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Tue Feb 26, 2013, 08:11 PM

Elizabeth Warren's Q&A of Ben Bernanke at Senate Banking Committee

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Reply Elizabeth Warren's Q&A of Ben Bernanke at Senate Banking Committee (Original post)
ProfessionalLeftist Feb 2013 OP
limpyhobbler Feb 2013 #1
truth2power Feb 2013 #2
Canuckistanian Feb 2013 #3
dixiegrrrrl Feb 2013 #4
SunSeeker Feb 2013 #5
MannyGoldstein Feb 2013 #6
grandpamike1 Feb 2013 #7
efhmc Feb 2013 #8
Iwillnevergiveup Feb 2013 #9
supercats Feb 2013 #10
Amonester Feb 2013 #11
onwardsand upwards Feb 2013 #12

Response to ProfessionalLeftist (Original post)

Tue Feb 26, 2013, 08:51 PM

1. This whole perverted system is corrupt to the core.

She's pretty good. I like her.

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Response to ProfessionalLeftist (Original post)

Tue Feb 26, 2013, 09:22 PM

2. Bernanke, like all the rest of those miscreants, treating markets as if they're

some living entity. They're an economic construct.

People need to look at what Prof. Richard Wolff has to say about markets. Maybe I can find it.

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Response to ProfessionalLeftist (Original post)

Tue Feb 26, 2013, 09:23 PM

3. "I think we should get rid of it"

Well, then. Problem solved.

Goodnight, everyone!

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Response to ProfessionalLeftist (Original post)

Tue Feb 26, 2013, 09:34 PM

4. Thank you!!!!

I have been looking for this, and figured DU would come thru, as always.

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Response to ProfessionalLeftist (Original post)

Tue Feb 26, 2013, 10:23 PM

5. Bernanke gives up trying to defend it--"we should get rid of it"

The video clip stops at that point, but my next question would be, "So why don't we, Ben?"

But of course we all know the Republicans would never go for that. They have no problem with CORPORATE welfare. Even free insurance to big Banks worth $ 83 Billion a year. Welfare is only bad when it helps actual people.

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Response to ProfessionalLeftist (Original post)

Tue Feb 26, 2013, 10:40 PM

6. Doing what we elected her to do

Wonderful to see an elected official stay true to their campaign promises.

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Response to ProfessionalLeftist (Original post)

Tue Feb 26, 2013, 10:51 PM

7. Why, Oh Why

Can't the Democrats find more people to run for office like Senator Warren ? There should be an easy answer for this, but apparently neither the Dems or Reps want to delve into the financial snake pit that is our financial system. I just hope they keep televising these hearings so that many more voters will see the mendacity of our elected Government.

Bravo Senator, Bravo.....

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Response to grandpamike1 (Reply #7)

Tue Feb 26, 2013, 11:27 PM

8. Trying to get decent people to expose themselves to the expensive

slime pit which is our current political system is very hard and has the potential to get even worse.

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Response to ProfessionalLeftist (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 12:34 AM

9. Here's the full exchange

beginning at 1:46.

What is so interesting is that Vitter came on right after Elizabeth and agreed with her!
He said there is evidence that "too big to fail is alive and well."

http://www.c-span.org/Events/Fed-Chair-Bernanke-Presents-Monetary-Policy-Report-to-Congress/10737438337-1/

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Response to ProfessionalLeftist (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 02:03 AM

10. Elizabeth Warren...

is the best thing to happen to our senate in a long time! She is actually doing what she said she would do, and I love her for it!!!

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Response to ProfessionalLeftist (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 03:15 AM

11. Raise a special tax to get that $83 Billion back and...

take $3 Billion of it to set up and pay for a true Public Campaign-Funding program to share between each qualified candidate

render lobbying illegal

then take the remaining $80 Billion to avert the sequester


voilą.

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Response to ProfessionalLeftist (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 10:06 AM

12. Go Lizzie, go!

She stands up to Bernanke very well.

Bernanke's answer, overall, is a classical economist's bob-and-weave: it's not possible for these extra profits to exist with rational expectations -- therefore, rather than tax them (oh, heavens, no) we just need to adjust people's expectations to be more rational. The problem isn't that banks are fleecing the people -- it's that the people are too stupid to trust us that we wouldn't bail the banks out again (in the way the we always, always, have). Assume the issue doesn't exist, and it doesn't exist! His smug little professorial smile betrays how much he enjoys this type of argument.

I'm not quite sure what he means when he says "Now we have the tools". He seems to be implying that the Fed had its hands tied, in 2008, in a way that it doesn't now. That sounds good but, given that the Fed is a corporation owned by the big banks, it seems pretty unlikely that they'd do anything other than act in their interests when push comes to shove.

In any case, it's such a pleasure to see someone asking these questions in such a forthright way.

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