft, four in accidents and one in combat.

D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain III lost jet number one in 1958 when he plunged into Corpus Christi Bay while practicing landings. He was knocked unconscious by the impact coming to as the plane settled to the bottom.

D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain's second crash occurred while he was deployed in the Mediterranean. Flying too low over the Iberian Peninsula, he took out some power lines which led to a spate of newspaper stories in which he was predictably identified as the son of an admiral."

D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain's third crash three occurred when he was returning from flying a Navy trainer solo to Philadelphia for an Army-Navy football game.

D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain's fourth aircraft loss occurred July 29, 1967, soon after he was assigned to the USS Forrestal as an A-4 Skyhawk pilot. While seated in the cockpit of his aircraft waiting his turn for takeoff, an accidently fired rocket slammed into D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain's plane. He escaped from the burning aircraft, but the explosions that followed killed 134 sailors, destroyed at least 20 aircraft, and threatened to sink the ship.

D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain's fifth loss happened during his 23rd mission over North Vietnam on Oct. 26, 1967, when D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain's A-4 Skyhawk was shot down by a surface-to-air missile. D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain ejected from the plane breaking both arms and a leg in the process and subsequently parachuted into Truc Bach Lake near Hanoi.

"Demands for military information were accompanied by threats to terminate my medical treatment if I [D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain] did not cooperate. Eventually, I gave them my ship's name and squadron number, and confirmed that my target had been the power plant."

When the communist learned that D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain's father was Admiral John S. McCain, Jr., the soon-to-be commander of all U.S. Forces in the Pacific, he was rushed to Gai Lam military hospital.

The communist Vietnamese figured, because POW D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain's father was of such high military rank, that he was of royalty or the governing circle. Thereafter the communist bragged that they had captured "the crown prince."

For 23 combat missions (an estimated 20 hours over enemy territory), the U.S. Navy awarded D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain a Silver Star, a Legion of Merit for Valor, a Distinguished Flying Cross, three Bronze Stars, two Commendation medals plus two Purple Hearts and a dozen service medals.

D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain had roughly 20 hours in combat. Since D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain got 28 medals, that equals out to a medal-and-a-half for each hour he spent in combat. There were infantry guys -- grunts on the ground -- who had more than 7,000 hours in combat where I'm sure a prison cell would have looked pretty good to them by comparison. The question really is how many guys got that number of medals for not being shot down.

D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain has been an unchecked master at manipulating an overly friendly and biased news media. The former POW turned Congressman, turned U.S. Senator, has managed to gloss over his failures as a pilot and collaborations with the enemy by exaggerating his military service and lying about his feats of heroism.

D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain has sprouted a halo and wings to become America's POW-hero presidential candidate.

Former naval officer and the owner of an OOIIILLLL-trading company that inked defense contracts worth $1 billion is the modern presidential money man. The law forbids high-level supporters from writing huge checks, but with help from friends in the Middle East D Student Obscenely Rich Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain is receiving large donations.

If FOX NEWS does not clean up it’s filthy RACIST acts of discrimination, then American and European audiences will B O Y C O T T FOX RACIST NEWS.

Barak Obama proved why November's presidential election will end in a 50-state sweep. John Crash Every Plane McCain has no chance. It's like George Bush climbing into the ring with Mike Tyson; one thundering left hook and the Crawford Caligula would be sprawled across the canvas. "No mas"! The same fate awaits the crabby senator from Arizona. The polls are skewed to look like there's a political horse-race going on. There isn't. It's a complete rout. There's one well-toned thoroughbred striding from venue to venue electrifying the ever-increasing throngs, and one doddering, old mare limping towards the glue-factory. Someone should put a stop to it before Crash Every Plane McCain gets hurt.

At the Victory Column in Berlin's Tiergarten, Obama extracted Old Glory from the burn-pile and gave Brand America a desperately needed shot of adrenaline. 200,000 ecstatic Germans jammed the streets in what turned out to be the political shindig of the year. Many of them were waving American flags and chanting, "Obama, Obama, Obama". It was like Jack Kennedy had risen from his moldy sepulcher and made his way across the pond for one last rousing ovation. Obama has the very same affect on crowds. Its a gift and he knows how to use it to great advantage.

"People of Berlin, people of the world, this is our moment, this is our time," Obama boomed. "I know my country has not perfected itself, we've made our share of mistakes and there are times when our actions around the world have not lived up to our best intentions. But the greatest danger of all is to allow new walls to divide us from one another."

What can we say about Obama's oratory skills that hasn't already been said? He is one of those unique characters who knows how to tap into the collective psyche and put them under his spell. He is the closest thing to a Pied Piper we've seen in the last half century. Whatever one thinks of his politics, his speeches are a welcome reprieve from the simian blabbering of President Dimwit.

"I speak to you not as a candidate for president, but as a citizen; a proud citizen of the United States and a fellow citizen of the world." (Roaring applause)

JOHN Crash Every Plane McCain: Maverick or Freak?
Have you taken a look at the crowds at a Crash Every Plane McCain event. Usually, there aren't any. Typically, there are more journalists and cameramen then people; and even they look bored. It's the truth. He generates no enthusiasm at all. None. He may be the most uninspiring, tedious, pure-vanilla candidate of all time; a complete dud. I challenge anyone to recite from memory anything John Crash Every Plane McCain has ever said in his 40 years in office. Time's up! When Crash Every Plane McCain begins to talk, its a signal for women to pull out the nail-files and for men to figure out how they're going to get out of cutting the lawn this week. Really. No one listens.

And the people that do manage to drag themselves to his speeches out of a sense of obligation are (you guessed it) scowling white guys with baseball caps pulled tightly over their ears or nearly-ambulatory Korea-era Vets who think the United Nations is a communist front-group that's planning to air-drop blue-helmets into Duluth to take over the United States. Tin-foil hats anyone?

Popularity and charisma, how does one survive in politics with neither. That's the question, and it may be the biggest mystery of Crash Every Plane McCain's candidacy. He's just not a likable guy. No one ever talks about hanging out and having a beer with John Crash Every Plane McCain, because they know that he might go "Jackie Chan" and start busting the place up. And he's utterly impossible to listen to. His high-pitched squeaky voice is about two octaves higher than a dog-whistle and twice as annoying. So how is he going to beat Obama. It's a total mismatch.

Crash Every Plane McCain is the perfect candidate for the GOP Republic party that has completely collapsed. He's like the "Jolly Roger" on the front of an iodine bottle; Brand X. In 2000, the Republican Party boasted it was the "party of ideas". What ideas? The Republican Party has never had ideas because the corporate mandarins and blue-blooded kleptocrats that run the party are suspicious of ideas, ideology, doctrine, philosophy or anything else that veers from their primary objectives of crushing the poor, despoiling the environment, carpet-bombing brown people wherever they may be, and enriching themselves. That's all they care about. The task of the right-wing think-tanks is to treat "war and tax cuts" like they're ideas. They're not. But war and tax cuts ARE the two foundation blocks of the Republican Party. There's nothing else; there never has been. Don't look for ideas; there aren't any. GOP Republican get rich quick by defrauding the AMERICAN PEOPLE, robbing the National TREASURY, sending American jobs overseas, and raising the national debt.

Hold Bush, Cheney, Rice, and Crash Every Plane McCain accountable for the crimes they've committed during their time in office.

Obama is not a candidate; he's a phenomenon. Obama is an explosive, vital, charismatic politician. When he speaks people feel better about themselves and their country. And, they're more hopeful about the future, too. That's what makes him unbeatable.

Crash Every Plane McCain, on the other hand, is the perfect embodiment of his party; a rusty, broken-down hulk that's been stripped of its engine, its fenders and all its moving parts. Even the steering wheel is gone. It's a dead-loss; nothing is salvageable.

Crash Every Plane McCain is in way over his head. This election is going to be a real embarrassment for him. It's too bad. He should be back at the Phoenix Rest Home shooing kids off the front lawn instead of waiting for the ax to fall in November. It's a rotten way to end a career.


GOP Republican Wall Street SRO (Self Regulatory Organization) Robber Baron Supercapitalism Is Down And Will No Longer Rob the U.S. TREASURY and AMERICAN PEOPLE


GOP REPUBLICAN PLANE/TRAILER WRECK MCCAIN/PALIN FAILIN

With Wall Street OOOIIIIILLLLLL stocks paid under the table to Sarah Palin Failin OOOOIIIIILLLLLL Commissioner from OOOOOIIIIIILLLLLLL Millionaires Crash Every Plane McCain, Bush, Cheney, Rice and Guiliani; it appears that Sarah Palin Failin OOOOIIIIILLLLLL Commissioner, her large family, dogs, cats, chickens, and hogs can now move out of their trailer. Guiliani went from GOP front runner to anonymous polygamist. Guiliani is the biggest joke and shares home dysfunction with Bush, Cheney, Rice, Crash Every Plane McCain and now Sarah trailer Palin Failin OOOOIIIIILLLLLL Commissioner. OOOOIIIIILLLLLLL MILLIONS stolen from Our TREASURY did not help their dysfunctional families.

GOP Republican Wall Street Get Rich by robbing the American TREASURY and outsourcing American jobs party has officially been dissolved. Plane wreck McCrash and Train wreck Trailer Palin Failin OOOOIIIIILLLLLL Commissioners have destroyed the already dysfunctional GOP Republican Party of Corporate Welfare Thieves.

Democrats and Independents are the official parties. Blessings to America and the World for peaceful cooperation and the elimination of unjust wars for GOP profits. The People First Party has arrived and Rich Wall Street millionaires will no longer use the AMERICAN PEOPLE as their cattle. Americans today are all free independent Democratic People in pursuit of happiness in the spirit of cooperation.

“We joined up with an altruistic vision of promoting freedom and justice around the world,” said Vince Emanuel, a Marine lance corporal who did a tour of duty in Iraq from August 2004 to April 2005, explaining why he was marching and protesting the GOP Republican Convention.

“Except we saw the killing of innocent people and the destruction of property ... for a lot of us it was very disenfranchising."

The veterans group tried to hand a message to the campaign of GOP Republican John Crash Every Plane McCain calling for a withdrawal from Iraq, reparations for the Iraqi people, and full medical benefits for veterans. No one from John Crash Every Plane McCain’s campaign received them.


If FOX NEWS does not clean up it’s filthy RACIST acts of discrimination, then American and European audiences will B O Y C O T T FOX RACIST NEWS.


GOP Republican Wall Street SRO (Self Regulatory Organization) Robber Baron Supercapitalism Is Down And Will No Longer Rob the U.S. TREASURY and AMERICAN PEOPLE

Prerequisite for the United Stats President and Vice President is advance degrees, especially in Constitutional Law. D student McCain and hillbilly Palin Failin are excluded from the highest offices in the World. The debates will be fun: Harvard Law vs. Crash Jet and Mudville.

GOP Republican Wall Street Get Rich Quick By Robbing America TREASURY Wild Speculators Created The Enormous National Debt, So Make Them Pay For It And Balance Our Budget.
GOP Republican Wall Street Supercapitalism Speculators Have Committed Treason Against Our Country.


HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON ANGERED BY SARAH PALIN FAILIN’S REMARKS

Posted by: dwashington1 | September 29, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

I think the bigger issue that MUST be brought to light is the fact that the bastards on the left rejected an opportunity to control the secondary subprime market more than 3 years ago when Republicans first proposed S.190.

Instead the pack of thieves with "D's" behind their names stuffed their pockets full of "campaign contributions" from the Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae fan club. Dodd along took $165K while Obamoron sucked up more than $120K

It is the dimocraps that should have to face a judge.

Posted by: Bcamp55 | September 29, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Maybe it's time for a plan B which is get to work, pay your bills and quit all this borrowing money. How about it Uncle Sam?

Posted by: TennesseeJim | September 29, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Obama steps up in the crisis like a man and a true leader.

McCain responds to the defeat of the bailout bill engineered by his own Republican colleagues by blaming Obama. McCain's fingerpointing is the next act in his shameful political stuntmaking. This guy is a disaster: erratic, narrowly partisan, uninformed, and cowardly.

Is there any doubt left as to who is the stable, resourceful, calm and intelligent leader we need as president?

Posted by: dee5 | September 29, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

People are so easily convinced to vote against their own best interests. When the retirement and stock account statements come in the mail, people will begin to understand just how stupid they've been by demanding that their House Representatives vote against this bill.

Congress's criminal activity against the everyayd people in this country is unbelievable.

Country first? No way...House members are just gutless.

Posted by: dbax | September 29, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

McCain is laughing at you, dumb@sses! He'll retire to one of his seven houses, and keep driving his 13 cars as you liberal idiots pound the pavement for your next job, or your kids have to drop out of Berkeley or Columbia U.

Posted by: playa_brotha | September 29, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse


I like Obama but I disagree that Dems should vote for this bill.

Paulson shows up with a 3-page ransom note and we're supposed to just hand over more money than we ever had before? Just like that?

What does it tell you that Bush's own party doesn't trust Bush? The man is political poison. Let this be a lesson to anyone who thinks they can as arrogant a jerk as he has been in office. It comes to blow-back on you and this bill is where it happened.

Dems should be relieved. They just avoided hanging a Bush tax&spend bailout albatross around their necks.

In my book many Dems were all too ready and anxious to start throwing taxpayer dollars at this problem. Glad to see my fellow moderate Dems finally figure out this was a bad deal and vote against it.

I expect to disagree with Obama on many things, but I can't wait to vote and see him elected President. McCain's stunt(s) have really made it impossible to vote Republican this year.


Posted by: tony_in_Durham_NC | September 29, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

It will be difficult for McCaine to hide his true Character as a less presidential Marterial than one. McCaine captialised on unpopular policies of the day and he was able to win a melting block vote for his nomination. He now faces a true political polity when seemingly the entire population is undergoing a political review and McCaine is not a sort of person who can provide the needed leadership to restore American image as a global leader on International Policing.

The Vote against the Bail out will is a real thorn in his maverick kind of politics. McCaine will continue to Rash and Spin but he will do little to Change the runaway tide of Change that is sweeping American Spectrum

Posted by: edwardmashate | September 29, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

It will be difficult for McCaine to hide his true Character as a less presidential Marterial than one. McCaine captialised on unpopular policies of the day and he was able to win a melting block vote for his nomination. He now faces a true political polity when seemingly the entire population is undergoing a political review and McCaine is not a sort of person who can provide the needed leadership to restore American image as a global leader on International Policing.

The Vote against the Bail out will is a real thorn in his maverick kind of politics. McCaine will continue to Rash and Spin but he will do little to Change the runaway tide of Change that is sweeping American Spectrum

Posted by: edwardmashate | September 29, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

It will be difficult for McCaine to hide his true Character as a less presidential Marterial than one. McCaine captialised on unpopular policies of the day and he was able to win a melting block vote for his nomination. He now faces a true political polity when seemingly the entire population is undergoing a political review and McCaine is not a sort of person who can provide the needed leadership to restore American image as a global leader on International Policing.

The Vote against the Bail out will is a real thorn in his maverick kind of politics. McCaine will continue to Rash and Spin but he will do little to Change the runaway tide of Change that is sweeping American Spectrum

Posted by: edwardmashate | September 29, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

There is plenty of blame to go around for the disintegration of the credit markets, but the claim McCain made today that Obama is "responsible" for the failure of the bailout bill is beyond ludicrous. He has consistently opposed the type of regulation that might have forestalled the present crisis, and his antics last week and his now demonstrated inability to garner the support of House Republicans surely torpedo his pretensions as a "leader."

Posted by: Dionysus | September 29, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

If Dear Leader says to be calm, be calm.

Or else.

Posted by: info42 | September 29, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

HOW DID WE EVER GET IN THIS MESS??

"100 percent financing . . ."
"No down payment . . ."
"No income . . .
"No job . . ."
"No assets . . ."
"No credit scores . . ."
"Low credit scores . . ."
"No SSN required . . . "
"ITIN identification accepted . . ."
"Undocumented income . . ."
". . . even if you don't report it on your tax returns . . ."

Posted by: eureka60 | September 29, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Puleeez, blaming the democrats for the vote? Crazeee - it was repug Bush and repug Paulson (along with a slew of bank slobbiests) that crafted this lovely $700B blank check. Howz about pass a bill authorizing expenditure of up to $700B on a bail-out, with a 30 day committee to craft a plan to present for a vote WITHOUT the influence of Paulson or the banks...howz about dat? Calm the markets and make economic sense...novel...too cool ...Obamaesque

Posted by: frayedcat | September 29, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

House Dems provided more than a majority of votes (about 60 percent) but House Republicans provided 30 percent. Yeah right, blame the Dems.

Posted by: fairfaxvoter | September 29, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Obama looks presidential, and John "Drama" McSame looks like a reckless grand-stander who lacks the temperament, judgment and political skills to lead this great country.

Posted by: spotfoul | September 29, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

CALM COOL RESPONSIBLE OBAMA

Posted by: JudgeAlan | September 29, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

CALM COOL RESPONSIBLE OBAMA

Posted by: JudgeAlan | September 29, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

CALM COOL RESPONSIBLE OBAMA

Posted by: JudgeAlan | September 29, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

CALM COOL RESPONSIBLE OBAMA

Posted by: JudgeAlan | September 29, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

CALM COOL RESPONSIBLE OBAMA

Posted by: JudgeAlan | September 29, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Why weren't the rest of the Dems on board? If Nancy could get them the vote would pass. Oh yeah, Mr. Calm hasn't shown his hand yet, can you tell me what his position is in the bailout? Could it mean that he needs to wait and do what Nancy did and figure out what is politically correct???? Mr. Family values...you really need to learn some things about how this happened in the first place.

Posted by: cbl0213 | September 29, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

We can now add Chapter 2 to McCain's absurdist tale of crazy campaign stunts, as now comes word that the McCain campaign was taking credit for the passage of the bailout . . . right before it was defeated!


As if McCain hadn't already made himself look ridiculous with his transparent posturing when he threatened to skip last week's debate, McCain somehow managed to one-up his own ridiculousness by attempting to take credit for the passage of the bailout bill . . . just moments before it crashed and burned.


The McCain campaign has gone beyond the Keystone Kops. I'm beginning to suspect that they don't actually have ANYONE running the campaign, that instead, surrogates just go out and say anything, anytime -- whatever pops into their head that they think at that moment will help McCain. How else to explain the complete disarray, the complete lack of foresight, and the complete jumble that is their "message."


Enjoy this priceless gem from this morning, as the McCain campaign reduces him to the role of clueless clown once again:


"John McCain's presidential campaign claimed credit as Congress readied Monday to vote on an emergency economic package, but Democrats said the Republican's last-ditch intervention had been no help."

"Mitt Romney, McCain's erstwhile rival for the Republican nomination, said the deal on a Wall Street bailout worth up to 700 billion dollars would never have happened without the Arizona senator."

"Speaking on NBC television, the former Massachusetts governor said "this bill would not have been agreed to had it not been for John McCain."

"That doesn't mean that he's the only guy doing that. And there many people ... who have been critical to it," Romney said.

"But, you know, this is a bipartisan accomplishment, a bipartisan success. And if people want to get something done in Washington, they just watch John McCain," he said.

"He's been the guy whose name is at the top of major pieces of legislation for a long time."


Here's some more "straight-talk", my friends:
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http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20080929/pl_afp/usvote_080929144550;_ylt=Ag6nlC00hhcp5toDiOoPyaupg9IF
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Posted by: DrainYou | September 29, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

JRM2:

McCain got as many GOP House members on board as possible. I actually assign more blame to the Speaker of the House and Majority Whip for failing to get enough Democrats to vote for the bill.

Posted by: MarkInAustin | September 29, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

I SUBMIT TO YOU the NATION and the people need and WANT a boringly competent adminstration with cool headed negotiators of thoughtful jurisprudence.


CALM COOL thoughtful responsible OBAMA

Posted by: JudgeAlan | September 29, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Stay calm. That sounds like the same thing he said when Russia invaded Georgia.

Posted by: YUTZ | September 29, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

This is a good message from Obama. Leadership, doing the right thing, even when the vote is unpopular. That's what grown-ups do.

Where is McCain on this? No where to be found....

Posted by: hoos3014 | September 29, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Stay calm. That sounds like the same thing he said when Russia invaded Georgia.

Posted by: YUTZ | September 29, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

so Obama is actually leading, and McCain is in so big a hurry to take credit for leading, he claims credit for something that doesn't, in fact, happen (bringing house republicans to the table) and he told Brian Williams "it would be up to the people to decide how much credit he deserves"

guess what John, not only do you deserve no credit whatsoever, you look like a fool claiming credit twice for something that you failed to do.

Posted by: JoeT1 | September 29, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

I'd like to take a moment to thank Mr McCain for taking a good portion of my 401k and my children's college savings.

Basically everything I've worked towards for the past 10 years.

Nice "Family Values"

Posted by: JRM2 | September 29, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

It looks like he's hiding under the Grand Stands. It's his Party and he can cry if he wants to---so much for Country First.

Posted by: ejgallagher1 | September 29, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

I have to admit that Obama has really impressed me lately. I was always a staunch supporter of Obama's, but he has really shown a cool and level head, and a steady hand during this crisis. He IS the person I want answering that phone at 3:00 in the morning, and he is the only candidate who can get us out of this mess.
OBAMA-08!!!

Posted by: Lord733 | September 29, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Obama has no blame in this. McCain was the one who staked his economic future on being able to cobble together a GOP coalition to pass the bill. His efforts were weak (what did he really do to push the bailout?), but he still couldn't even accomplish that. Very bad day for McCain...

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: parkerfl1 | September 29, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

It looks as though Obama is prepared to engage more productively on the financial stabilization bill than McCain today. He remains steady and consistent in support of a deal that needs to go through to stop the bleeding.

McCain bragged about how he came in and helped solve the problem last week, while Obama "sat of the sidelines." Now that the vote went down, McCain has no comment. Nice work, Senator. Are you going to suspend your campaign - again - so you can "solve" the problem - again?

Posted by: johnsonc2 | September 29, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

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