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Bankers Warn Obama, Don't Mess With The Debt Ceiling (Again)

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15 Bankers just paid a visit to the White House, listened to President Obama, and explained what a total disaster it would be if the US debt-ceiling is breached and Treasuries technically default. While the politicians exclaimed how bad a government shutdown would be, the banks have turned the panic dial to 11 as Goldman's Lloyd Blankfein noted, bankers are “in a position to really know early what the consequences are,” and it would be catastrophic. The irony that the firm which the government is trying to fine $20 billion for selling fraudulent debt and giving bad advice is now providing the same government with advice on its own bad debt, is not lost on us as Dimon was among the visitors but it is Blankfein's warning, echoing Obama, that will get the headlines, "they shouldn't use the threat of causing the U.S. to fail on its obligation to repay debt as a cudgel."

Via Bloomberg,

Blankfein - "You can litigate these policy issues, you can relitigate these policy issues in a public forum, but they shouldn't use the threat of causing the U.S. to fail on its obligation to repay debt as a cudgel."








“There’s no debate on the seriousness of the U.S. not paying its debt,” Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan tells reporters after he, other executives met with President Obama.


Default might affect small businesses, Treasuries


Debt ceiling fight in Aug. 2011 led “to a slowdown in the economy, and we’re facing that again”


Bankers are “in a position to really know early what the consequences are,” Goldman’s Lloyd Blankfein tells reporters


Says bankers “listened” in conversation with Obama, then told him “exactly how bad it would be”


Blankfein: “There’s precedent for a government shutdown; there’s no precedent for default”


“We’re the most important economy in the world, we’re the reserve currency in the world, payments have to go out to people”


“If money doesn’t flow in, then money doesn’t flow out, so we really haven’t seen this before and I’m not anxious to be part of the process to witness this”


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Wed, 10/02/2013 - 14:53 | 4014877 LawsofPhysics
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Let me guess, "tanks in the streets"?

Roll the motherfucking guillotines to the fucking hamptons and let's end this shit, now.

Nothing changes otherwise.  (fuck you Hank TARP/TALF Paulson, karma is a bitch)

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:00 | 4014905 nope-1004
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So, Blankfein is there to protect "small businesses"?



LIE after LIE... he's there to protect himself, his income, bonus, etc...

Fucking thief.  Go to hell, Blankfein.


Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:01 | 4014921 LawsofPhysics
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Notice that the puppet mentions social security.  Social security has a revenue stream dipshit.  My employees and I pay that in every check, yet do not use it.  Again, the propaganda is unbelievable.  Fine, time to pay everyone in silver.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:01 | 4014931 radiotom
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I hope they can't fix the debt ceiling issue. That way they'll be forced to balance the budget. "Defaulting" is just BS, they will still be collecting taxes which legally and constitutionally have to be used to fund the debt.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:08 | 4014963 Manthong
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and the ATMs will shut down.. yada yada yada.. 

they rolled the Republicans with TARP..

maybe it's the Dem's turn now.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:11 | 4014971 nope-1004
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Banks are 100% dependent on the state.

Worse than a child, bum, homeless person, or inmate.

I say default... I'll take the risk of taking care of myself without those generous bankers.




Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:11 | 4014995 Keyser
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I love it when the bankers get their panties in a twist. I'll huff and I'll puff and I'll blow your house down. Fuck 'em. 


Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:33 | 4015114 The Juggernaut
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Buying Treasuries cheap from the Fed Reserve (like a good agent will do) as a primer and lend out a bunch of other levered shit based on that bundle of treasuries... what a racket they're trying to protect.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 16:31 | 4015434 ndotken
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Those 15 assholes all borrow from the Fed at 0% and loan it back to the Treasury (us) at 3-4%.  Even those morons can't fuck that up.  However, if the debt limit isn't raised, their entire fucking business model collapses.  THAT'S why they're in Washington ... to protect their gravy train.  FUCK YOU DIMON, BLANKFEIN, ETAL

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 17:26 | 4015678 Scarlett
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"Give us our fucking money!"

"I'm trying, I'm trying, sorry!"

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:08 | 4014974 max2205
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Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:09 | 4014978 NoDebt
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On Yahoo Finance this story is titled "Bank CEOs Go To Bat For Main Street"

Funny, huh?

Fortunately it's Jeff Macke and he's plenty salty about calling it that.  I don't know if he reads ZH, but I think he still gets it.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:41 | 4015153 gamera9
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Josef Goebbels would be so proud of our media today

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:59 | 4015258 NotApplicable
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Unfortunately, he should know better than to say one thing in a headline, with the total opposite message in the story, as the number of headline readers outnumbers the number of article readers by a longshot.

So... intentional troll, or unintentional?

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 18:29 | 4015944 cougar_w
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He doesn't write the title that is used on the site. An anonymous editor gets to do that.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 16:20 | 4015375 DaveyJones
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Bank CEOs take a bat to Main St. 

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:17 | 4015029 eclectic syncretist
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Everyone knows that the US will never be able to fully pay off it's debts, yet these assclowns act as if it were a distinct possibility.  The only possibility left is to borrow more money (by raising the debt ceiling) in order to make the interest payments on the debt.  Everyone knows where this ends up.  The fact that the Fed will no longer tolerate more than 3% yield on the 10-year bond is a clear indication of how much closer we are to the end of the perception that the dollar has any sort of intrinsic value.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:44 | 4015170 kralizec
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As long as there is revenue to pay interest and principle hitting maturity date the rest of the talk is all verbal masturbation!

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:50 | 4015224 Blammo
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"If money doesn’t flow in, then money doesn’t flow out"


Wed, 10/02/2013 - 17:25 | 4015671 ForWhomTheTollBuilds
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"legally"?  "constitutionally"?  

If you are going to introduce foreign ideas into the debate you best define your terms if you want to be taken seriously.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:02 | 4014939 CrazyCooter
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When I see this:




I can't help but think they are betting on the opposite...



Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:08 | 4014973 Chupacabra-322
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Wonder what they're going to threaten CONgress with now.

Banksters Threaten Martial Law in America

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:10 | 4014986 max2205
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All show...boener would never default. Ever

He knows about the car crashes and hot tubs

What a joke

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:32 | 4015097 JLee2027
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Eventually, there will be no choice but to default. Are we here now? Probably not, but you never know.


Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:41 | 4015154 thelibcentury
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I don't get this meme of "there is no precedent for a default"


what in the heck was 1971 then??

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 17:15 | 4015624 NidStyles
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Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:22 | 4015046 asteroids
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Obozo was begging the bankers in the room NOT to tank the markets. LOL.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:33 | 4015109 ziggy59
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Wonder who will wake with horse head soon...

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 17:10 | 4015604 AbbeBrel
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Wow when the Banksters show up - it means that even tugging with all their might on the strings hooked up to The Bernank might not pull this SuperKlunker around. Kinda suggests that their ability to Cow CONgress might have its limits. Not even a simple SheepleShearing will take care of this mess - if it will cost them some basis points in the long run!

Add little to little and you have a big pile

And it probably works with subtraction too !!

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 18:31 | 4015951 cougar_w
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I thought exactly the same thing: Briar rabbit.

Blankfein is short and wants to punk the longs.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:03 | 4014949 nope-1004
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"I'm not anxious to see a default".


Really means "I'm not anxious to have my gov't assistance pulled".

Fucking teet sucker.  Can't even create a new job, let alone balance the book for his own.  100% suckface.  Worse than a leech.


Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:06 | 4014958 DJ Happy Ending
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"If money doesn’t flow in, then money doesn’t flow out"

Last time I checked, the money never flowed out, they are sitting on almost all of it.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:48 | 4015198 Smartie37
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Let's just clarify source of funds and use of funds----

"If money doesn't flow in [From the FED], then money doesn't flow out [To the PRIMARY DEALERS] !  

then NO BONUS for YOU !!!!

Lloyd you deceitful self-serving scumbag------nice try with the propaganda!


Wed, 10/02/2013 - 16:25 | 4015402 DaveyJones
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why is it that people who claim to do "God's work" are often working for the competition?

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:07 | 4014960 Atlasshruggedme
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Have you asked your employees if they will work for silver? Not sure your legal stance regarding payroll taxes. But your trading a good for the service of your employees. 


Do whats right, save your employees and their families. Pay in Silver.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:12 | 4014988 LawsofPhysics
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I have exchanged many things (including silver) for the fruit of another's labor.  I suspect this will become more common as the true counterparty risk in fiat is recognized and become apparent.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:45 | 4015178 Jethro
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You are a good employer.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 16:01 | 4015270 LawsofPhysics
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A dependable tribe is very important.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:06 | 4014961 Atlasshruggedme
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server error - double post. Sry. F- Benny

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:03 | 4014937 SilverIsKing
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Did the bankers know early what the ramifications of CDO, CDS, etc etc were?

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:02 | 4014943 viahj
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“We’re the most important economy in the world, we’re the reserve currency in the world, payments have to go out to people”


- Im sure that the "we" in this quote is not the "American public" and the use of "people" really means "us"

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 16:14 | 4015349 Wahooo
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Yes, painful to whom? Why Wall Street of course. Loss of dollar will KILL these bastards. They don't control the Ruble, or the Yuan, or Commodities. I hope the debt ceiling is breached and these muthers get breached with it.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 16:41 | 4015490 Common_Cents22
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Well Lloyd can't say "its for the chiilllllllllrennnnn!!!"

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 17:38 | 4015725 edwardo1
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Yes, about as credible as Walter White "doing it for his family".

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:00 | 4014910 Grande Tetons
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IMO, Looks to be the same stage as 2008. This time instead of talking about banks/solvency they are talking about nation states/solvency. 


Either way, this fall should be a hoot. 

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:03 | 4014944 fonzannoon
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I sure hope not because I have been loading up, lol.

By the way, are these miners dead money or what? Holy crapola.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:08 | 4014965 Grande Tetons
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DUST in the wnd. Great call..BTW.  


Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:11 | 4014993 fonzannoon
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Dust was all dimeshowman. He laid the path out. As I said, the most astute invstor I have ever come across, anywhere.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:17 | 4015028 Grande Tetons
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He is no slouch. Your posture is not so bad either.  

I stlll think they are going to tear this bitch down. Time will tell. 

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:32 | 4015067 Dr. Engali
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CNBC says these comments were directed to congress. Who is telling da troof?

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:34 | 4015118 Carpenter1
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I get Sprott's newsletter. Few of his analysts saying the quality of deposits dropping off severely for miners. Sign they were cherry picking best grade gold years ago, nothing left but low grade, hard to mine gold.

Miners dirty little secret, coming out of the closet at the worst possible time. Don't they always?

I'm out of miners until the washout happens, this analysis is specifically for the big guys so don't think you're safe cause you own Goldcorp.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:03 | 4014941 1100-TACTICAL-12
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I'm with you LofP crash this motherfucker & let's get it on... I aint gettin no younger.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:05 | 4014957 azzhatter
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Obama taking advice from criminals. Priceless

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:13 | 4015006 Cosmicserpent
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Priceless? Hardly.  The general, mouthbreathing, Miley twerking, bible banging, gun toting, save the children! public is about to find out the price of our criminal enterprise called "The US Republic".

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:16 | 4015020 fooshorter
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+100 Well give them the real war on terror French Revolution Reign of Terror style ;)

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 16:22 | 4015383 Wahooo
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"Tell the Wind and the Fire where to stop; not me!"

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:36 | 4015136 TheGardener
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The licensed fools meet up with the chief jester to give instructions.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:42 | 4015165 fooshorter
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Vampire Squids in MY white house?! Its more likely than you think!

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 16:40 | 4015486 Ruffcut
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GS should be the symbol, CUNT

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 17:34 | 4015714 Common_Cents22
Thu, 10/03/2013 - 00:58 | 4017397 rotagen
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Yeah .. what a disaster it would be to pretend our fucking fake debt ceiling from our fucking fake bankster derived money from or fucking fake jewish banksters was.....   fake.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 14:54 | 4014878 I am a Man I am...
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Bankers want more money?!?!?!..............shocking

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:03 | 4014934 waterwitch
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False flag coming in 3, 2, 1...

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:02 | 4014940 rum_runner
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Doing God's work isn't cheap!  Which god though is open for debate.  Baal perhaps.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 14:55 | 4014882 QQQBall
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If we don't borrow moar, we will be in technical default.



Wed, 10/02/2013 - 14:55 | 4014888 LawsofPhysics
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Yes, the cure to alcoholism is always another drink...

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:10 | 4014985 Winston Churchill
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Tried that for years.Strangely enough it didn't work An allergy did though.

Spontaneouly breaking out in handcuffs when I drank did the trick.Maybe we could

try that on "our" leadership.

Maybe SA(Spendaholics Anon.) meeting could help. 5-30 pm sounds like a could  time for

this lot to get their white chip.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:50 | 4015215 DYS
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"spontaneously breaking out in handcuffs"  LOL

I always broke out in black eyes and lost jobs.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 16:30 | 4015428 DaveyJones
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I enjoyed it too

(the phrase not the handcuffs)

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:18 | 4015025 Cosmicserpent
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If a hard case alcoholic goes cold turkey, they die. First, the sweats, DT's, extreme pain, and then death.

It is obvious that THIS is what the Tea Baggers are trying to do with the debt addiction.

Alas, in the end the Tea Baggers will be crushed by the Dr. Frankenstein Republican Party money that spawned them.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 16:43 | 4015504 Ruffcut
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What sauce you on, so to avoid it.  Tea baggers? Leave my tea alone, you pervert.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 16:54 | 4015546 Kirk2NCC1701
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The last time we had a Budget Shutdown, was in 1995/96, during the Clinton/Gingrich tussle.  That lasted ~ 3 weeks.

The economy did actually better after that.  So why is Bankfine involved now?  Must be REALLY scared.  Bonuses in jeopardy?  Or scared that the Debt Ceiling in 2 weeks will hit the fan, and then give Just Cause (Cover) to BRICs to dump Treasuries and the USD as the GRC.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 14:54 | 4014883 Theta_Burn
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Shows everyone just whos in charge

Well done America

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 14:55 | 4014884 ziggy59
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Even rats panic on a sinking ship..

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 16:32 | 4015451 DaveyJones
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on this ship, we're all lab rats

and the dollar is our GMO 

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 16:46 | 4015516 Ruffcut
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Horseshit, rats will celebrate the of casualities for food will be plentiful.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 14:56 | 4014885 NoDebt
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Short version: The spice must flow.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 14:57 | 4014897 LawsofPhysics
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What's that have to do with bankers? they produce nothing but paper promises, oh wait, someone in the office just shouted "petrodollar".  nevermind...

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 14:57 | 4014889 TrumpXVI
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The Federal government is shut down, but not that which really matters to TPTB; the Federal Reserve Bank and the investment banks on Wall Street.  They're all up and running and delivering the only orders that need to be delivered.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 14:57 | 4014896 Atomizer
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Dear Mr. Soros,


You should have died by way of natural causes. The public will learn in time how wonderful stem cell research has been for you, and how it will be exploited under the new mandatory healthcare programs.

Look in the mirror Mr. Soros. Tell me who & what you see in the mirror.  In the meantime, watch your own charade called life. BTW, congratulation’s on the new soul mate.  How does it feel to be married to a wife that would be younger than your own conceived daughter?  I’ll bet your experience of youthfulness is so potent.


Spiritual Fascism


Two fold meaning here, read between the tea leaves.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:14 | 4014996 MillionDollarBogus_
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You should have died by way of natural causes. Too wealthy to allow that to happen.

The public will learn in time how wonderful stem cell research has been for you, and how it will be exploited under the new mandatory healthcare programs.  If the public was as obscenely wealthy as me, they would do the same.

Look in the mirror Mr. Soros. Tell me who & what you see in the mirror.  A super rich old fart…

In the meantime, watch your own charade called life. BTW, congratulation’s on the new soul mate.  Thanks…

 How does it feel to be married to a wife that would be younger than your own conceived daughter?  If you have to ask, you wouldn’t understand my answer…

I’ll bet your experience of youthfulness is so potent.  Ask my wife…

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:23 | 4015052 Atomizer
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I always enjoy the spurts of irrelevant content. Let me ask you, is your DNA as the same you were given at birth? Did you pay someone to alter DNA sequencing? This is the nature of my statement. Apparently, your knowledge of this technology has fallen into the abyss. It’s very black market by today’s standards.



Wed, 10/02/2013 - 16:38 | 4015477 MillionDollarBogus_
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I always enjoy the spurts of irrelevant content. Thanks…

 Let me ask you, is your DNA as the same you were given at birth?  Not since my stem cell treatments at the Swiss clinic…

Did you pay someone to alter DNA sequencing?  See previous answer…

This is the nature of my statement.  Right…

Apparently, your knowledge of this technology has fallen into the abyss.  If only you knew what I knew…

It’s very black market by today’s standards.  Black is beautiful..

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:00 | 4014898 edwardo1
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I can see some very real benefits to a default, but none of them are anything but long term. The benefits to "more of the same" are precisely the converse of defaulting and that is why there will be no hard default in the here and now.. In the meantime the rest of the world is tapering regardless.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 14:58 | 4014908 lucyvp
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this is theater!

No new debt limit means the gvt cannot borrow more than it already has.  They have enough revenue from taxes to pay the interest, and they can sell more bonds to pay for the ones that are retiring.  There is no reason for a default unless they want one.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 14:58 | 4014913 fonzannoon
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We can't let this happen!!!! Give the bankers money quick!!!!!!

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:05 | 4014952 SilverIsKing
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I bet BO regrets not keeping all the doors and windows locked.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 16:50 | 4015533 Ruffcut
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and I bet he wished he had morals and balls to go with his supersized unhappy meal.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 14:59 | 4014916 Everyman
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Those fifteen individuals need to die!

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:03 | 4014945 waterwitch
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Don't you mean 16?

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:57 | 4014977 Everyman
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NOPE!  Threatening the President is a major crime.  Especially with a Holder DOJ!  Besides, there is no honor in killing a puppet!


EDIT:  I am betting there is NOW a deal in the shutdown AND the Debt Ceiling debate.  The PTB decided they would have a talk, and told Prez, what will happen next. The same woudl happen with a Red State Prez.  Bankers are the evil.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:00 | 4014922 youngandhealthy
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The truth is that US is not the most important economy in the world (read e.g. Barclay report). Growth in Europe is more important than growth in US. Full stop.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:10 | 4014981 IndyPat
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Fucking funny dude

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 16:53 | 4015545 Ruffcut
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Yep, the greeks are partying in the streets. Oh wait, that is the weirdest partying with tear gas and such.

goody, goody, when does it come the US?

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 18:38 | 4015984 cougar_w
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Forget about growth. That ship has sailed.

The US has enough debt to blow up the entire financial world, plus most of the manufacturing world, and probably even a respectable part of the actual real world.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:02 | 4014927 earnyermoney
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The pending lawsuites will disappear

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:01 | 4014929 drink or die
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What will they make the new limit?  $20T? That seems like a nice round number.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:06 | 4014962 Bastiat
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$21.33 - that way it looks like they have specific plans.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:03 | 4014938 toadold
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Bankers tell Obama default would be disasterous for the US...Obama starts drooling at the thought. 

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:37 | 4015133 geno-econ
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Bankers tell Obama default would be disastrous to their astronomical salaries subsidized by government and taxpayer bailouts. Instead Bankers held firm and did not offer any salary reductions to undo income disparity, or did they offer to pay higher taxes and reduce tax loopholes. Now that's Courage and the American Can Do Spirit in the face of adversity!

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:04 | 4014947 buzzsaw99
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fucking parasites

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:06 | 4014950 youngandhealthy
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Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:09 | 4014970 NOTaREALmerican
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Re: 25 Tea-Party hecklers

If ONLY the "Progressives" had helped what's-his-name drowned the beast in the bathtub a few years ago maybe the government wouldn't have had the money to create a PoliceState,  perpetually bomb brown people, or bail out the banks?

Wouldn't it be wonderful if the "Progressives" had the guts to suggest cuts to Big-Ag, Big-MIC, Big-Road, Big-Water, Big-Airport, Big-Energy, Big-Ed, Big-House, Big-Fin, Big-OldFart, Big-OldFartHealthcare, Big-AntiDrug, & Big-PoliceState?   


Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:56 | 4015251 Bay of Pigs
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I asked that very question earlier. How the fuck does a few members of Congress with zero clout, shut the gov't down?

Answer: They don't. We truly live in a country of inbreds, pychos and retards when it comes to connecting the dots politically.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:22 | 4015045 SheepDog-One
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Ohhhhh if only there were no opposition to The One...then we'd all be feasting on pie in the sky ohhhh woe is me....

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:21 | 4015048 orangegeek
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uh.....BTW.....go blog your political vomit on Huffington Post of Politico or one of those puke sites where you can rant and blame and spin.


In the meantime, why don't you go outside and play hide and go fuck yourself?

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:26 | 4015074 Jethro
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I didn't realize that the health exchanges already performed voluntary frontal lobotomies. Hoocoodanode?

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:34 | 4015101 TheMeatTrapper
TheMeatTrapper's picture is 25 Tea-Party hecklers that are dragging a nation of 320 Million into the mud not the President. Good luck America

Oh for God's sake. Grow up you little ass wipe. This nation has been in the mud for a long damn time - largely because it's populated by dumbshits who abhor personal responsibility and fiscal sanity. 

If you want somebody to blame - find a fucking mirror.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:06 | 4014955 NOTaREALmerican
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Well,  as always:   Think of the [children | trrrrss].  

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:06 | 4014956 hyperfocus
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Look Mr Obama, if you can't borrow more money from us you are screwed. If you do borrow more money from us you are screwed even more, but later not now.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:28 | 4014964 ChanceIs
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Silly, silly ba$^ards.

Default only happens if you don't pay the debt service.  Were tax collections stopped when the federal government shut down!?!?!  I don't think so.  We are pushing the boundary when total tax receipts won't service the debt, but we aren't there yet.

OBTW.  The SCOTUS declared some time ago that Social Security was a tax - not an obligation on the government.  Who will get paid first, Treasury holders or retirees?  No question in my mind.  (I hope that the irony is not lost on anyone that long ago the Supremes declared SS a tax.)

OBTW.  Just why in haedes did we make FNE/FRE paper holders "whole" when they crashed?  It says right on the front that the agencies, and not the federal government insure them.  You see....we had an "implicit guarantee."  The government had no obligation there.  Just willy-nilly decided to pay out trillions to fools who bought FNE/FRE paper in '05.  Oh.  Given that, I hope that there is no doubt in your minds whether bond holders or retirees will get paid first.

OBTW.  In lots of cases, derivatives were sent from the investment side of the TBTF house to the normal banking side.  (So much for Glass-Steagal.)  Where did they go in the regular bank's capital structure?  That's right - in front of mom and pop's regular savings deposits.

OBTW.  Why is not the Fed causing inflation (deliberately debasing the currency) not a default on the US debt.  Give Obama $1K today and he will pay you back in say...10 years... with one half the purchasing power.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:34 | 4015107 ChanceIs
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OBTW again.

I am really rather sure that the federal government reserves the right to roll over its Treasuries at will - except for bills of less than one year duration.  The implication is that for a maturing instrument, the government can decline to give you the principle - just extend the maturity date for however f*&cking long it feels like doing.

Hey!!!  My name is Barrack Obama.  I am the Chosen One.  Don't you trust me?  You will get paid - in a year or so.

In the current circumstances the notion of default is laughable.  Maybe if the government were shut for several years then true default might be discussed by reasonably informed citizens.  Right now it is just Dimon, Blankfein, Lew, Nancy, Harry and Barry blowing smoke up our rectums.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 20:01 | 4016365 DosZap
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Who will get paid first, Treasury holders or retirees? No question in my mind. (I hope that the irony is not lost on anyone that long ago the Supremes declared SS a tax.)


I know one thing, IF it's not the latter,better lock n load.


Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:08 | 4014966 razorthin
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God's work, Blankcheck and Dimonheist.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:07 | 4014967 The Proletariat
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Mr President, we really really really really need a war this time.  Stop fucking it up!  It was supposed to happen already to distract the public from the looting.  Signed, bankers and economists.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:09 | 4014972 buzzsaw99
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leechfuck bankers

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:09 | 4014979 Black Forest
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"If money doesn’t flow in, then money doesn’t flow out, ..."

If fiat velocity tends to zero, its monetary base must be exponentially increased in order to meet a nominal inflation target. Or did I miss something?

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:09 | 4014983 involuntarilybirthed
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All theater, all scripted.  For whom I do not know? 

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:13 | 4014997 Yen Cross
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  Need MOAR cowbell!

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:13 | 4014998 BullyBearish
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Yes, when things get HOT they always trot out the twins: FEAD and GREED

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:25 | 4015065 Tenshin Headache
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IGNORANCE being always in play ...

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 17:05 | 4015593 HardlyZero
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Fear...and Heart of Darkness (a.k.a Apocalypse Now).....or was that Buckaroo Banzai.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:16 | 4015003 kevinearick
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Borg Propaganda Assimilation

“…just as there was a glimmer of economic recovery, war exploded…They married in record numbers and gave birth to another distinctive generation, the Baby Boomers…They became part of the greatest investment in higher education any society ever made…” The war babies bring you war as an economy, observers prism, what a surprise. Government putting a gun to its own head as a prelude to war is no crisis for labor.

So, government’s argument is that it knows things you do not because it is printing money to pay everyone to spy on each other, so you should do whatever it says, or it will bankrupt you with laws, and should that fail, it will send you to prison, on the basis of majority peer pressure, to confer the necessary powers and a trial of government fact, and if that should fail, it will simply declare war with no due process. How f-ing stupid is that?

And riddle me this Batman: if smoking tobacco is so bad for your health, why is government dependent upon it for tax revenue, why does it ensure that corporate cigs are embedded with bullsh- chemicals, and why is it legalizing similar low-quality pot with bullsh- chemicals embedded in it? You have the Internet. Why can’t you get a $500 rolling machine and order tobacco straight from the farmer for $500/yr?

On the basis of what market theory does a pack of smokes cost $10, an hour’s work for many, given the tobacco market price, which is subsidized? Blaming everything on the bankers, or the top 1%, is just damn ignorant, and who’s fault is that?

Capital peddles ignorance as the solution to ignorance. Bliss for everyone. Of course the Fed is going to print just as fast as the ignorant mass will demand stupid. The Internet is widely distributed. What is everyone’s excuse for participating now?

Money is a capital perpetuation system. That’s it. The amount of gravity you want depends upon the timing requirements of your development. Capital breeds the middle class to assume that money has value in and of itself, that it is the good to be chased with services rendered, exactly backwards (shift half cycle back, recursively). In the first round, capital ‘pays’ the middle class a good return, high wage and low rent. In each subsequent round, rent is increased relative to wage, with the result measured as GDP growth for positive feedback.

Over generations, the assumption and proliferating associated assumptions are embedded in middle class DNA, event horizon to event horizon, in a ponzi of promises capital never intends to pay with anything other than more complex notes, to defer the perception of reckoning until the last moment.

The empire may only be a ponzi because capital cannot adapt itself and middle class wouldn’t render the war service if it expected to be responsible for the outcome. Current generations win and future generations lose, until they don’t, when a generation of kids says FU, we’ll just short the nothing for nothing empire.

Money ensures a relatively quick return to the churn pool for middle class DNA, and some, relatively inconsequential, delay for most of capital. War is about growing, killing and rebooting the middle class ponzi, as is all tools employed by the bank – artificial interest rates, corporate business cycles, market rotation, the lot, hence Pearl Harbor and all the other irrational WWII social engineering, which simply extended the day of reckoning for a few capitalists by killing off part of the global middle class, temporarily reducing rent, and centering economic activity on promises of future pensions.

Money does not begin to convey the information necessary to transact profitable business. It produces artificial scarcity to ensure capital control over growing populations of robots, impulse reactors with ever shrinking event horizons and the patience of knats. It tells you that nature is the enemy, to hide in buildings, lay pavement, put on an inch of make-up, buy a Porsche, and then bases rents on the resulting artificial scarcity of nature. The critters want to live by the beach, but are afraid of water, buy bottled water, divert water to Las Vegas, and buy fruit from South America. Brilliant.

Bob’s dollar bill is not worth as much as Fred’s dollar bill, due to the difference between accounting and real community multiplier effects, but go chase Bob for less value at greater cost because your ‘inner voice’ tells you that you want to be like Bob and drive a Porsche. Money buys power and influence, from people granting money to themselves, which will not exist if you do not sell off your privacy because a ponzi cannot withstand leakage.

You must accept the programming or the TBTF-WMD collapses, and then what happens, the Dark Ages, simpletons seeking ignorance as bliss and surprised when it blows up? Everyone did not commit suicide or stand in a soup line during the Great Depression.

The middle class cannot adapt in real time so it must herd up and employ peer pressure to steal your product. Legacy capital is only too happy to accept the blame, monetizing the tax base to provide increasing misdirection in consideration of its own existence, in a positive feedback loop of loops.

The hoard competes to weaken marriage and you cooperate to strengthen it. That’s the battery. The middle class and capital are collapsing, and current is flowing back to labor. Rent is falling in a sporadic trickle now, through rapidly growing cracks in the RE peer pressure dam. Yes, membranes exist for a reason.

Contrary to popular assumption, humanity sub-automation is not the beginning, middle and end. It’s not the price at the pump you care about; it’s the embedded price of oil multiplied across all your inputs. And it’s not really the multiplier effect of oil you care about. You care about fertile soil, good seed and water, an embedded false assumption. Your body generates electricity, with zero requirement for Exxon, GE, or Silicon Valley.

Space is the problem and the solution. If you want to go from A to B, eliminate space, through C. Sooner or later, most accept assimilation, when individual logic is overwhelmed by mass hysteria. You have the universe; employ it.

Family is private, small business is private and public, and corporate is public whether it is legally defined as public, private or non-profit. An empire may only resort to peer pressure to establish habit, law to confirm the habit, and war to protect the habit. Law follows behavior, not the other way around, and war quickly follows, along the false assumptions embedded in popular History.

You cannot choose your children and you cannot stop them from accepting assimilation at the least empire cost. You can provide them with skills in an environment built for the purpose, by showing them love as exploration, rather than control. You are not going to learn anything from books or speeches, from critters with no clue, and no one with a clue is going to sell private production short for public consumption.

If you didn’t learn anything from an admiral, you didn’t earn the required confidence. Admirals are fashioned in war, not in Virginia, and not in games of shock and awe for public consumption under a false flag, where “personal responsibility, duty, honor and faith” are nowhere to be found.

Depressions are about replacing the root kernel. The names change simply to put new dresses on the revolving eunuchs. There is nothing wrong with playing dolls as a child, but it is not life. Current depends upon the path from second to first derivative, on to the integral. Always be two bridges ahead because the empire hoard collapses every bridge it occupies, owning the past on the way back to the churn pool.

OK, so, you have a circle, separating inferential and differential torque…set your distance to perception. If the robots are rerouting water to their own end of real estate and public work bubbles, what do you suppose is going on inside and beyond the planet?

The empire has no vision unless you give it one. Let the middle class chase its own tail, until you don’t. If you have capital, it’s pretty damn easy; set labor to rent at 4.0 to find the labor that can profitably rework your capital, and hold the line. The only real union is marriage resulting in labor. Your job is to propagate, intelligently.

DuPont was not mad at FDR; he laughed all the way back to the bank every time, ‘profiting’ from both sides of the war. The Democrats brought you ‘free trade’ as a solution to ‘international tensions’ created by Republicans. Prohibition does no work, but it creates lots of money with nowhere to go.

Shocking; ‘round up the usual suspects and take them over the hill, pump and dump.


Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:20 | 4015038 NOTaREALmerican
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Nice rant.   Of course, it has always been so.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:51 | 4015221 ChanceIs
ChanceIs's picture'resistence is futile,' or....ummmm like...V/I?  What if it is complex???  Then we get that j omega squared stuff.  My head hurts.

I am to understand after all this time that duPont was making Zyklon B?  Chit?  I can't handle the truth.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:15 | 4015012 MrButtoMcFarty
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Big Bank CEOs Go to Bat for Main Street

Breakout With the U.S. government shut down for the second straight day President Obama met with JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon, Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein, and other top financial industry leaders today to discuss the shutdown as well efforts to raise the federal debt ceiling.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:16 | 4015014 Jethro
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Obama gives a speech in

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:19 | 4015021 NuYawkFrankie
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Lloyd & Jamie Go To Washington:

"We're The Kosha Nostra - and We're Here to Help"

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:19 | 4015031 Tinky
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Frankly, any post in which the word "cudgel" is used is OK in my book.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:19 | 4015034 SheepDog-One
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Now we see who actually runs the whole show and calls all the shots.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:44 | 4015177 WTFx10
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It took you this long to realize who runs the show?

WTF haven't been paying attention much.

 "Banking was conceived in iniquity and was born in sin.
    The Bankers own the earth. Take it away from them,
    but leave them the power to create deposits,
    and with the flick of the pen they will
    create enough deposits to buy it back again.
    However, take it away from them, and
    all the great fortunes like mine
    will disappear and they ought to disappear, for
    this would be a happier and better world to live in.
    But, if you wish to remain the slaves of Bankers
    and pay the cost of your own slavery,
    let them continue to create deposits."

    --- Sir Josiah Stamp (1880-1941)

    President of the Bank of England & 2nd richest man in Britain

    Source: Speaking at the Commencement Address of the University of Texas in 1927

"The issue which has swept down the centuries and which will have to be fought sooner or later is the people versus the banks."
John Dalberg Lord Acton



Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:48 | 4015193 Dr. Engali
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Rest assured, sheepdog knows who runs the show.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 17:37 | 4015721 WTFx10
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Then he shouldn't be making obvious comments. Doctor

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 16:12 | 4015305 SheepDog-One
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WTF fuck off X20!

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 16:36 | 4015419 29.5 hours
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@ WTFx10

Getting tired of that fake quote from Josiah Stamp. You know the quote is fake, why do you repeat it? You can put your own name next to it, if you want. It may sound less fake then.


Wed, 10/02/2013 - 17:43 | 4015710 WTFx10
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1 week and 4 fucking days on ZH. How tired can you be?

"(I’m) doing God’s work." – Goldman Sachs CEO, Lloyd Blankfein

First of all the Federal Reserve is an INDEPENTDANT Agency and that means basically that there is NO other agency of government which can OVERRULE actions that we take.
Alan Greenspan Federal Reserve Chairman


Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:23 | 4015050 Dr. Engali
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The old "there will be tanks in the streets" routine. They haven't used that in a while.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:23 | 4015051 stant
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the population should declare martial law on dc and the banksters

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:22 | 4015053 Duc888
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Is the relationship clear now?  Banks write the loans and make the money off of the interest.  Banks buy the polititians.  Not that it will ever happen but if USA ever paid off it's debt, the banks would make no money off the vig.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 16:36 | 4015465 Caggge
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Do banks even loan money anymore? I thought they just got it from the Fed for free and manipulated the markets with it for their gain.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:25 | 4015064 jmcadg
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Registered - tick


Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:25 | 4015066 orangegeek
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" ...Bankers are “in a position to really know early what the consequences are,” Goldman’s Lloyd Blankfein tells reporters ..."


LMFAO!!!!! Just like in 2006 and in 2008, right? 


What an asshole you are Blankenfuck!!!!

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:24 | 4015068 SheepDog-One
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Do you see this bit of market red, Mr. ObaMao? DO YOU SEE?? All you have is pointing to markets....wanna see them REAL RED one of these mornings? Like -10%? DO YOU???

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 17:08 | 4015602 HardlyZero
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If Hank Paulson was at this meeting...probably not yet....maybe Hank will be at next week's crisis quorum.

Then get worried.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:26 | 4015070 jmcadg
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Blankfein admitted being part of the problem right there. Arrest that traitor and burn him on the stake.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:25 | 4015071 TrustbutVerify
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How high would Obama and his cronies allow the overall debt as percentage of GDP to go?  Are the American people ready for the real cutbacks that would feel bad but slowly put the country country back on the track to fiscal responsibility?  Real cutbacks that would have to be adhered to for decades. 

Society's increasing heroin-like dependence would have to be reversed.  People would have to start thinking for themselves.  It would be the modern American culture of dependence turned upside down.  

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:31 | 4015092 Spastica Rex
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Are the American people ready for the real cutbacks that would feel bad but slowly put the country country back on the track to fiscal responsibility?

Uhmm... no?

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:30 | 4015079 Diogenes
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"15 Bankers just paid a visit to the White House, listened to President Obama, and explained what a total disaster it would be if the US debt-ceiling is breached and Treasuries technically default. While the politicians exclaimed how bad a government shutdown would be, the banks have turned the panic dial to 11"

What the hell is this supposed to mean, "breached". Do they mean if they raise  the limit they are screwed? Or if they don't raise the limit they are screwed?

Both are true, I need to know what the benksters' next scam is so I can bet accordingly.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 15:29 | 4015080 samsara
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Or paraphrasing

"You can fuck with your "Subjects"  about not paying them all you want,  But Don'T FUCK with not paying your creditors " (ie the owners of Us,   Rockefeller, Rothchilds, et al).

I probably got that all wrong but that's how it feels.



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