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24 comments

  1. xdog says:

    If Barry had gone ahead and hanged a few bankers back in 2009, he’d win the presidency by acclamation this time around.

      • xdog says:

        You don’t believe in state-sanctioned violence? Or are you just in the 34 percent of gopers who have a “great deal” or “fair amount” of confidence in banks versus 19 percent of donks and 14 percent of indies.

        • I just wasn’t aware President Obama had the power to execute Americans unilaterally.

          Oh wait, did you mean blow bankers up with an unmanned drone? ‘Cause the President and his anti-war buddies are down with that.

          • CobbGOPer says:

            “I just wasn’t aware President Obama had the power to execute Americans unilaterally.”

            Pretty sure he doesn’t, but it hasn’t exactly stopped him from doing so…

          • xdog says:

            Yes the Prez and his anti-war buddies are down with using drones, just like the former Prez and his pro-war buddies were down with invading countries more or less at random, just as long as they could lie about it up front.

            Is that far enough off point for you? Do you have a response to my general point that people would have applauded watching bankers do the perp walk/do time/twist in the breeze or do you just want to keep trying to knee-jerk me?

            • DTK says:

              @xdog

              I think Buzz was pointing out the similarity between authorizing drone strikes and people who fantasize about bankers doing perp walks. The similarity is a disregard of due process rights for individuals at the wrong end of the President’s raw exercise of power.

              I have no doubt people would’ve applauded handcuffing the CEOs of America’s major banks for no other reason than to vent anger at the recession. Mobs tend to do that sort of thing. If the bankers did something illegal, then fine, charge them. But if not, leave them alone and quit fantasizing about “hang[ing]” them.

              • Blake says:

                Disregarding xdog’s hyperbole, I think his point was that it would have been nice to see some bankers (many of whom undoubtedly did highly illegal things) get prosecuted, instead of Obama informally waving away their crimes with his blanket “Look Forward, Not Back” philosophy. Buzz’s focus is a distraction from the main point.

                • DTK says:

                  Are there any instances of bankers who broke the law that have not been prosecuted? I doubt that. Most U.S. Attorneys would kill for a case like that.

                  If these cases haven’t been brought, it’s because they’ve been investigated and it’s been determined that there’s no wrongdoing. That’s my point. That’s what due process is about. Not adolescent fantasies of some faithful strongman assuming dictatorial powers and doing what’s “right” no matter what the law says. That’s dangerous stuff, no matter if it comes from the Left on financial matters or on the Right with terrorism.

            • CobbGOPer says:

              Oh, I think if some of these bankers had done a perp-walk in the first couple years of the Obama administration, he might not be so worried about re-election right now. The fact that no one has gone to jail over the events that led to our economic crisis only proves the Democrats are just as bought and paid for as the GOP.

  2. benevolus says:

    “Panetta said the loss of the direct supply routes (to Afghanistan) was costing the United States roughly $100 million per month.”

    Wow!!

  3. John Konop says:

    ……….States Bucking ‘Obamacare’ Are Among Those With Highest Rates Of Uninsured………

    If the states eliminate and or decrease funding for Medicaid all they are doing is shifting the cost to county hospitals at a higher rate for the poor, with people playing by the rules getting stuck with the bill. Already about 40% of the cost of healthcare you pay, if you have insurance, is factored in what you pay ie premium, co-pay, coverage……… And the other part is passed on via taxes. Unless your view is to not treat poor children, unwedded teenage mother, special needs and elderly if they do not have the money, than you must deal with how to reduce cost. That means tough love medicine with rational fixes like end of life directives, shifting non emergency care to nurses over doctors, co-op purchasing of medication at reduced rates, carrot and stick approach to healthcare for example use of dial doc over emergency rooms……. The Tea Party position of reducing and or eliminating Medicaid is fool’s gold if you do not deal with the above issues first.

    • benevolus says:

      I was gonna say that I bet lawyers are lining up to take her case, but apparently, if you read carefully, you can find hints that there might already be a lawsuit.
      Don’t they have editors over there anymore?

  4. DeKalb Wonkette says:

    Go with a credit union rather than organized crime – oops! – big banks. The banksters have lost my business forever –

  5. The Last Democrat in Georgia says:

    “Atlanta loses bid to house the regional office of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Winners – Dallas, Denver, Silicon Valley and Detroit”

    Okay, I can see losing to Dallas, Denver and Silicon Valley, but losing to Detroit? That’s an insult!

    • seenbetrdayz says:

      Detroit had to bid for a regional patent office, though. Otherwise, they’d have no occupied buildings in that city.

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