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mike r Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-31-10 10:51 AM
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Why Wall St. Is Deserting Obama (NYT)
Edited on Tue Aug-31-10 10:56 AM by mike r
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/31/business/31sorkin.htm...

Why Wall St. Is Deserting Obama
By ANDREW ROSS SORKIN

Daniel S. Loeb, the hedge fund manager, was one of Barack Obamas biggest backers in the 2008 presidential campaign. A registered Democrat, Mr. Loeb has given and raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Democrats. Less than a year ago, he was considered to be among the Wall Street elite still close enough to the White House to be invited to a speech in Lower Manhattan, where President Obama outlined the need for a financial regulatory overhaul. So it came as quite a surprise on Friday, when Mr. Loeb sent a letter to his investors that sounded as if he were preparing to join Glenn Beck in Washington over the weekend.

As every student of American history knows, this countrys core founding principles included nonpunitive taxation, constitutionally guaranteed protections against persecution of the minority and an inexorable right of self-determination, he wrote. Washington has taken actions over the past months, like the Goldman suit that seem designed to fracture the populace by pulling capital and power from the hands of some and putting it in the hands of others. Over the weekend, the letter, with quotations from Thomas Jefferson, Ronald Reagan and President Obama, was forwarded around the circles of the moneyed elite, from the Hamptons to Silicon Valley. Mr. Loebs jeremiad illustrates how some of the presidents former friends on Wall Street and in business now feel about Washington.

Mr. Loeb isnt the first Wall Streeter to turn on the president. Steven A. Cohen, founder of the hedge fund SAC Capital Advisors and a supporter of the Obama campaign, recently held a meeting with Republican candidates in his home in Greenwich, Conn., to strategize about the midterm elections, according to Absolute Return magazine. Other onetime supporters, like Jamie Dimon, chief executive of JPMorgan Chase, also feel burned by the Obama administration, people close to him say.

That the honeymoon between Washington and Wall Street has turned to bitter recriminations is not news, given that the administration had long pledged to revamp Wall Street regulation in the wake of a crisis that rattled the global financial system. Less than two years ago, Democrats received 70 percent of the donations from Wall Street; since June, when the financial regulation bill was nearing passage, Republicans were receiving 68 percent of the donations, according to an analysis by the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan research group. But what is surprising is that some of the presidents biggest supporters have so publicly derided his policies, even at the risk of hurting their ability to influence the party in the future. Issues like the carry-interest tax on private equity or the Volcker Rule have become personal. Why so personal? The prevailing view is that bankers, hedge fund mangers and traders supported the Obama candidacy because he appealed to their egos...

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Hey, they got their bailout.

Consulting firm Johnson Associates estimates that banker bonuses will likely rise as much as 15 percent this year.
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=12...
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Ex Lurker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-31-10 11:00 AM
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1. and this was Obama's fundamental mistake
they were going to hate him anyway. He should have given them something to hate him about.
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Bonhomme Richard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-31-10 11:03 AM
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2. They got what they wanted from him and now they will go back...
to the GOP where they can make the real money.
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