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President, Treasury, Congress “undermining efforts to shore up the economy”

March 21, 2009

“By week’s end, I was more depressed about the financial crisis than I’ve been since last September. Back then, the issue was the disintegration of the financial system, as the Lehman bankruptcy set off a terrible chain reaction. Now I’m worried that the political response is making the crisis worse. The Obama administration appears to have lost its grip on Congress, while the Treasury Department always seems caught off guard by bad news.”

That from Joe Nocera in The New York Times.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/0
3/21/business/21nocera.html?_r=1&hp

I agree with Joe 100% but he is a lot smarter than me!

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Obama, Geithner, Congress Squandering Confidence Needed For Recovery

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From Joe Nocera in The New York Times:

Yes, the $165 million in bonuses handed out to executives in the financial products division of American International Group was infuriating. Truly, it was. As many others have noted, this is the same unit whose shenanigans came perilously close to bringing the world’s financial system to its knees. When the Federal Reserve chairman, Ben Bernanke, said recently that A.I.G.’s “irresponsible bets” had made him “more angry” than anything else about the financial crisis, he could have been speaking for most Americans.

But death threats? “All the executives and their families should be executed with piano wire — my greatest hope,” wrote one person in an e-mail message to the company. Another suggested publishing a list of the “Yankee” bankers “so some good old southern boys can take care of them.”

Or how about those efforts to publicize names of individual executives who received bonuses — efforts championed by Attorney General Andrew Cuomo of New York and Barney Frank, chairman of the House Financial Services Committee. To what end?

How does outing these executives fix skewed compensation incentives, which have created that unjustified sense of entitlement that pervades Wall Street? No, it’s mostly about using subpoena power to satisfy the public’s thirst for blood. (In light of the death threats, when Mr. Cuomo received the list of A.I.G. bonus recipients on Thursday, he promised to consider “individual security” and “privacy rights” in deciding whether to publicize the names.)

Then there was that awful Congressional hearing on Wednesday, in which A.I.G.’s newly installed chief executive, Edward Liddy, was forced to listen to one outraged member of Congress after another rail about bonuses — and obsess about when Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner learned about them — while ignoring far more troubling problems surrounding the A.I.G. rescue.

Oh, and let’s not forget the bill that was passed on Thursday by the House of Representatives. It would tax at a 90 percent rate bonus payments made to anyone who earned over $250,000 at any financial institution receiving significant bailout funds. Should it become law, it will affect tens of thousands of employees who had absolutely nothing to do with creating the crisis, and who are trying to help fix their companies.

Meanwhile, the real culprits — like Joseph J. Cassano, the former head of A.I.G.’s financial products division— are counting their money in “retirement.” Nobody on Capitol Hill seems much interested in getting that money back. (And the bill does nothing about bonuses that were paid before 2009, meaning that most of those egregious Merrill Lynch bonuses, paid at the end of last year, will not be touched.)

Read the rest:
http://www.nytimes.com/2009
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Obama, Geithner, Congress Squandering Confidence Needed For Recovery

March 21, 2009

“What we need today is more optimism and more confidence,” Larry Summers said.

“Consumer confidence is slightly up. The market is slightly up,” Biden said.

“We need confidence to make this recovery work,” President Obama said.

 Psst: Obama; Biden Was Supposed To Be the Gaffe Prone Guy

I believe all that.  I also know that the president, his team, Tim Geithner, Larry Summers, Joe Biden, Chris Dodd, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Barney Frank and a host of others are frittering away the confidence Americans and many others in the world like China need to make the recovery work….

“The whole congress should have their income taxed at 90% because of their incompetence,” said former Arkansas Governor Mike Huchabee today on Fox.[Pelosi+Congress.jpg]
http://cristyli.blogspot.com/

And Mister President, do I believe “Nobody messes with Joe?”

“Give me a f &^*$% ing break.”

 

You can’t urge confidence while spending trillions of taxpayers dollars and then spend, waste, an entire legislative week on $167 million with nothing to show for the effort except for a loss of confidence.

Congress this last week sent a torpedo into confidence in banks, companies like AIG, the Treasury, the White House, truth, honesty and themselves.

Why wait?  Follow the Grassley and Japanese way, congress: kill yourselves and save us the expense of a revolt……

The pain of your living, moronic behavior in a time of crisis is killing me and it should be killing you.  The wrong guy is going to die if the economy worsens: the taxpayer.

After the mass Seppuku (切腹 ) on Capitol Hill, the president can fire Geithner in an attempt to bring back some confidence. Some iota of confidence.  At least firing Geithner will be a pro-active step.

But nobody seems ready to do the right thing; even though I did the right thing by sending in my professionally (no Turbo Tax for me) prepared IRS forms yesterday….

And are we expected to have confidence in the president’s budget and allow rapacious spending on health care, energy, climate change and education?

Not after yesterday’s CBO report and not after what we”ve seen since Barack Obama and this congress go into the act….

Please see all the goodies at Michelle Malkin’s house….
http://michellemalkin.com/2009/03/2
1/saturday-open-thread-7/


President Obama, Joe Biden, Tim Geithner, Larry Summers, Chris Dodd, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Barney Frank and a host of others are running off to spend our money too fast and we have lost confidence…..

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Finance, one of America’s great industries, being destroyed by Congress during crisis?

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[Commentary]
Martin Kozlowski, WSJ

The “Real” Obama: How Centrist?

December 12, 2008

Barack Obama has garnered praise from center to right — and has highly irritated the left — with the centrism of his major appointments. Because Obama’s own beliefs remain largely opaque, his appointments have led to the conclusion that he intends to govern from the center.

Obama the centrist? I’m not so sure. Take the foreign policy team: Hillary Clinton, James Jones and Bush holdover Robert Gates. As centrist as you can get. But the choice was far less ideological than practical. Obama has no intention of being a foreign policy president. Unlike, say, Nixon or Reagan, he does not have aspirations abroad. He simply wants quiet on his eastern and western fronts so that he can proceed with what he really cares about — his domestic agenda.

 Charles Krauthammer
The Washington Post
Friday, December 12, 2008; Page A27

Similarly his senior economic team, the brilliant trio of Tim Geithner, Larry Summers and Paul Volcker: centrist, experienced and mainstream. But their principal task is to stabilize the financial system, a highly pragmatic task in which Obama has no particular ideological stake.
A functioning financial system is a necessary condition for a successful Obama presidency. As in foreign policy, Obama wants experts and veterans to manage and pacify universes in which he has little experience and less personal commitment. Their job is to keep credit flowing and the world at bay so that Obama can address his real ambition: to effect a domestic transformation as grand and ambitious as Franklin Roosevelt’s.

As Obama revealingly said just last week, “This painful crisis also provides us with an opportunity to transform our economy to improve the lives of ordinary people.” Transformation is his mission. Crisis provides the opportunity. The election provides him the power.

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