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If anyone's wondering why I haven't been here much lately, it's because I feel no one is learning anything from 2016. Neoliberalism is a thing and it doesn't win elections in the 21st Century. People want a candidate that's going to take strong, non-waffling stands on human rights the rest of the world enjoys. Enough living in the goddamned Reagan 1980s. Enough taking solar panels off the roof. Enough introducing more rightwingedness into American economics. Enough medical bankruptcies. Enough governing by mythology. Enough science denial. Enough of spitting on women, children, veterans and the LGBTQI community. Enough kicking the can. ENOUGH. America needs to move past it's "everything has to be about making a buck" bullshit. I'd prefer a candidate not born during the FDR/Truman administrations. No offense, but you had your time . . . and you got us Trump. Plus, I can't take another one of these still-Capitalist Boomer codgers yap on about "bootstraps" when college now costs a mortgage, necessity costs have been outpacing wage growth for 20 years and automation promises to kill more jobs than it creates. I don't want to hear what is or isn't "politically achievable". Kick-the-Can economics was never asked "How is it going to be paid for?". Tax Cuts for the rich were never given a spending limit. Folly wars were never asked "Why is this necessary?". Corporate Pork by the billions was and is always approved. America's safety net needs to be greatly expanded and retirement age needs to be drastically lowered. This country throws out far too many people that still have a decade or two of prime contribution left. If life doesn't get fairer for you or I pretty goddamned quickly, we aren't going to have much of one.

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Walt Shapiro (New Republic) asks - "Does Romney's Bain Record Matter?"


The issue will be the bane of our existence until November. Here it is only May – and the back-and-forth over Mitt Romney’s career in private equity at Bain Capital is already as confused as Facebook’s initial stock offering. Buffeted by TV ads, web videos, feigned outraged and zigzagging Democrats, voters undoubtedly are stunned by the sudden outbreak of high-decibel arguments over Romney’s business career.

But do these even matter? Amongst the background noise emerges the real question: What parts of Romney’s business experience would influence his actions in the Oval office? That is a central question that voters should evaluate, although finding the answers will not be easy given the frenzied spin from both sides.


This is who Romney is -- a portrait in business success rather than selfless altruism. Coming out of that experience, Romney’s underlying problem with voters appears to be his inability to make the imaginative leap to grasp how other people live. In late April, Romney urged Ohio college students to follow their dreams: “Take a shot, go for it, take a risk. Get the education. Borrow money, if you have to, from your parents. Start a business.” These are laudable sentiments, except for one tin-ear detail: Most American families do not have a bankroll of, say, $50,000 or $100,000 sitting on the sidelines waiting to be loaned to the first child ready to launch a new business.


This process of elimination inevitably leads back to Bain Capital. What matters is not Bain’s job-creation record but the values that Romney absorbed on the job. Romney’s belief in the creative destruction of capitalism, his conviction that a dynamic economy produces winners and, yes, losers would undoubtedly shape his presidency. That is his economic vision – and it is directly linked to his years at Bain.

Oh fuck off, Walt . . . it does SO matter. Government is not a business nor should it be run as such. Two different animals entirely despite every GOP idiot from here to K Street thinking America would be so much better off. We've seen this tragedy before for eight years and look what ruin it caused. An insincere and tone-deaf joker like Rmoney would be no different since at Bain, he won whether the company won OR lost. The loads of corporate-fattened cronies he'd stack his cabinet with, as Bewsh 43 did, would profit handsomely while social programs get gutted.

Colossally Stupid Letters to the Plain Dealer, Volume F: "HE EARNT IT!"

Dumb from stem to stern, this one is . . .


I am in California today, looking for work, since I cannot find work in Ohio.

President Barack Obama's attempt to copy FDR has been a colossal failure. [font size="4"]That's not surprising, since Obama has never had a real job in his entire life. [/font]

Mitt Romney is a successful business executive. He is our only hope of ending the miserable economic doldrums we suffer from. He made his fortune the old-fashioned way: He earned it.

Jim Hilbe, Cleveland

a. Your work situation . . . that's Obama's fault? Both state's incredible financial mismanagement (Ohio's legislature is Republican controlled, BTW), Greedbag Corporations and Bewsh 43's shite economic policies are perfectly innocent?

b. Obama taught constitutional law for 14 years, was a community organizer and a Senator. I'm curious to know why those aren't "real jobs" in your eyes?

c. Earned WHAT? Mitt Romney never had to struggle for even one minute in his life, he lived off of his rich daddy, he made his living as a parasite capitalist who fired workers (like you), infused companies with tons of debt and pocketed the profits.

If elected, Willard would institute insane Bewsh 43 economics and torch the safety net. I'm curious to understand how this austerity-based looney tunes, which is currently destroying a few European nations, is what's going to get America back on track. I'm also weirded out by the fact that you identify more with a man who would fire you with the same care as his morning bathroom trip rather than your fellow struggling workers.

If Jim were to get a skull fracture, Pixie Stix contents would probably fall out. People like this are allowed to vote and they can't even successfully walk upright.

Fun with Photoshop . . . Introducing Free Market Defense Bingo!

I had to do it.

My suspicions tell me that some will look at this and go "Absolutely right! Wait . . . . is this sarcasm?"

Spread at will.
Posted by HughBeaumont | Mon May 7, 2012, 07:56 PM (8 replies)

Meet the Planet's Current Biggest Asshole Next To His Former Boss Romney: Edward Conard.


I think guys like this are the reason they invented guillotines.

Unlike his former colleagues, Conard wants to have an open conversation about wealth. He has spent the last four years writing a book that he hopes will forever change the way we view the superrich’s role in our society. “Unintended Consequences: Why Everything You’ve Been Told About the Economy Is Wrong,” to be published in hardcover next month by Portfolio, aggressively argues that the enormous and growing income inequality in the United States is not a sign that the system is rigged. On the contrary, Conard writes, it is a sign that our economy is working. And if we had a little more of it, then everyone, particularly the 99 percent, would be better off. This could be the most hated book of the year.

Oh . . . . it gets better. And by "better", I mean much . . . MUCH more shameless . . .

The financial crisis, he writes, was not the result of corrupt bankers selling dodgy financial products. It was a simple, old-fashioned run on the banks, which, he says, were just doing their job. There are a huge number of people in our economy who want ready access to their savings — pension-fund managers, insurance companies and you and me with our bank accounts. And because economic growth comes from long-term investments in things like housing, factories and research, the central role of banks, Conard says, is to turn the short-term assets of nervous savers into risky long-term loans that help the economy grow.


Conard concedes that the banks made some mistakes, but the important thing now, he says, is to provide them even stronger government support. He advocates creating a new government program that guarantees to bail out the banks if they ever face another run. As for exotic derivatives, Conard doesn’t see a problem. He argues that collateralized-debt obligations, credit-default swaps, mortgage-backed securities and other (now deemed toxic) financial products were fundamentally sound. They were new tools that served a market need for the world’s most sophisticated investors, who bought them in droves. And they didn’t cause the panic anyway, he says; the withdrawals did.

Seriously, the more you read what this guy's about, the more dumbfounded you become that anyone can truly be this big of an asshole, as if a stratospheric bar has now been set.

A central problem with the U.S. economy, he told me, is finding a way to get more people to look for solutions despite these terrible odds of success. Conard’s solution is simple. Society benefits if the successful risk takers get a lot of money. For proof, he looks to the market. At a nearby table we saw three young people with plaid shirts and floppy hair. For all we know, they may have been plotting the next generation’s Twitter, but Conard felt sure they were merely lounging on the sidelines. “What are they doing, sitting here, having a coffee at 2:30?” he asked. “I’m sure those guys are college-educated.” Conard, who occasionally flashed a mean streak during our talks, started calling the group “art-history majors,” his derisive term for pretty much anyone who was lucky enough to be born with the talent and opportunity to join the risk-taking, innovation-hunting mechanism but who chose instead a less competitive life. In Conard’s mind, this includes, surprisingly, people like lawyers, who opt for stable professions that don’t maximize their wealth-creating potential. He said the only way to persuade these “art-history majors” to join the fiercely competitive economic mechanism is to tempt them with extraordinary payoffs.

"It’s not like the current payoff is motivating everybody to take risks,” he said. “We need twice as many people. When I look around, I see a world of unrealized opportunities for improvements, an abundance of talented people able to take the risks necessary to make improvements but a shortage of people and investors willing to take those risks. That doesn’t indicate to me that risk takers, as a whole, are overpaid. Quite the opposite.” The wealth concentrated at the top should be twice as large, he said. That way, the art-history majors would feel compelled to try to join them.

Eddie . . . in my world, I would put a double secret probation tax on your insular sanctimonious ass for your idiocy.

You would never have made it to where you are at all if it weren't for public wealth and governmental services. You think all of this money is made out of a vacuum, as if we, us know-nothing peons are merely meant to just spend, fill your pockets and shut the hell up while doing so?

A run on banks didn't put millions out of work, profiteering did.

Hundreds of thousands of jobs aren't outsourced because of risk taking, it's because of GREED.

You're "extremely productive" class doesn't think that "life is unfair" . . . it's just that they think it shouldn't be fair for anyone except Y'ALL.

My God . . . THIS is what America worships? THIS is who we give all the money to and it STILL isn't enough for them??

Yeah, give the future of America to THESE guys and watch it drown in the Atlantic Ocean.
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