Financial dictator Paulson to American people: We're not saying who got your two trillion, so fuck yourself
5:12 on Friday afternoon: a big Fuck You from Hank Paulson to the American people he works for:
The Federal Reserve refused a request by Bloomberg News to disclose the recipients of more than $2 trillion of emergency loans from U.S. taxpayers and the assets the central bank is accepting as collateral.
Quelle surprise! Read below the fold...
Second, he’s got to stop fooling around with the tissue-paper health care “proposals” he had stuck to his shoes throughout the campaign. He needs to get behind something like Rep. John Conyers’ HR 676 Medicare for All single-payer plan. Watch the news in early January for the 20 (yep, 20) major labor organizations launching the “Labor for Single Payer” campaignRead below the fold...
In short, affordable health care has never been more urgently needed. Yet most of the health reform proposals coming out of Washington these days won’t get us there.
Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) recently unveiled his proposals for incremental health reform, which largely mirror the ideas of President-elect Barack Obama and Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.).
However well-intentioned, the Obama/Baucus/Kennedy approaches share a fatal flaw: they preserve a central role for the private health insurance industry.Read below the fold...
Paragraph 115(a) of Fitzgerald's indictment:
In a recorded conversation on October 31, 2008, ROD BLAGOJEVICH described an earlier approach by an associate of Senate Candidate Five as follows: "We were approached 'pay to play.' That, you know, he'd raise me 500 grand. An emissary came. Then the other guy would raise a million, if I made him (Senate Candidate 5) a Senator."Read below the fold...
On the one hand, you have to say that this priceless -- or so I assume -- Blago quote looks good for Obama:
Even if the governor was to appoint a candidate favored by the Obama team, Blagojevich said, "they're not willing to give me anything except appreciation."
Poor baby. On the other hand, circling the wagons is just never a good strategy. Don't the old Beltway hands, and especially the Clintonians, who surround Obama know that? This just makes no sense:
In the Online Wall Street Journal's MarketWatch, no less. Paul B. Farrell's been reading his Naomi Klein! Read the whole thing, but here's a snippet:
In one generation America has been transformed from a democracy into a strange new form of government, "Disaster Capitalism." Here's how it happened:Read below the fold...
The Mission of the Press Is Priceless (by Frank Harris III, Hartford Courant)
If the press were bailed out by the government then we'd have a government-owned press that would seek to silence its critics and eliminate stories that questioned government on what its many members and branches were doing.
As opposed to a corporate-owned press that seeks to silence government critics and eliminate stories that question government on what its many members and branches are doing. Glad to clear that up.—Caro
I'm sorry you chose temporarily favorable media over honest media.
Now, the Obama honeymoon in the MSM could last a while. Maybe he'll thrill the Village with one rivalgasm after another, and everything will be just fine.
You had the chance to take the high road, but you decided that this was the kind of media you liked:
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David Plouffe, the campaign manager for Barack Obama’s campaign, said at a campaign manager’s forum here at Harvard University tonight that things might have been a lot different had the disputed Florida primary actually counted in the Democratic race.
“In fact, we might not have been the nominee,” Mr. Plouffe said at a forum sponsored by the Kennedy School of Government.Read below the fold...