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McCain Seeks Reform of 401(k) Rules


Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain smiles as he speaks during a rally in La Crosse, Wis., Oct. 10, 2008. (Carlos Barria/Reuters)

Updated 1:13 p.m.
By Michael D. Shear
LA CROSSE, Wis. -- Seeking new ways to respond to the frightening economic collapse, Sen. John McCain proposed today that retirees should not be required to cash in the stocks from their retirement accounts when they reach 70-and-a-half years old.

Current rules require that liquidation of 401(k) plans begin when seniors reach that age. But with stocks collapsing, those accounts are worth far less than many of their owners expected them to be. Under the current rules, they would have to sell at a huge loss.

"To spare investors from being forced to sell their stocks at just the time when the market is hurting the most, those rules should be suspended," McCain said at a rally here.

It is unclear how long McCain thinks the rules should be suspended. The proposal follows one he made during the last presidential debate for the government to use $300 billion to buy up shaky mortgages.

McCain has said different things about where that money would come from. During the rally, he seemed to indicate that it would come from $700 billion in federal money already identified as part of the overall economic rescue.

"The funds aren't new, but the priorities will be when we put the financial strength of our government back on the side of working families," he said.

But in an interview with ABC's Charlie Gibson on Thursday, McCain said that his rescue plan would be "part of the $700 billion, new money, if necessary."

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FANNIE MAE, and FREDDIE MAC


guarantee MORTGAGE POOLS and individual loans.....they don't make loans, nor do they encourage low income mortgages....


they are PRESSURED TO GUARANTEE THEM by corrupt banking officials...


they are also both backed by $800 BILLION DOLLARS worth of stocks and other financial instruments....


the culprits for the current fiasco? stupid BORN_rich people that have no experience with anything but influence peddling, bid rigging, price fixing, and using electoral fraud to get a hold of the government...

whoever has gotten a non compete bid from the first 6 years of the bush administration.

whoever paid Niel, George W., Jeb and George H.W.'s way through life....SAND BROTHERS in UAE, Kuwiat, Saudi

it's all a matter of record....you can attach their family holdings and anyone associated with them....

think UAE has some money? think the bushes would use it to manipulate markets????

please, SEARCH on George W. Bush, Victor Ashe, Jeff Gannon


see what they do that you don't know about.


Posted by: tesser_actsoflove1 | October 10, 2008 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Whether someone moves right or left is immaterial. What is important is accountability? The charade of the US Congress holding hearings with just the CEOs of Wall Street is hysterical theatre. They need to include themselves (both right and left). You have to admit that the executive branch failed to see the problem and the legislative branch stopped all attempts to contain it three years ago. All of the incumbents should be flogged.

Posted by: jhpbriton | October 10, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

any one


stupid enough to either play or characterize others by their


position of left or right


doesn't understand the truth....


listen closely Bcamp55 if you insist on labeling then you have to admit

that your are lying, appealing to emotion, playing the red herring, appealing to authority


basically BSing

and your claims of intelligence are out the window with that position.


on a good day neither you, not scooter libby, nor karl roverer, nor the Kagans


could touch my robe without bursting into flames...

you and your ilk, are in position through corruption,


not competition, if there were competition


you would be on the cutting room floor.....


you are the scene without merit...


wanna dance?

I'll be wearing you on the tip of my size 14's


like toewarmer

.

Posted by: tesser_actsoflove1 | October 10, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Get a life dwashington1...

If you do start the trials...first to be prosecuted should be Dodd, Frank, and CEOs of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac!!!

Posted by: jhpbriton | October 10, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

None of the McCain or Obama proposals solve the problem. Govt coerced/encouraged/threatened Countrywide and others to provide loans to individuals who were not credit worthy. Govt forced Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to loosen loan requirements. Everyone got something they didn't pay for (wall street, Dodd and Frank, Fannie Mae's CEO, even the individual who could not afford the home in the first place).....

Advice...Pay off your debts, get 20% together for a down payment, and then apply for a loan (for a house you can afford - monthly payment Principal/Interest/Taxes/Insurance less than 30% of your monthly take-home pay. If you can't afford it ... don't buy it! That goes for government as well.

Posted by: jhpbriton | October 10, 2008 5:43 PM | Report abuse

GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET FRAUD HAS KILLED SUPER-CAPITALISM

Thanks to GOP Republican Wall Street fraud, the International Banking System will no longer use capitalism.

Asia and Latin America will stay far away from American super-capitalism.

Europe will demand transparency and strict enforcement of International Banking Laws for ALL NATIONS, especially the United States.

Europe views Wall Street CEOs and investors as criminals unworthy of trust who must be closely monitored commensurate with their dishonest nature.


HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON ANGERED BY SARAH PAILIN’S REMARKS

Hillary wants to know if Pailin wants to run the United States in the same manner that she and McCain ran their dysfunctional families. With the nomination of hockey mom and desperate housewife Sarah Failin, John McCain has officially transformed the defunct GOP Republican Party into a circus complete with a lipstick wearing pig clown displaying the IQ of a cockatoo. While Sarah Falin is campaigning, Alaska is missing its village idiot in charge of guarding the Russian border. It is not very patriotic to leave your front porch, while the Russians are swimming across the Bering Strait. The Russians are interested in negotiating with foreign policy expert Sarah Palin. What a joke and disgrace to our country the GOP Republicans have become. (Bush, Quayle, Bush, Cheney, Rice, Guiliani, Palin) is this the best that you can do? Hillary added that Sarah Failin’s pathological lies, affairs with Todd’s business partners, shootings of endangered species, and unprofessional name calling led to the five letter word pertaining to an Arctic hillbilly (P A L I N).

SEND IN THE LIPSTICK PIG CLOWNS, NEVER MIND THEY ARE HERE

THE FALL OF GOP REPUBLICANS JOHN CRASH MCPLANE AND SARAH MOOSE COMMUNITY COLLEGE FAILIN

GOP REPUBLICANS’ FRAUD AND TREASON TEARS DOWN WALL STREET

MCCAIN-KEATING SAVINGS AND LOANS FRAUD / FINANCIAL CRISIS AGAINST AMERICA


The financial system is still in grave peril, despite Congress's approval of an unprecedented $700 billion bailout.

Unemployment is rising, the economy is slowing, and the question isn't whether we're in for a recession but how long and how deep the recession will be.

Meanwhile, U.S. troops are still fighting in two places -- Iraq and Afghanistan -- where foreign occupations end badly.

The terrorists who struck us on Sept. 11, 2001, have been allowed to regroup within the borders of nuclear-armed Pakistan and are busy plotting new attacks.

Rarely have there been bigger or more urgent issues to talk about in a presidential campaign.

Yet GOP Republican McCain / Failin refuse to talk about these vital issues to America. Why?
GOP Republicans caused this mess and have not a clue of how to get us out of this mess.

The richest one percent of this country owns half our country's wealth, nine trillion dollars. One third of that comes from hard work. Two thirds of that comes from inheritance; interest on interest accumulating to widows / idiot sons; and stock / real estate SPECULATION. It is crap.

Ninety percent of the American public has little or no net worth.

WALL STREET SPECULATORS create nothing. But through SUPER-CAPITALISM (FRAUD), WALL STREET SPECULATORS OWN THE MAJORITY OF THIS COUNTRY. The Super Rich running America are doing it through Las Vegas style gambling. IT IS CRAP!!!

RICH GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET SPECULATORS make the rules (news, war, peace, famine, upheaval).

RICH GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET SPECULATORS pick that rabbit out of the hat while the American People wonder how WE GOT INTO THIS MESS.

You are not naive enough to think that we live in a Democracy?

IT'S THE FREE MARKET. And you're a part of it.

GOP REPUBLICAN RICH WALL STREET SPECULATORS have that killer instinct. Stick around, GOP REPUBLICAN RICH WALL STREET SPECULATORS still have more stealing to do.


In a Democracy, the AMERICAN PEOPLE suppose to own AMERICA. That's right, the AMERICAN PEOPLE suppose to own AMERICA.

AMERICANS are being robbed by GOP RICH REPUBLICAN WALL STREET SPECULATORS AND THEIR WHITE HOUSE / CONGRESSIONAL STOOGES with their:

Obscenely high salaries,
Tax havens for the rich,
Tax breaks for the rich,
Tax laws for the rich,
Exclusive secret clubs “Eyes Wide Shut”,
Cooking the books with bribed accounting firms,
Luncheons,
Hunting trips,
Golf tournaments,
Escort services,
Corporate jets,
GOLDEN PARACHUTES.

Thousands of GOP Republican CEOs and their White House / Congressional Stooges are walking away with over $20,000,000 each of stolen money from the U.S. Treasury (AMERICAN PEOPLE). This Is Treason Against the American People.


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CONGRESS YOU NO LONGER REPRESENT WALL STREET SOLELY
CONGRESS YOU NOW REPRESENT THE WILL OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE

THIS IS THE AGENDA
CONGRESS WILL REMOVE ALL GOLDEN PARACHUTES FROM THE BILL
CONGRESS WILL ENSURE THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE WELL PROTECTED WITHIN THE BILL

CONGRESS WILL PROSECUTE GOP REPUBLICANS ON THE FIX AND WALL STREET SUPER RICH CEO INSIDE TRADERS. THEIR CORPORATE SHARES AND PRIVATE PROPERTIES (DOMESTIC AND ABROAD) WILL BE CONFISCATED AND RETURNED TO THE U.S. TREASURY (AMERICAN PEOPLE).

GREED IS TREASON AGAINST THE AMERICAN PEOPLE

IF CONGRESS FAILS TO PROTECT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, THEN CONGRESS WILL BE DESOLVED AND A NEW CONGRESS WILL BE PUT IN PLACE TO REFLECT THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE


SOMEONE EXPLAIN TO CONGRESS IN EXTREMELY SIMPLE TERMS THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE COME FIRST.

THE DAYS WHEN CONGRESS ACTED AS THE STOOGE OF GOP REPUBLICAN SUPER RICH WALL STREET SPECULATORS HAS COME TO AN END


THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TAKE TOP PRIORITY IN AMERICA

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NO MORE GOLDEN PARACHUTES FOR EXECUTIVE CRIMINALS

GOP SUPER RICH REPUBLICAN WALL STREET CRIMINALS PREPARE FOR HANDCUFFS AND ASSETS CONFISCATION


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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.

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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).

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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

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

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

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

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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.


TREASON TRIALS FOR GOP REPUBLICAN SUPER RICH CRIMINALS

$1Trillion Illegal Iraq War plus $1Trillion Wall Street Fraud equals $2Trillion that
GOP Republicans (Bush, Cheney, Rice, Paulson, Guiliani, McCain) and those contributing members of Congress, Wall Street Speculators, and Cabinet who took part in the most Monumental Fraud against the American People owe to Our National Treasury.



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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.

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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.

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

GOP (GOOD OLDBOY PRIVATEERS)

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Britain has nationalized its banks. The U.S. has nationalized Wall Street and will do the same for U.S. Oil if it hits $6.50 a gallon in two years. The Treasury and Oil are too crucial for national defense to be left in the hands of self serving speculators' private greed. The United States greed based society is over. We will copy Britain or Germany’s mixed economy system based heavily on the People government oversight. Speculators and gamblers cannot be trusted with the American economy. Wrong is wrong and wolves cannot be hired to protect cash cows. Today you can gamble in Las Vegas with your credit card (money that you don’t have); Wall Street high leverage speculation is the same thing.

Three weeks ago, some Americans stupidly said that we don’t need to consider World Opinion during the 2008 presidential election. It is now clear that America and The World are closely connected and that we need to consider how the World perceives our decisions. The World does not like John McCain and will not cooperate with McCain. Europeans and the World view John McCain as an old relic bent on returning the World to perpetual hostility.

No one wants another Cold War, except McCain. Failin’s childish perceptions are not worth mentioning, especially with the World watching and laughing at McCain’s choices. Russia does not want another Expensive Cold War, but it will play ball if McCain kicks off. While Bush and McCain are building military bases in Poland, Russia is speaking with Latin American Oil Nations about refining and cutting out U.S. Oil Companies. Next Russia will build military bases in Latin American in response to U.S. bases in Eastern Europe. McCain and Wall Street weapons manufacturers are the only ones who want to profit from a new Cold War. In reality, no one benefits from a new Cold War. The American People, Russian People and World People will be injured by a new Cold War. Expect European demands to be rid of all U.S. bases in Europe. The American People, Russian People and World People want peace and cooperation from the United States led by Barack Obama.

The World loves Barack Obama and has signed a letter of intent to cooperate with America under Barack’s leadership. Throughout the World young presidents are emerging and none of them want to return to the bad days of the Cold War (bomb shelters, high interest rates, disproportionate military spending, nuclear buildup, general fear). Nobody wants the return of the Cold War, except McCain and Wall Street weapons manufacturers. The American People are nationalizing Wall Street to prevent weapons manufacturers from dictating unfavorable terms to our economy. Again the American middle class must see pass their ignorance and the emperor with no clothes (Bush, McCain, Failin, Guiliani). Americans must vote for it’s best interest, which includes a favorable World Opinion. America And The World Will Vote Obama to avert financial and military catastrophes.

Let’s not forget that China, Saudi Arabia and India together hold over $1 Trillion in American currency. Do you think that China, Saudi Arabia and India have votes in the 2008 American election? The CEOs of American companies and Wall Street Banks heavily invested with funds from China, Saudi Arabia and India know that foreign governments will be exercising their strong votes in our election. You can thank McCain deregulations and GOP Republican American job outsourcing for dissipating Our American votes.

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 Failin’s GED from Moose Community College credentials to these?

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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 WALL STREET SRO Speculators Robbed Our U.S. TREASURY and Forced the $Trillion Debt Upon the AMERICAN PEOPLE.

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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.

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

NO MORE WALL STREET DICTATORSHIP OVER CONGRESS
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


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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.


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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.


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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.

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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 WALL STREET SRO Speculators Robbed Our U.S. TREASURY and Forced the $Trillion Debt Upon the AMERICAN PEOPLE.


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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 WALL STREET SRO Speculators Robbed Our U.S. TREASURY and Forced the $Trillion Debt Upon the AMERICAN PEOPLE.

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HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON ANGERED BY SARAH FAILIN’S REMARKS

Comments uttered by Sarah Failin has angered Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton who described Sarah Failin as an opportunist with no qualifications. Senator Hillary Clinton also stated that John McCain and Sarah Failin’s records on women’s rights are abominable. The country cannot withstand anymore George Bush failures cloaked in McCain/Failin. Asking Sarah Failin 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, Failin 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, Failin 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 Failin stating that she had been terminated from her job. Emmons was reinstated the next day after public outcry.

Long time Alaskan acquaintance described Sarah Failin as a malicious, conniving opportunist, a reckless spender, and power abuser. Initially Failin 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.

Failin 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 Failin's daughter, such programs are failing us. Failin 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 Failin 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 Failin is an anti-choice, homophobic, polar bear, wolf, moose, and deer killing machine.

Sarah Failin 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 Failin until after the computer printed her name one day before his announcement.

The thought that Sarah Failin 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” Failin is in such an important position. Four out of Sarah’s five best friends have committed to Barack Obama.


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

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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).

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

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

Sarah Failin Failin Protesters Held Signs Reading:

Bush In A Skirt
Failin Be Failin
Jesus Was a Community Organizer
Failin 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 Failin Failin Your Vote AND Your Draft Age Child
Sarah Failin Failin: So Far Right She's Wrong
Alaska Is Not Frisco
Coat Hangers for McCain
Sarah Failin 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 / Failin Failin are rejected for their anti-women stance and votes against Women Rights


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


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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.

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2008 UNITED STATES DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL RACE

DEMOCRAT HARVARD LAW VS. GOP REPUBLICAN S

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

MCCRASH OF NAVY ACADEMY LAST PLACE
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, FAILIN 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, FAILIN 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 FAILIN 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

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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.

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HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON ANGERED BY SARAH FAILIN FAILIN’S REMARKS


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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.
Failin 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.

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

If Failin 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.


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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.

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DEMOCRAT HARVARD LAW VS. GOP REPUBLICAN CRASH JET AND MUDVILLE


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


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


Growing Up

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

Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain was a and graduated last in his class. 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. Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain earned nothing on his own similar to McBush Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire. 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

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. Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain was never trusted by his colleagues nor loved by his peers. The highlight of Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain’s career was getting shot down and becoming a prisoner. Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain served his country by getting handouts from his guards. Getting handouts seems to be 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

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. 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- 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 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 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.

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Hillary Clinton Will Destroy Sarah Failin Failin From Mooseville College.


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Navy pilot John Sidney 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, 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 Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain III was being held prisoner of war. 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, Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain III lost five U.S. Navy aircraft, four in accidents and one in combat.

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.

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."

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.

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 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.

Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain's fifth loss happened during his 23rd mission over North Vietnam on Oct. 26, 1967, when Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain's A-4 Skyhawk was shot down by a surface-to-air missile. 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 [ 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 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 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 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.

Wall Street OOIIILLLL Millionaire Crash Every Plane McCain had roughly 20 hours in combat. Since 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.

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.

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 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.


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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.

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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


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GOP REPUBLICAN PLANE/TRAILER WRECK MCCAIN/FAILIN FAILIN

With Wall Street OOOIIIIILLLLLL stocks paid under the table to Sarah Failin Failin OOOOIIIIILLLLLL Commissioner from OOOOOIIIIIILLLLLLL Millionaires Crash Every Plane McCain, Bush, Cheney, Rice and Guiliani; it appears that Sarah Failin 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 Failin 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 Failin 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. McCain and hillbilly Failin 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.

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What has WALL STREET SUPER-CAPITALISM brought you besides:

Cluttered homes full of useless crap

Semi-illiterate teenage sons on alcohol and drugs

Semi-illiterate teenage daughters on drugs and having unwanted babies

Selfish lifestyles mimicking immoral rich people with off the chart divorce rates

Depress people living alone and addicted to church on TV or pornography

Guns deregulation freeing children to murder each other in school and after school

Prime time television soft pornography for the kids to mimic

Daughters dressing like prostitutes

Sons dressing like homeless

GREED GREED GREED steal money from your neighbors through wild WALL STREET speculations

SELL SELL SELL BUY BUY BUY (It is all enslaving crap)

Super Rich becomes more Super Rich, while the middle class becomes poor

College graduates cannot afford a small home and must live in their parents’ basements

Clinton left the United States with a surplus

GOP Republicans have stolen all of the Treasury surplus plus another $3Trillion. Let the trials and confiscation (America versus Super Rich GOP Republican Criminals) begin

The American People will prevail over Super Rich Greedy Lawless Super Rich GOP Republicans

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HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON ANGERED BY SARAH PAILIN’S REMARKS

Hillary wants to know if Pailin wants to run the United States in the same manner that she and McCain ran their dysfunctional families. With the nomination of hockey mom and desperate housewife Sarah Failin, John McCain has officially transformed the defunct GOP Republican Party into a circus complete with a lipstick wearing pig clown displaying the IQ of a cockatoo. While Sarah Falin is campaigning, Alaska is missing its village idiot in charge of guarding the Russian border. It is not very patriotic to leave your front porch, while the Russians are swimming across the Bering Strait. Sarah Palin’s son Track leaves for the military after impregnating his mother and sister. Hillary added that Sarah Failin’s pathological lies, affairs with Todd’s business partners, shootings of endangered species, and unprofessional name calling led to the five letter word pertaining to an Arctic hillbilly (P A L I N).


OBAMA / BIDEN NEW DEAL TO SAVE AMERICA

Enforced Banking Regulations
Enforced Stock Trade Regulations
Corporate Transparency and Accountability
Infrastructure Repairs
Education Reform
College Tuition Assistance Through Domestic Peace Corp
Workers Rights
National Healthcare
Stopping Importation of Illegal Drugs
Stopping Illegal Drug Trade
Full Employment
High Speed Trains linking East Coast Cities (Washington, Philadelphia, New York, Hartford, Boston)
High Speed Trains linking West Coast Cities (San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento)
High Speed Trains linking East to Midwest (Philadelphia, Harrisburg, Pittsburg, Cleveland, Toledo, Chicago)


Posted by: dwashington1 | October 10, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Godhimself1 writes
Yeah, I want someone that incites hatred and bigotry as my president. Please.
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But apparently you have no problem with someone who attends church for 20 years listening to racist, anti American rants; someone who believes so strongly in the massage of hate that is being preached that he chooses willfully to expose his own children to it throughout their formative years.

Liberals don’t have a double standard. They have absolutely no standards whatsoever. How else do you explain Obama?

Posted by: Bcamp55 | October 10, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Just more proof of the lack of intelligence of the left so evident in posts like these.

This one is courtesy if that banal thought bucket-------- tesser_actsoflove1

"I believe that you are guilty of playing hide the crawferd salaami in your nether regions with Karl Roverer, Scootermondious LIBBY, and George W. riding side saddle....

is that twue????

or too twooooooooooooooo ooooooooooo"

===========================================

It's always nice to know that there will always be ignoramuses available for the low life jobs that must be done.

Thanks for being there when we need you tesser.

Now stop sweep the floor and go clean the toilets.

Posted by: Bcamp55 | October 10, 2008 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: clgrafton24 | October 10, 2008 10:35 AM | Report abuse

so uh....help me out here....


wouldn't money laundering outfits be pushing subprime to feed the demand for money that wasn't looked at too hard? Word goes out, "just get a mortgage sold....we got backers...."


when I was in D.C. the drug mafia was making MORTGAGE loans at Hotel in Tysons Corner, Virginia at a really good rate, sort of like a "job fair"....1993

any foreigners buy your banks lately? give it a BIG CASH INFUSION ?????


how's that Bank America thing working out?

how's those Royal Banks working out?


wake up AMERICA.


hey pundits, if AMERICANs have historically consumed 70 PerCENT of what the world produces and they stop consuming,


'cause they gots no mone ay! what happens to the world?


can you say, "ash can" three times quickly?


grow up.


Posted by: tesser_actsoflove1 | October 10, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

"And this you know how, did Palin tell you? I suppose you are Clara Voyant like the amazing Kreskin and independently wealthy with your vast knowledge of money and markets. You're lucky if you can find the supermarket."

I would indeed be lucky, as my personal chef does my shopping. Perhaps she can pick up a nice garlic hummus for you, my good friend.

Posted by: PlayByTheRules | October 10, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

As revealed in the IRAN-CONTRA and Bank of Commerce and Credit International (BCCI) scandals, CIA covert operations in support of the Afghan Mujahideen had been funded through the laundering of drug money. "Dirty money" was recycled --through a number of banking institutions (in the Middle East) as well as through anonymous CIA shell companies--, into "covert money," used to finance various insurgent groups during the Soviet-Afghan war, and its aftermath....AL QUEADA....

The Laundering of Drug Money

The proceeds of the drug trade are deposited in the banking system. Drug money is laundered in the numerous offshore banking havens in Switzerland, Luxembourg, the British Channel Islands, the Cayman Islands and some 50 other locations around the globe. It is here that the criminal syndicates involved in the drug trade and the representatives of the world's largest commercial banks interact. Dirty money is deposited in these offshore havens, which are controlled by the major Western commercial banks. The latter have a vested interest in maintaining and sustaining the drug trade.

Once the money has been laundered, it can be recycled into bona fide investments not only in real estate, hotels, etc, but also in other areas such as the services economy and manufacturing. Dirty and covert money is also funneled into various financial instruments including the trade in derivatives, primary commodities, stocks, and government bonds.

ooooooooooooooooooooooo la la.....

wake up little susie, wake up....


Posted by: tesser_actsoflove1 | October 10, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse

The economy will turn around when we have someone smart enough to believe in---That is not an angry ol' coot ranting with his lost Republican followers thinking the '60s is what we should be talking about while the ECONOMY BURNS!!! Join the 21st century!!====Let's put Obama and Biden to work for all America!!

Posted by: benighse | October 10, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse

The Real McCain: My ambitions first, country last.

http://www.rollingstone.com/news/story/23316912/makebelieve_maverick/print

Posted by: BAC-Independent | October 10, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

YOU'RE TOO LATE JOHN---THE CAT'S OUT OF THE BAG===HAVE YOU SEEN THE MARKET THE LAST TWO WEEKS WHILE MY 401K CRASHED!! YOU'VE GOT YOUR $100 MILLION SO THE REST OF US BE D.A.M.N.E.D.----YOU WILL GET YOURS ON ELECTION DAY---IT'LL BE THE BIG BOOT FOR YOUR FOOLISH, PETTY WAYS===IT'S THE ECONOMY, AND YOU DROPPED THE BALL MISERABLY===ANGRY PEOPLE MAKE BAD DECISIONS, AND YOU ARE JUST AN ANGRY MAN===I'LL TAKE OBAMA AND BIDEN AND AT LEAST EXPECT THEM TO WORK FOR US===THE MIDDLE CLASS NEEDS THE CONSIDERATION, NOT YOUR RICH WALLSTREET BUSH BUDDIES....GET ME TO THE POLLS, I'M VOTING OBAMA-BIDEN '08!!!

Posted by: benighse | October 10, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

HEY!!!!!!!!!

what's wrong with the country and the elitist government????


they enacted a _P_L_A_N_N_E_D_ rigging of a game,


the financial market place

that PRIVATIZES PROFIT


while SOCAILIZES RISK....

_they_ the filthy rich screw up YOU pay for it

you screw up you pay for that too....


there's no risk to them, and no investment in making sure that your lives turn out okay....

but YOU THE PEOPLE ARE PAYING FOR THEM from the get go...


their risks are SOCIALIZED....part of our GOVERNMENT PAYOUT...


how do you feel about those

THOSE IN THE NON_C_O_M_P_E_T_E_ CLUBBE

like mercenary groups BlackWater, HALLIBURTON and CARLYLE GROUP


or how do you feel about 6 IRAN CONTRA FELONS RUNNING THE WHITEHOUSE ?????


AMERICA????


.
READ THIS: It's about Robert M. Gates, IRAN - CONTRA FELON and CURRENT APPONITED Secretary of Defense....and

propaganda minister for Karl Rove


It is worth recalling the history of the Golden Crescent drug trade, which is intimately related to the CIA's covert operations in the region since the onslaught of the Soviet-Afghan war and its aftermath.

Prior to the Soviet-Afghan war (1979-1989), opium production in Afghanistan and Pakistan was directed to small regional markets. There was no local production of heroin. (Alfred McCoy,

Drug Fallout: the CIA's Forty Year Complicity in the Narcotics Trade.

The Progressive, 1 August 1997).


The Afghan narcotics economy was a carefully designed project of the CIA, supported by US foreign policy.


As revealed in the IRAN-CONTRA and Bank of Commerce and Credit International (BCCI) scandals, CIA covert operations in support of the Afghan Mujahideen had been funded through the laundering of drug money. "Dirty money" was recycled --through a number of banking institutions (in the Middle East) as well as through anonymous CIA shell companies--, into "covert money," used to finance various insurgent groups during the Soviet-Afghan war, and its aftermath....AL QUEADA....

The Laundering of Drug Money

The proceeds of the drug trade are deposited in the banking system. Drug money is laundered in the numerous offshore banking havens in Switzerland, Luxembourg, the British Channel Islands, the Cayman Islands and some 50 other locations around the globe. It is here that the criminal syndicates involved in the drug trade and the representatives of the world's largest commercial banks interact. Dirty money is deposited in these offshore havens, which are controlled by the major Western commercial banks. The latter have a vested interest in maintaining and sustaining the drug trade.

Once the money has been laundered, it can be recycled into bona fide investments not only in real estate, hotels, etc, but also in other areas such as the services economy and manufacturing. Dirty and covert money is also funneled into various financial instruments including the trade in derivatives, primary commodities, stocks, and government bonds.

ooooooooooooooooooooooo la la.....

wake up little susie, wake up....


Posted by: tesser_actsoflove1 | October 10, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

I love the WISE ONES that bring up troopergate. Let's think outside the (tv) box for a minute. The Anti-Palin/Probama crowd says that Governor Palin fired Walter Monegan because he wouldn't fire her ex-brother in-law, Officer Michael Wooten.

One would think that if this were true, she would have replaced Monegan with someone who would then do her bidding and fire Wooten. She apparently messed up. Wooten is still on the police force. Now, Monegan is starting to change his story to something like "they didn’t say it directly, they were pressuring me."

Of course, no one seems to mention that Wooten actually admitted during an interview on CNN that just about all the allegations were true.

The citizens of Alaska should have an inquiry into why he is still on the force. Based on the facts, and his confession, it's actually more plausible that Wooten is manipulating the system.

For the record, I understand that this post probably qualifies me as a racist. I have come to terms with that, so there is no need to point that out.

Your BO Stinks. Get some Rightguard.

Palin 2012

Posted by: bfranklin2 | October 10, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

HEY!!!!!!!!!

what's wrong with the country and the elitist government????


they enacted a _P_L_A_N_N_E_D_ rigging of a game,


the financial market place

that PRIVATIZES PROFIT


while SOCAILIZES RISK....

_they_ the filthy rich screw up YOU pay for it

you screw up you pay for that too....


there's no risk to them, and no investment in making sure that your lives turn out okay....

but YOU THE PEOPLE ARE PAYING FOR THEM from the get go...


their risks are SOCIALIZED....part of our GOVERNMENT PAYOUT...


how do you feel about those

THOSE IN THE NON_C_O_M_P_E_T_E_ CLUBBE

like mercenary groups BlackWater, HALLIBURTON and CARLYLE GROUP


or how do you feel about 6 IRAN CONTRA FELONS RUNNING THE WHITEHOUSE ?????


AMERICA????


.

Posted by: tesser_actsoflove1 | October 10, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

you want to fix the economy???


make it a NATIONAL SECURITY ISSUE.....and messing with it treason.


stop outsourcing yesterday, bring customer service jobs in_country immediately....if it's a federal mandate for _all_ it'll be managed...


fix the infrastructure. make cities safe and livable, discourage driving by encouraging telecommuting

I could come up with 25 things that would generate GDP and REAL PRODUCT in_country in two weeks....


but then I'm not a corrupt government bush family member trying to scam you....I am an engineer

and I KNOW how things work.....I don't sell you propaganda as fact and make you stupid with incorrect premise and information.


.like McCain.


Karl Rove and the same team that put George W., in the white house through fabrication...

is attempting the same with mcSCHAME


.

Posted by: tesser_actsoflove1 | October 10, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

FANNIE MAE, and FREDDIE MAC


guarantee MORTGAGE POOLS and individual loans.....they don't make loans, nor do they encourage low income mortgages....


they are PRESSURED TO GUARANTEE THEM by corrupt banking officials...


they are also both backed by $800 BILLION DOLLARS worth of stocks and other financial instruments....


the culprits for the current fiasco? stupid BORN_rich people that have no experience with anything but influence peddling, bid rigging, price fixing, and using electoral fraud to get a hold of the government...

whoever has gotten a non compete bid from the first 6 years of the bush administration.

whoever paid Niel, George W., Jeb and George H.W.'s way through life....SAND BROTHERS in UAE, Kuwiat, Saudi

it's all a matter of record....you can attach their family holdings and anyone associated with them....

think UAE has some money? think the bushes would use it to manipulate markets????

please, SEARCH on George W. Bush, Victor Ashe, Jeff Gannon


see what they do that you don't know about.


Posted by: tesser_actsoflove1 | October 10, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Bcamp55:

Yeah, I want someone that incites hatred and bigotry as my president. Please.

Posted by: Godhimself1 | October 10, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Courtesy of "RocknRoll"

Obama supporter's retort to Palin: "Our opponent and her husband though are people who see America, it seems, as being so imperfect, imperfect enough, that they have been, and are still, palling around with and/or members of lunatic fringe secessionist Alaskan Independence Party (AIP), who despise their own county and strive to, ultimately, secede from America by any means necessary. These are not people who see America like you and I see America. We see America as a land of opportunity, an amazing work in progress where dreams can and often do come true with hard work, faith, and perseverance. We see an America that can, and will once again, be that great beacon of hope to the rest of the world, as well as to her own People. Unlike our opponent, we do not wish to secede from America, nor has such a treasonous thought ever crossed our minds, because we love and cherish America and would defend her 'til death against traitors such as these."

Posted by: johnathanporterfield | October 10, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

The Republican / Wall Street platform is simple: Privatize profit and socialize risk.

Heads, the fat cats win, tails, the taxpayers lose.

Posted by: spotfoul | October 10, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Senator McCain seems not to know that one does not have to cash in stock in a 401(k)when reaching age 70.5. It can be rolled over without tax consequences into an IRA and drawn on at the minimum rate required by law or, in fact, in any amount one chooses.

However, those proceeds, as well as any from sales at the current low point or later, would require individuals to pay income tax on them because they were funded by untaxed contributions and earnings.

His misinformation campaign (or is it "disinformation"?)belittles the quality of leadership that he seeks to embrace.

Posted by: margaynor | October 10, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Suspending mandatory withdrawals from 401K accounts for people over 70 1/2 wouldn't accomplish much, so it's a kind of pandering. If you do need the cash, then you'll have to withdraw the money anyway regardless of the rules. If you don't need the cash, it's easy to sell the necessary investments, withdraw the cash, then buy them back immediately in a non-sheltered account. There's no loss involved. It is true that if the price is low, then the repurchased investments will then have a relatively low tax basis so the tax will be higher when they are eventually sold, but that's a pretty indirect effect and probably not what McCain is thinking about.

Posted by: TESpiegel | October 10, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Let people wait until the market recovers to cash in their 401K? Since when does the government allow people to be in control of their own money? I have an idea. Let's elect Obama governor of New York state. He can practice on them first. See how he does without the Daley dem machine from Chicago.

Posted by: bobster5 | October 10, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

my brother "steveeyes" is on a roll! he is very happy that connecticut repealed the gay marriage ban. now steveeyes and his significant other, buck, can live a blissful gay marriage. well, isn't that special! uh, I think that buck is the giver in that relationship.

Posted by: steveeyes1 | October 10, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

The more I read post from Democrats here and at various other sites I see why Obama has your support.

Being as tactful as possible - you people are morons. There is no other explanation that is remotely plausible. Reading this post will prove it.

You think you're getting free health care -you’re not.

The country can't afford it. Not now, not ever. Not because of the war. Not because of Bush. Not because of Republicans. Because you have a rapidly aging population that dwarfs the generation that will follow it. This means far fewer tax payers to support many more old (high medical expenses) people. It’s not rocket science – its basic math.

You think the war is ending. It's not. Not until Iraq and Afghanistan can defend themselves. That will be years. Leaving that area before will result in the same mess that was created when we left after the Afghan/Soviet war, the Vietnam war - both liberal desires BTW. The "mess" in both instances were the FACT that millions of innocent people were slaughtered in S. Vietnam and war lords overran the middle east Saddam was nothing more than a glorified war lord.

You think the Patriot Act is going to be dismantled - It's not. Even the ignorant liberals in congress -(including Obama) just voted to strength it.

You think Obama could have kept us out of this financial mess. He could not.

As a matter of fact, through his actions of accepting huge campaign contributions from Freddie/Fannie instead of voting for S.190 his of actions and thinking are the EXACT type that got us into this mess to begin with.

You think Obama will bring the country together. He won't.

The country is heading into one of the most perilous times in its history. Bipartisanship is the only way out. In matters critical the US economy, entitlements, and military, Obama has sided with his party 97% of the time.

Using the exact same criteria, McCain has 67% of the time.

Who demonstrates an ability to be objective putting country before party?

If you say anything other than McCain; my assertion regarding Democrats above is proven.

Posted by: Bcamp55 | October 10, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Keep your stinking mitts offa my money, what little bit I've still got you DISHONORABLE SUMBEATCH.....

Posted by: Tomcat3 | October 10, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

«The market will return to around 9,000 by Christmas and make a slow come-back over the following 18 months. Buy now when stocks are dirt cheap and get in on the ground floor. Stocks are WAY undervalued.»

And this you know how, did Palin tell you? I suppose you are Clara Voyant like the amazing Kreskin and independently wealthy with your vast knowledge of money and markets. You're lucky if you can find the supermarket.

Posted by: AbolhassanBaniSadr | October 10, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

I watched the news showing McCain’s interview on Fox being televised on CNN, FOX, and other networks. In the interview McCain said he wanted Obama to come out with the truth about Ayers so the public can decide. Why isn’t anyone calling out McCain on his hypocrisy on TROOPERGATE? He asks for public truth from Obama, yet he sends his lawyers to Alaska to cover up TROOPERGATE to avoid public scrutiny. Why doesn’t McCain let Palin testify about her TROOPERATE connection so the American Public can decide – the same standard he wants to apply to Obama. Do you smell hypocrisy?

I don’t want to hear this excuse that TROOPERGATE is politically motivated and that the AYERS connection isn’t. Palin was in office as a government official during TROOPERGATE while Obama was eight years old when Ayers did his despicable act. You tell me which has more validity in applying a standard of judgment -- a person governing when the act was being committed or a person who was eight years old when someone else committed the act?

If judgment is what McCain is questioning about Obama, shouldn’t the American pubic question McCain’s judgment for picking a VP that may be using her powers for personal reasons? Sounds like Bush/Chaney tactic to twist the law f to protect them elves and those they surround themselves with. After all, Palin's character could be a heart beat away from the Presidency if McCain is elected. The public deserves the truth by her testifying in front of an INDEPENDENT board, not one she picks. How many middle class citizens you know that would get away with ignoring a subpoena -- hmmm, I guess if you could hire high powered lawyers to put you and your cronnies above the law, you could.

Come on, what are you afraid of McCain, the truth? McCain keeps preaching about transparency in government, but I guess that only applies to others, not himself or those he surrounds himself with.

McCain seems to wear hypocrisy as well as one of his thousand dollar suits. His campaign and campaign tactics looks more and more like the same eight years of Bush scare tactics that middle class come to despise. BUSH SCARE TACTICS MAY OF WORKED FOR THE WAR, BUT IT WON'T WORK FOR THE ECONOMY. WE SWALLOWED THE BUSH SCARE TACTIC PILL BEFORE AND THE ONLY CURE FOR THIS CANCER IS TO PUT IN OFFICE SOMEONE THAT DOESN'T REFLECT BUSH POLICIES WHILE CAMPAIGNING -- WE NEED A PRESIDENT WHO BELIEVES THERE IS A BETTER WAY AND THAT SURE ISN'T THE MCCAIN’S HYPOCRISY POLICY THAT APPLIES TO EVERYONE ELSE, WHILE HE APPLIES DIFFERENT STANDARDS TO HIMSELF AND THE CRONIES HE SURROUNDS HIMSELF WITH.

BRING IT ON, MCCAIN, AT THE NEXT DEBATE. I DARE YOU!

Posted by: steveeyes | October 10, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Courtesy of "RocknRoll"

Obama supporter's retort to Palin: "Our opponent and her husband though are people who see America, it seems, as being so imperfect, imperfect enough, that they have been, and are still, palling around with and/or members of lunatic fringe secessionist Alaskan Independence Party (AIP), who despise their own county and strive to, ultimately, secede from America by any means necessary. These are not people who see America like you and I see America. We see America as a land of opportunity, an amazing work in progress where dreams can and often do come true with hard work, faith, and perseverance. We see an America that can, and will once again, be that great beacon of hope to the rest of the world, as well as to her own People. Unlike our opponent, we do not wish to secede from America, nor has such a treasonous thought ever crossed our minds, because we love and cherish America and would defend her 'til death against traitors such as these."

Posted by: johnathanporterfield | October 10, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

LIAR!! Save it Bushy!
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Posted by: ronniesmith123 | October 10, 2008 2:51 PM I am a liberal and a democrat But, I want the president of my country to be selected based on merits, and not by an overwhelming bias, and propaganda
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Posted by: Bodiethebulldog | October 10, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

«I can't believe the election is only like 20 days away!»

Like are you like a teenage girl like on the cell phone like at the mall?

I think you are macaroon. A macaroon with lipstick is still a macaroon. And highly selassie as well.

Posted by: AbolhassanBaniSadr | October 10, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

AWWWW...Boo-Hoo!! The angry Republicans are in rage about Obama leading the polls. Take your Xanex, put on Sex and The City and deal with it!!

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Krauthammer Links Obama’s Berlin Speech To Hitler’s Nazi Rallies...

Posted by: Bodiethebulldog | October 10, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Courtesy of "RocknRoll"

Obama supporter's retort to Palin: "Our opponent and her husband though are people who see America, it seems, as being so imperfect, imperfect enough, that they have been, and are still, palling around with and/or members of lunatic fringe secessionist Alaskan Independence Party (AIP), who despise their own county and strive to, ultimately, secede from America by any means necessary. These are not people who see America like you and I see America. We see America as a land of opportunity, an amazing work in progress where dreams can and often do come true with hard work, faith, and perseverance. We see an America that can, and will once again, be that great beacon of hope to the rest of the world, as well as to her own People. Unlike our opponent, we do not wish to secede from America, nor has such a treasonous thought ever crossed our minds, because we love and cherish America and would defend her 'til death against traitors such as these."

Posted by: johnathanporterfield | October 10, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

I am a liberal and a democrat. But, I want the president of my country to be selected based on merits, and not by an overwhelming bias, and propaganda. I don't understand why the media (almost all of them) and liberal-leaning papers like WP, NY Times, LA Times, Boston Globe, etc jump all over, when William Ayers or Tony Rezko's connections with Barack Obama is discussed. After all, if Obama does not have anything to worry, is it not welcome that this thing comes out in the open. Should Obama be protected from any criticism? Didn't the media push us into the Iraq War? They failed us once, and fail us again. In 2000 election, it was painful for me to see the media glowing over Bush as the savior of White House's "integrity" and "morality". We know what we got. Now, it is the media's turn to brainwash everyone into believing Obama has done nothing wrong, and will do none. Please don't push your agenda on us. If there is a story about Obama and Ayers, investigate it, explain it. Don't attack those who bring it in the open. In fact, before Palin talked about it or Clinton brought it, the media should have done that. We don't believe in Hannity. We want YOU to do it for us. Ask Obama why he associated with Ayers, Wright, and Rezko so long and in so much depth. Let the world know what he has to say. Don't push Obama into the White House. Let him earn it. We deserve that, and you (the news media) need to earn that respect, by asking tough questions to Obama too. Don't be a propaganda machine for any party or any candidate. The reason I am a Democrat is because of the dislike I have for right-wing loud mouths. We don't need left-wing cover-up machines. If you believe Obama is good, he'll come out clean. BUT DON'T COVER IT UP.

Posted by: ronniesmith123 | October 10, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Every day a new plan from McCain..First 'll buy up all mortgages at original value so that Wall Street makes a windfall, now let's not force those 70 year old retirees to sell because of down market. But it was OK to take my SS money and dump into this down market.

Hey Johnny..do what you do best...Incite riots with Ayers, pull the racial card with Wright, pick a running mate who even stupid people call stupid, have your wife give speeches about Obama not funding troops in Iraq while you voted against the same bill because of time line withdrawal...Go to DC after suspending your campaign and take credit for making phone calls....

Wow...You are not a leader. You are a 72 year old man with a 1 in 3 chance of dying in office and then the brain to nowhere would be president. Yippee. Mandatory moose hunting, that is, after we have Alaska secede from the union.

Posted by: whatmeworry | October 10, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

The loss of trillions of dollars from the stock market does not mean that all of that money is gone from the economy-- millions of people are cashing out of the market and putting their money in banks or under their mattresses. Not saying the situation isn't dire-- just that the Dow drop from 11,000 to 8,000 doesn't mean that all of that wealth has been lost. There is a lot of money still out there, (less than before, but a lot) and dollars pulled out of the market will slowly be returned when Americans regain their confidence and the rescue plan begins to work over the next few weeks. The market will return to around 9,000 by Christmas and make a slow come-back over the following 18 months. Buy now when stocks are dirt cheap and get in on the ground floor. Stocks are WAY undervalued.

Posted by: PlayByTheRules | October 10, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Dow will break 8,000 today.
We are witnessing with our own eyes, up front and personal, the slow motion impoverishment of America.
Posted by: toritto | October 10, 2008 1:53 PM

We had better be coming to a bottom here because otherwise things will be bad for a long time. At a time like this Obama and his team would give me more confidence than McCain or Bush. There better be a whole lot of work this week end because a more comprehensive plan to stem this crisis will be needed. This is when leadership counts.

Posted by: Gator-ron | October 10, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

McCain doesn't give a damn about our tanking economy because it doesn't affect him...


McCain in April 08 declared that there had been "great progress economically" during the Bush years. On more than one occasion, he diagnosed Americans' concerns over the dismal U.S. economy as "psychological." (Phil Gramm, McCain's close friend and economic adviser supposedly excommunicated over his "Americans are whiners" remarks, is back with the McCain campaign again.) McCain, a man who owns eight homes nationwide, in March lectured Americans facing foreclosure that they ought to be "doing what is necessary -- working a second job, skipping a vacation, and managing their budgets -- to make their payments on time." And when all else fails, McCain told the people of the economically devastated regions in Martin County, Kentucky and Youngstown, Ohio, there's always eBay.


In his defense, McCain's shocking tone-deafness may just be a matter of perspective. When you're as well off as he is, anything below a $5 million income (a figure exceeding that earned on average by the top 0.1% of Americans) seems middle class.


*The $100 Million Man*
Courtesy of his wife Cindy's beer distribution fortune (one her late father apparently chose not to share with her half-sister Kathleen), the McCains are worth well over $100 million. (In the two-page tax summary she eventually released to the public, Cindy McCain reported another $6 million in 2006.) As Salon reported back in 2000, the second Mrs. McCain's millions were essential in launching her husband's political career. Unsurprisingly, the Weekly Standard's Matthew Continetti, who four years ago called Theresa Heinz-Kerry a "sugar mommy," has been silent on the topic of Cindy McCain.


*The Joys of (Eight) Home Ownership*
While fellow adulterer John Edwards was pilloried for his mansion, John McCain's eight homes around the country have received little notice or criticism. His properties include a 10 acre lake-side Sedona estate, euphemistically called a "cabin" by the McCain campaign, and a home featured in Architectural Digest. The one featuring "remote control window coverings" was recently put up for sale. Still, their formidable resources did not prevent the McCains from failing to pay taxes on a tony La Jolla, California condo used by Cindy's aged aunt.


*The Anheuser-Busch Windfall*
As it turns out, the beauty of globalization is in the eye of the beholder. While John McCain apparently played a critical role in facilitating DHL's takeover of Airborne (and with it, the looming loss of 8,000 jobs in Wilmington, Ohio), Cindy McCain is set to earn a staggering multi-million dollar pay-day from the acquisition of Anheuser-Busch by the Belgian beverage giant, In Bev. As the Wall Street Journal reported in July, Mrs. McCain runs the third largest Anheuser-Busch distributorship in the nation, and owns between $2.5 and $5 million in the company's stock. Amazingly, while Missouri's politicians of both parties lined up to try to block the sale, John McCain held a fundraiser in the Show Me State even as the In Bev deal was being finalized.


*McCain's $370,000 Personal Tax Break*
Earlier this year, the Center for American Progress analyzed John McCain's tax proposals. The conclusion? McCain's plan is radically more regressive than even that of President Bush, delivering 58% of its benefits to the wealthiest 1% of American taxpayers. McCain's born-again support for the Bush tax cuts has one additional bonus for Mr. Straight Talk: the McCains would save an estimated $373,000 a year.


*Paying Off $225,000 Credit Card Debt - Priceless*
That massive windfall from his own tax plan will come in handy for John McCain. As was reported in June, the McCains were carrying over $225,000 in credit card debt. The American Express card - don't leave your homes without it.


*Charity Begins at Home*
As Harpers documented earlier this year, the McCains are true believers in the old saying that charity begins at home:
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Between 2001 and 2006, McCain contributed roughly $950,000 to [their] foundation. That accounted for all of its listed income other than for $100 that came from an anonymous donor. During that same period, the McCain foundation made contributions of roughly $1.6 million. More than $500,000 went to his kids' private schools, most of which was donated when his children were attending those institutions. So McCain apparently received major tax deductions for supporting elite schools attended by his children.
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Ironically, the McCain campaign last week blasted Barack Obama for having attended a private school in Hawaii on scholarship. That attack came just weeks after John McCain held an event at his old prep school, Episcopal High, an institution where fees now top $38,000 a year.


*Private Jet Setters*
As the New York Times detailed back in April, John McCain enjoyed the use of his wife's private jet for his campaign, courtesy of election law loopholes he helped craft. Despite the controversy, McCain continued to use Cindy's corporate jet. For her part, Cindy McCain says that even with skyrocketing fuel costs, "in Arizona the only way to get around the state is by small private plane."


*Help on the Homefront*
In these tough economic times, the McCains are able to stretch their household budget. As the AP reported in April, "McCain reported paying $136,572 in wages to household employees in 2007. Aides say the McCains pay for a caretaker for a cabin in Sedona, Ariz., child care for their teenage daughter, and a personal assistant for Cindy McCain."


*Well-Heeled in $520 Shoes*
If clothes make the man, then John McCain has it made. As Huffington Post noted in July, "He has worn a pair of $520 black leather Ferragamo shoes on every recent campaign stop - from a news conference with the Dalai Lama to a supermarket visit in Bethlehem, PA." It is altogether fitting that McCain wore the golden loafers during a golf outing with President George H.W. Bush in which he rode around in cart displaying the sign, "Property of Bush #41. Hands Off."
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxT0s_I5WtA
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Posted by: DrainYou | October 10, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

McCain is a done deal, It over for him. He should try to leave this campaign with some dignity. He was the wrong candidate all along, no matter how many RNC puppet endorsements he got. It seems according to a new poll People preffer Huckabee/Palin08 4 to 1 Over McCain/Palin08. Thats what the RNC gets for Rigging the primary, and not letting the stronger candidate win. They wanted a weaker candadite because McCain would be a puppet. Here is the poll http://www.mccanes.com

In a funny twist, right before McCains horrible debate preformance. Huckabee was named Featured Debator of the year by watchdebate.com Pretty ironic huh. http://www.watchdebate.com

Posted by: pastor123 | October 10, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse


People are so sure that Obama is going to win they have already started posting tributes to his Presidency
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SeAff-sOBec

Watch what the Cameras and Mics didnt show you during the second debate. The F word Shouted in the Debate Hall
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YA3xIEes6Q4

Posted by: pastor123 | October 10, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

My reaction to this McCain proposal is if there is no more than 5%-6% in company stock that may be a good idea. If company stock exceeds that amount then the investment should be in a diversified mutual fund and not taking on single stock risk. But what the government is doing meddling in stock sales I do not know.

I agree with the cynicism of the person who wrote that this rule was intended for the benefit of banks. I will add senior executives of companies and banks to the list of intended beneficiaries. It was not for the benefit of the middle class. They simply are not on his radar screen.

Posted by: Gator-ron | October 10, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Dow will break 8,000 today.

We are witnessing with our own eyes, up front and personal, the slow motion impoverishment of America.

:-(

Posted by: toritto | October 10, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

I'm not surprised that McCain doesn't want to talk about the important issues (like the economy) that people really care about because McCain knows all about bailing out rich bankers and screwing over middle class and poor people, he's been doing it for years.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HAzDEbVFcg8
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McCain - Founding Member of the Keating Five:

McCain was one of the "Keating Five," congressmen investigated on ethics charges for strenuously helping convicted racketeer Charles Keating after he gave them large campaign contributions and vacation trips.
Charles Keating was convicted of racketeering and fraud in both state and federal court after his Lincoln Savings & Loan collapsed, costing the taxpayers $3.4 billion. His convictions were overturned on technicalities; for example, the federal conviction was overturned because jurors had heard about his state conviction, and his state charges because Judge Lance Ito (yes, that judge) screwed up jury instructions. Neither court cleared him, and he faces new trials in both courts.)

Though he was not convicted of anything, McCain intervened on behalf of Charles Keating after Keating gave McCain at least $112,00 in contributions. In the mid-1980s, McCain made at least 9 trips on Keating's airplanes, and 3 of those were to Keating's luxurious retreat in the Bahamas. McCain's wife and father-in-law also were the largest investors (at $350,000) in a Keating shopping center; the Phoenix New Times called it a "sweetheart deal."


Here's some more mavericky straight-talk, my friends:
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http://www.realchange.org/mccain.htm
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Posted by: DrainYou | October 10, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Give Mr. McCain time, and whatever proposal that he initiates will eventually favor the banks.

That is exactly what happened with his mortgage bailout plan.

On his website, he removed the 1 sentence that transfers the burden from the lending institutions, and lays it in the lap of the taxpayers.

I have the links to the before and after versions that appeared on his website.

Instead of the banks being penalized for the drop in the value of mortgages, McCain wants the banks to get off easy, and socks it to the taxpayer.

See for yourself.

http://scootmandubious.blogspot.com/2008/10/mccain-shafts-taxpayers-on-revised.html

Posted by: scootmandubious | October 10, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Democrats for John McCain and Sarah Palin in 2008

Posted by: hclark1 | October 10, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Krauthammer Links Obama’s Berlin Speech To Hitler’s Nazi Rallies...

On June 2008, Special Report, host Brit Hume asked the “All-Star Panel” for “help” in determining whether or not Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) got “a bounce” in the polls as a result of his recent trip to the Middle East and Europe.

Referring to Obama’s Berlin speech that was reportedly in front of more than 200,000 people, neo-conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer said he did not get a bounce because apparently, Americans don’t like it when politicians emulate Adolf Hitler at a Nazi rally:

HUME: Panel, help. Did [Obama] get a bounce from the trip or not? […]

KRAUTHAMMER: I’m not sure — I don’t think he got a bounce. I’m not sure it was his intention. You don’t get a bounce out of standing in front of 200,000 Germans at a rally who are chanting your name. Bad vibes sometimes, historically.

Kraut...you are a slimeball....

Some other members of the panel chuckled at Krauthammer’s distasteful analogy. But unfortunately, he isn’t the first right-wing media figure to link Obama to Hitler and the Nazis.

Referring to Obama’s decision to deliver his speech accepting the Democratic presidential nomination at Denver’s Invesco Field, Ben Stein proclaimed: “Seventy-five-thousand people at an outdoor sports palace, well, that’s something the Fuehrer would have done.”

Last February, National Review contributing editor Jonah Goldberg said, “You know, when Barack Obama campaigns, he’s basically saying, ‘I’m a silver bullet. I’m going to solve all your problems just by electing me.’ FDR, Hitler, all these guys, they basically said, ‘All your problems can be solved.’”

...I guess McCaint and peeeuuu Palin are watching more of Triumph of the Will a propagandistic documentary film by the German filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl....
...and taking notes

Posted by: AlexP1 | October 10, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Cindy McCain looks like she's dressed for a wake in the accompanying picture.

Posted by: wes1155 | October 10, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse


TARGETING OF AMERICANS BY GOV'T AGENCIES
A ROOT CAUSE OF WALL STREET MELTDOWN?

Once again, Congress rushed through emergency legislation -- socializing the capital markets, ceding effective control of the economy to the government.

Officials continue to blame lax lending policies on the part of the mortgage industry for spawning this crisis.

But were lenders ORDERED to offer "easy credit" to people "targeted" by government agencies?

Is government "extrajudicial targeting" of American citizens a root cause of the mortgage meltdown that spawned the broader financial crisis?

And is there a disinformation campaign underway to blame the Democrats, instead of ideologues who have hijacked federal agencies as their tool of "social engineering?"

Consider this:

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/targeting-u-s-citizens-govt-agencies-root-cause-wall-street-financial-crisis OR
members.nowpublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | October 10, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

JMc is misrepresenting 401(k) law to appear like he's protecting folks from the financial crisis, but this is just a way to slip some tax breaks to the wealthy. First, there's no requirement to liquidate your stocks at 70 1/2 -- he's probably talking about the requirement to begin taking minimum distributions from 401(k) plans (and other types of retirement plans) in the year following that age (or retirement, whichever is later) based on a formula that will spread out the payments over your life expectancy. This is to ensure that the account is used to provide retirement income, not just to allow the wealthy (who have other resources to cover living expenses) to let their money grow in a tax-free savings account as long as they want.

Posted by: ebrobston | October 10, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Another day another gimmick from Captain McErratic.

Posted by: thor2 | October 10, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe the election is only like 20 days away! I have started a new forum at http://www.votenic.com and am trying to get it going. This is a resource I have set up to help people learn more about how our government works and what the general view on America is. Please visit and register so we can get this great forum going.

Posted by: votenic | October 10, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

What is the guy between Palin's legs thinking? I put the now famous pic in my blog. If you have any fun comments as to what the Dewey-eyed guy is thinking, make sure to post it under comments!

http://mccain08-hillary2012.blogspot.com/

Posted by: dcpsychic | October 10, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Dow down 470 points.

We are witnessing with our own eyes the slow motion impoverishment of America.

Posted by: toritto | October 10, 2008 12:15 PM | Report abuse

McCain doesn't have a clue of what to do. He just reads the cue cards without knowing how his suggestions actually help (or his cases, hurt) Americans.

Posted by: AJ2008 | October 10, 2008 12:11 PM | Report abuse

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