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No2W2004 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-02-04 11:15 PM
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Buffett Joins Kerry Campaign as Economic Advisor
OMAHA, Neb. (Reuters) - Warren Buffett (news - web sites), the world's second wealthiest person, said on Sunday he had joined Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry (news - web sites)'s economic advisory team.

Buffett has long been a critic of the tax policies of the Bush administration, which he believes favor the wealthy and big corporations over the middle class.

"I'm available if anyone wants to ask my view of anything," Buffett said of his involvement with Kerry at a news conference in Omaha, Nebraska, a day after the annual meeting of his Berkshire Hathaway Inc. .

Buffett said Kerry had asked him three weeks ago if he would be part of an economic advisory council that includes Robert Rubin, who was Treasury Secretary in the Clinton administration. Buffett said he had accepted.

Buffett, whose net worth is estimated by Forbes at $42.9 billion, said he was not likely to have much contact with Kerry and expected to play a limited role.

He said that he believed the election would be more about Bush than about Kerry.

"I personally think our election will be a referendum on George W. Bush," Buffett said. "The Kerry campaign is much less important than how people feel about Bush."

Buffett's support of Kerry is the second time in the past year he has entered the political fray. Though a Democrat, Buffett was an economic advisor to Arnold Schwarzenegger (news - web sites), a Republican, in his successful bid to become governor of California.




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Renew Deal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-02-04 11:21 PM
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1. First thing I thought was Margaritaville.
And I hate that guy.
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Kukesa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-03-04 10:34 AM
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8. Me too, Bleachers7
Edited on Mon May-03-04 10:35 AM by Kukesa
and I thought, oh no, we're gonna have to listen to "Wastin' Away Again . ." until November!
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jean Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-02-04 11:23 PM
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2. The better news is that Robert Rubin is on K's econ advisory council
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kodi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-02-04 11:33 PM
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6. rubin quiets the investor class like soma
its what helped wall street accept clinton.

glad to hear of buffet's and rubin's participation. it bodes well. clearly bush is scaring the beegeezes out of even rich folks now.
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moondust Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-02-04 11:25 PM
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3. Good.
Perhaps the business community will be somewhat more receptive as a result.
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hang a left Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-02-04 11:27 PM
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4. Wasn't he one of Arnold's advisors as well?
WTF?
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Poiuyt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-02-04 11:28 PM
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5. He was until he said Arnold would have to raise taxes
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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-03-04 10:17 AM
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7. This should seal it for moderate Republicans sick of neocons and fundies.
Bush cannot win without moderate Republicans and Democrats. There just are not ENOUGH neocons and Fundies for him to win.

Thank undergod.
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MrBenchley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-03-04 10:36 AM
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9. Smart money doesn't double down on losers
How much of his campaign fund dough has Chimpy blown so far with nothing to show for it?
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Jeff in Cincinnati Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-03-04 10:54 AM
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10. Exactly...
An incumbent president spends $50 million on television advertising (IN MARCH!?) and the race is still dead even. And the recent attacks on Kerry's Vietnam service have the whiff of desperation to them.

It's either a Democratic Victory or a Republican Coup d'Etat in November.
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Tellurian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-03-04 10:57 AM
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11. I hope Kerry isn't Buffett proud..Whats wrong with an endorsement from
Jimmy Buffett, folks?

The old saying...One Buffett is never enough?
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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-03-04 10:59 AM
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12. heh. Smorgasbords are a good thing for a hungry electorate.
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Wapsie B Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-03-04 11:00 AM
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13. Excellent news.
To me this is a signal that the moneyed class is tired of this little social experiment we've seen the last 3.5 years. No more puppets and village idiots. We need a leader.
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anarchy1999 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-03-04 11:03 AM
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14. Buffett Says He Has Increased Bet Against U.S. Dollar (Update2)
Is this good news or bad?

Not sure what to make of this? I am confused.

May 1 (Bloomberg) --

Billionaire investor Warren Buffett said he increased his bet against the U.S. dollar on concern that the country's trade deficit will weaken the currency.

``We think that over time that the dollar is likely to decline in value against some of the major currencies,'' said Buffett, 73, in an interview before Berkshire Hathaway Inc.'s annual shareholder meeting in Omaha, Nebraska. In the last few months, Berkshire has added ``more than a little bit'' to its foreign currency holdings, he said. They were last disclosed at $12 billion as of yearend.

Foreign currencies represent Buffett's biggest purchase in the last two years. The Berkshire chairman has built a fortune buying undervalued assets and today sees little opportunity in stocks. He bought currencies as the dollar began a 25 percent slump over 24 months and the U.S. current- account deficit ballooned to a record quarterly average of $137.7 billion in the first nine months of 2003.

Buffett, the world's second-wealthiest man, started the meeting, which drew an estimated 15,000 guests, with a video of jokes and skits featuring California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates.


http://quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=71000001&refer...


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NewJeffCT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-03-04 12:46 PM
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16. Not good
Not good for all of America, I mean. The dollar is at historic lows and because of our massive deficits - budget & trade - nobody wants to buy our dollars except China, whose currency is tied to the dollar... the only way around nobody wanting to buy dollars is to cause havoc with the markets by raising interest rates.

A rise will cause the housing market bubble to burst, or at least soften demand considerably. New construction will slow, as will refinancing and getting things like equity lines for home improvements. Imagine if you bought a $150,000 home early this year and put down 20%, leaving you with a $120,000 mortgage. If the market collapses, your home could be worth only $100,000 to $110,000 (more or less) So, if you wanted to sell your home or do some improvements, you now have negative equity in your home. You're stuck there in a home that is steadily getting older.



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