A Quick Look At A Few Of Paul Ryan’s Statements From Last Night

Pic of the day: Assorted United States Coins

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A few quotes from Paul Ryan’s speech, and commentary on those quotes follow.

I’m the newcomer to the campaign, so let me share a first impression. I have never seen opponents so silent about their record, and so desperate to keep their power.

You’re a newcomer to the campaign, and yet you can speak to the fact that you’ve never seen opponents so silent and desperate other such drivel? Seriously? Let me share an impression. There is no desperation except that which you want to see, and the silence you hear isn’t silence. You’re just not listening.

But then again, you never have.

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When he talked about change, many people liked the sound of it, especially in Janesville, where we were about to lose a major factory.

A lot of guys I went to high school with worked at that GM plant. Right there at that plant, candidate Obama said: “I believe that if our government is there to support you … this plant will be here for another hundred years.” That’s what he said in 2008.

Well, as it turned out, that plant didn’t last another year. It is locked up and empty to this day.

News for Paul Ryan. That plant closed during the Bush Administration.

Just like the Republicans to blame President Obama for something that Dubya did.

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What did the taxpayers get out of the Obama stimulus? More debt.

Not really. The stimulus helped to save or create over 3 million jobs, and kept unemployment from spiraling out of control. A surprising thing to hear, but without the stimulus, unemployment which peaked at 10%, would have easily peaked closer to 15%.

And while there was debt created, and a lot of it, it was debt built to pay for things that needed to be done here and now. Republicans forget the tragedy that they begat with their laissez-faire governance that made the entire housing and financial crisis possible.

I’ll explain about how the Republicans, in particular Dubya, Chris Cox and Hank Paulson did to the economy if you really need me to beat the dead horse that is the net capital rule yet again.

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Obamacare, as much as anything else, explains why a presidency that began with such anticipation now comes to such a disappointing close.

It began with a financial crisis; it ends with a job crisis.

It began with a housing crisis they alone didn’t cause; it ends with a housing crisis they didn’t correct.

It began with a perfect Triple-A credit rating for the United States; it ends with a downgraded America.

It’s called the Affordable Care Act. Quit the semantic bullshit, jackass.

Close? The people haven’t spoken yet, Paul. Relax with that.

Ends with a jobs crisis? There has been a jobs crisis for the past 4 years, and the Republicans have stalled every attempt to make progress in the fight to create jobs. Or do you think we don’t remember all those cloture votes in the senate, and all the stonewalling the Republicans have thrown in the path of progress?

They alone?… They alone?.… He’s gonna make me explain about how the REPUBLICANS RELAXED THE NET CAPITAL RULE THUS MAKING IT POSSIBLE TO TURN SUB-PRIME MORTGAGES INTO THE ECONOMY DESTROYERS THEY BECAME. It made those mortgages money makers FOR THE BIG BANKS, big enough where the amount of them increased from being less than 5% of all mortgages to over 20% of all mortgages in less than 18 months by 2004. THAT precipitated the economic collapse. It would NOT HAVE HAPPENED WITHOUT THAT ONE SINGLE EVENT. Enough yelling.

I feel cleansed now.

And everyone knows that credit rating drop was a political football play, and the drop was done by the S&P in an attempt to affect the legislative process in their favor. Much like the political football they played with Greece and the rest of the European economy, trying to turn things in their favor.

And you see how well they’re doing over there.

I’d be more careful with the words I chose Mr. Ryan. The S&P thing was and is a debacle. The S&P has lost a great deal of credibility since that rather badly pulled off rating drop.

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Republicans stepped up with good-faith reforms and solutions equal to the problems.
Bullshit.

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Behind every small business, there’s a story worth knowing. … And if small businesspeople say they made it on their own, all they are saying is that nobody else worked seven days a week in their place. Nobody showed up in their place to open the door at five in the morning. Nobody did their thinking, and worrying, and sweating for them. After all that work, and in a bad economy, it sure doesn’t help to hear from their president that government gets the credit. What they deserve to hear is the truth: Yes, you did build that.

No one said that the government gets the credit. What was said is that no one succeeds alone. That simple. And that is a basic truism. Trying to make it sound as if the President is putting down the small businesses of America, after all he has done to keep them afloat is ridiculous on Paul’s part. If you, mister business owner, think you can get by without; money from outside, private or public; the hearty help of your employees who succeed when you do; without the community at large, then you are not going to be in business long, and you will not do well.

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Mitt is speaking.; I will not listen to that devil worshiper. I will read the transcript. And I will do for that speech what I did for Paul’s P.O.S. speech.

That’s it from here, America. G’night.

Irrational Events

Pic of the day: Taira no Kiyomori sees the skulls of his victims, from A new selection of Strange Events, by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

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The essential freedom, the ultimate and final freedom that cannot be taken from a man, is to say No. This is the basic premise in Sartre’s view of human freedom: freedom is in its very essence negative, though the negativity is also creative.

William Barrett, Rational Man, a Study in Existential Philosophy

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I watched the news with some level of fascination today.  There was a shooting in front of the Empire state building.  Some guy with a  grudge pulled a gun out, executed a man who he thought undermined him at his old job and got him fired.  Then he walked out and got his brains blown out by cops.    The odd thing was they showed the video on the news.  It was a pretty stunning thing to see.

Guy walking fast down the street near the curb, almost on the street.  A fairly large number of people around him walking around on the sidewalk, busy early morning in New York.  See cops enter the scene, from behind him and to his left.  They must have ordered him to drop his weapon or something, not sure what exactly though, no audio on the video.  The guy turns, with one of those ever present large planters they put in front of buildings in New York that have nothing to do with plants or esthetics directly in front of him, in between him and cops, and draws his weapon.

You see the weapon on the surveillance video.  One cop stands his ground, pulls his piece and fires his service revolver.  The second cop backs away and does the same.  The guy goes down, first to his knees, then down sprawled out on his back.  They fired 16 shots.  Toasted the guy.  They did their job.  Admittedly they shot 9 other people as well, but the street was crowded, it’s not a surprise there were innocent people shot there.  Don’t blame the cops for what they did.  If anything, they need to work on their aim… ya know, scratch that.  In that situation, I am not certain I, or you, or anyone would or could do much better.

Irrational events on an irrational day in the City.

One can only console the family of the man executed by the perp on their loss.  And the perps family too.  They didn’t ask for that to happen.  He went crazy, that much is obvious.  Tis regrettable.  Those cops did the right thing, probably saved lives doing it.  Dunno who else this guy may have had on his list besides the poor guy he executed where he was rushing to so he could plug someone else full of holes.

And if you aren’t related to anyone involved, have a little chuckle at gun violence in America.

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That’s it from here, America.  G’night.

Kept Moving II

Pic of the day, part i: Pieta, By Eugene Delacroix

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Sooner or later that which is now life shall be poetry, and every fair and manly trait shall add a richer strain to the song.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Continued from “Kept Moving

The man who initially told the young man to stay down and stop moving, seeing that the young man wasn’t going to stop decided to get him to stop.  He was standing in front of the young man who was trying his best to crawl while dragging his broken leg and bleeding head and body and blocked his path.  There was a trail of blood several feet long behind him.  The young man barked “I gotta get home!” but  he collapsed face down on the ground and stopped moving.  He rolled over and cried out in agony as his leg twisted under him.

There was a small crowd that was gathering in the area, and everyone there called 911 from their phones.  Another young man tried to take a picture of the bloody man but was cajoled and pushed out of the way and told not to take pictures.

A woman in her late 50’s dressed in a jeans and red sneakers and an “It’s nice to be nice.” shirt was telling a man who was there “I saw the whole thing!  It was horrible!  He jumped out in front of that car!  And that guy never even stoppe…”  She was interrupted by a well dressed man in his mid 40’s.  He said “He didn’t jump in front of anything.  He was in the store in front of me.  I wasn’t really paying attention, but I saw him walking between the van and my car,” as he pointed at the car “and then he just flew.  Freaked me the fuck out.”

A stranger asked a question from inside the store “Did anyone see the license plate of the guy who did this?”

There was no response.

Sirens could be heard in the distance.  They sounded like they were getting closer.  An old man who walked up after the accident said “Help is on the way, kid.  Stay down, son. ”  He had to say that because he was moving again, trying to sit up.

An 50ish hispanic woman wearing a plain black shirt, jeans shorts, and flip-flops stuck her head out of the store and asked again “Did anyone see the license plate of the guy who did this?”  This caused some momentary consternation, and everyone looked at one another.  The well dressed man said “I didn’t catch it, I was in no position to see it.”  The old man and the woman in her late 50’s just shook their heads.

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The man who drove the station wagon stopped a few blocks away and parked under a tree across the street from a school.  He shook very slightly and looked at his hands, then at the  rear view mirror in his car.  “I never saw him. I never saw him.”

He knew that running was wrong, but he had run.  He didn’t know why, he just did.  He looked at himself in the mirror again.  He looked scared and he knew it.  He wanted to turn and go back, but wasn’t sure if he could at this point.

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The Ambulance showed up first.

Tires screeched as the ambulance pulled up and the sound of the sirens died out and the EMT’s got out wearing their blue nitrite gloves already.  They pushed through the small crowd and walked over to the young man on the ground, and the first thing they did was look at him and figure out how badly he was hurt.  The larger younger man looked at his buddy as he knelt down to look the young man and said “He’s having a bad day.  He got hit by a car?”  He turned his head to the left and made eye contact with the well dressed man as he asked the question.

“Yes. Some kinda station wagon, clipped him right over there, behind my car.”

Behind your car?” the EMT repeated the question?

The well dressed man pointed to his car and said “Ya.  He was trying to cross the street between my car and the white van, and that’s when he got hit.”

“Gotcha.” the EMT said.  The young man rubbed his head with his left hand which was shaking like a leaf, and came away even bloodier than it was before. “Fuck!” What the fuck!”  I gotta get home!”

The EMT immediately turned to the young man “You’re going to be OK, you’re going to go to the Hospital.  What’s your name?”

“I’m… bBAAAAAAAAAAAAA” is what he said because as soon as he began the sentence he started to move his leg, and the pain buried his answer.  The EMT backed up and shook his head.  He said “I didn’t need that ear anyway”  as he turned to his buddy who was coming over with equipment from the truck.  “Broken leg.  Possible concussion.  Shock.  He’s lost a lot of blood.”

The second EMT said “Got it.”  He looked at the young man questioningly, after noting he was almost sitting up and wouldn’t need a backboard.  He said “High?”

The first EMT, still kneeling said ” Dunno.”  The sound of police sirens began to get louder.  He said  “I’m gonna try this again.  What’s your name, son?”

He said “Bobby.”  He was breathing very hard as the pain was still rifling through his system.  “This shit is crazy.  I’m cold…” His head lolled forward for a second, then it picked up and  Bobby asked “What’s happened?” He was trying to hold up his head, but seemed to be almost too weak to do it, and he shook as he spat blood on his shirt.

The EMT said “I have no idea son, but were about to find out.”  and yelled out behind him, trying to yell over the sirens.  “We gotta take care of this, now!  He’s starting to blank out!”  Two police cars came screaming around the corner and pulled up blocking traffic in both directions. A second ambulance pulled in behind the two police cars.

To Be Continued…

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Pic of the day, part ii: A Corner of the Studio, By Eugene Delacroix

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To different minds, the same world is a hell, and a heaven.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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That’s it from me, America.  More story tomorrow.  G’night.

If The President Said…

Pic of the day, part i: The Boating Party, by Mary Cassatt

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Free men are aware of the imperfection inherent in human affairs, and they are willing to fight and die for that which is not perfect. They know that basic human problems can have no final solutions, that our freedom, justice, equality, etc. are far from absolute, and that the good life is compounded of half measures, compromises, lesser evils, and gropings toward the perfect. The rejection of approximations and the insistence on absolutes are the manifestation of a nihilism that loathes freedom, tolerance, and equity.

Eric Hoffer, The Temper of Our Time

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I love the inherent dislogic within Mitt Romney’s rhetoric.  Mitt Romney said that the extension of  middle class tax cuts will “kill jobs.”  But then again he says everything that the President does kills jobs.

Tax cuts kill jobs?  I was under the impression that tax cuts were good things and created jobs?

Republican rule #1:  Taxes are bad.

Republican rule #2: Low taxation creates jobs.

This President has cut taxes so much I’m surprised I have to pay any at all.  Taxes being the natural enemy of Republicans, I’m surprised they hate the guy so much.  He’s doing a credible impression of a Republican with all the tax cuts he’s tossing around.

And while he’s cutting taxes, he’s proposing more tax cuts.  He’s cut taxes for small businesses 18 times.

What’s he gotta do, put on an elephant mask and scream “fuck the IRS” until Grover Norqvist’s ears bleed?

🙂

When I hear Mitt Romney say a tax cut for the middle class will kill jobs, I know what he really means.  And what Mitt means is He doesn’t care how republican this guy acts as far as taxation is concerned, he’s gonna say everything President Obama does kills jobs.

If the President said he walked his dog, dog walking would kill jobs.

If the President said he rooted for Prince Fielder during the Home Run Derby, Romney would say that rooting for Prince Fielder kills jobs

If the President said he had the best sex of his life in the White House, Romney would say fucking kills jobs.

Well…. maybe not on that last one, but Romney’d think about putting out a press release about it, just to be a dick. (to say nothing of the fact that the President wouldn’t say that, he’s not some inbred hick after all.)

Mitt Romney kills jobs by going to the same old tired line all the damn time.  Mitt, you cheap fuck, hire a writer.

Or not… I don’t mind making fun of you, Mitt.

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Pic of the day, part ii:  Lilacs in a Window, by Mary Cassatt

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Modern man is weighed down more by the burden of responsibility than by the burden of sin. We think him more a savior who shoulders our responsibilities than him who shoulders our sins. If instead of making decisions we have but to obey and do our duty, we feel it as a sort of salvation.

Eric Hoffer, The Passionate State of Mind, and Other Aphorisms

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That’s it from here, America. G’night.

On First Reading

Pic of the day:  Bennington Battle flag

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Wherever the real power in a Government lies, there is the danger of oppression. In our Governments, the real power lies in the majority of the Community, and the invasion of private rights is chiefly to be apprehended, not from the acts of Government contrary to the sense of its constituents, but from acts in which the Government is the mere instrument of the major number of the constituents.

James Madison, in a letter to Thomas Jefferson, 1788

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I am in the process of reading the supreme courts ruling in the case National Federation of Independent Business v Sibelius.  I have to tell you it is an interesting read.  And not without twists and turns.  I can see why CNN and Fox were quick to say that the law was being overturned.  Much of the beginning statement was reasoning for the individual mandate to be overturned.  And the reasons were soundly thought out and reasonable.

Curious I should say that, seeing how I am very much for this law, personally.  I was much in line with Chief Justice Roberts rationale against using the commerce clause and the necessary and proper clause to constitutionally validate the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, once I read it.

The rationale against the law when looked at from these arguments is entirely reasonable.  I personally think he is right because in light of those arguments, it is a creation of power above and beyond the mandate of congress.  These two instances (commerce, and necessary &  proper) are both there to protect already enumerated powers, laws that already exist.  The health care law overstepped those bounds and created powers that did not exist before, and because of that the Chief justice shot those arguments down.

But the taxation argument saved the Patient protection and Affordable care act.  Despite the fact that the law calls the penalty for not getting health insurance a “penalty” and not a tax, the court said that they would simply look at the penalty as a tax, because the law is enacted in such a way that the penalty is actually paid like a tax, and is in fact collected by the IRS, and, according to the court, “the payment is not so high that there is really no choice but to buy health insurance.”

And payment is not intended to induce the purchase of health insurance, and there are no negative legal consequences to not buying health insurance.

Says so right in the writ of certiorari.  It’s on page four.  Click here to read the entire thing.

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The one thing I have not seen is the actual amount one would have to pay should one not have health insurance.  I have heard from some fearful right wingers that there will be jail time for those who do not buy health insurance.  Which is just plain silly. There will be no jail time for anyone not according to the law that I read, and that law is the same one that Justice Roberts signed off on.

Partially.

He did say that stripping states that do not comply with the law of their medicare benefits was “Dragooning.”

Can’t say that I disagree as far as that goes, but it doesn’t go far enough.  The states that simply turn their backs on the people who would be helped by this law won’t agree with Justice Roberts here.  And neither do I.  There are abuses that the state can heap upon the individual, just as the federal government can, and this was meant as a protection from the states “dragooning” the citizens of those states who turned their backs on this law, against the will of the electorate and would make them suffer with sub-standard medical coverage.

I would much rather see a state government made to suffer some harm than to see it’s citizens health unnecessarily compromised due to purposeful disregard of a federal law that does not impinge on my freedom, which this does not.  Mind you complete loss of their medicare coverage was a bit much. Some other penalty could have been brought to bear that would have stood the constitutional test.  The law would have survived untouched if not for that major misstep by congress.

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Pic of the day:  Mademoiselle Marcelle Lender by, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

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A popular Government without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy, or perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.

James Madison, in a letter to W.T. Barry, 1822

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That’s about it from here, America.  G’night.

33 Lines

Pic of the day:  Smokers in an Interior, by the Le Nain brothers, 1643

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I am interested in madness. I believe it is the biggest thing in the human race, and the most constant. How do you take away from a man his madness without also taking away his identity? Are we sure it is desirable for a man’s spirit not to be at war with itself, or that it is better to be serene and ready to go to dinner than to be excited and unwilling to stop for a cup of coffee, even?

William Saroyan

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They control what we see.

Not who we are.

To let this stand is, to my mind, wrong.

But what can one man do?

Simple. Spread the gospel.  Tell the world.

Let the world judge.

Show the world just how much power those few people who control the airwaves have.

See what the world thinks.

See if they can think for themselves enough to understand that this amount of power in any groups hands is too much.

And the find another source of news.

Another source for entertainment.

Another source of information.

If you only read the mainstream news, only see the mainstream entertainment, and you are happy that is fine.

But do me a favor.  Ask yourself a few questions.

Am I watching/reading/thinking  this because I want to watch/read/think this, or because someone else wants me to?

Was this my idea?  Would I have thought or read or seen this without being guided here by someone else? What is their motive?

Why am I being guided there?  For my own good?  Someone Else’s profit margin?

And who is guiding me?

Should I trust them? Can I afford to?

Think about everything you know about every piece of legislation you have heard of over the last few years.

Think about all the news you have heard.  Every piece of entertainment you have consumed.

Where did it come from? Someone with an expense account and an agenda.

You would most probably not think what you do about it had you read the legislation.

You would most probably not feel the things you feel about politicians if you actually watched what they do.

The people who show us the world through the media are amongst the most powerful humans on earth.

If we aren’t careful we will end up puppets on the end of their strings.

The internet alone is a haven of freedom of speech, and they want that too.

Cispa, Sopa and their kin are encroachments on freedom by the media, using the legislatures of the world as slaves to do their bidding.

It’s a sad world that has let this occur unchecked.

Without regulation, they have become far too strong.

The media companies of the world are too large.

They control too much.

Support independent media.

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That’s it from here, America.  G’night.

Bet

Pic of the day:   The Mongul Invasion, by Kawasaki Jimbei II ( after Morizuno Yugyo)

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There is no single, definitive “stream of consciousness,” because there is no central headquarters, no Cartesian theater where “it all comes together” for the perusal of a central meaner. Instead of such a single stream (however wide), there are multiple channels in which specialist circuits try, in parallel pandemoniums, to do their various things, creating multiple drafts as they go. Most of these fragmentary drafts of “narrative” play short-lived roles in the modulation of current activity but some get promoted to further functional roles, in swift succession, by the activity of a virtual machine in the brain.

Daniel Dennett, Consciousness Explained

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And now you know why I love Daniel Dennett.  Onto the news…

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The most amazing paragraph I’ve ever read is in this article on bloomberg business.  Most amazing as in the biggest bunch of business bullshit propaganda I’ve heard in a long time.  It is the fourth paragraph in the story, but to get the context read the entire thing.  Bloomberg is an asshole about fair use so I’m not gonna quote the entire paragraph.

The article is about the $2,000,000,000 loss incurred by Jamie Dimon.  The article says that the  bets Dimon were making (and it was Dimon making them, no matter who was in charge of the unit he was in  charge of the company) were so large they were driving the $10,000,000,000,000  market (yes, that is 10 trillion) and could not be easily unwound.

The article says this and what does that 4th paragraph say?  The fact that there are investigations ongoing into the matter, and the fact that there is going to be a senate hearing over this is an overreaction to a minor misstep.

Overreaction to a minor misstep?  Overreaction?  MINOR misstep?

ARE YOU PEOPLE STUPID?

Oh wait, you people are in the stock market, of course you’re fucking stupid.  Gamblers, alcoholics, crackheads, all of you.

Shitty risk management, overzealous betting… If you read the actual story on what happened, these guys sound like gambling addicts trying to convince themselves that everything is gonna be ok, that they only “almost” lost their shirts.  They sound unprofessional and frankly dirty as hell talking like this is some small thing.  Jamie Dimon was personally driving a 10 trillion dollar market with bets so big that it was risky to his entire operation to unwind the damn things.

That is NOT a small thing, and anyone who tells you different is full of shit.

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Another great quote from this story by the crack addict enablers over at bloomberg business is in the last paragraph.  Some douche bag formerly of citigroup said :  “Advocates of tightening the so-called Volcker rule, which restricts banks’ proprietary trading, want “to use it for their own ends

And he wants to eliminate the volcker rule for his own ends.  The Volcker rule, the “ends” the douche bag is talking about is anything but dangerous to the stability of the market.  Yet this guy wants to get rid of the “So-called Volcker rule” and let the inmates run the asylum.  Again.

Let them do as they please like numbnuts here wants and the market will correct itself (srsly?) is what he apparently thinks.

Just like it did in 2008.

Ya.

Corrected itself to the tune of the biggest recession in recent memory which necessitated the biggest bailout EVER, which was handled poorly by that dumbass Dubya and that evil bastard Hank Paulson .  Paulson, along with Chris Cox destroyed much of our economic strength with the relaxation of the net capital rule.  Cox relaxed it at Paulson’s behest.  The entirety of Wall street got way in over their heads betting on sub-prime mortgages. And the whole thing went to hell in a hand-basket because we let Wall Street do things the way they wanted.

So ya, when these wall street shysters talk about their dislike for regulation like this dime store putz did, just remember where that little piece of deregulation got us.  Listening to these banksters, these criminals, should give us all pause.  They aren’t investors.  They are bettors. Betting on your future, betting for their own wants.  They don’t care if you win, so long as they do.  You lost trillions, and they still have their mansions and yachts.

Think on that.

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That’s it from here, America.  G’night.