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Presented Without Comment: Experience

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Wed, 11/25/2009 - 17:59 | 142663 Rollerball
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Chains you can believe in.  Just axe Gary.

Wed, 11/25/2009 - 21:28 | 142813 albion402
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Using Climategate as a point of reference, who is adding in "real" experience to the time series?

Wed, 11/25/2009 - 23:48 | 142894 ED
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How come Nixon do so swell?

Unless by 'private sector' they mean 'navel gazing'.

Wed, 11/25/2009 - 18:04 | 142664 Fibozachi
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.... almost as if Armstrong's Private-Public pendulum might have some cred to it, huh? 

Then again, what could the man behind The Foundation for the Study of Cycles and the premise for the cult film Pi, really know.  lol ... disbanded in '99, the MTA is reopening the Foundation ... just in time for the next leg lower. 

Wed, 11/25/2009 - 18:10 | 142677 Anonymous
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I'm listening.

Wed, 11/25/2009 - 19:55 | 142767 Anonymous
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I was recently introduced to Armstrong's writings and have found his recent work to be a treasure trove. I haven't read anyone with a deeper understanding of markets and history which are the foundations of real economics. Not that bull Bernanke and his crony banker friends are spreading.

Wed, 11/25/2009 - 18:06 | 142667 Anonymous
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What is the take away here?

Wed, 11/25/2009 - 22:58 | 142862 Anonymous
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Learn to think on your own...

Don't let this blog think for you.

Wed, 11/25/2009 - 18:08 | 142672 JohnKing
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Wed, 11/25/2009 - 18:09 | 142675 johngaltfla
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Speaks volumes. The children are in charge.

Wed, 11/25/2009 - 21:14 | 142804 Anonymous
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Well, it's not like the adults of the last 8 years had done any better.

(btw, this is not a political statement, but I'm just wondering whether this graph is of any value)

Thu, 11/26/2009 - 14:54 | 143266 Assetman
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You don't need a whole lot of private sector experience to screw people over.

The biggest difference here is that this Admin staff will spread the screwing over as broad as possible, assuming the KY effect won't be as painful.

Wed, 11/25/2009 - 18:11 | 142678 jdun
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Equality through poverty.

Wed, 11/25/2009 - 18:16 | 142686 heatbarrier
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Or GS's "Prosperity through inequality".

Wed, 11/25/2009 - 21:01 | 142796 jdun
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There will be always inequality. If everyone was smart then everybody would have their own business and be rich. The people that whine the most are the people that leech off those people that provided jobs.

This isn't a perfect world, deal with it.


Wed, 11/25/2009 - 21:25 | 142812 Anonymous
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ok- you're a dumb ass-

how is GS representative of any small business- unless of course the USG is backstopping their fuck ups and covering their ass- making sure they regain profitability?

many people are whining- not because they ARE leeching- but because some folks have the USG's ear and have been made whole when they should be out of business-

a 4th grader- given the same information GS was privy to and with the inside contacts GS has- could of had a banner year-

so WTF are you talking about?

Wed, 11/25/2009 - 18:14 | 142679 waterdog
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Like being skinned with a fillet knife, Marla. One does not know they are on the menu until it is too late.

Wed, 11/25/2009 - 18:13 | 142683 heatbarrier
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Marla, How about "administration officials with WS experience/connection"? That would be more telling. Timmy G does qualify for "private sector experience".

Wed, 11/25/2009 - 18:49 | 142717 E pluribus unum
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Hardly - and I sure as hell wouldn't geel any better if Jamie Dimon was the Secretary of the Treasury, would you?

Wed, 11/25/2009 - 19:02 | 142720 heatbarrier
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Correction: I meant Timmy G doesn NOT qualify for private sector experience.

Jamie D wouldn't last six month in DC with this storm raging, he doesn't have the skills.

Wed, 11/25/2009 - 18:14 | 142684 heatbarrier
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Deleted - random, mysterious, double post.  NSA intercept?

Wed, 11/25/2009 - 18:20 | 142693 niamor
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I am not sure was this says about the current administration's ability to deal with the mess they inherited from that so experienced GWB administration....  

Wed, 11/25/2009 - 18:27 | 142696 Sancho Ponzi
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I'll guess your age at < 30. Man, I hope I'm right.

Thu, 11/26/2009 - 09:41 | 143038 Anonymous
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No quite... 37 actually :o/
I guess my point was merely that private experience is not necessarily what is needed to run a successful government - good people will do.
I do recognise however that Obama's team is a bit on the light side. But does this really matter? There are numerous example of private corporations digging themselves into the ground (say US car industry), and plenty of example of successful public policies, e.g. education in Scandinavian countries is recognised as being pretty good. On a larger scale, the reconstruction of Europe after WWII (praise and respect to our US cousins who fought and fell on our land) was clearly a success, but as far as I know the allocation of capital under the Marshall Plan was not left to market forces.... simply because the job was way too important for that.
Also, I am yet to see a country with a decent infrastructure (roads, rails, water, electricity, etc) as a result of a free market policies...

Happy thanksgiving

Wed, 11/25/2009 - 19:37 | 142755 Mad Max
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Experienced at evil is still experience.

And from where I stand 8 years of rule by greedy, professionally evil non-wall-streeters is looking better than not even a year of rule by greedy, amaterishly evil wall street cronies.

Wed, 11/25/2009 - 20:04 | 142771 Anonymous
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What does that even mean?

Bush's experienced team created the original bubble, Obama is just trying, at worst, to re-inflate it. As far as I can tell there is no difference.

As to that "you are under 30" comment dude -- so? If you are over 30 it was your lazy, selfish generation of baby boomers that brought us here. The people buying McMansions were over 30, ditto the geniuses who invaded Iraq, who supported free trade with the Red Chinese, who worshiped at the altar of Greenspan and the glorious Indo-Chino-Eastern European PhD guys' excel formulas 'proving' that assets and AAA CDS's can only go up.

Thu, 11/26/2009 - 00:13 | 142910 Mad Max
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Boy, someone has a chip on their shoulder!

Greenspan and the banksters created the bubbles with unparalleled support from both parties.  The repeal of Glass-Stegall by the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act was quite bipartisan and quite disastrous, and it all occurred under Clinton's reign and potential veto.

By the way, Gen X is now over 30 and largely had nothing to do with all the sins that you correctly identify with the Baby Boomers.

Thu, 11/26/2009 - 15:41 | 143324 Anonymous
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Actually, when I look at the charts, the exponential growth of asset values started in about 1990 under GHW Bush. It continued under Clinton. The main peak of the asset bubble was in 2000-2002. Ever since then, W and Obama and their respective congresses, Fannies, Freddies, Ginnies, FHA's and Fed chairs have been frantically trying to reinflate the bubble that started popping in 2000. Each time the bubble gets blown up again makes the ultimate popping worse.

Wed, 11/25/2009 - 18:30 | 142702 Rusty_Shackleford
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I think the most telling fact is that this number has almost never been more than 50%.


Think about that.


Half of the people in charge of helping the POUSA run the country have never actually worked for a living.

Wed, 11/25/2009 - 19:30 | 142752 Anonymous
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Ummm.... 60%?

Wed, 11/25/2009 - 18:39 | 142709 AnonymousMonetarist
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'Where did it go Rahm?'

Right in the old lumberyard sir.'

Wed, 11/25/2009 - 18:53 | 142721 mikeyv1970
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Well using TA you can see a disctint trendline downward other than that little Jab from GWB...   Next president wont be ANY folks with Private Sector Experience.  Wonder if you should short the market long term then?  :P

Wed, 11/25/2009 - 23:03 | 142865 Anonymous
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Portends the idea that we will all be working for Uncle Sam soon.

Representative govt indeed.

Wed, 11/25/2009 - 18:59 | 142726 ShankyS
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Was this a pick your poison question?

Wed, 11/25/2009 - 19:07 | 142734 Zippyin Annapolis
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Took 7 months to pick a dog--and then got it from Ted Kennedy--nuff said.

Wed, 11/25/2009 - 19:08 | 142736 Anonymous
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Says it all really.

Wed, 11/25/2009 - 19:25 | 142747 carbonmutant
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 A crop of brand-new orators we grew,
and foolish, paltry lads who thought they knew."
Gnaeus Naevius    ca. 264-201 BC

There is historical precedent

Wed, 11/25/2009 - 20:04 | 142772 putbuyer
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I like that...

Wed, 11/25/2009 - 19:57 | 142768 The Rock
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Private sector experience didn't mean shit for the last 100 years when the mothersquid (Rothschilds) began to take over the world.  They've appointed or successfully "convinced" 99% of the key cabinet positions.

James Forrestal R.I.P.

Wed, 11/25/2009 - 20:36 | 142787 Anonymous
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Chicago Pol in charge

Wed, 11/25/2009 - 21:22 | 142809 Anonymous
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Now, just overlay monetary crises and recessions, and see what the private sector brings to governance.

Wed, 11/25/2009 - 21:46 | 142827 torabora
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To each according to need (banksters are a needy bunch) and from each according to ability (they need you able to crawl behind a bush and die).

Wed, 11/25/2009 - 22:17 | 142843 Unscarred
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When Obama got elected, I gave him a 1 in 10 chance at fixing the economy...  Looks I slightly overestimated him.

Wed, 11/25/2009 - 23:05 | 142867 Anonymous
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You were far more optimistic than I.

Thu, 11/26/2009 - 08:41 | 143022 Anton LaVey
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I gave him 50% - but only if he brought Glass-Steagall back and put half of Wall Street behind bars. For life. With no possibility of parole. Now, the inmates are running the asylum.

Thu, 11/26/2009 - 09:21 | 143035 wackyquacker
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who appointed the crooks?

Thu, 11/26/2009 - 18:54 | 143480 Unscarred
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Well, the U.S. citizens elect the President, as well as Congress...

Wed, 11/25/2009 - 22:24 | 142846 Gubbmint Cheese
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Hmm.. they might not have a lot of experience - but the f*ing we are getting sure feels like its coming from someone with a LOT of experience.

Wed, 11/25/2009 - 22:25 | 142847 Psquared
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I take two things from this chart. First, Obama has the fewest and Eisenhower had the most. Second, the 50s were less corrupt than the first decade of this millenium. GWB had a higher percentage but included such wonders as Hank Paulson.

It does not appear to me at all obvious that previous private sector experience indicates a more highly developed sense of ethics or morality or, for that matter, competence.

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