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Bully Pulpit

The term "bully pulpit" stems from President Theodore Roosevelt's reference to the White House as a "bully pulpit," meaning a terrific platform from which to persuasively advocate an agenda. Roosevelt often used the word "bully" as an adjective meaning superb/wonderful. The Bully Pulpit features news, reasoned discourse, opinion and some humor.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Red flag rising

From 1813 to 1907, the U.S. dollar appreciated in value. What cost one dollar in 1813 cost only 48 cents in 1907. In 1913, the Federal Reserve was formed, ostensibly to provide financial stability and "fight inflation." Since then, the value of a dollar has all but vanished, as what cost one dollar in 1913 cost $20.73 in 2007; the dollar has lost 95.2 percent of its value under management of the Fed.

But at least the central bankers are keeping the financial system stable, right? Hardly. Although the Drudge Report is again reporting that the Paulson plan is on go-ahead, this time with some added provisions that are supposed to make the deal more palatable to American politicians, if not American taxpayers, the reality is that whatever is being done almost surely will not avert the coming economic cataclysm for long. This injection of liquidity into the system may alleviate the symptoms temporarily, but since the core problem was caused by excess liquidity in the first place, it cannot possibly be the solution. Still, a crash tomorrow is arguably better than a crash today; it's understandable if the politicians facing re-election in five weeks time would rather not face an electorate more in the mood for pitchforks than polls.

Vox Day

The only thing the Congress should be doing about this is sitting on its hands. Let these idiot bankers who made all these dumbass loans fail. They deserve it, and it's healthy for the financial system. This bailout is like going through your corn crop and cutting down everything but the plants that are full of worms and rot. Whichever CEOs and directors decided to make policy based on providing loans to people who have no business getting loans should end up destitute. In fact, I sincerely hope every single one of them ends up living under a freeway overpass somewhere with everything they own in a shopping cart.

But no, the Republicrats and the Demopublicans will bail their banker buddies out somehow. Hide and watch it happen.


Anonymous Rush Limbaugh said...

From RushLimbaugh.com:

"When the government fails to pass a socialism bill and the market goes south, let it go south."

Tuesday, September 30, 2008 8:38:00 AM  

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