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They're Stealing from You and Me -- Where's the Outrage?
« on: October 06, 2008, 06:21:14 am »
They're Stealing from You and Me -- Where's the Outrage?

It wasn't their money Wall Street was playing with. It was ours.

By Garrison Keillor, International Herald Tribune
Posted on October 6, 2008, Printed on October 6, 2008
http://www.alternet.org/story/101694/



Where were the cops?

It's just human nature that some calamities register in the brain and others don't. The train engineer texting at the throttle ("HOW R U? C U L8R") and missing the red light and 25 people die in the crash -- oh God, that is way too real -- everyone has had a moment of supreme stupidity that came close to killing somebody. Even atheists say a little prayer now and then: Dear God, I am an idiot, thank you for protecting my children.

On the other hand, the America's federal bailout of the financial market (yawn) is a calamity that people accept as if it were just one more hurricane. An air of crisis, the secretary of the Treasury striding down a hall at the Capitol with minions in his wake, solemn-faced congressmen at the microphones. Something must be done, harrumph harrumph.

The Current Occupant pops out of the cuckoo clock and reads a few lines off a piece of paper, pronouncing all the words correctly. And the newscaster looks into the camera and says, "Etaoin shrdlu qwertyuiop."

Where is the outrage?

Poor Senator Larry Craig got a truckload of moral condemnation for tapping his wingtips in the men's john, but his party proposes to spend 5 percent of the GDP to buy up bad loans made by men who walk away with their fortunes intact while retirees see their 401(k) go pffffffff like a defunct air mattress, and it's business as usual.

John McCain is a lifelong deregulator and believer in letting brokers and bankers do as they please -- remember Lincoln Savings and Loan and his intervention with federal regulators in behalf of his friend Charles Keating, who then went to prison? Remember Neil Bush, the brother of the C.O., who, as a director of Silverado S&L, bestowed enormous loans on his friends without telling fellow directors that the friends were friends and who, when the loans failed, paid a small fine and went skipping off to other things?

McCain now decries greed on Wall Street and suggests a commission be formed to look into the problem. This is like Casanova coming out for chastity.

Confident men took leave of common sense and bet on the idea of perpetual profit in the real estate market and crashed. But it wasn't their money. It was your money they were messing with. And that's why we need government regulators. Gimlet-eyed men with steel-rim glasses and crepe-soled shoes who check the numbers and have the power to say, "This is a scam and a hustle and either you cease and desist or you spend a few years in a minimum-security federal facility playing backgammon."

The Republican Party used to specialize in gimlet-eyed, steel-rim, crepe-soled common sense and then it was taken over by crooked preachers who demand Americans trust them because they're packing a Bible and God sent them on a mission to enact lower taxes, less government. Except when things crash, and then government has to pick up the pieces.

Some say the tab might come to a trillion dollars. Nobody knows. And McCain has not one moment of doubt or regret. He switches from First Deregulation Church to Our Lady of Strict Vigilance like you might go from decaf to latte. Where is the straight talk? Does the man have no conscience?

It wasn't their money they were playing with. It was yours. Where were the cops?

What we are seeing is the stuff of a novel, the public corruption of an American war hero. It is painful.

First, there was McCain's exploitation of a symbolic woman, an eager zealot who is so far out of her depth that it isn't funny anymore. Anyone with a heart has to hurt for how McCain has made a fool of her. Never mind the persistent cheesiness of his attack ads. And now this chasm of debt and loss and the gentleman pretends to be shocked. He was there. He turned out the lights. He sent the regulators home.

McCain seems willing to say anything, do anything, to get to the White House so he can go to war with Iran. If he needs to recline naked in a department store window, he would do that, or eat live chickens, or claim to be a reformer. Obviously you can fool a lot of people for a while and maybe he can stretch it out until mid-November. But the truth is marching on. A few true conservatives led the charge against the bailout. Good for them. But how about admitting that their cowboy economic philosophy was at fault here?

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Garrison Keillor is the author of a new Lake Wobegon novel, "Liberty."

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Re: They're Stealing from You and Me -- Where's the Outrage?
« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2008, 06:51:29 am »



Dehumanization   100% complete.

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VIDEO - You were robbed by the bailout
« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2008, 07:12:11 am »
$700 Billion Bailout LAW - YOU WERE ROBBED

(10mins)
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=Zf2ijxsBcz0


Are we headed for an economic depression? Probably. Here are the FACTS on the market's reaction to the bill's progress; the mainstream media is (again) lying to you. Facts, figures and charts galore.

Oh, and what you must do next.

This video needs to be seen by everyone in America. Yes, I know, its 10 minutes. But its 10 minutes that anyone with a 401k, Pension or IRA should be willing to spend. Send it around, then keep checking at http://fedupusa.org and http://supportedthebailout.org for updates.
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Re: They're Stealing from You and Me -- Where's the Outrage?
« Reply #3 on: October 06, 2008, 07:44:02 am »

The days of feeding pablum to the masses are ended, they are now using the tazer.
They, the so called Government, turned their back on the people of this nation.
A dictatorship has been established, they don't even attempt to swoon the people with rhetoric, they simply tell them, this is what we are going to do, if you don't agree eat shiite and die.

If you peons stand up to our goverment rather than keep your mouth shut and be a good little worm, it will be obvious to us that you are a terrorist sympathizer, or perhaps even a homegrown terrorist. We will save our people from these anrchistic lot, Homeland does have their dossiers and will round them up, we will keep Americans safe. Leave it to your Governement, simply pay your taxes, complete you involuntary servitude, and go to our wars for God and country. Either you are with us, or aganst us GWB.

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Re: They're Stealing from You and Me -- Where's the Outrage?
« Reply #4 on: October 06, 2008, 08:03:27 am »



 There is no outrage because over 95% of the people are ASLEEP.  Until the NWO turns off their electricity and stops putting food in the grocery stores, they will not wake up!
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Re: They're Stealing from You and Me -- Where's the Outrage?
« Reply #5 on: October 06, 2008, 08:19:26 am »
As long as the chinese keep playing along, the US will be fine...they gotta stock those walmarts and lend us money to buy their junk...If the chinese ever called in the debt?..well; different story.
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Re: They're Stealing from You and Me -- Where's the Outrage?
« Reply #6 on: October 06, 2008, 03:06:41 pm »
they hide under the cloak of national security  to commit crimes that endanger national security - go figure. Sounds like treason.

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Re: They're Stealing from You and Me -- Where's the Outrage?
« Reply #7 on: October 06, 2008, 03:37:13 pm »
Good Summary: The Fleecing of America -- from bailout to military spending

http://forum.prisonplanet.com/index.php?topic=63251.0

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Re: They're Stealing from You and Me -- Where's the Outrage?
« Reply #8 on: October 09, 2008, 09:34:19 am »
Good afternoon, they really know us by heart.
http://www.reuters.com/article/domesticNews/idUSTRE48T4VC20080930

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Re: They're Stealing from You and Me -- Where's the Outrage?
« Reply #9 on: October 09, 2008, 09:49:16 am »


 There is no outrage because over 95% of the people are ASLEEP.  Until the NWO turns off their electricity and stops putting food in the grocery stores, they will not wake up!

they won't wake up then!
"It's because of those crooked Democrats!"
"It's because of those crooked Republicans!"
"It's because of those crooked Zionists!"
"It's because of those crooked ..."

Never "It's because we let them get away with being crooks!"

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Re: They're Stealing from You and Me -- Where's the Outrage?
« Reply #10 on: October 09, 2008, 09:55:11 am »
they won't wake up then!
"It's because of those crooked Democrats!"
"It's because of those crooked Republicans!"
"It's because of those crooked Zionists!"
"It's because of those crooked ..."

Never "It's because we let them get away with being crooks!"
+ a big one!
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