Archive for the ‘anger’ Category

Anger, Lawlessness Fueling U.S., Global Economic Revolution?

March 26, 2009

Some might say, “The ends justify the means.”

Some might say the “anarchists” seen at global economic leadership conferences are now getting what they wanted; what they protested for.

Today two Washington Post reporters said the President of the United States is “attempting to harness public anger over the financial crisis” to pass his budget.

Obama Buys Into Anger, Fear as Political Tool

Are we setting the future course of the United States and the world based upon anger?  And if so, is that a good way to plan our future and the debt burden for our children and grandchildren?

And hasn’t the president himself fueled this anger expressing “outrage” at the AIG bonusus that were protected in his stimulus and known about for months by the Fed and Treasury (and Chris Dodd)?

So now the president wants to “bypass the traditional media and speak directly to the people?”  Why?  To fan and further fuel the anger?

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 President Tries To Harness Public Anger To Move His Budget

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China fears recession riots

 Global Economy Weakness Leading To Social Unrest

Global Economy Sparks Protests; Governments Fear Greater “Social Unrest”

Obama: Press Conference Hints at Class Warfare

James Hill, New York Times


French Worker Release Factory Head After Lay Off Threat

French workers released a manager of U.S. manufacturer 3M held hostage for two days in a labor dispute over layoffs, the company said Thursday, amid rising French unemployment and public outrage at employers.


A new poll indicated that French worker frustration remains high, with a majority of respondents predicting more violent incidents in response to the economic crisis. The hostage-taking was one of many recent efforts by French workers to protest the downturn.

Workers at a 3M factory in Pithiviers locked manager Luc Rousselet in an office Tuesday, demanding better severance packages for those laid off and better conditions for those who keep their jobs.

After discussions Wednesday that ran into the night, Rousselet was released overnight, company spokeswoman Catherine Hamon said. Rousselet, unharmed, then left the factory grounds.

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President Tries To Harness Public Anger To Move His Budget

March 26, 2009

In attempting to harness public anger over the financial crisis on behalf of his budget, President Obama is confronting the politically uncomfortable fact that the success of his long-term agenda and Wall Street’s recovery are intertwined.

By Alec MacGillis and Scott Wilson
The Washington Post

That acknowledgment is reflected in the president’s shift in tone from his tempestuous town hall appearances in California last week to Tuesday evening’s more sober appraisal of who is responsible for the frozen credit markets, insolvent banks and burst real estate bubble.

He condemned Wall Street “Ponzi schemes, even when they’re legal, where a relatively few do spectacularly well while the middle class loses ground” during a March 18 town hall event in California’s Orange County, which is now closing elementary schools because of falling property tax revenue. Back inside the Beltway, the president said during his prime-time news conference that some of us “can’t afford to demonize every investor and entrepreneur who seeks to make a profit.”

In the balance as he attempts to walk this line is Obama’s long-term agenda, embodied in the budget he was selling on Capitol Hill yesterday and which a House panel passed on a party-line vote late last night. To build public support for his $3.6 trillion package of plans to reform health care, energy and education, Obama is attempting a kind of transference — persuading Americans that the excesses crystallized by bonuses for the AIG unit at the center of the financial collapse can only be fixed by the systemic overhaul of the economy represented by his budget.

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‘Catastrophe’ Obama Is Angry; And We Might Be Too

February 6, 2009

“We’re not moving quickly because we’re trying to jam something down people’s throats. We’re moving quickly because if we don’t, the economy’s going to keep getting worse.”

That’s what President Barack Obama said late Thursday.

Stimulus: Obama May Need To Make a Deal

What he clearly meant to say was “We’re trying to move quickly because quick action will pay dividends not because we’re trying to jam something down people’s throats….”

If we don’t what?  Jam this down people’s throats?  The President of the United States used that turn of a phrase?  Just like he hauled “catastrophe” out of the verbal closet this week?

The great communicator is in danger of becoming Joe Biden: a guy you don’t want off the script, off the telepromter.

It won’t matter that “I won.”

The fact is that the economy will continue downward, quick action or not, if previous economic downturns are any indicator.

Everyone says that.

So, as is often the case, when an executive (or just about anyone else) is frustrated because he doesn’t completely believe the bill of goods he’s peddling, he makes mistakes with his words and gets even more angry.

This isn’t anger to make a point: the president really is angry at Republicans who are telling him the stimulus is flawed, at Daschle for being a “limo liberal,” at the economy for robbing him of the money he needs to execute his camapaign promises, at Nancy Pelosi and the House for such a shoddy piece of legislation called “the stimulus” even though the stimulative properties are minimal, at China and others for screaming “trade war” over “Buy American”- a horrendously brainless child of Pelosi,  at…well, the list goes on.

Somebody needs to tell the president: “The hits just keep on coming.”

Russia is working like the devil to close the U.S. air base that supplies Afghanistan from Kyrzykstan, in Pakistan those Afgahistan supply lines are under siege, Iran has launched a satellite into space, North Korea wants attention and threatens its own missile launch,  and the Israelis remain unhappy with Hamas.

Even Evan Thomas at Newsweek is calling Afghanistan “Obama’s Vietnam.” Already.

And Barack Obama is at a Spa showing his anger to a Democrats only audience.  No bipartisan working group there….

He should be talking turkey with Republicans and making progress on the stimulus: and that’s why Senator Lindsey Graham accused the president of being AWOL and of an inability to lead.

President Obama should be watching the film “Dave” where the President really does roll his sleeves up (and not just for the cameras) and goes through the budget line by line.

Many Senators and Congressmen have said they doubt the president read through the stimulus…

Taking more time, even a few days, to get the most appropriate and useful stimulus just might be a better idea than passing a stimulus that is a mess of pork a few days sooner.

And the president cannot be working to solve problems in the stimulus while he is at a Democrats only meeing away from Washington DC in a Spa.

This is the largest federal spending bill ever and there have been no hearings in committee.  Economists are deeply divided on the very premise of the stimulus argument.  And the bill developed by Nancy Pelosi and her House Appropriations Committee — without any Republican input — is a massive money give-away and not primarily a jobs bill.  It is a spending bill.

So the reason Barack Obama looks angry from time to time these days is this: he’s been cheated by Nancy Pelosi and the House and now he is trying to foist upon the American people something he knows and they know is not just less than perfect, its bad; but its also not as bad as Lindsey Graham thinks.

The Barack Obama of “Hope” has quickly morphed himslf into the “Catastrophe President.”

His word, not mine.

John E. Carey
Wakefield Chapel, Virginia

If this is a “catastrophe” I’d hate to see what “No Drama Obama” calls a terrorist attack using nuclear or biological weapons (God save us).  There are people out of jobs — a lot of people — but they aren’t dead.


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What Became Of Obama’s ‘Hope?” Suddenly ‘Catastrophe’ Looms

Obama, Dems Go To a Spa After Tough First Weeks But No Stimulus
Stimulus: Obama May Need To Make a Deal

President Catastrophe: Listen to FDR, JFK

Liberals voice concerns about Obama

December 8, 2008

Liberals are growing increasingly nervous – and some just flat-out angry – that President-elect Barack Obama seems to be stiffing them on Cabinet jobs and policy choices.

Obama has reversed pledges to immediately repeal tax cuts for the wealthy and take on Big Oil. He’s hedged his call for a quick drawdown in Iraq. And he’s stocking his White House with anything but stalwarts of the left.

Now some are shedding a reluctance to puncture the liberal euphoria at being rid of President George W. Bush to say, in effect, that the new boss looks like the old boss.


“He has confirmed what our suspicions were by surrounding himself with a centrist to right cabinet. But we do hope that before it’s all over we can get at least one authentic progressive appointment,” said Tim Carpenter, national director of the Progressive Democrats of America.

OpenLeft blogger Chris Bowers went so far as to issue this plaintive plea: “Isn’t there ever a point when we can get an actual Democratic administration?”

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