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Santelli To Congress: Ignore The Market, Focus On Your Country

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CNBC's Rick Santelli nails it once again by cutting through the idiocy and spin that is almost the entire mainstream media's view of the 'fiscal cliff' resolution. His point, among many he makes in this brief but compelling clip, is that the massive amounts of arm-twisting of the House Republicans not to add any Amendments was not about the 'economic turmoil' it might cause (as so many press wanted to report) but that "it would have riled up the stock market." The shouting Chicagoan explicitly states: "the Country, and Congress in particular, ...should never again use the stock market as their main barometer when addressing what's wrong with the country". Santelli drives his point home with examples from previous equity market downturns as he makes the critical point that it took 20 years to catch Madoff's ponzi scheme and he wonders how long we will remain dumbstruck by the Fed's printing presses, FASB, et al. into believing everything is good because stocks are going up. "Take a look at yourself in the mirror," he admonishes, but watch this 3-minute clip first for enlightenment!



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Wed, 01/09/2013 - 13:59 | 3137080 Snakeeyes
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Good one Rick! 

Housing market is in limbo still. Mortgage purchase appllcations DESPITE FED ACTION) is still below levels from the last ten years.

Interest rates approaching zero bound. Congress/Obama can't stop spending and borrowing.

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 14:04 | 3137100 Hippocratic Oaf
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Thank you Rick Santelli, you are now fired.




Wed, 01/09/2013 - 14:06 | 3137109 Michaelwiseguy
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The "Human Interest Story Model" used by the MSM to tug on sheeples heart strings isn't working anymore. People are turning them off and TV ratings are virtually zero because people don't like the psychological social engineering being done on them. People in huge numbers are going to the Internet to get real news with substance, not crying weepy human interest story crap.

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 14:11 | 3137139 insanelysane
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Poor Rick.  At one point I though he understood it but apparently not.  The market is the country because if the market tanks, peoples' 401Ks go to zero.  That is a big problem because most people are optomistic so they sit there and think I can scrape by and at least my 401K is doing great.  The FED understands this and that is why they are pumping cause when all hope is lost, all hell breaks loose.

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 14:26 | 3137190 trav777
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they are- Israel

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 15:00 | 3137417 The They
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I would expect americans to have much more in the bond market than in stocks

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 15:14 | 3137492 tango
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Dear Mr. They (or just plain "The")

The vast majority of Americans own neither stocks nor bonds because the vast majority of Americans don't save a dime to invest.  With $100's for cable, smart phones, IPADs and PCs not to mention gas and the meteroic rise in health premiums, those who could afford to save aren't.  The rest are already on the dole so the idea of saving or planning - much less investing - is utterly preposterous to them. 

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 20:01 | 3138930 FEDbuster
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And there some that "invest" in physical precious metals (gold, silver, copper, brass, lead), long term physical commodities (wheat, beans, oatmeal, rice, etc) and other non-rehypothicated items.

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 14:49 | 3137342 donsluck
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Dear Insane...anyone who stays fixated on stocks for their entire 401k gets what they deserve. If you want your money to work for you, you must whip it like a lazy mule. The more "mules" the more work on your part to make them work. The closer you are to your target in assets for retirement, the greater you proportion of work day has to be devoted to the "mules'" feeding and care. It's a matter of laziness. Witness SS, who's ultimate return in NON INFLATION adjusted dollars may very well be -(negative) 25%!

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 15:18 | 3137516 tango
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Donsluck - the sad thing is that any company trying to pull the SS scheme and surviving only by phoney means would have been drawn and quartered by the PTB.  I have argued until I am exhausted that SS is bankrupt and that all our "contributions" are lost forever but for most it is the number one retirement vehicle.   Maybe we can follow Spain's example and invest our savings in "safe" sovereign debt. 

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 15:50 | 3137745 insanelysane
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Just to set the record straight, I choose not to participate in the 401K scheme and only hold physical.

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 16:06 | 3137840 fonzannoon
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Rick said this morning "I think Ben Bernanke is a great american'.

That was all i needed to hear.

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 17:16 | 3138237 Debt-Is-Not-Money
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Maybe he mis-spoke, and meant to say "great zionist" instead?

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 23:46 | 3139631 jerry_theking_lawler
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fonz....what's the rest of the story....don't be like a liberal and take snipets out of context....give us Rick's full quote or shut your trap. yeah, i said shut your trap.....i am tired of the sound bite, snipet america. i want the full story and i want a consistent story.

*now, I agree, Ben Bernake can go swimming in a lead bikini, but that is not the point.

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 07:43 | 3140112 fonzannoon
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He went on to basically say he disagrees with what Bernanke is doing. So That is kind of to your point.

My point is, the message that he conveyed is that whether Bernanke is right or wrong, he is a great American. I kind of take issue with that.


Wed, 01/09/2013 - 14:20 | 3137166 Freddie
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Pull the plug on ALL TV and Hollywood.  They want to disarm you and they are scum.

Rick Santelli rocks.


Wed, 01/09/2013 - 15:35 | 3137628 fuu
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Why does he rock? He wants to disarm me.

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 17:25 | 3142210 boogerbently
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You really can't afford to be a "single issue" voter, anymore.

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 14:47 | 3137203 LouisDega
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Its called the Mark Levin technique. It works until it doesnt. When it doesnt, There is Netflix and HULU

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 15:07 | 3137465 GtownSLV
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What's new... the Jewish banking cabal that controls the media is using the media to create socialist propaganda to drive government policy towards stripping away any remaining assets or dignity the middle class in this country have. Been there, seen that. Let's just bring on the latest in a never ending cycle of end games; the poor go to war and get killed off, the working class rebuilds and save a little money and the TPTB steal it again...


Wed, 01/09/2013 - 15:52 | 3137756 Buzz Hacksaw
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Frikin' re runs.

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 16:20 | 3137912 Shizzmoney
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This point, and the point below, nail it.

In this financialized system, the Market *IS* America's Report Card. 

That's why a week or two after some young guy takes an AR-15 and goes Call of Duty on a group of kindergardeners, all you could hear about is the Fiscal Cliff and how it will impact our taxes...instead of PAUSING as a nation, looking in the mirror, and trying to fix our issues and get the bad people out of positions of power that attributes to the daily mess that is American life.

People are just sick and tired of being lied to.  They are also physically tired from working multiple jobs, taking care of family, and other activities to find to take some time to sit in front of the TV and be bullshitted to.

Hey CNBC, do you know why you are losing ratings? Because the majority of America's debts serfs during the day are ACTUALLY FUCKING WORKING.

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 14:21 | 3137168 Divided States ...
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Well Congress may not be taking care of their country and the American people like me, but they are definitely taking care of Zion and the Jew's interest, thats for sure.

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 15:21 | 3137531 tango
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What is this obsession with Jews? I know several and as far as I can tell Congress is not taking care of them.  Jesus, I thought this kind of talk (blaming ethnic groups for all our troubles when we are the ones at fault) went out about 1300.

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 16:08 | 3137851 trav777
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couple problems here:

1, you're correct; there are lots of jooz out there who are not being helped.  They may still band together with others like them (tribalism is something anglos apparently dislike so they will just pretend it out of existence or something) but they really have no real power

2, they are also correct; those at the top are in some cases almost entirely jooz.  Their fingerprints are all over it.

So we must reconcile this.  One of my acquaintances says i should stop b!tching because my people won't band together like his do.  The propaganda from the VERY GROUP that is MOST ethnocentric is "don't be ethnocentric, mix with the mud people."

the question is how to make an omelette without breaking too many eggs

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 16:29 | 3137975 WTFx10
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Its not the Banksters fault they are all Jewish, Its not the media owners fault they are Jewish. Its not Hollywood's fault they are all Jewish. Its not the fault of the wealthiest individuals on the planet that get to print our money that they are all Jewish. Its not just a coincidence that one criminal Jew in American government is replaced by another especially when it has to do with economics. Treasury Secretary? Its not the Jews fault that our foreign policy is whatever Israel says it is. It's not the fault of the Jews. Its the Organized Criminal Cabal of CON artists and gangsters fault who happen to be Jewish.

Not all Italians are in the Mafia but that doesn't stop people associating the mafia with Italians.

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 17:24 | 3138294 Debt-Is-Not-Money
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"Not all Italians are in the Mafia but that doesn't stop people associating the mafia with Italians."

The worst of the mobs was "Murder Inc." started and run by the jooz, and they managed to blame the Italians for it!

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 14:27 | 3137201 SheepDog-One
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LOL, now 'HerbaLife' is a CNBC 'flash quote' along with S&P and DOW....ALL HAIL THE HARBALIFE STAWK!

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 20:50 | 3139098 Buck Johnson
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It's because the problems with the market and the economy where never fixed, just papered over via the programs.  And Rick is correct, it will take years until we finally see the horrible effect of the programs that where implemented to hide this depression that we are in and will be in for a few decades.

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 14:00 | 3137083 homersimpson
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Overheard in some nook at the CME: "Wolf Den, this is Wolf 1. I have the target acquired in my sights. He is currently talking to a camera. Awaiting orders."

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 14:06 | 3137107 onewayticket2
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More likely, they'd target his wife or his kid.  So that he can "get with the program" and change his tune on air. 

when Santelli shuts up, that's when you need to be afraid.

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 14:37 | 3137269 Debt-Is-Not-Money
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To paraphrase Arthur Jensen from Network:

"...and YOU have meddled with the primal forces of nature Mr. Santelli, and YOU... WILL... ATONE"

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 14:00 | 3137088 Chief_Illiniwek
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Now that THAT has been said - on CNBS, mind you - when is the vote scheduled for the balanced-budget ammendment?

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 14:01 | 3137089 ekm
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Is Santelli out of his mind?


Congresmen and senators have their own investments in the market. What would be one reason they'd be paying attention to the country?

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 15:05 | 3137447 redpill
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And they've made it legal to trade based upon their own insider information and make millions while the economy burns.  

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 16:52 | 3138113 JPM Hater001
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They shorted the market?

That's what I'd do.  Then give it all to worthy charities.

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 14:05 | 3137092 Cognitive Dissonance
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The magic money meme is mesmerizing.

<Ignore that bearded man behind the curtain. I am the mighty Wizard of Fiat.> 

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 14:03 | 3137095 orangedrinkandchips
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I think Tyler forgot the ", cocksuckers" at the end of this title......but.....Tyler goes to show again, "Discrestion is the better part of valor"....

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 14:03 | 3137096 Peter Pan
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Polticians have for a long time beleved that by tampering with the thermometer they can change the weather. The proaganda machine then seeks to condition the people into believing the thermometer despite the sweat running down their back. Nothing changes until everything changes.

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 14:27 | 3137200 trav777
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we've always been at war with Eastasia

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 15:52 | 3137754 smlbizman
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i dont know much 'bout that thermostat....but them boys change the hours in a day twice a yer....

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 14:04 | 3137099 Arrowflinger
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Down here in the south, FASB 157 sounds like a magnum varmint cartridge instead of the fascist financial death round that it is.

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 14:04 | 3137102 Tango in the Blight
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OT: Lauren Lyster interviews Paul Brandus at her new job with Yahoo's The Daily Ticker:

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 14:07 | 3137116 Cursive
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To paraphrase football-speak, Lauren Lester is a huge "get" for The Daily Ticker.  I will watch much more of it now.

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 14:15 | 3137152 Tango in the Blight
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They should give her her own show like she had at RT instead of just doing segments like these.

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 14:58 | 3137401 Arrowflinger
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Wed, 01/09/2013 - 14:22 | 3137173 steve from virginia
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It looks like shifting Lyster over to Yahoo! was the means to shut her up ...


No more Steve Keen or Mike Shedlock, only those dull-as-dishwater 'guests' and only for five minutes.


Ugh ....

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 14:55 | 3137375 e_goldstein
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and no legs. wtf are they thinking?

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 14:55 | 3137379 Tango in the Blight
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I fear that as well. They must have given her "an offer she can't refuse".

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 15:54 | 3137765 smlbizman
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fuck her.....just like the million dollar man...everyone has a price,,,,,

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 17:12 | 3138219 Tango in the Blight
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I wouldn't mind fucking her. :P

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 20:31 | 3139032 smlbizman
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i didnt say i wouldnt punish her....

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 14:05 | 3137105 AndrewJackson
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Cmon Rick, don't you know the Economy = the Stock Market. Surely you remember that the value of stocks is a function of the discounted cashflows expected from the comapanies. An increase in stocks, equates to stronger future cashflows and a better economy. Ok, never mind, get trilliondollar bonus in here, this is not my game. lol

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 14:05 | 3137106 Cursive
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Santelli is right, as usual, but being wrong/selfish/all-around-evil is the Zeitgeist crica 2013.

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 14:06 | 3137111's picture

Barry The Unicorn whisperer pushed all his chips on the table. Not smart sparky.

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 14:18 | 3137142 Bastiat
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Check out Matt Drudge's headline illustration of the story!  Worthy of our own GW.


Wed, 01/09/2013 - 14:31 | 3137234 djsmps
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Vice President Joe Biden revealed that President Barack Obama might use an executive order to deal with guns. 

Biden said "As the president said, if you're actions result in only saving one life, they're worth taking. But I'm convinced we can affect the well-being of millions of americans and take thousands of people out of harm's way if we act responsibly." Eric Holder was scheduled to be at the meeting that's currently take place at the White House. 


Holder knows a little about gun sales and deaths. It looks like they are getting ready to act fast and furiously.

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 14:50 | 3137346 Bastiat
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Following right in the footsteps of Stalin and Hitler.  If he does it, the question is what happens next?  Will all hell break loose?  Or will it be quiet non-compliant defiance? Or both?

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 16:01 | 3137810 Buzz Hacksaw
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Biden is right, it is a moral issue. If they're successful in taking the guns then only those without morals will have them. I'm speaking of the criminals, the military and the government. That scares the crap out of me.

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 14:08 | 3137122 mayhem_korner
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Congress doesn't know what a "riled up stock market" looks like...yet.

That's all it really takes, pressure...and time.  (Red, The Shawshank Redemption)

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 14:35 | 3137258 NoDebt
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"That and a big damned poster."  (courtesy of Main Stream Media)

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 14:08 | 3137124 Rustysilver
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In other good news from Morgan Stanley: "The layoffs will affect traders, investment bankers and support staff as the securities firm eliminates 6% of the positions within the unit, with an emphasis on more senior employees, according to this person."

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 14:09 | 3137128 Inthemix96
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Arrest congress, and arrest the British parliament at the same time.  Give the whole lot of the thieving cunts a fair trial on Prime-Time and then hang them on all major outlets of MSM.  Then round up the lobbyists in both countries along with the MSM and give them an equally fair trial and set up a network media station called ZH News, and watch them fuckers swing as well.

Job done, and just to finish the job, all dual wielding passport holders from the chosen land either forfeit the second passport or swing with the other fuckers.

And never let the fuckers back in the respective countries, never mind near a position of power.

This should solve a good deal of problems in my opinion and let Isreal fight any fucker it likes, but not with big brother Sam punching for it.  Vote 96 if you want a fairer more decent place.  But nick clegg is mine if you give me your vote, I would do time for this piece of shit. 

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 21:03 | 3139154 toomanyfakecons...
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Arresting Congress and prime time trials are coming...

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 14:11 | 3137135 SuperDeDuper
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Please, everyone in con-gress.  Focus on your Cunt-tree.

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 14:11 | 3137138 thesecondslowes...
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They could use the stock market priced in gold as a barometer, but the stock market priced in nominal printing press run amok dollars is just ignorance.   Isnt the zimbabwe stock market at an all time high?  The mexican market went up 25 fold in nominal dollars in 3 years as the economy imploded during the 1980s.

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 14:15 | 3137151 thesecondslowes...
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By the arent far from the 08 lows when priced in gold....

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 02:08 | 3139915 AynRandFan
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Chart of S&P500 priced in gold from 1886 to present:

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 14:12 | 3137141 Bob
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Mr. Market needs to be taken out back and put down.

But this problem seems to be an inevitable development in financial capitalism. 

Fair or not. 

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 14:13 | 3137147 ebworthen
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Nice sentiments Rick, but Congress is in the pockets of the bankers and Wall Street.

CONgress only thinks about constituents at a press conference or election time.

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 14:18 | 3137161 Mad Mohel
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This guy must be wanting a pink slip or maybe a vacation from breathing if he keeps it up.

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 14:22 | 3137170 Sweet Pea
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*sigh* the only man I ever really loved...such confidence, such vitality. He's got that Smilin' Bob thing going on.

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 14:25 | 3137186 SheepDog-One
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One Nation, Under Our God.....Stawks Market!

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 14:25 | 3137189 Hook Line and S...
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Notice how a little bit of truth subdues real reaction?

Vicariously satisfying.

Santelli will never be fired. He's exercising his directive, whether he knows it or not, quite well.

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 14:26 | 3137194 azzhatter
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I have written a couple hundred letters to congressman over the past 2 years. I never get anything but a canned form letter back from them on how hard they are working for us, overtime and weekends to ensure the stability of the nation. The only real change will come from revolution but 95% of america is clueless. Congress has played this masterfully, providing bread and circus to the masses to placate them and lull them into a shearing. I don't know who will lead the revolution but it is sorely needed. And it will not peaceful

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 15:58 | 3137796 smlbizman
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judge napolitano said that in 1776 only a third set that thing we dont everyone...

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 14:27 | 3137197 q99x2
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Banksters and DC must be reaching CNBC's employee income brackets.

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 14:31 | 3137210 SheepDog-One
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Hey Rick next time you call out congress, hit REALLY hard on their LEGALIZED INSIDER TRADING!

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 14:39 | 3137281 Hook Line and S...
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Kind of like a dog barking at a car as it drives by.

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 15:05 | 3137450 Peterus
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This is nonsense, bait to get people in to casino and make them think when they pull the arm on bandit they are actually working and not gambling.

Who should trade stocks? People that know a thing or two about these companies or ignorant citizen only using public knowledge? Admitting that - yes, obviously - people will have "insider" knowledge would probably mean less money in stocks and maybe some harsher constraints on trading methods - but what is wrong with that?

Retired civilian ship officer in Amsterdam who bought stocks of trading company he knew, or another where he knew the captian that was just hired as very dilligant man - was he guilty of insider trading? His better information gave him an opprotunity to better prediction of the right price for the company. Obviously his neighboar that knew nothing about shipping at that time, only read some newspapers, had no clue what to buy. At least he was not baited into stocks, just sticked to retaining his money that would be gradually but slowly rising in value from natural deflation.

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 14:49 | 3137337 tooriskytoinvest
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Greg Hunter: Central Banks Are Flooding The World With Fiat Currency While Purchasing Gold And Silver In Record Numbers. People Are Going to Suffer on A Biblical Scale.

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 15:11 | 3137477 Seasmoke
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Hey Rick, that was the worst chart i have ever seen !

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 15:20 | 3137527 rsnoble
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Not a fucking thing has improved since the 08 crash and in fact have got worse.  Tensions are mounting big time. Enter gun control.  

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 15:30 | 3137607 The worst trader
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They can't ignore the market, all their money is in it! Don't you remember when big O said it's a good time to invest in the market?

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 16:11 | 3137860 Shizzmoney
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"the Country, and Congress in particular, ...should never again use the stock market as their main barometer when addressing what's wrong with the country"

Maria: "Awesome insight and Thanks, Rick.  Now lets go to Steve Liesman with an update on Boeing's Q4 earnings report!

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 16:13 | 3137871 catch edge ghost
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Hunh.. CNBC still exists.  How 'bout that.

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 16:56 | 3138139 matrix2012
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may somebody pls tell me how (or where) to download a copy of this video? better again a HQ version,  just to secure one while it lasts...

Santelli really rocks here :-)

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 19:07 | 3138750 TrustWho
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God bless Rick Santelli! He speaks for most good Americans. (Note: Define good anyway you want)

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