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Two Political Parties For The Prices Of $1,188,644,055

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The next time someone tells you that political party X is not entirely purchased by Wall Street, specifically Goldman, Merrill (aka Bank of Countrywide Lynch) and Morgan Stanley, or that Barack Obama is not the most "gifted" politician in history, show them the following infographic...

Courtesy of John Lohman


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Mon, 10/10/2011 - 22:57 | 1759781 Mugatu
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$1.18 Billion sure doesn't buy what it used to!

I invented the piano key necktie bitchez!  


Mon, 10/10/2011 - 23:07 | 1759854 Wooly
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Dunno about that... it bought your "democracy", your "freedom" and any lingering chance of the "American dream".

Not a bad price for all that really, eh?

Mon, 10/10/2011 - 23:52 | 1759992 slewie the pi-rat
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maybe he wants royalties on the piano key chartporn w/ a side-order of pi(e) graphs

i thought billie joel invented the piano key tie! 

here he is doing his best stephen colbert impression:  Billy Joel LIVE- Only The Good Die Young - YouTube

Tue, 10/11/2011 - 00:05 | 1760028 redpill
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ZH! Stop one second and let's consider something.

We may have just discovered the purest indication of inflation the world has ever known. Econoheads babble about CPI and other vague indicators. Meanless, manipulated propaganda. Gas prices? Food prices? Indicative to be sure, but still volatile.

What really tells us the impact of inflation?

Ladies and Gentlemen (or shall I say Baby Blythe and Gentlemen), I give you the GoldmanSucks Bribery Index!

The true measure of inflation is how much Goldman contributes to each successive election. Obama has already received 20% more than Bush through only one term, a big portion of which is undoubtedly from Goldman. Which means it's really a 40% gain if you calculate the second-term-that-will-probably-not-happen for Obama. 40% divided by 8 is 5%, probably pretty accurate.

Tue, 10/11/2011 - 00:15 | 1760055 Harlequin001
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Hmm, funny that I detect a lot of banks in there...

and didn't Dodd do something about regulating all these banks that are giving him rather a lot of money?

Hmm, I can see now why he did such a good job, and why so many of these too-big-to-fails have now been taken down already.

There is only one cure...

Tue, 10/11/2011 - 00:58 | 1760149 SpeakerFTD
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Pretty crappy ROI for those Lehman and Bear employees.

Tue, 10/11/2011 - 01:26 | 1760180 comrade pravda
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See Geraldo Rivera flee chants of "Fox News Lies"

Sanitized Media.  We don't need it.

Tue, 10/11/2011 - 02:01 | 1760207 FatFingered
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The CME gave the prostiticians $1.71 MM.  They make margin rules up freely, randomly, and obviously to the government and the big banks favor on the exchanges!  What a racket!

Why would anyone want to use the Comex after seeing this and watching their criminal smash down of silver via opportune margin hikes as of late?

Tue, 10/11/2011 - 02:39 | 1760236 sqz
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Ah, USA, land of "freedom" - political capture at its finest!

Democracy = one person, one vote. Capitalism = one dollar, one vote.

Not a good idea to allow the two mix at the same point ...

Tue, 10/11/2011 - 07:08 | 1760376 johnQpublic
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put the whole charade up on ebay , and make 'em wear nascar style suits with their sponsors/purchasers names emblazened on them

Tue, 10/11/2011 - 07:15 | 1760389 narapoiddyslexia
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Who is John Lohman, the creator of the graphic? His graphics have been used several times on ZH, with never a link.

Tue, 10/11/2011 - 08:38 | 1760557 DLab
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Excellent question. I'm a long time lurker and love the site, but I question where these stats come from.

We always question the BLS statistics (rightfully so,) shouldn't be question these too?

Tue, 10/11/2011 - 07:25 | 1760409 11b40
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Tell that to the lying lackeys on our Supreme Court.  Money ='s speech, doncha' know.  Corporations = people.

Here is the concept we should promote:  If you are not a registered voter, you are not allowed to make a contribution to a campaign.  Period.  No 'in kind' contributions from ANY special interest group.  After all, "special" interests are by definition concerned only for their interests and AGAINST the "general" interests.

No corporations, no unions, no PACs.

Then, EVERYTHING changes.

Tue, 10/11/2011 - 14:44 | 1761936 Kobe Beef
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Agreed. And if that doesn't work, burn Washington D.C. to the ground.

Tue, 10/11/2011 - 02:48 | 1760247 Michael
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You want to see what it looks like when massive economic bubbles bursts?

"DRACONID METEOR BALLOON: During the peak of the Draconid meteor shower on Oct. 8th, a group of students in Bishop, California, flew a helium balloon to the stratosphere to try to record some Draconid fireballs in the darkness at high-altitude. Five cameras recorded more than 50 GB of data, which the team is sifting through now for evidence of meteors. While we're waiting for the meteor count, the team offers this video of the balloon popping about 100,000 feet above Earth:"

Tue, 10/11/2011 - 03:37 | 1760295 Michael
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The entire business model of Washington D.C. has to change.

Vote Ron Paul,

There is no other choice.

Tue, 10/11/2011 - 03:47 | 1760300 Michael
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Trichet is currently speaking directly to the higher ups in his banking cartel structure. It is quite fascinating to watch and listen to.

Tue, 10/11/2011 - 04:23 | 1760313 Michael
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Never thought I'd read a sane article and comment section from Huffington Post, I guess there's a first time for everything.

"If you thought President Obama's expressions of sympathy for the Occupy Wall Street movement meant he was suddenly going to stand up for "the 99%," think again. Obama has just submitted to Congress the Chamber of Commerce-backed Colombia, Panama, and Korea Free Trade Agreements. And now, thanks to maneuvering by Obama and his business-friendly Chief of Staff William Daley and U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk, they're on an accelerated schedule in Congress. According to a report in The Hill, they will be voted on Wednesday, where they're expected to pass.

Obama's move is a brazen display of contempt for the Occupy Wall Street movement's calls for jobs, economic, and environmental justice as well as human rights. These trade agreements achieve a rare trifecta of progressive punching: it's hard to imagine a single initiative that at one time could so infuriate anti-corporate activists, labor unions, and environmentalists at the very moment that these disparate movements are finally finding solidarity and support in the streets."

Obama Pushes Huge Free Trade Deals to Wednesday Vote

Tue, 10/11/2011 - 04:14 | 1760309 spdrdr
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Question for persons who regularly jump out of perfectly serviceable aircraft:

"The apex of your parachute shouldn't be pointing downwards, should it?"

Awesome video!


Tue, 10/11/2011 - 03:11 | 1760280 Econmike
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Assuming they assign a high utility to not having the pleasure of being assraped at Leavenworth, I'd say that those employees did pretty well with their investment, actually.


Tue, 10/11/2011 - 07:04 | 1760367 Bullframe
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Obama will lead the way.
Yes We Sachs.

Tue, 10/11/2011 - 07:08 | 1760375 Mugatu
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My response to anyone else falsely claiming that they created the Piano Key Necktie: . 

Tue, 10/11/2011 - 08:03 | 1760487 Uncle Remus
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Dirty deeds done dirt cheap.

Mon, 10/10/2011 - 23:20 | 1759895 Akrunner907
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They ought to hand out that flier at the Occupy Wall Street event and see how the protesters react.

Mon, 10/10/2011 - 23:24 | 1759914 RockyRacoon
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Don't think that ZH is not being read and passed around amongst the participants!  Does that explain the surge in 4S sales?  Oh, wait, these folks are broke.   Just another brick in the wall.

Mon, 10/10/2011 - 23:50 | 1759986 SGS
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TALK ABOUT THE INFLATION! I thought the bar graph were the amount of sub prime loans handed out in those years!  lol

Tue, 10/11/2011 - 00:33 | 1760110 James-Morrison
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I woke up this morning and got myself a beer,

The future's uncertain and the end is always near…



Tue, 10/11/2011 - 05:32 | 1760337 jeff montanye
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ghosts crowd the young child's fragile egg shell mind -- blood will be born in the birth of a nation.

Mon, 10/10/2011 - 23:22 | 1759906 DormRoom
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well wallstreet is efficient.  1B over 20 years for 12 trillion in bailouts over the last 3.  That's good ROI.

Mon, 10/10/2011 - 23:36 | 1759952 GhostTrader
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Touché, salesman!

Tue, 10/11/2011 - 07:33 | 1760430 Zero Debt
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Just wait until the politicians find out that they have been packaged in tranches (prime, sub prime) and sold to investors around the world

Tue, 10/11/2011 - 00:08 | 1760040 Bananamerican
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"$1.18 Billion sure doesn't buy what it used to!"

It doesn't buy WHO it used to either...

Tue, 10/11/2011 - 00:21 | 1760074 redpill
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Speaking of which, I'm just shocked Ron Paul isn't on their list of big recipients.  I mean he's been in office for so long!  I wonder why they wouldn't contribute to him?

Tue, 10/11/2011 - 01:17 | 1760172 Jack Napier
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His family is in the wrong secret society, the Order of the Eastern Star. They just get the perks. Only Bonesmen, CFR, and Trilats get the contributions. Besides, he's suckered all the supposedly awakened people into donating so he doesn't need it.

Tue, 10/11/2011 - 01:41 | 1760194 faustian bargain
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Right, he's got soo much money to play with compared to the others. Not.

Tue, 10/11/2011 - 09:30 | 1760674 UBIGDummy
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Well, with Ron's 8 million dollar haul from 100,000 individual donors vs Perry is 17 mil from 20,000.  Ron sure knocked perry's teeth out and hence his spiral downfall.  Ron has no where to go but up. 

Just shows money isn't everything but how efficiently you use it.  BANG 4 DA BUCK!


Tue, 10/11/2011 - 06:16 | 1760349 FatFingered
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Although I am quite sure that Ron Paul's numbers are high, his money did not come from any Corporation's employees, families, and friends.  His money came in small amounts from grassroots people.  I think I saw recetly that he has roughly 10 times as many donors as Romney for the same amount.

Tue, 10/11/2011 - 08:06 | 1760490 11b40
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Yes.  More donors, rising in the polls, and he still can't get mentioned on TV.

Not an hour ago, I was watching some poll result that showed him in 3rd place.  They go down the list and talk about #1, #2, then skip #3 and go right to #4.  It's like he is invisible and they are afraid to mention his name.  It really is becoming humerous, and it's likely to backfire.  the more they do this, the more obvious it becomes.

This was almost 2 months ago, but nothing has changed.

Tue, 10/11/2011 - 08:54 | 1760588 saiybat
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It's deplorable that the costs of bribing our elected representatives keeps getting higher and higher. I have a modest proposal that we should outsource the jobs of politicians to China with free trade deals. Just think of the wasted money that goes to meaningless campaigns when Chang could work around the clock in a sweat committee for a fraction of the cost. It'd put the current politicians in the bread lines but it is free market and everybody likes free market.

Mon, 10/10/2011 - 22:51 | 1759787 PeterLemonJello
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Mon, 10/10/2011 - 23:30 | 1759928 DoChenRollingBearing
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Yes, a real rogues gallery, both donors and recipients.

Tue, 10/11/2011 - 07:40 | 1760444 Zero Debt
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And WTF is a market place such as CME (Chicago Mercantile Exchange) doing on this list?

What agenda does CME have? And is that agenda in the best interest of market participants and the public at large?

They made $7.9M in contributions and most of it is from their PAC, which is proportionally larger than for any other top contributor. It makes just as much sense as having a stock exchange such as NYSE or LSE as a political contributor. Somebody ought to check this further....

Mon, 10/10/2011 - 22:52 | 1759792 Fips_OnTheSpot
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Money makes the world go round *manic laughter*

Mon, 10/10/2011 - 23:31 | 1759932 DoChenRollingBearing
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Have a laugh and a green on me!

Mon, 10/10/2011 - 22:54 | 1759793 Au_Ag_CuPbCu
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F**k!  Let this whole thing cave in on Odumber's watch...

Mon, 10/10/2011 - 22:53 | 1759794 Two Towers AU AG
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Tyler Durden for President 2012.

Vote on the green button if you agree.. also spread the word.

Mon, 10/10/2011 - 22:54 | 1759805 Troll Magnet
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sorry. i'm voting for ron paul.

Mon, 10/10/2011 - 23:23 | 1759908 dumbfounded
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Yup probably the next best guy to TD. Someone needs to get word out to the occupy wallstreet guys that Ron Paul is probably the only shot they have at near term change. Alas the chart above also suggests that RP would need an overwhelming push from the grass roots to get through the primaries against TPTB, and he'd need it soon ! 

Mon, 10/10/2011 - 23:28 | 1759922 SilverIsKing
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I don't think OWS and RP are on the same page on most issues.  A few, yes, but most, no.

Mon, 10/10/2011 - 23:32 | 1759942 DoChenRollingBearing
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That would be my thinking as well.  But, I have NOT been to one of the demonstrations, and I hear conflicting things...

Mon, 10/10/2011 - 23:48 | 1759978 dumbfounded
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From what i've seen, and i havn't been to there either, i'd fully agree. One of the things that is a problem for OWS and other similar movements is that it's hard to say whether the majority is against free market capitalism per se or only against rigged market capitalism. I think that you could rally many more people around the latter ! Contrarily, mixing both makes it easy to discredit the entire movement as a bunch of leftist fanatics.

Tue, 10/11/2011 - 00:09 | 1760044 myne
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OWS and RP have a LOT more in common than either of them realise.

They are both on the lower end of the political compass.

Lower left and Lower right.

It's funny that they haven't realised that under RP's federal lower right policies, their states could implement lower left policies and the whole damn lot would work a lot better.

RP wants to gift the majority of the power back to the people at the local level, by dramatically cutting the federal government's size. This works perfectly with OWS, because frankly, the federal government cannot get the perspective required to solve all local issues or to achieve a national consensus.

OWS should support RP. Out of all the candidates including Obama, he's the only one that is totally genuine and comes closest to their goals.

Their liberal ideals can be implemented at the state level like say 'Romney care'. Once enough states have implemented similar programs, THEN some form of national administration will be appropriate.

I really hope they realise that despite having often opposing views, they've got a hell of a lot more in common with RP than any of the others who are all big government powermongers. Even the so called rest of the tea party are reactionist. They have no conviction, and they're likely to be sucked in by the powers that be as much as Obama has been.

When you're stuck between a rock and a hard place, pick a rock that's stable.

Tue, 10/11/2011 - 02:40 | 1760086 Reform1776
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Buddy Roemer already beat him to it.

GOP candidate Buddy Roemer backs "Occupy Wall Street"

" arguing in a statement that "money and politics has created institutional corruption" in America and that "both parties are guilty of taking the big check and are bought by Wall Street."

"has campaigned on an anti-special interest platform, and does not accept money from political action committees (PACs) or donations of more than $100."

"Herman Cain, who criticized the young people as un-American, ought to rethink it," Roemer said in his video statement. "You're wrong, Herman - this is as American as a civil rights march. This is as American as a revolution. The young people are speaking. We ought to listen."


Tue, 10/11/2011 - 08:11 | 1760495 11b40
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...which is exactly why most people have to say "Buddy who?".

He is even more ignored than Dr. Paul.

Tue, 10/11/2011 - 10:29 | 1760830 Phil Free
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Buddy Who? (What you said.)  Issat the new 'My Buddy' doll?

Mon, 10/10/2011 - 23:58 | 1760007 Stuck on Zero
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I think I found Ron Paul on the list: $0.02. 

Tue, 10/11/2011 - 09:37 | 1760683 rwe2late
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Troll Magnet

"voting for Ron Paul"?

Really? You expect him to be on the ballot?

Much more likely will be the usual limited choice between candidates officially endorsed by one of the Mafia crime families, that is to say, Democrat or Republican.

If by some quirk, Ron Paul is nominated by the Republicans, it would doubtless be because they have made him "an offer he can't refuse",

and if elected despite the MSM negative stereotyping of him, he will pull an "Obama", all "hope" and no "change" (except for the worse).

Tue, 10/11/2011 - 10:18 | 1760808 Abitdodgie
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I would love to vote for Ron Paul but if I redgester to vote I will have to start paying taxes so screw that, remember taxation without representation well it works the other way around too

Mon, 10/10/2011 - 22:53 | 1759796 Troll Magnet
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vote these fuckers OUT!!!

Tue, 10/11/2011 - 00:19 | 1760067 Harlequin001
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vote thse fuckers IN.

The damage has been done already, and I stand to make a fortune on my gold and silver when the correcting takes place. More they print, more I make, eventually, which puts me higher up the wealth ladder when everything and everyone else falls down.

Which is already inevitable and not my fault...

Tue, 10/11/2011 - 05:23 | 1760336 mjk0259
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If everything collapses, your gold and silver probably  won't be worth any more than now in terms of how much food you can buy except that you'll have a lot less types of  food to choose from. Many other things you can presently buy won't be availble at any price so you will be much poorer overall.

Tue, 10/11/2011 - 10:21 | 1760819 Abitdodgie
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I agree I don't even have to get out of bed to make money, why would we want them to fix anything . People who still think it can be are still living the American dream, because you have to be asleep to belive it

Tue, 10/11/2011 - 01:15 | 1760170 AmCockerSpaniel
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HOW? When both parties are on the take it's; Damn if we do, and Damn if we don't. May be the EU is a little better for the people than what we have here.

Click MP 3

Tue, 10/11/2011 - 08:54 | 1760594 Catch-22
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Jump you...

Mon, 10/10/2011 - 22:53 | 1759797 bill1102inf
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Thats it??? I thought BO was shooting for 1 BILLION just for his REelection campaign?

Mon, 10/10/2011 - 22:53 | 1759798 jomama
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corruption, bitchez

Mon, 10/10/2011 - 23:29 | 1759926 Real Estate Geek
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The graphic should show that $1.19 Trillion as an amount paid, rather than given

Tue, 10/11/2011 - 00:07 | 1760038 rocker
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This is nothing to what they will do this year.

Remember: Goldman Sachs rules the World.  And the Supreme Court has given them thier blessing.

Tue, 10/11/2011 - 00:14 | 1760058 DaveyJones
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You said it. When the supreme court handed that one down the game of even pretending was over

Tue, 10/11/2011 - 08:20 | 1760517 11b40
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Yep.  I told my wife when they took up this issue that if the court allowed these unfettered corporate bribes, it was game over for the America we grew up in.  It was all but gone anyway, but this was the nail in the coffin.

President = bought

Congress = bought

Supreme Court = consolidated/bought

The Press = consolidted/owned

Realy, the only hope for keeping the promise of America alive is right here on the web.  Don't expect it to last much longer.

Mon, 10/10/2011 - 22:55 | 1759806 colfaxcap
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womder what Obozo's contributions are gonna look like this time around?

He has already resorted to early bird specials and two for ones at his lame ass dinners

Mon, 10/10/2011 - 22:56 | 1759816 Melin
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Separate Economy and State

Mon, 10/10/2011 - 22:56 | 1759817 Seasmoke
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are you kidding me...........why the fuck is chuck schumer 5th highest on this list ...........he never ran for any higher office and he is a lock every 6 years......why does he need any money .......that fucker should be knocked the hell out......

Mon, 10/10/2011 - 23:06 | 1759851 Troll Magnet
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chuckster is a staunch supporter of israel, that's why.

Mon, 10/10/2011 - 23:10 | 1759868 Iriestx
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And the banks.  Jews and the banks.

Mon, 10/10/2011 - 23:18 | 1759890 Troll Magnet
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aren't they one and the same?

Mon, 10/10/2011 - 23:34 | 1759931 knukles
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Chuckie is the Protector Extroidanaire of the Money Manipulators.
For example, some years ago (I think it was around the 2008 elections and the First Great Lehman) he called for taxes on Private Equity and Hegdeies to be modified so as to tax what is essentially normal earned income at normal income tax rates rather than as carried interests/cap gains, etc., and proposed an additional slew of New and Improved Financial Economic Restructurings in Order to Reign in Excesses in Finance. 
(Sound Familiar?)
Well, so in essence he blackmailed his own constituency to contribute more money to Him so as to Ensure that Those Terrible New Innovations (Like them paying more taxes) Never Got Passed.  (Another wag's terminology for that time.)
And like when Rubinstein back in the good olde Prohibition days took an additional 10% cut off the top from some scam he already protected, told the boys paying up that the reason they should choke up is that if they didn't they'd just plain fucking choke.  And that they survived another day is why he was fucking valuable to them. (Smiles)

That's fucking why.
One Wag Called it Extortion.

Mon, 10/10/2011 - 23:37 | 1759955 DoChenRollingBearing
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Correct.  He and Dodd.

Tue, 10/11/2011 - 00:31 | 1760107 Reform1776
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Mon, 10/10/2011 - 23:49 | 1759981 Omen IV
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he collects money for all the congressional races in usa for DNC

Tue, 10/11/2011 - 00:57 | 1760147 SpeakerFTD
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Chuck Schumer is the Saul Goodman of Congress.

Another Goldman Indictment?   "Better Call Chuck!"


Tue, 10/11/2011 - 07:44 | 1760449 j0nx
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ROFL. Nice analogy.

Mon, 10/10/2011 - 23:08 | 1759820 Mercury
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Well at the end of the day we have (almost) no one to blame but ourselves. 

Complacency bitcheeezz.

It's not like it's hard to fathom the incentive.

What other ~$38mm investment (spread over 21 years no less) can generate anywhere near the same ROI?

Mon, 10/10/2011 - 23:38 | 1759958 DoChenRollingBearing
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I see that so rarely mentioned here at ZH.  We share the blame in part.

Mon, 10/10/2011 - 23:46 | 1759973 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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So, let's act.

Occupy the streets and send the message.

End the Fed

And of course....


Tue, 10/11/2011 - 00:28 | 1760096 DoChenRollingBearing
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Well, I'll stay off the streets (except when mounted onto wheel axles).  But, I will buy gold and silver and contribute to Ron Paul.

End the Fed.

Mon, 10/10/2011 - 22:57 | 1759821 colfaxcap
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ever wnder why the politicians enter congress poor, and leave with several multi million dollar townhouses? look. no further than the above graphic. corrupt scum

Mon, 10/10/2011 - 23:49 | 1759980 Caggge
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The interesting thing for their campaigns is how that money is spent. Hire your wife, son, daughter, or relative as an advisor for big dollars. I think Meghan McCain "worked" on her fathers team. Maybe, one of the only recent college graduates to actually get a job.

Mon, 10/10/2011 - 23:53 | 1759996 Caggge
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More to the fact, Sarah Palin has made more money pretending to run for President than she would ever make being paid on main street. Anyone think Newt is running for anything other than to line his pockets? Running for President of the United States shouldn't be a career opportunity. It should be for protecting the freedoms that our forefathers put their lives on the line to obtain.

Mon, 10/10/2011 - 22:58 | 1759822 AndrewJackson
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Considering wall street has earned trillions in bailouts and subsidies throughout that timeframe, that 1 billion dollar figure seems absurdly samall. A 10,000% ROI is pretty darn good. Even buffet would have a hard time finding enough BAC's to beat that.

Tue, 10/11/2011 - 00:34 | 1760113 Reform1776
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Just a cost of doing business, write it off and keep going.

Tue, 10/11/2011 - 11:00 | 1760950 rwe2late
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We have been only looking at the officially reported payoffs here.

The politicians embarrasingly discovered  with an unreported stash in the freezer, or with blantant traceable payoffs from contractors are only the tip of the iceberg. They are, of necessity, sacrificed from time to time for appearances sake, for the good of the "team".  Insider trading is a routine acceptable and profitable practice for politicians, to say nothing of their after-office paid speaking engagements, consulting, and board of directors chairs.


Mon, 10/10/2011 - 23:00 | 1759829 LongSoupLine
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We HAVE GOT to do our part to ensure this data goes mega-viral. I am forwarding to all I know.

Mon, 10/10/2011 - 23:09 | 1759862 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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It would be cool to print it blown up big to put on a sign, or just hand out fliers with this graph at a rally.  People respond well to hard data.

Mon, 10/10/2011 - 23:34 | 1759947 chindit13
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People respond to iconoclastic images even more.  Why not combine GW’s not-so-tongue-in-cheek suggestion with a little WB7 artwork and create posters of Obama with NASCAR-type stickers that are both corporate logos and the dollar contribution he received from them.  Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan, etc., with a title at the top:

Obama:  The Best President Wall Street Ever Bought

Put a dozen of those in the crowd and at least Fox would give it mega-coverage.

Mon, 10/10/2011 - 23:02 | 1759831 WatchnSee
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Lets see the last 6 yrs...since the Dems took the house.

Mon, 10/10/2011 - 23:31 | 1759930 Real Estate Geek
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With all due respect, you're missing the point.

Mon, 10/10/2011 - 23:42 | 1759968 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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Is the point that Kitty Harriman really liked to bake cookies?

Mon, 10/10/2011 - 23:03 | 1759838 Unprepared
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Legal Corruption in plain sight. We are untouchable bitchez

Mon, 10/10/2011 - 23:04 | 1759843 SilverIsKing
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The banks always use their resources to buy whatever they need.  The latest example is J.P. Morgan's contribution to the NYPD.

Mon, 10/10/2011 - 23:04 | 1759844 sasebo
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Think they might pray for some more campaign contributions when they're in the throws of death.

Mon, 10/10/2011 - 23:06 | 1759846 Ura Bonehead
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And that's just the money for candidates.  What 'til you get a load of the under-the-table money and promised jobs for life heeped upon folks at the FDIC, SEC, Fed, Treasury, RTC/FSLIC (in their day), FDA, NASD/FINRA...

A billion here, a billion there... Pretty soon you have some pretty favorable legislation and lax regulatory oversight.

Mon, 10/10/2011 - 23:09 | 1759852 bob_dabolina
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Wouldn't that be some shit? 

He supports #occupywallstreet. Lets set up some tents in the rose garden and have the population of DC hangout there.

Mon, 10/10/2011 - 23:10 | 1759871 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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They would arrest you within minutes.

Mon, 10/10/2011 - 23:22 | 1759886 bob_dabolina
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But why? 

The government is just as responsible as Wallstreet. (research "the community reinvestment act") along with DONK and every other abortion that comes out of DC

He supports this kind of thing. He should have no problem with it, hell maybe he'll raise taxes on the millionaires to pay for it. 

Mon, 10/10/2011 - 23:35 | 1759951 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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Because they always arrest protesters outside of the WH. 

Yes, it is true, Obama is a hypocrite.

Mon, 10/10/2011 - 23:40 | 1759964 DoChenRollingBearing
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Great dialog...  Green for Mr Lennon and Bob D

Mon, 10/10/2011 - 23:59 | 1759997 bob_dabolina
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Obama talks a fat teleprompter. 

Heaven forbid he is held accountable for his corruption. That would be racist. 

Mon, 10/10/2011 - 23:10 | 1759865 Bolweevil
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Mon, 10/10/2011 - 23:13 | 1759878 YesWeKahn
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Comparing to 700 billion TARP, that's a piece of cake.

Mon, 10/10/2011 - 23:29 | 1759927 brandy night rocks
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Yep, I had the same thought.

$1.1B returns $300B TARP and $787B 'stimulus', just in the last few periods.  This is EMILY's list with monster, mutant, massively genetically-engineered yeast.

Mon, 10/10/2011 - 23:14 | 1759882 alien-IQ
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if you think these numbers are big...just wait a couple of years. the next few years will get truly disgusting thanks to the supreme courts disastrous citizens united ruling that grants corporations the right to make unlimited political contributions.

in a few short years we'll look back at this graph and use it as a comparison of how "little" corporations used to give.

why would a politician work at raising money $100 at a time from the people when he/she could just whore himself out to one corporation for one big fat check?

these motherfuckers should be required to wear logos on their jackets so we can all know who bought them.

these aren't competing political parties...they're competing whore houses.

Mon, 10/10/2011 - 23:20 | 1759898 Wannabee
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Thumbs up for the logos on the jackets.

Mon, 10/10/2011 - 23:28 | 1759923 pauhana
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I thought "whore house" was one word.  Yunno, like slaughterhouse?

Mon, 10/10/2011 - 23:58 | 1760008 erg
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Scarlet letter bitchez!

Tue, 10/11/2011 - 00:24 | 1760081 DaveyJones
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Its a strange whorehouse and the worst part is even though they never let us in we still pay the price

Tue, 10/11/2011 - 00:30 | 1760100 lunaticfringe
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loved this comment alien IQ, mind if I steal it?

Mon, 10/10/2011 - 23:34 | 1759948 GhostTrader
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Touche, salesman!

Mon, 10/10/2011 - 23:37 | 1759954 devo
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Mon, 10/10/2011 - 23:47 | 1759974 Vuvuzela
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The network of global corporate control

pdf presentation on top right

Mon, 10/10/2011 - 23:52 | 1759977 SumSUN
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No info for JPM?

Have they more important things (silver shorts) to fund that they couldn't place top ten?

Mon, 10/10/2011 - 23:57 | 1760004 zorba THE GREEK
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If I hit the lottery, I'm gonna buy me a politician.

Tue, 10/11/2011 - 00:36 | 1760103 Incubus
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They cost too damn much, man.  Western ones, do, at least.  You can probably buy a nice older eastern politician (excluding japanese) for a fraction of the cost. 


And anyway, they already help themselves to your winnings through taxes, and you'd want to toss more to them? 


I'd rather just donate the money to dog shit research.

Mon, 10/10/2011 - 23:59 | 1760010 drwillia
Tue, 10/11/2011 - 00:02 | 1760020 Caviar Emptor
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The Nobel prize committee was expected to turn their backs on the free marketeers of the Chicago school, in favour of academics more interested in active policymaking, and they lived up to that expectation.

Awarding the Nobel prize for economics to Christopher Sims and Thomas Sargent on Monday was a (temporary?) thumbs down to those academics who since the prize's inauguration in 1968, have dominated with their promotion of the "invisible hand" theory of economics.

Tue, 10/11/2011 - 03:43 | 1760298 richard in norway
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the nobel prize for economics is a fake, it has nothing to do with the nobel institue

Tue, 10/11/2011 - 00:03 | 1760025 Paul Bogdanich
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What a bunch of looser readers and comments.  Bitichez indeed.

Tue, 10/11/2011 - 00:12 | 1760042 bob_dabolina
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If you're going to insult people at least spell "bitchez" correctly.'s loser, not looser.


Tue, 10/11/2011 - 00:30 | 1760105 DoChenRollingBearing
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Tue, 10/11/2011 - 00:21 | 1760077 lizzy36
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Why exactly did you read all the "looser" comments, if you felt them beneath you?

Because not like you are contributing anything other than proving you are unable to spell and/or type.

Tue, 10/11/2011 - 01:38 | 1760184 bob_dabolina
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Don't bait me. 

That's high school shit.

Unless you are 18 or older don't challenge me, you seem much younger.

Tue, 10/11/2011 - 01:34 | 1760187 Setarcos
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What the hell are you doing in ZH?

Too thick to notice that you do not belong here?

Tue, 10/11/2011 - 00:18 | 1760066 lizzy36
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Financial services are the largest contributers to 60% of all congresspeople.

Elections are just another word for auctions.

Make no mistake it matter not what name or party takes the title of President.

It is not a democracy. It is a bought and paid for service position.

Tue, 10/11/2011 - 00:26 | 1760084 bob_dabolina
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What's your point?

$$$ rules the world. 

When has it ever been different? Welcome to life.

Tue, 10/11/2011 - 03:54 | 1760243 BlackholeDivestment
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ZARDOZ Says, ''the gun is good''.

...uh, you meant ''death'' rules the fallen world. Funny how human slaughter begins with the elder of man. Then again, what is time unmarked by death but the elder of man, whom is fallen without mercy the devouring black hole and claim of dominion? The root of all evil declares the love of money. The root of money is death. Nobody can buy sell or trade without the mark of death which is declaring the new world order bottomless pit.

Tue, 10/11/2011 - 00:21 | 1760075 Reform1776
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Tue, 10/11/2011 - 10:58 | 1760942 Phil Free
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The candidate sponsored by Comedy Central .. cue the 'My Buddy' commercial theme.

Tue, 10/11/2011 - 00:25 | 1760089 Scalaris
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Peak Democracy

Tue, 10/11/2011 - 00:32 | 1760099 reader2010
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Welcome to 


Inverted totalitarianism.


Tue, 10/11/2011 - 00:36 | 1760115 Scalaris
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Ok, Financial Democracy then.

Tue, 10/11/2011 - 01:56 | 1760203 Johnk
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Brilliant graphs.

Tue, 10/11/2011 - 02:18 | 1760221 pcrs
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When you have a group of violence based wealth extractors in your mids, the buying of their services is only a logical and inevitable consequence. It is pointless to fight the inevitable effects of such a monopoly. Strike the root:the monopoly which sells YOU.

Tue, 10/11/2011 - 02:38 | 1760238 AnAnonymous
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Extorting the weak works. That is the unknow lesson given out of the US unique experiment. Worth all the resources that have been guzzled by the US world order.

Nobody knew that extortion works before. Greatest discovery ever.

Tue, 10/11/2011 - 02:49 | 1760251 pcrs
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I'm sorry, but extorting the weak has been done since the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans. Slavery is pretty old and was not discovered by the US gvt.

Tue, 10/11/2011 - 02:36 | 1760237 chump666
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HK and China are buying USD's (short covering) again...and Shanghai has gone neg.

And we worry about a micro country like Greece?

C'mon Germans time to panic.


Tue, 10/11/2011 - 02:39 | 1760239 AnAnonymous
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Where is that US citizen who leant toward the other end, that WS was victim of politicians?

Conveniently AWOL.

Tue, 10/11/2011 - 03:04 | 1760248 doomz78
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without banks we would be lost.  Good people. Using the peoples money to blow up the world with toxic assets and propping up leaders that don't have any clue about economics or world politics.    I can see why they are afraid of Ron Paul.  He can't be bought.  And he would or I hope he would regulate the banks and their capital requirements.   Maybe even put limits on the Derivatives market ... "ohhh, the injustice".  The banks would cry!!! 

This would slow down the mass fraud of making bad bets and then getting the public to bail them out as if they are doing us a favour. 

Tue, 10/11/2011 - 03:06 | 1760271 pcrs
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The eternal naive hope of an uncorruptable overlord, the dream of good coercers, war mongers and thieves that are unfortunately misled by evil banksters, will it ever end?

People who put a gun to your head and take most of your income, are not stupid, nor is it the problem that they don't understand economics.

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