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Former Goldman Insider's Take On Obama's Speech And The Massive Pink Elephant In The Room

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From Nomi Prins

Obama's Speech and America, Inc.

Watching Obama deliver his State of the
Union Speech last night, reminded me of all the rah-rah quarterly
meetings that we had to attend as Managing Directors at Goldman, where
senior management would remind us all of how great we were, and if there
were any areas of competitive weakness relative to our adversaries at
other banks, all we had to do was step up our game, innovate and
globalize (or something like that.)

Obama wasn't delivering a summary of
what has, or is, going on for most Americans last night, no such
negative status report. And, if you didn't expect him to, he gave good
speech - full of reminders of how it is America's destiny and the
American dream to be great and powerful, "robust democracy" that we are.

There was a massive pink elephant in the
room called reality though. So, when he waxed proud when he said, "We
are poised for progress. Two years after the worst recession most of us
have ever known, the stock market has come roaring back. Corporate
profits are up. The economy is growing." I had a different reaction.

My reaction was wtf? Two years after the
worst recession? After? Really? What about the 26 million people
unemployed or underemployed in the country? What about the 4.4 people
applying for every job, compared to the 2.9 people per job after the
2000s recession? What about the 4.4 million jobs that should have been
added, just accounting for a population coming of job age alone, forget
any kind of growth, compared to the fact that instead, the job pool
declined by a quarter of a million people in the past two years, because
the time required to get a job is at record highs? What about the
nearly 8 million FAMILIES that have been foreclosed upon because of the
reckless investment bank race to create $14 trillion dollars worth of
toxic assets in the five years leading up to the financial crisis and
leave them to shatter lives and the non-stock market evaluated economy?
What about the fact that the government fiscally stimulated the banking
system by a multiple of 20 times more than it stimulated its citizens,
with nary a fight from the politicians our democracy is so lucky to have
as representation?  What about all that warm, cuddly multi-trillion
dollar support from the Fed and the Treasury Department on our country's
way to Sputnikian economic greatness?

"The rules have changed," said Obama.

Yes, they certainly have. Businesses can
offshore jobs because it is in their best profit and shareholder and
stock value interest to do so, with no federal incentive to alter this
strategy - that's why corporate profits and CEO salaries are up, whereas
the average median employee salary on a comparative basis is stuck
somewhere in the 1970s. That's why staring at the abyss of potential
bankruptcy in the fall of 2008, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley got the
Fed's blessing to become federally subsidized bank holding companies.
And we, taxpayers, are still on the hook for the Fed's $29 billion of
backing of Bear Stearn's assets taken over by JPM Chase in a government
sponsored merger in the Spring of 2008 and coming with a bunch of
still-being-wrangled lawsuits, not to mention gleeful federally backing
of the further consolidation of the banking system to fewer, more
powerful, more obtuse, more risky players.

All of which, though technically not a
result of changing rules, but rules staying the same and working for the
reckless, were still rubber stamped by the Obama administration (yes,
and Bush too, and Clinton's deregulatory team, etc.) and its financial
king's, Tim Geithner, until recently Larry Summers, and incoming JPM
Chase's Bill Daly and GE's Jeffrey Immelt as job czar. (GE and JPM
Chase, having been happy bailout recipients, of course.) Small
businesses can't hire as many people, because they can't afford their
financing, even if banks will give them usefully sized loans, they don't
get the 0.25% interest money the banks get from the Fed when they need
it. Individuals got hosed, meanwhile, by shady home loans and shadier
modifications and higher fees on all sorts of credit, from cards to
student loans (a record $884 billion of which are outstanding to
students whose tuitions rise as their job and loan-payback prospects

We're not talking just about steel mill
job eliminations over the years, we're talking about the solidification
of the administration's decision to ignore the mistakes and devastating
consequences of Big Finance and Obama suggesting last night, that people
consider becoming teachers, with a smile. No disrespect to teachers, of
course, they work much harder and make do with much less than traders,
but you don't see Vikram Pandit, Citigroup CEO rushing out the door to
become one, no you see him getting approved for a RAISE, of the sort a
teacher can only dream about, from a base salary of $1 million to $1.75
million this year, after Citigroup's survival was ensured only because
of massive government stimulus. Why? Because he is now valued at a 75%
pay increase, that Washington, and Obama would like to believe is due to
his hard work, and not to a government handout. America at its best.

There were some useful elements to his
otherwise CEO like speech (you department heads sitting out there - you
work together so America, Inc. can be the best it can be.) They included
adopting a fair immigration policy that doesn't chuck people out of the
country because the path to being here is so laden with decade long
bureaucracy and cost, keeping some elements of an otherwise
insurance-company gift of a health care reform bill that the GOP House
just repealed and that doesn't reform the cost of health care - such as
covering pre-existing conditions and people up to the age 26 under their
parents' plan (if their parents have a plan, that is) even though Obama
backed off from even trying to convince the room to consider full
coverage for all without egregious premiums, and wanting to increase the
spread of clean energy initiatives (that he said will create 'countless
jobs' as opposed to the countable 5 million he said it would create
during is campaign.)

But, in the end, Obama's practiced
eloquence in delivery, peppered with a few American success stories -
who can deny the hero behind the Chilean mine worker rescue his due? -
 and the now-debated investment over spending word choice, belied a
strong dose of something akin to condescension. If you don't have a job,
it's because of the Internet, not the banks hoarding $1 trillion that
we gave them at the Fed. If we're falling behind China in education,
it's because bad teachers should be removed, good ones rewarded and
parents (who apparently aren't doing as good as job as they could of
this) are not focusing on the education process more at home. If
America, has the 'most prosperous economy in the world' for its
corporations and financial insitutions, its because we all share a
common, attainable dream.

So, just go out and innovate and compete and get it. We'll be here watching the banks' backs.


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Wed, 01/26/2011 - 20:44 | 907887 Cleanclog
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And "win" the future!  Since when is the future something we "win"?  All a game?  Our futures?  Ridiculous.

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 21:29 | 908079 downwiththebanks
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Thought the same thing.  What stupid phrasemaking.

Then again, all that really matters in the world is fucking the other guy over in the market, so perhaps is beautifully rational.

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 22:01 | 908178 medicalstudent
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'the future is ours to win' -bho


usually when you are ahead the future is yours to 'lose'


guess we are losing.

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 22:36 | 908265 G-R-U-N-T
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Obama is a walking contradiction!!!

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 23:55 | 908423 Problem Is
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Stuff it Hopey McFuckin' One Term McChange
Obummer is a condescending, moronic dupe, and an idiot sloganeer extraordinaire...

(UWOT) Usless With Out Teleprompter, bitchez...

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 03:57 | 908705 jeff montanye
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speaking of one term, imo that might just get him a jot closer to sympathy for the unemployed.  he's got little enough now.

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 23:55 | 908432 Oh regional Indian
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Grunt, actually what we saw in the state of the Break-up speech was the perfect practise of double-speak.

So clear now why Omama was the chosen spokesperson for this phase of the takedown.

AS Teleprompter in chief with a perfect voice/demeanor/gravitas, on command, he can pied piper many "followers" into anything, anyplace. 

This is nearing the pinnacle of 1984 for real and the gates look to me like they are going to clang shut anyday now. 

After this, it's going to be One Flew Over the Cuckoo's nest all the way. Imagine beign a sane person in an insane asylum!


Thu, 01/27/2011 - 06:22 | 908750 Azannoth
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Signs affidavit declaring long-form, hospital-generated document absent

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 07:34 | 908771 bobert
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The gentleman signing the affidavit may want to disappear for awhile. Hang low so to speak. Go incognito......

It's better than being dead.

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 08:40 | 908807 blindfaith
blindfaith's picture can write and or find anything you want to back up this claim or defeat it.  Stop wasting you time on this tired notion.  IF IT WERE TRUE...what the heck is anyone going to do about it, call INS?

The 'fact' is, he is the best neo republican the democrats ever put in office.  As for the old republicans and democrats they are on their way to join Volcker to feed pigeons in the park.  They have given up, don't care, or can get any attention.

A national crises, a security crises in employment, foreclosures, infrastructure, intelligent health care, law and order, standard of living, American Morales, veterans treated like trash, any of these that should have gotten the SAME national emergency attention that Iraq and Afghanistan receives.  Just look at the trillions spent/lives lost on these farces, and he didn't even mention them in his worthless  and meaningless "State of the Union".

WHO gives a fat f*#& about the American people...NO ONE!  Not even Americans, it seems.

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 10:58 | 909223 FEDbuster
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If you don't have an official, original birth certificate proving you are a natural born citizen, you will not be able to be on the ballot for President of the US here in AZ in 2012.  The law is making it's way through AZ senate right now, should be law very soon.  Other states to follow soon.

I don't think it will matter, Obama is a "one and done" like Carter.

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 08:25 | 908796 Bob Dobbs
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President Obama reminds me of President Hoover.

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 23:27 | 908381 NOTW777
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just watch this obamacare testimony from today which will never see MSM

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 21:40 | 908091 FoodTiger
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to "win" the future, we need...




Wed, 01/26/2011 - 22:04 | 908187 medicalstudent
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gotta love the 'equality' and 'fairness' bullshite.


it would be most fair if we were all dead, wouldn't it?


uh-oh... when logic hits walls... we are in trouble.



Wed, 01/26/2011 - 22:25 | 908235 iDealMeat
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+ 11:59  LOL'd on that one..

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 22:27 | 908241 Boxed Merlot
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...we need...THE WAR ON TIME!!!

Evidently his speechwriters didn't get the memo:

"On a long enough time line the survival rate for everyone drops to zero."

But that won't stop DC from chryogenically freezing previously vibrant and necessary components of our society into a state of utter uselessness. I say pull the plug on the lifeless cadavers and put them in the ground where they belong.

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 05:48 | 908743 Azannoth
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You also need to be fighiting the Right war in the 1st place, and no Obama's wars are not your wars

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 22:53 | 908304 Drachma
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According to DHS, there could be a timeist sleeper-cell in any neighborhood.

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 21:34 | 908092 zaknick
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Welcome to the bankster Matrix.

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 22:35 | 908253 Mercury
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Apparently the future has been something you "win" at least since 2005 when Newt Ginrich wrote a book on the subject with that exact title:

Who's vetting the president's bullshit these days?

Nice going Barry.

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 00:27 | 908495 Raymond K Hassel
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It was the State of the Crack Up Boom Address - and in that light, it was well fucking done. 

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 11:18 | 909297 MSimon
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Get it?

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 20:48 | 907898 jm
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I appreciate this piece, but I have to say Faber was even more eloquent when he called Obama a whore.

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 20:53 | 907918 unununium
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Faber needs to photoshop his jawline like Nomi did.

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 20:55 | 907928 jm
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Obama needs to photoshop his ass out of the White House.

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 21:00 | 907946 Haywood Jablowme
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haha lmfao

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 21:13 | 907985 Hephasteus
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The white house needs to photoshop the federal reserve out of my life.

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 21:53 | 908156 UGrev
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Why stop there.. lets keep it going witih the photoshop removal of the BATF, DHLS, and CIA. Photoshop removal of the Internal Revenue Act as well, and photoshop in the un-equivocal and mandatory compliance to the constitution by the many states that, amongst the absolute compliance of the many states to the rights of the people, that the 2nd amendment be understood that all small arms in equivalence to the military, are allowable, and able to be purchased by citizens of the many states with no infringement including the ability to travel to, from and through any state in the union without repercussions. What one group of people thinks is not needed is not covered under the 2nd. It doesn't care what you think. That the 1st amendment includes all speech; even hate speech is covered under this. Just because we don't like it, doesn't mean it can't be said. 

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 23:34 | 908393 snowball777
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And that my god-given right to drive a rolling meth lab through each and every state collecting the young daughters of America for my stable of bitches shall not be infringed!


Wed, 01/26/2011 - 22:00 | 908172 Dr. Porkchop
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The fed is more interested in

crtl-c dollar,














Wed, 01/26/2011 - 22:38 | 908267 razorthin
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good one

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 09:05 | 908859 Sudden Debt
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It just goes a bit faster :)

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 14:47 | 910002 simonsito
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i love that! you should write a letter to the NYFRB. I am sure they will be thankful for the advice, as they donr seem to have much experience in modern technology, considering their POMO desk ;)

as i just learned recently:
"As far as I know, there's no absolute definition for the size of any C/C++ type." So theres still way to go, even with strg+a :)

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 21:37 | 908098 FoodTiger
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I'm still traumatized from the sight of a gorilla with a monster ass in a XXL-size Versace dress

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 21:41 | 908116 pslater
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+1000 LMAO!

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 21:45 | 908131 jm
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Wed, 01/26/2011 - 23:45 | 908414 NOTW777
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unnecessary and mean. hint some of your thoughts should not be shared

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 00:15 | 908477 Mad Max
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Do you mean Michael, err I mean Michelle?

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 00:55 | 908525 HoofHearted
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Anyone else notice how Soetoro sounds a little like "Sir Mix A Lot"?

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 12:03 | 909410 InconvenientCou...
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Gee Captain America, thought you'd be used to it by now from seeing your mom and sister.


Thu, 01/27/2011 - 00:23 | 908487 Calmyourself
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CDS good, everything will work out, got it..

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 01:50 | 908610 adeptish
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truly hilarious...

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 02:26 | 908653 adeptish
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"Obama needs to photoshop his ass out of the White House."


The funniest thing I ever read on this site. Props jm.



Wed, 01/26/2011 - 21:39 | 908111 pslater
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Calling Obama a whore gives prostitution a bad name........

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 21:48 | 908141 jm
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When he talks to Jamie Dimon it gives fellatio a bad name.

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 20:49 | 907905 NOTW777
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this should be on the front page of every newspaper and internet blog

"There was a massive pink elephant in the room called reality though. "

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 20:54 | 907923 NOTW777
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OT nice to see POT ripping through 174 - 3 for 1 split and nice div increase.

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 23:55 | 908433 Kali
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Without Oprah and Facebook, USA Worth 40 Dollars



by Andy Borowitz | January 26, 2011 - 9:01am

MINNEAPOLIS (The Borowitz Report) - A new economic study reveals that once Oprah and Facebook are subtracted, the United States of America is worth 40 dollars.

Professor Davis Logsdon, who conducted the study for the University of Minnesota Economics Institute, called the findings surprising: "Quite frankly, the number came in several trillions lower than we had expected."

And he added, in a note of caution, "That forty dollar figure is deceptive because we owe 42 dollars of it to China."

As a sign of Oprah's continuing economic power, yesterday more than 20 million Americans stepped forward to claim that they were her half-sisters.

An angry mob of Oprah's purported half-sisters marched on the talk show host's studio yesterday, demanding new cars and trips to Australia.

In an acknowledgment of the country's ballooning budget deficit, President Obama announced that tonight would be the first ever Tostitos™ State of the Union Address.

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 00:16 | 908479 Mad Max
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Brawndo, it's what plants crave.

Brought to you by Carl's Jr.

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 01:58 | 908620 saulysw
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Kali, you have a way with words....nice one.

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 20:50 | 907910 Don Birnam
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This "address" was essentially the kickoff of the Obama 2012 re-election campaign. The man's very essence is intransigence; much symbolism, but little practical substance.

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 21:21 | 908030 Bill D. Cat
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Tucson was the start of his re-election campaign . 

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 21:32 | 908070 knukles
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Bernays would have had a great snorting laugh with the optics of the speech, for Dr. Freud was there in full bloom.  The seating.  Cats and dogs laying down together.  Nobody seemed this odd.  Most interesting, for it was certainly not a spontaneous event. 
Many people were undoubtedly involved in negotiating the why, wherefores and with whoms in exchange for the whats.
Almost as though the One Party in Washington decided to dispense with the different coloured jerseys during the ritualistic scrum to send a message to the American People...
"Don't worry, we're all united, here to take care of you, one people, indivisible."  And thus, tone deaf to the most recent messages sent by the populace during the November election cycle which screamed No More Business As Normal.
For which the response was.... indeed, for we (all of us here on the telly you're watching, gentle minions) have heard you.  And we are dramatically, terribly frightened.  For no more business as normal means that the few, the wealthy, the bearers of the campaign contributions should not run the country anymore, that the voice of the people should hold sway.  That business as normal shall mean dismissal of wealth, power and privilege for those of us gathered in this august chamber.
Indeed, the action of solidarity, of bi-partisanship while intended, sent an explicit message.  We heard you, and draw the line, we are unified in the closing of the ranks.
While not intended, we really did hear the voice of the people.  And it has frightened us.

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 22:19 | 908226 Fearless Rick
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Well put. I just want to add that it was probably the worst SOTU speech I've ever heard - and I've listened to about 25 or so, and all of GWB's (wow, those were tough).

Obama came up with some of the most absurd ideas and long-range plans, so long they'll be soon forgotten, like putting 80% of America on renewable energy by 2050. Um, is that simply not doable? Cutting 400 billion over 10 years was a nice touch, like taking a sip out of a bucket.

His use of the term, "Sputnik moment" was appalling, since the phrase had been used on Larry Kudlow's show a few night's earlier.

The lowlight, however, had to be near the end, when he encouraged everyone to become teachers, probably the least-productive job in America. Obama is in conflict with none other than the erudite H.L. Menken on this, who said, "those who can't, teach."

Yes, let's all become teachers and live on glorious campuses and fart unicorns.

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 23:06 | 908334 hedgeless_horseman
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Yes we can't!   So we'll teach?

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 23:40 | 908406 snowball777
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It was 2035, and it's doable, if we want to do it. I'm not sure why they dredged up a previous soviet ass-whipping (recall that we were behind when sputnik beeped over our skies).

Clearly the teachers of America did very little for you personally, but what should everyone grow up to be then, Rick?

Fund managers? Realtors? Lawyers? Congressmen?!

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 00:27 | 908497 Calmyourself
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No snowball union teachers..  In my state they, yes they their union and their pensions are digging a hole it is impossible to dig out of..  The Realtors are easy to control by letting housing drop 40%, how do you get rid of teachers unions?  Why insult Rick? teachers unions are undereducating kids and enriching  the hell out of themselves.  Duh..

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 01:04 | 908539 johnnynaps
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then you get out there and show us how a better job is done!

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 11:25 | 909318 MSimon
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2035? Why not next week. All we need is enough stuff. It will take until 2089 to get enough stuff.


And please explain the advantages of doubling the price of electricity?

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 20:50 | 907912 Dexter Morgan
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I know Obama doesn't see my world, where tips are down for delivering pizzas while old men collect grocery carts for the local store.  I see people with masters degrees who get turned down for $15/hour jobs.  Maybe Phoenix is worse than your town but that's what I see.

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 22:46 | 908283 Dismal Scientist
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I suspect their 'masters' degrees are the basic ABC. The dumbing down of education is rife.

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 23:47 | 908416 snowball777
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A masters in what? That they borrowed how much to get?

How did these old men manage to dodge all those cushy pensions that everyone is complaining about? Don't they have personal fluffers paid for by the AZ taxpayers and lavish SS checks like the TeaPotDomeExpress says? Or did they just dip in to the equity of their paid of house and/or get burned by an ARM re-fi?


Thu, 01/27/2011 - 00:15 | 908475 Caviar Emptor
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Try NJ. My friends tell me that recent college grads from good families are 50% unemployed. 

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 20:51 | 907913 Dagny Taggart
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Did the pot just call the kettle... nevermind

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 20:52 | 907914 NOTW777
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"What about the nearly 8 million FAMILIES that have been foreclosed upon because of the reckless investment bank race to create $14 trillion dollars worth of toxic assets in the five years leading up to the financial crisis and leave them to shatter lives and the non-stock market evaluated economy? What about the fact that the government fiscally stimulated the banking system by a multiple of 20 times more than it stimulated its citizens, with nary a fight from the politicians our democracy is so lucky to have as representation?"

no press conf., no speeches, no cnbc coverage

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 00:06 | 908458 Dave
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I was going to comment on this but decided not to.

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 20:51 | 907916 ExpendableOne
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Good post.

Today's snowstorm will do more for the country than anything Obambi can do.  Far better to have government shut down and stuck in their cars than "helping" us.


Wed, 01/26/2011 - 20:56 | 907929 NOTW777
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how about obama and michelle traveling to egypt, tunisia, algeria and taking ben with them so he can see the results of his work first hand

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 20:58 | 907937 Cheesy Bastard
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Even if he stays in the U.S. he will see those results eventually.  The only question is when.

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 21:07 | 907967 Cheesy Bastard
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Good post.  Coming soon to a theater near you.

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 21:07 | 907968 Mr Poopra
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Probably when Comex defaults in the coming weeks.

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 21:36 | 908101 knukles
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Can't happen, for they settle in paper when they so choose.  Just as the Fed shall transfer all losses to Treasury, wherein both simply assume 2 new accounts on the books; "due to" and "due from".
All's well.  Don't worry, be happy. 
You're in good hands with the State

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 00:13 | 908471 Dave
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Can someone who holds a contract for delivery and wants metal be forced to accept paper? OK maybe a few but how long can that continue? 

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 00:42 | 908516 knukles
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Answer #1: Yes.
Answer #2: For as long as the buyer's delivery option can be satisfied with paper.

Honestly, not meant to be sarcastic, humorous or light.  If the contract specifications say that's the way it can be done, then that's the way it'll be done.  Nobody likes it, they don't need to trade the contract.

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 00:46 | 908517 Diogenes
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"Even if he stays in the U.S. he will see those results eventually.  The only question is when."


Not as long as he keeps his eyes shut. I won't even bother to number the things he has managed to not see since he became president.

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 21:14 | 907991 alien-IQ
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better yet...why don't we bring Tunisia to them? We all know the vital addresses to form a circle around. As long as we can get past the TSA Nazis on our way should be ... a riot.

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 21:19 | 908021 NOTW777
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who s the pick for manning the water cannon? ben? biden? or maybe immelt

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 22:03 | 908183 flacorps
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Denver has a complete backup capital (and I'm not talking under-the airport terminal, I'm talking right out in the open but behind impenetrable security). By the time anyone surrounds anything in D.C. they'll be happy to nuke it, blame it on al Qaeda and keep right on ticking.

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 22:30 | 908248 In Fed We Trust
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what are you talking about? Denver has a complete back up capital?

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 23:12 | 908344 hedgeless_horseman
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Building 710 is an underground bunker complex designed to withstand a nuclear blast. ... Today Building 710 houses the headquarters of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. [

 Been there.  Makes Mt. Weather feel almost homey.

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 20:59 | 907939 topcallingtroll
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Tis true that parents don't put much effort into their kids education.  why don't you look at what asian parents do?  In Taiwan it is typical for virtually every kid to have an after school tutor and lots of homework.  I went to a nice private university but learned to avoid those classes with too many asian kids, because in those classis all the A's were taken.  I would walk by the library drunk and stoned as shit late friday night and look in the window and guess who was in there studying?  Yep you guessed it.  Ultimately it comes down to who wants it bad enough.  Most americans are lazy fucktards.  I say this as an american who was grateful my parents apparently had some asian blood in them.  Just enough for me to squeak by.  I am embarrassed by my kids' school and there are no good private schools where I live, so I too have hired tutors and send them to summer programs to stimulate their intellectual curiosity.  My ten year old wants to learn to program iphones and I'm going to send him to one of the computer camps at emory university again next summer.  It's much harder for people without money, but those chinese fuckers studying in the library on friday night were straight off the boat and they knew what their future would be if they didn't succeed in the university.  They didn't have any money, but they sure had a lot of motivation.

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 22:33 | 908256 chindit13
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Empty bellies often are their own motivating force.  Let's see how they behave in two or three generations, after the easy life becomes entrenched.

I am of the view that to a large extent the fruits of success contain the seeds of its own destruction.  Human nature.  To provide an Asian example, the youth of Japan today (number one life goal for today's Japanese males:  hairdresser) is a far cry from the post war generation who rebuilt the country.

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 22:53 | 908303 Dismal Scientist
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I rarely respond, but this is tragic. Hairdressers. A formerly proud culture dumbed down to an extreme. Where are the Statesmen of yesteryear ?

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 00:06 | 908459 chindit13
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Where are the Statesmen of yesteryear ?

With about 30 Prime Ministers since 1989, at least the Japanese are trying to find out.

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 02:24 | 908649 Oh regional Indian
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Chindit, chilling about Japan, eh? Extensive, hands on experience with them and their culture. It is downright the craziest place on the planet. Well maybe North Korea and then Japan.

I ran a company for them in India and could not believe how my Japanese partner raised funds. Ridiculous. Totally ridiculous. The only requirement was increasing headcount, not profitability. When I finally put my hands up and said I QUIT, they kept trying to brbe me to stay, because it would look bad.

A classic example of a socially engineered society, in extremis.


Thu, 01/27/2011 - 14:59 | 910060 Kobe Beef
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hairdressers.. hahaha.

My related Japan experience is walking down a street in any city at night, seeing a couple coming towards you holding hands, and...

...not being able to tell which one is a man until they are about 5 feet away.

happens all the time. Somebody's gotta dress all that hair? Who's gonna do it? You?

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 00:19 | 908485 Rick64
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 I watched the westernization and deterioration of their culture over the years, its very saddening.

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 10:46 | 909197 AnAnonymous
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Empty bellies often are their own motivating force.

Maybe. But the fact is that quite a lot of Asians who study in the West are not empty bellies. Most of empty bellies stay in Asia. They dont come to study here.

The causation is much more in the very fact that hard work is going to pay as a lot of Asian countries are  on filling the ranks of educated jobs.

In the western world, strategies are all about cloning so one a rank is filled, the obsession is to get it filled with your own. Meaning parents wanting their children to get educated jobs and stuff like that.

Which makes the causation between hard work and an educated job looser. Places are already taken by children to come.

Asian countries are on the 19/20th century dynamics. Hard work translates into a job for them.

Simple hierarchical reality. War is the  opportunity to get promoted as officers kick the bucket. Same for every thing. When a position is already occupied by a proficient and experienced person, you have to queue.



Thu, 01/27/2011 - 00:08 | 908463 Rick64
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 Agree totally. I think this problem grew in America when family unity was slowly broken down.

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 00:19 | 908483 Caviar Emptor
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Thu, 01/27/2011 - 00:19 | 908484 trav7777
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total bullshit.

Review some studies on who performs well worldwide on standardized tests.  Finland is near the top and they don't crush their kids like the asians.

The US's "education problems" are as a result of Obama's demographic.  Blacks.  Period.  But he won't say that as he is part of the race hustling diversity delusion.  We must continue to throw money down a rathole so we can avoid uttering "hate facts" which contradict the fairy tale of multiculturalism

Recent study from Harvard prof demonstrating that diversity makes communities worse off in nearly every metric.  Diversity is a failure; the entire narrative is horseshit.

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 01:09 | 908550 johnnynaps
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ranked 46th against the world, white Americans are ranked 6th. Yet, does the rest of the World have affirmative action? Just curious.

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 23:39 | 911951 simonsito
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like so many germans with the turkish - you are both confusing race with social background?

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 21:04 | 907952 onlymyopinion
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Did his prescription medication run out?  Talk about a Debbie Downer.  

Hopefully he watched Cramer tonight.  Jim's take on the speech was spot-on IMO.


There must be a good reason why he's an EX-Goldmaner.



Wed, 01/26/2011 - 21:09 | 907972 NOTW777
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u watch cramer and then read ZH

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 21:41 | 908118 knukles
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Bi-polar self-medication. 

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 21:55 | 908158 NOTW777
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i guess ur thinking why go to a nice steakhouse when you have taco bell??

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 22:32 | 908254 chindit13
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He's a she. She left Goldman by her own choice.

Thanks for the tax money, by the way. It's all you little people that help make my life so grand, almost as comfortable and luxurious as I deserve. Oh, while I've got your attention, make sure you have lots of little ones, because my kids are going to need some domestic help.

All the best,


Wed, 01/26/2011 - 21:06 | 907963 YHC-FTSE
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As rants go, and we all have them from time to time, this one was sublime, superb, and salient. Good on you Nomi.

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 21:52 | 908149 NOTW777
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nomi did not comment on obamas prose about gay love in the military - wonder if that has some GS connotation

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 21:11 | 907981 Yen Cross
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  Sweet! I'm ordering a frame for this post. Golden.

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 21:15 | 907995 goldstandard
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From Today's Maxine comic strip....

Let me get this straight . . . .. We're going to be "gifted" with a health care
we are
forced to purchase and
fined if we don't, Which purportedly covers at least
ten million more people,
without adding
a single new doctor,
but provides for
16,000 new IRS agents; written by a committee whose chairman
says he
doesn't understand it; passed by a Congress that didn't read it but
exempted themselves from it; and signed by a President who smokes, with funding administered by a treasury chief who
didn't pay his taxes, for which we'll be taxed for four years before any
benefits take effect
, by a government which has
already bankrupted Social Security and Medicare, all to be overseen by a surgeon general
who is
obese, and financed by a country that's broke!   'What the hell could
possibly go wrong

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 22:08 | 908050 NOTW777
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not to be outdone - kucinich sues for $150k over an olive pit

r congressional teeth worth $150k

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 21:35 | 908093 lynnybee
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 " Let me get this straight . . . .. We're going to be "gifted" with a health care
plan we are forced to purchase

Yes, we are !!  except for the the Muslim people here in the U.S.   If you are Muslim you are EXEMPT FROM THE NEW HEALTH CARE INSURANCE SCAM, because Muslims consider that "USERY" .......... & THEY ARE RIGHT !!!    I'd like to be exempt from the new health care law, too !! ...... I also do not believe in 'USERY' ....... you know, like the USERY that's going on here in the U.S. since my favorite BANKSTER, ROBERT RUBIN took over the government !!! 

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 21:53 | 908154 NOTW777
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muslim or part of a union or you contributed well to obamas campaign

but, its good for the rest of us

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 22:49 | 908287 Things that go bump
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I believe it is easy enough to convert.  

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 23:00 | 908320 Dismal Scientist
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Usury. Not 'Usery'. I know you are a passionate ZH convert, I only ask you get the key concept correct linguistically. God bless you. If he exists. Or she. Or it.

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 00:23 | 908488 Caviar Emptor
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Didn't you catch what was buried deep in the middle of the SOTU? Cuts are coming to Medicare and Medicaid, the principle payors and the rate-setters for the industry. So the plan is proceeding pretty much as I expected: downsize healthcare across the board. And yes, despite more people with insurance. It's called making due with less. There will be less healthcare to go around I can guarantee it.

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 21:20 | 908027 hambone
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Repost from another thread...sorry, I think this is important.

Just got a better look at the CBO's #'s:

they expect tax revenues to increase from $2,228B in '11 to $3,090B in '13. That is a 40% increase in tax revenue. After tax revenue stalled out from '01 to '10 at $2T (high of $2.6T and low of $1.78 during all of '00's) they expect tax revenue to go $500B beyond any previous and they expect this will have no impact on nominal GDP of 5.1%.

Fuckingcredible. Who has the balls to put their name on this piece of trash?

They also expect spending will only grow by 2% ($3708B to $3794B). So, a net $862B pulled out in taxes from '11 to '13 and we have nominal 5% GDP.

Ohhh, and interest paid on the public debt (esp. short rates) will jump to over $450B (currently paying $200B) another $250B out of the economy from '11 to '13.

Ohh...ohh, and States and Muni's will be cutting back by another $100B to $200B.

So, net net, we'll remove $1.3T ('11 to '13) from the economy (just about 10% of the entire economy is pulled out of circulation) and we still grow by 5%!!!. How fucking stupid are people to believe this shit!!!

Fucktacular!!! Whatever spook is reading ZH, give me my labotomy now...let's just get it done with so I can fit in with the rest of FuckMerica.

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 21:26 | 908059 Yen Cross
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Ouch! I guess Financial/Family planning is out of the question?

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 21:46 | 908132 hambone
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Where is the fucking backlash over something so incredibly stupid as this report!!!  How can this be taken and reported as a "non-partisan" statement to guide our government???  Did anybody read the fucking thing???  Have we gone over the edge where anything can be said by authorities is taken at face value???  Anybody that can add a couple numbers knows this thing isn't a little off but so far wide right it'd make FSU's kickers misses over the years look good.

Folks - read the fucking report...we are crashing ---> I mean we are in free fall.  Explain how it is otherwise...Harry Wanger, any other dipshit apologist, please come along now and explain how it's all going be all right.

Cause I think we are a controlled inside job.

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 22:01 | 908177 Cistercian
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 Derivatives and mortgage backed securities=financial Thermite.

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 23:46 | 908415 Yen Cross
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Point taken. Thanks.

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 00:26 | 908494 Caviar Emptor
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You know what's really spooky? Maybe CBO knows something and taxes really will need to increase by 40% just to keep the country solvent and service existing debt. 

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 21:22 | 908034 DavidPierre
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What's up with "the state of the Union is strong"?

Where is simple common sense?

The President cannot come out and actually tell the truth?

 How would it be if Obama said last night, "OK, I'm gonna be straight with you, plainly we are screwed!

The Treasury is bankrupt and our central bank has only one option left, they can only increase their printing of ever more worthless Dollars. We must cut spending and the most logical area is where we spend (give away) to more than 50% of the population from the less than 50% who are actually working.

We must cut Federal salaries to bring them back in line with the private sector.

We must cut military spending and close bases across the globe.

We must slash and eliminate 75-80% of Federal programs and eliminate foreign aid.

We must raise taxes."

How would that have gone over?

Obama should have just come clean and said "aw hell, we are bankrupt and the Dollar is worthless, we need to declare official bankruptcy and just start over"!

Can you imagine the "counterintuitive" rally in the Dow Jones after this truth was spoken?

In reality, this is really where we are. Everybody knows it yet no one wants to say it and certainly no one wants to believe it!

Use your own common sense and do what is necessary to protect yourselves.

Gold is THE only asset class that has ALWAYS survived any and all financial calamities throughout history. Gold is the only asset class where your wealth cannot be wiped out while moving from one financial system to the next which is exactly where we are. Don't follow the herd, follow the common sense in your gut!

A rare commodity this common sense stuff!


Wed, 01/26/2011 - 21:43 | 908123 bobert
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I liked most of what you said here, however, disagree with the raising taxes statement.

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 00:27 | 908496 Dave
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Common sense is rarely common practice.

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 21:25 | 908054 Hedgetard55
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Watched "The Book of Eli" tonight. Exactly where we are headed.


Obama better photoshop a birth certificate because if it turns out he is not qualified to be Pres and CIC, he is going to have a lot of very angry military folk to deal with.

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 21:46 | 908135 bobert
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The governor of Hawaii not being able to put his hand on Barry's birth certificate (as he has stated) I believe should disqualify Obama from the 2012 presidential race. Make birth certificate authentication a "requirement" for all presidential candidates, We need more "regulation" correct?

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 23:35 | 908396 bobert
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I'm clairvoyant!

And now a little happier....thanks for the link!

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 21:25 | 908056 Lady Heather...UNCLE
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Obama is just a teleprompted talking head. He lacks the intellectual gravitas to grasp the issues that pose 'clear and present danger' to USA (and world) affairs. He is a minion, a puppet. He is a waste of space.

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 22:25 | 908234 Sunshine n Lollipops
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Oh, but he's such a gifted and eloquent speaker! And they say he has 6-pack abs! He must be the greatest leader in the world--did you see how all of the esteemed Senators and Congresspeople stood and applauded his every statement? Why, it was as if they were witnessing the words of God being channelled thru His chosen instrument. I'm sure they all were having difficulty holding back the tears of joy and, yes, I'll say it, awe. I, for one, could not be more certain of our great country's bright and shining future after being lucky enough to watch that glorious spectacle on my 50" Samsung. We truly are the greatest nation on Earth. God bless America! We're #1! 

Actually, I flipped it on for, literally, about 5 seconds, which was all it took for my blood to go from normal to boiling. Im-fucking-possible to watch. Bald-faced lies getting standing ovations from the rest of the professional liars and career criminals. Despicable.

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 23:15 | 908355 hedgeless_horseman
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Obama is a Nobel Peace Prize winner for crying out loud.  What more do you want?

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 23:27 | 908379 mynhair
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To be like China, and put our Nobel Peace Prize winner behind bars.

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 23:58 | 908445 CD
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LOL in spite of myself. Shame on you for wanting to be like China, but ROFLMAO nevertheless.

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 21:26 | 908062 Temporalist
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Nomi forgot to mention the record 43 million people on food stamps, a 14.7% increase yoy.  Besides unemployment 14% of Americans are on food stamps.

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 21:31 | 908081 satansanus
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SBA website shows all there is to know about supporting small biz.

Every type of loan cue is on RED meaning THERE ARE 0 Small business that can get approved for small biz loans.

NO NEW SBA LOANS being accepted. While big banks get 0% fed money ALL DAMNED DAY

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 22:46 | 908281 bob_dabolina
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There is 1 no?

Probably Harry.

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 21:31 | 908083 Yen Cross
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Speaking of bottoming patterns. The DXY looks as if it might have some life. I'm long the Dollar again. Yes usd, not aud.

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 21:31 | 908085 gwar5
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"Yes, we have no bananas" Obama, SOTU 2011


... is what he should have said. As usual though, the was full of crap.

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 21:35 | 908094 infinity8
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what douchebag came up with "win the future"? how do i enter to win? can my household enter more than once? how many winners will there be? WHAT ARE THE ODDS ?

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 22:28 | 908242 Translational Lift
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B'out the same as winning the lottery.............

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 00:35 | 908508 Pez
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He meant " the future, Danny". " the ball". "The ball is the future, Danny. the future." by the way, this isn't Russia. Is this Russia? This isn't Russia.

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 00:35 | 908509 Pez
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He meant " the future, Danny". " the ball". "The ball is the future, Danny. the future." by the way, this isn't Russia. Is this Russia? This isn't Russia.

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 02:26 | 908654 Assetman
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I think what Obama meant was...

We must win the future-- because we have thoroughly f&cked things up from at least the past 30 years up to this point.

In other words, forget about us fraudsters and our past transgressions.  We must borrow even more from the future, so we can invest and win the future.  Us banksters will just toil as the middlemen and facilitate the transaction... for a nice spread.

If we happen not to win this future, why not have the Fed just buy the future outright with the proceeds from toxic-laden MBS reverse repos?  It only money, after all.

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 02:36 | 908661 Hephasteus
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Ya. Let's win that future.

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 23:50 | 908422 Yen Cross
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Kennys friend Stan said it was this douchebag called? Cartman stop it! I wasn't the guy that said ONE for All.

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 21:37 | 908103 bobert
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Who defines "discretionary" and "non-discretionary" federal spending?

Who defines "entitlement?"

Answer: Our politicians in an endless rant over the next two years. Unfortunately.

Will we see any legislation that controls future annual federal deficits?

What will our total federal debt amount to in the next couple of years?

When will the international community pull out of US Treasuries due to credit risk concerns?

Does the federal reserve have a lid in mind for it's balance sheet?

Just asking.

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 22:36 | 908263 Sunshine n Lollipops
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1) Don't be silly.

2) $362 Whomptillion.

3) March 11. Maybe the 12th.

4) Hahahahahaha! Good one.

I hope that helped. Any more questions, don't hesitate to ask.


Wed, 01/26/2011 - 23:19 | 908365 bobert
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I needed that.

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 21:41 | 908117 Yen Cross
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 I'm watching the South Park douche John Edwards episode. Under/overtones here. I can read minds. 7 billion of them. (roughly) Ahhhh Timmmayyy.

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 21:44 | 908125 Temporalist
Wed, 01/26/2011 - 22:01 | 908176 Yen Cross
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Thank You for the link. I watched it and will keep it in my trading bookmarks.

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 22:02 | 908180 NOTW777
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we need more schiff common sense

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 21:44 | 908127 blindman
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Wednesday January 26 2:00pm   1 hour Reel World,Freq Kenneth?,CCCP, Haskins

if you wouldn't appreciate it, i wouldn't have posted it.

hit play.

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