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Sonia Sotomayor - Do You Want An Affirmative Action Judge? Before Sotomayor's confirmation hearings begin, the Supreme Court probably will overturn a ruling she supported on the 2nd Circuit — the propriety of New Haven, Conn., canceling fire department promotions because there were no African-Americans (although there was a Hispanic) among the 18 firemen the selection test made eligible for promotion. A three-judge panel of 2nd Circuit judges, including Sotomayor, affirmed a district court's dismissal of the firemen's complaint, doing so in a perfunctory and unpublished order that acknowledged none of the large constitutional questions involved. Stuart Taylor of the National Journal calls this "a process so peculiar as to fan suspicions that some or all of the judges were embarrassed by the ugliness of the actions that they were blessing and were trying to sweep the case quietly under the rug, perhaps to avoid Supreme Court review or public criticism, or both." Taylor says that when "the circuit's more conservative judges got wind of the case," they sought to have it reheard by the full 2nd Circuit. They failed but successfully argued that the Supreme Court should take the case. Taylor has also noted this from a Sotomayor speech to a Hispanic group: "I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion (as a judge) than a white male who hasn't lived that life." Says Taylor, "Imagine the reaction if someone had unearthed in 2005 a speech in which then-Judge Samuel Alito had asserted, for example: 'I would hope that a white male with the richness of his traditional American values would reach a better conclusion than a Latina woman who hasn't lived that life' — and had proceeded to speak of 'inherent physiological or cultural differences.'" Such a perspective on race based decision making is not the sort of Change we had hoped would come from candidate Obama.
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Obama Abandons Israel. In the speech Obama gave in Cairo on 6/4/09 he said the following of the Palestinian people "They endure the daily humiliations - large and small - that come with occupation. So let there be no doubt: the situation for the Palestinian people is intolerable." The blame for their suffering, within the larger body of the text, lay at the feet of Israel. While I am sure that this speech went over well with Muslims it was a slap in the fact to Israelis who have endured decades of terrorist attach and wars aimed at exterminating the Jewish people. Some of us in this world still remember the recent years of Palestinians launching thousands of rockets at Israel, rockets provided to them with funds from the rest of the Muslim world. We recall the Palestinians freely electing a terrorist organization to run their territory. These are the same people who who cheered Iraqi rocket attacks into Israel and are by & large the main cannon fodder for terrorists who have murdered Israelis for decades. Mr.. Obama has now clearly abandoned Israel. How Mr. Obama carried 85+% of the Jewish vote in this country, when he seems hell bent on making existence difficult for Israel, is quite the mystery.
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Sonia Sotomayor Affirmative Action Judge Before Sotomayor's confirmation hearings begin, the Supreme Court probably will overturn a ruling she supported on the 2nd Circuit — the propriety of New Haven, Conn., canceling fire department promotions because there were no African-Americans (although there was a Hispanic) among the 18 firemen the selection test made eligible for promotion. A three-judge panel of 2nd Circuit judges, including Sotomayor, affirmed a district court's dismissal of the firemen's complaint, doing so in a perfunctory and unpublished order that acknowledged none of the large constitutional questions involved. Stuart Taylor of the National Journal calls this "a process so peculiar as to fan suspicions that some or all of the judges were embarrassed by the ugliness of the actions that they were blessing and were trying to sweep the case quietly under the rug, perhaps to avoid Supreme Court review or public criticism, or both." Taylor says that when "the circuit's more conservative judges got wind of the case," they sought to have it reheard by the full 2nd Circuit. They failed but successfully argued that the Supreme Court should take the case. Taylor has also noted this from a Sotomayor speech to a Hispanic group: "I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion (as a judge) than a white male who hasn't lived that life." Says Taylor, "Imagine the reaction if someone had unearthed in 2005 a speech in which then-Judge Samuel Alito had asserted, for example: 'I would hope that a white male with the richness of his traditional American values would reach a better conclusion than a Latina woman who hasn't lived that life' — and had proceeded to speak of 'inherent physiological or cultural differences.'" Such a perspective on race based decision making is not the sort of Change we had hoped would come from candidate Obama.
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Union Free Big 3 - Give It A Try Big Chu Those telling you to not sign petitions to place Right To Work on the ballot are union lackeys. Right To Work is all about free speech as well as your right to independence and your Constitutional right to freedom of association. It would allow workers to be free both to join unions and to refrain from joining unions. This would prevent unions from being able to force employers to include clauses in their union contracts which require all employees to either join the union, or pay union dues as a condition of employment. Of course "forced union dues" are used to support political causes & one particular Party, causes & a party which many union members may oppose so of course the "free thinking" unions don't want you to vote for this. Had the auto companies been free of the blackmail of the Unions they could have shed costs and survived. It worked during the Great Depression! The taxpayers would not have had to go into debt at the Democrats request to try to stave off bankruptcy. The Government would not then have had to engineer a bankruptcy that trampled on the rights of Auto Dealers & Bond Holders or violated free trade agreements in order to smooth over the lie they told Unions & their dependent communities last fall about the lack of need for bankruptcy in the first place. The cost of the Democrats need to apologize to the Union was to hand over control & ownership to them of the very companies they drove into the grave.
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Why Auto Bankruptcy Won't Work The Republicans demanded no money be spent from the public tax coffers to prop up the Big 3. They said that based on the financials, contracts & the business model before them they should be made to go through bankruptcy so they could rewrite their contracts to come out lean and strong. The Democrats resisted and in the end the Big 3 went into bankruptcy anyways. The difference in the two approaches is that the Democrats did not understand economics in the first place and they ended up shoving through a bankruptcy that a) gave control to the unions & government , b) they were willing to trample on the contractual rights of bondholders & blackmail Tarp Fund beholden banks to do so and c ) flushed the companies management ranks so that no one is left to run the damned things. Prior to Unions & government intervention, the auto companies cut wages, closed plants and survived everything even the Great Depression. Unfortunately, this time, because their variable costs were fixed by unions and the government they could not do that as they faced open competition the past 40 years and finally this Fannie Mae Freddie Mac governmental grown financial crisis. Right now only the Democrats, Obama, His team, his hand picked auto czars, think this "bankruptcy" scenario will work and when they are proven wrong, we can only say we told you so and hope that next you will listen to those who understand how the business & the economy actually works.
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Pelosi getting it wrong on publishing terror interrogation documents, failing to recall she was briefed, leading Obama down the primrose path on releasing all that data, not in the interest of the US and likely to cause riot deaths in the muslim world let alone be a propaganda tool for Al Queda Muslims borders on the insane or the treasonous. The fact that only Cheney speaking out led to the Obama about face on these issues was very tellingn as to obamas inexperience and his teams inability advise or direct him sensibly.
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Pelosi wearing that hajib says it all don't it.
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Why Auto Bankruptcy Won't Work The Republicans demanded no money be spent from the public tax coffers to prop up the Big 3. They said that based on the financials, contracts & the business model before them they should be made to go through bankruptcy so they could rewrite their contracts to come out lean and strong. The Democrats resisted and in the end the Big 3 went into bankruptcy anyways. The difference in the two approaches is that the Democrats did not understand economics in the first place and they ended up shoving through a bankruptcy that a) gave control to the unions & government , b) they were willing to trample on the contractual rights of bondholders & blackmail Tarp Fund beholden banks to do so and c ) flushed the companies management ranks so that no one is left to run the damned things. Prior to Unions & government intervention, the auto companies cut wages, closed plants and survived everything even the Great Depression. Unfortunately, this time, because their variable costs were fixed by unions and the government they could not do that as they faced open competition the past 40 years and finally this Fannie Mae Freddie Mac governmental grown financial crisis. Right now only the Democrats think this "bankruptcy" scenario will work and when they are proven wrong, we can only say we told you so and hope that next you will listen to those who understand how the business & the economy actually works.
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Union Free Big Three! Those telling you to not sign petitions to place Right To Work on the ballot are union lackeys. Right To Work is all about free speech as well as your right to independence and your Constitutional right to freedom of association. It would allow workers to be free both to join unions and to refrain from joining unions. This would prevent unions from being able to force employers to include clauses in their union contracts which require all employees to either join the union, or pay union dues as a condition of employment. Of course "forced union dues" are used to support political causes & one particular Party, causes & a party which many union members may oppose so of course the "free thinking" unions don't want you to vote for this. Had the auto companies been free of the blackmail of the Unions they could have shed costs and survived. It worked during the Great Depression! The taxpayers would not have had to go into debt at the Democrats request to try to stave off bankruptcy. The Government would not then have had to engineer a bankruptcy that trampled on the rights of Auto Dealers & Bond Holders or violated free trade agreements in order to smooth over the lie they told Unions & their dependent communities last fall about the lack of need for bankruptcy in the first place. The cost of the Democrats need to apologize to the Union was to hand over control & ownership to them of the very companies they drove into the grave.
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Sonia Sotomayor Simply Judge Her Words And Deeds Before Sotomayor's confirmation hearings begin, the Supreme Court probably will overturn a ruling she supported on the 2nd Circuit — the propriety of New Haven, Conn., canceling fire department promotions because there were no African-Americans (although there was a Hispanic) among the 18 firemen the selection test made eligible for promotion. A three-judge panel of 2nd Circuit judges, including Sotomayor, affirmed a district court's dismissal of the firemen's complaint, doing so in a perfunctory and unpublished order that acknowledged none of the large constitutional questions involved. Stuart Taylor of the National Journal calls this "a process so peculiar as to fan suspicions that some or all of the judges were embarrassed by the ugliness of the actions that they were blessing and were trying to sweep the case quietly under the rug, perhaps to avoid Supreme Court review or public criticism, or both." Taylor says that when "the circuit's more conservative judges got wind of the case," they sought to have it reheard by the full 2nd Circuit. They failed but successfully argued that the Supreme Court should take the case. Taylor has also noted this from a Sotomayor speech to a Hispanic group: "I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion (as a judge) than a white male who hasn't lived that life." Says Taylor, "Imagine the reaction if someone had unearthed in 2005 a speech in which then-Judge Samuel Alito had asserted, for example: 'I would hope that a white male with the richness of his traditional American values would reach a better conclusion than a Latina woman who hasn't lived that life' — and had proceeded to speak of 'inherent physiological or cultural differences.'" Such a perspective on race based decision making is not the sort of Change we had hoped would come from candidate Obama.
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Obama Deficits = Recession Later While barely none of the Stimulus plan has been spent, the US economy is turning around. The US economy would have turned around whether the stimulus had been offered anyways! Governmental shoring up of the financial industry, begun under the Bush Administration, was unpleasant but did provide for market stabilization. Going beyond that to a stimulus was unnecessary The Stimulus will now begin to flow into the economy, overinflating supply and demand. We will likely see a temporary increase in economic activity while the value of the dollar drops, pushing up inflation and then pulling us into an unnecessary second round of recession. The question is whether the electorate with catch on to Obama's, coincidentally 4 year deficit spending. You see, by stretching it out to 4 years, he may be able to keep the economy going until after he is re-elected. In the end, he will have taken the nations deficit from a historical total of 12 trillion to 17 trillion. In 4 years, he will also have tripled the deficits run by the Bush Administration in 8 years. We will be spending 2 times more than we take in and that will devalue the dollar boosting inflation and send us into a tail spin. The price for the artificial recovery and Obama's presumed re-election effort will be massive deficits, increased interest payments on the deficit, a devalued dollar and an even greater economic crisis down the road.
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Alternative Energy = Duplication The promise of Wind, Solar or Crop based alternative energies seem like the answer to our dependence on foreign oil and global warming. Unfortunately, there ain't no free lunch. If you tried to go to crop based energies you increase the cost of food worldwide and your power source is subject to droughts or other climate based calamities. If you opt for Wind or Solar power you have to have a back up power system in place for when the sun doesn't shine or the wind doesn't blow. That back up power system would have to be large enough to generate at least 2/3 to all of your power during various times of the year when alternative energy cannot meet our demand. That complete duplicate back up system, sitting idle most of the time, depreciating & requiring maintenance, will increase the cost of power for the average citizen by estimates of up to 30%. Considering that alternative energy is not as cheap to produce by margins of 10-50% depending on the option that means Americans are going to pay more in the future under an Alternative energy plan. Clean coal, oil, hydro electric and Nuclear are the reliable back up sources you will have to rely on far into the future. Of these, Hydro (limited) and Nuclear, effectively generate no green house gasses. Before we create an expensive and inefficient system of power sources, lets maximize what we can get out of the "green" nuclear and hydroelectric sources we have available. In addition, geothermal heat should be invested in more so than Solar or Wind because it offers the potential for 24/7/365 power while they do not.
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Green Vs. Economics 101 First there was the irrational exuberance that chased tech stocks, then real estate investments, followed by oil and now the next boom bust cycle is coming my friends and it is Green. - You have an industry that can't compete against Oil, Coal or Nuclear without government subsidies. - You have State and Federal governments that are pouring billions into this industry, artificially inflating this industries research, investment and stock prices. - These energy sources are intermittent (dependent on sun, wind etc), will require a back up or redundant system of old sources of power for those down times, are not easily portable and are a damned site more expensive for the foreseeable future without breakthroughs in storage and cost in the order of 40 to 50%. - Meanwhile, the States and the Federal Government are on an unsustainable spending binge that has them awash in debt which will depress the value of the dollar and leave us with large debt financing charges into the future. At some point they will have to cease investment / tax credits and what happens then? At some point all of these factors will converge and much like the Tech Stock boom, people will look at the lack of revenue and will rationally price the stocks at next to nothing. Yes folks the next crash is already in the works and once again our government is helping to build the house of cards only this time it won't be driven by Fannie or Freddie but by Pelosi, Obama, Reid and Barney Frank.
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Past Racist Remarks Should Serve As A Warning On Sotomayor....And Obama For Choosing Her. Stuart Taylor of the National Journal has documented that in Sotomayor speech to a Hispanic group: "I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion (as a judge) than a white male who hasn't lived that life." Says Taylor, "Imagine the reaction if someone had unearthed in 2005 a speech in which then-Judge Samuel Alito had asserted, for example: 'I would hope that a white male with the richness of his traditional American values would reach a better conclusion than a Latina woman who hasn't lived that life' — and had proceeded to speak of 'inherent physiological or cultural differences.'" Such a perspective on race based decision making is not the sort of Change we had hoped would come from candidate Obama.
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Sotomayor Record Should Be Judged Before Sotomayor's confirmation hearings begin, the Supreme Court probably will overturn a ruling she supported on the 2nd Circuit — the propriety of New Haven, Conn., canceling fire department promotions because there were no African-Americans (although there was a Hispanic) among the 18 firemen the selection test made eligible for promotion. A three-judge panel of 2nd Circuit judges, including Sotomayor, affirmed a district court's dismissal of the firemen's complaint, doing so in a perfunctory and unpublished order that acknowledged none of the large constitutional questions involved. Stuart Taylor of the National Journal calls this "a process so peculiar as to fan suspicions that some or all of the judges were embarrassed by the ugliness of the actions that they were blessing and were trying to sweep the case quietly under the rug, perhaps to avoid Supreme Court review or public criticism, or both." Taylor says that when "the circuit's more conservative judges got wind of the case," they sought to have it reheard by the full 2nd Circuit. They failed but successfully argued that the Supreme Court should take the case. Draw your own conclusions but it does smack of reverse racism and decisions that are based not on legality but ones personal sense of what is right. Do we really what that sort of squishy Justice on the Supreme Court? When she decides your case how can you be sure she consider your plight to be worth righting despite the law?
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Before Sotomayor's confirmation hearings begin, the Supreme Court probably will overturn a ruling she supported on the 2nd Circuit — the propriety of New Haven, Conn., canceling fire department promotions because there were no African-Americans (although there was a Hispanic) among the 18 firemen the selection test made eligible for promotion. A three-judge panel of 2nd Circuit judges, including Sotomayor, affirmed a district court's dismissal of the firemen's complaint, doing so in a perfunctory and unpublished order that acknowledged none of the large constitutional questions involved. Stuart Taylor of the National Journal calls this "a process so peculiar as to fan suspicions that some or all of the judges were embarrassed by the ugliness of the actions that they were blessing and were trying to sweep the case quietly under the rug, perhaps to avoid Supreme Court review or public criticism, or both." Taylor says that when "the circuit's more conservative judges got wind of the case," they sought to have it reheard by the full 2nd Circuit. They failed but successfully argued that the Supreme Court should take the case. Taylor has also noted this from a Sotomayor speech to a Hispanic group: "I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion (as a judge) than a white male who hasn't lived that life." Says Taylor, "Imagine the reaction if someone had unearthed in 2005 a speech in which then-Judge Samuel Alito had asserted, for example: 'I would hope that a white male with the richness of his traditional American values would reach a better conclusion than a Latina woman who hasn't lived that life' — and had proceeded to speak of 'inherent physiological or cultural differences.'" Such a perspective on race based decision making is not the sort of Change we had hoped would come from candidate Obama.
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I am guessing its not ok if they are a liberal. I just wish Ms. Motomayor would come out of the closet and then we could have our first OUT Supreme Court Justice.
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Sonia Sotomayor Affirmative Action Judge Before Sotomayor's confirmation hearings begin, the Supreme Court probably will overturn a ruling she supported on the 2nd Circuit — the propriety of New Haven, Conn., canceling fire department promotions because there were no African-Americans (although there was a Hispanic) among the 18 firemen the selection test made eligible for promotion. A three-judge panel of 2nd Circuit judges, including Sotomayor, affirmed a district court's dismissal of the firemen's complaint, doing so in a perfunctory and unpublished order that acknowledged none of the large constitutional questions involved. Stuart Taylor of the National Journal calls this "a process so peculiar as to fan suspicions that some or all of the judges were embarrassed by the ugliness of the actions that they were blessing and were trying to sweep the case quietly under the rug, perhaps to avoid Supreme Court review or public criticism, or both." Taylor says that when "the circuit's more conservative judges got wind of the case," they sought to have it reheard by the full 2nd Circuit. They failed but successfully argued that the Supreme Court should take the case. Taylor has also noted this from a Sotomayor speech to a Hispanic group: "I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion (as a judge) than a white male who hasn't lived that life." Says Taylor, "Imagine the reaction if someone had unearthed in 2005 a speech in which then-Judge Samuel Alito had asserted, for example: 'I would hope that a white male with the richness of his traditional American values would reach a better conclusion than a Latina woman who hasn't lived that life' — and had proceeded to speak of 'inherent physiological or cultural differences.'" Such a perspective on race based decision making is not the sort of Change we had hoped would come from candidate Obama.
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So some guy with a middle name of hussein who wants to bully the Israeli's into submission on his peace plan and who has a VP who has told the Israeli military (per Army Radio from Israel) that Israel has got to lear to live with a nuclear iran is gonna get a peace deal with Israels help???? Who's kidding who?
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Get To Know Joe Biden Since Joe Biden has been selected by Obama to oversee the implementation of the Stimulus plan, I thought it would be good to refresh our collective memories on Joe Biden. In September 1987, Joe Biden's Presidential campaign ran into problems when he plagiarized a speech by Neil Kinnock, who was then-leader of the British Labour Party. It was also discovered that, when he was a law student at Syracuse Law School, he had plagiarized a law review article. While the then-dean of the law school, as well as Biden's former professor, played down the seriousness of the incident, they did find Biden drew "chunks of heavy legal prose directly from" the article in question. Biden said it was unintentional due to his not knowing the proper rules of citation, (after 4 years of college one should know the rules of citation) and Biden was permitted to retake the course after receiving a grade of F, which was later dropped from his record. When questioned by a New Hampshire resident about his grades in law school, Biden had inaccurately recalled graduating in the "top half" of his class when he actually graduated 76th from a class of 85, and he also falsely stated that he had received a full scholarship, and had earned three degrees. The truth is that he had received two majors, History and Political Science, and a single B.A degree, as well as a half scholarship based on financial need, not academic achievement . When he was confronted with these truths, Biden withdrew from the nomination race on September 23, 1987, saying his candidacy had been overrun by "the exaggerated shadow" of his past mistakes. He has since revealed his own bunker hideaways location, made racist remarks on Indian 7eleven owners in his distrect and even called Obama clean cut articulate etc.. When you get to know him you'll know why those in his district less than kindly refer to him as slow joe.
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Hoovervilles Once Again? After the stock market crash in 1929 (brought on by overvalued stock prices as well as real estate) the US government reacted by raising taxes to balance the federal budget and raising protectionist tariffs to protect US jobs from foreign competitors. The end result of these twin actions was that the US economy shrunk by 2/3's and the rest of the worlds economy suffered as well. In the campaign debates during the election process Obama refused to pledge to not raise taxes if elected president and later in the campaign offered an 800 billion dollar total tax increase. Even if you personally are not going to get a tax increase those who employ you or the services of your company will and there will be a cause and effect. Of course, he has pledged to protect union jobs and American workers by suggesting they would scrap the NAFTA trade agreement and a number of eerily 1920's similar protectionist moves. We don't need pre Depression era economic policies kicking into place in an already concerned world economic marketplace. When then President, Herbert Hoover, pushed for and got such damaging policies in place, the resulting homeowner displacement to shanty towns were named Homerville's after his policies as well as the end result. Talk to one of your depression era relatives or read up on the Great Depression and let Obama know that tax increases and protectionist trade tariffs are not the way to go. Do so before we coin the phrase Obamaville, or you may just find yourself living in one.
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what a hypocrit. he works for a bankrupt, fraud ridden organization that tops AIG and others. he should not be in Vegas......Baby.
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Why wouldn't the governor follow the law, ruled as constitutional by an overwhelming majority of the State Supreme Court, and the will of the people?
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The Democrat Fundraising attendees must tell Obama that Slow Joe must go. We cnanot hide Joe from the press for fear of further gaffes. His history back to college is chock full of lies, plagiarism, gaffes, cheating on law school exams etc and it won't change. We can't afford to have Joe as an accidental President. Joe must Go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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What These Democrats Really Need To Hear During Bill Clintons last year in office, the tech boom ended and the market began a dramatic fall that extended well into the next presidents term. Bill, perhaps in ignorance, also signed a final budget that included a clause that transformed the lending industry, allowing enormous amounts of leveraged lending that caused much of our current problems. At the same time under his watch Enron grew to the malevolent creature it became. There are further examples but to be honest the President does not control the economy or the facets within it. From an economic standpoint the laws he passes can be focused on doing long term harm or help to markets, depending on the amount of interference with the free market system or whether proper regulation is maintained or established. You will hear the Democrats try to blame Bush for the mortgage crisis and decry the lack of growth. However, neither are his fault. The reaction to crisis is generally the measure of a President and not his ability to see the future. Its all in the hands of thousands of agencies and the blame lies not with Clinton or Bush on the above matters. The American Dream that ran into fanaticism, in terms of the push to get everyone into a home, is the problem. Not everyone is responsible enough to own and maintain a home. In addition, the congressional creation of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, decades ago, as a socialist effort to influence lowering loan requirements distorted the housing sector by artificially pumped money into the housing market for decades. Those who were encouraged to aid and abet that program are now suffering the consequences of the housing bust. Well meaning congressional influence and hastily signed / unread budgets created this mess and we need to remember that. If you distort the markets you generally create problems that take years if not decades to come to fruition.
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