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kpete Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 11:42 AM
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Mortgaging the White House- by Bill Moyers and Michael Winship
Published on Saturday, May 2, 2009 by CommonDreams.org
Mortgaging the White House

by Bill Moyers and Michael Winship
Finally, here we are at the end of this week of a hundred days. As everyone in the western world probably knows by now, this benchmark for assessing presidencies goes back to Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who arrived at the White House in the depths of the Great Depression.

In his first hundred days, FDR came out swinging. He shut down the banks, threw the money lenders from the temple, cranked out so much legislation so fast he would shout to his secretary, Grace Tully, "Grace, take a law!" Will Rogers said Congress didn't pass bills anymore; it just waved as they went by.

President Obama's been busy, but contrary to many of the pundits, he's no FDR. Our new president got his political education in the world of Chicago ward politics, and seems to have adopted a strategy from the machine of that city's longtime boss, the late Richard J. Daley, father of the current mayor there. "Don't make no waves," one of Daley's henchmen used to advise, "don't back no losers."

Your opinion of Obama's first 100 days depends of course on your own vantage point. But we'd argue that as part of his bending over backwards to support the banks and avoid the losers, he has blundered mightily in his choice of economic advisers.

more at:
http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/05/02-1
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snowdays Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 12:31 PM
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1. nice and accurate ending................



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In fact, other Wall Street insiders -- many of them big contributors to the Obama presidential campaign, and progressive in their concern for the public interest -- privately are expressing serious concerns that Geithner, Summers and their associates are leading the president and America's taxpayers down a path toward further economic disaster.

This week, as Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin of Illinois unsuccessfully fought for a congressional amendment he said would have helped 1.7 million Americans save their homes from foreclosure, the senator told a radio station back home that, "The banks -- hard to believe in a time when we're facing a banking crisis that many of the banks created -- are still the most powerful lobby on Capitol Hill. And they frankly own the place."

He could say the same of the White House.


http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/05/02-1
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tomp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-03-09 09:10 AM
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2. yes, but he's very good at basketball and chess. nt
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