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Democrats and Republicans Made The Mortgage Crisis — Quit The Blame Game

There are two key pieces of evidence in the maelstrom we are now calling a meltdown — but which began with a mortgage crisis. They suggest that any effort by partisans of Barack Obama to skewer the Republicans for screwing up the regulatory environment is doomed to be met with a substantial number of Pinocchios.

In the case of the mortgage crisis the blame cannot be laid to either party. Democrats and Republicans fed at the same trough and did so for decades. The main role of the Obama candidacy is to offer a way out. But that way does not involve throwing the kitchen sink at the Republicans. It is time for a little ray of common culpability truth.

EXHIBIT ONE

Bill Clinton Was Complicit in Repealing Glass-Steagall SOURCE

Bill Clinton and the Wall of Me

Billionaire Sanford I. Weill, who according to Louis Uchitelle made “Citigroup into the most powerful financial institution since the House of Morgan a century ago,” has what I call the Wall of Me leading to his office, which he has decorated with tributes to him, including a dozen framed magazine covers. A major trophy is the pen Bill Clinton used to sign the repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act, a move which allowed Weill to create Citigroup. Fittingly, Citigroup is a major contributor to guess which current Democratic Presidential candidate?

A Frontline report on the repeal of Glass-Steagall shows how those with money end up with pens from the President of the United States on their walls.

Sandy Weill calls President Clinton in the evening to try to break the deadlock after Senator Phil Gramm, chairman of the Banking Committee, warned Citigroup lobbyist Roger Levy that Weill has to get White House moving on the bill or he would shut down the House-Senate conference. Serious negotiations resume, and a deal is announced at 2:45 a.m. on Oct. 22. Whether Weill made any difference in precipitating a deal is unclear.

Just days after the administration (including the Treasury Department) agrees to support the repeal, Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin, the former co-chairman of a major Wall Street investment bank, Goldman Sachs, raises eyebrows by accepting a top job at Citigroup as Weill’s chief lieutenant. The previous year, Weill had called Secretary Rubin to give him advance notice of the upcoming merger announcement. When Weill told Rubin he had some important news, the secretary reportedly quipped, “You’re buying the government?”

When Bill Clinton gave that pen to Sanford Weill, it symbolized the ending of the twentieth century Democratic Party that had created the New Deal. Although the 1999 law did not repeal all of the banking Act of 1933, retaining the FDIC, it did once again allow banks to enter the securities business, becoming what some term “whole banks.”

The repeal of one of the most important pieces of legislation in this nation’s history came about as a result of another Clinton “triangulation,” the wobbling attempt to find the middle of the road that has somehow managed to pass for a philosophy with many Democrats for over two decades. As former Clinton former campaign Richard Morris once described it, you move a little to the left, a little to the right. I’d love to hear Clinton give that explanation to a foreclosed home owner today.

With the stroke of a pen, Bill Clinton ended an era that stretched back to William Jennings Bryan and Woodrow Wilson and reached fruition with FDR and Harry Truman. As he signed his name, in the whorls and dots of his pen strokes William Jefferson Clinton was also symbolically signing the death warrant of Liberal America and its core belief in the level playing field that had guided the Democratic Party. But it was the gift of the pen to Sanford Weill and its assuming an honored place on the Wall of Me that rubbed salt in the wound. SOURCE

EXHIBIT TWO:

As I listened to Barack Obama truthfully skewering McCain for having lobbyists all around. with Rick Davis possibly on the take as late as last month, I began to wonder if John McCain was lying when he said he had warned about the mortgage implosion two years ago. Turns out he was not:

McCain Skewers Fannie and Freddie in 2005

FEDERAL HOUSING ENTERPRISE REGULATORY REFORM ACT OF 2005

Mr. McCAIN. Mr. President, this week Fannie Mae’s regulator reported that the company’s quarterly reports of profit growth over the past few years were “illusions deliberately and systematically created” by the company’s senior management, which resulted in a $10.6 billion accounting scandal.

For years I have been concerned about the regulatory structure that governs Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac–known as Government-sponsored entities or GSEs–and the sheer magnitude of these companies and the role they play in the housing market. OFHEO’s report this week does nothing to ease these concerns. In fact, the report does quite the contrary. OFHEO’s report solidifies my view that the GSEs need to be reformed without delay.

I join as a cosponsor of the Federal Housing Enterprise Regulatory Reform Act of 2005, S. 190, to underscore my support for quick passage of GSE regulatory reform legislation. If Congress does not act, American taxpayers will continue to be exposed to the enormous risk that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac pose to the housing market, the overall financial system, and the economy as a whole.

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Alright. My point is simply that Barack supporters should acknowledge that on the economy there is little to choose between when looking at the performance of Democrats and Republicans.

The vehemence of those who favor a third party route is justified by the misbehavior of both parties.

Barack should suggest the past is a minefield of errors and work on a way out and the Obama Campaign should walk very softly when trying to hang the crisis on the Republicans.

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Why Friday’s Debate May Hobble the GOP

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Nate at 538.com has come up with interesting reasons why Friday’s debate emphasizing McCain’s alleged strength — security and foreign affairs — may prove a minus for the Republican candidate.

In The Debates: Somebody’s Wrong, he states:

The first debate usually gets better ratings than the last debate. In the eight campaigns since 1960 in which there were multiple Presidential debates, the first debate had 60.7 million viewers on average, and the last had 56.3. This year, however, the first debate is on a Friday, which is moderately unusual. There were also Friday debates in 2004 and 1976, and two out of the four debates in 1960 were on a Friday. In each case, these were the lowest-rated debates of the cycle. So I’d expect this to be a wash.

Then there’s the question of momentum versus expectations-setting. Clearly, it would benefit McCain to have a jolt of momentum right now — he’s had a rough week. And foreign policy presents him with the better opportunity to do that. On the other hand, let’s recall 2004, when George W. Bush was completely awful in the first debate (which did produce some momentum for John Kerry) but then only somewhat awful in the second and third debates — which the press was happy to call comebacks and wins for him since the first debate had so lowered their expectations.

If Obama does badly in the foreign policy debate, he’ll get maybe 30 cents on the dollar back in terms of lowered expectations for the next two debates. On the other hand, if the foreign policy debate were the last debate, there would be no more debates left, and so Obama would have nowhere to cash in that change.

When push comes to shove, the equilibrium of this campaign favors Barack Obama by a couple of points. McCain’s goal is to knock the campaign off equilibrium for just long enough that one of these periods coincides with November 4. It would be easier for him to do that if the foreign policy debate, in which Obama is more likely to stumble, were held last. Conversely, a bad performance on Friday would leave Obama with two debates and 40 days to recover, and a media that will probably be happy to help him along. So, I’m giving Steve Schmidt an error on this one. Somewhat true to form, it’s a decision focused on winning McCain the battle rather than the war.

Of course, if Barack smacks McCain on getting into Iraq, on the relation between Iraq/Bush and our economic meltdown, and on his temperament, he may well WIN the sucker. See yesterday’s somewhat-ignored post.

Obama’s Economic Proposals in a Nutshell

Here are some key elements of Barack’s plan:

* A $1,000 emergency energy rebate to help families with high fuel costs right now while putting $50 billion into job creation to get our economy back on track.
* Families making less than $250,000 a year will get a tax cut three times larger than under John McCain’s plan and will face absolutely no tax increases.
* While John McCain has voted against raising the minimum wage 19 times, Barack would raise the minimum wage and set it to rise automatically with inflation.
* Invest $15 billion a year in green energy research to reduce our economy’s dependence on foreign oil and create 5 million American jobs a year.

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PPP — economic stresses favor Barack GO


BARACK’s Gallup Daily margin is three GO


GEORGE WILL unloads on McCain GO


ANGST on Wall Street continues GO


CONGRESS by no means a rubber stamp GO


PAULSON’s dreadful scheme GO


MCCAIN’s coiled rage PHOTO & comment GO


BIDEN spends a day with Couric GO


BUSH not as nasty toward UN these days GO


CNN poll lays economic blame on GOP 2-1 GO


STEVE SCHMIDT whines VIDEO GO


NRA is lying through its teeth regarding Obama GO


538 — a subtle take on the Friday debate GO


HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH report urges US to improve treatment of crime victims GO


GEORGE WILL on McCain losing it GO


EVANGELICAL REPUBLICAN calls McCain an egregious waffler GO

PPP — Obama Colorado margin widens GO


WSJ: Obama ahead in key battleground states GO


POLL finds Americans cool to War on Terror, including stepped-up Afghanistan action GO


PATH TO 60 SENATORS — via Oregon and Minnesota GO


ECONOMIC WOES set seniors for a loop GO


MOVE ON is 4.2 million strong GO


ROVE’s electoral map drifts toward Obama GO


NEW Al-Queda pattern emerges GO


KEATING 5 MESSAGE relevant now GO


ROTHENBERG’s 2008 House ratings GO


BILL CLINTON defends Glass-Steagall repeal GO


DRILL, DRILL, DRILL has oil money behind it GO


AWFUL MATH behind the bailout GO


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How Obama Can Win The First Debate

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Far be it from me (or anyone else) to instruct Barack. Here, I have merely compiled a short compendium of fail safe points that might be turning-point moments in the first debate at Ole Miss. The last time I saw Ole Miss was the night James Meredith arrived. I trust this debate will be more civil and that, if these points are pressed home, Barack will acquit himself with honor and possibly be deemed the victor.

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You were one of the principal cheerleaders for the misguided decision to go to war in Iraq.

This devastating VIDEO — How Much Is A Trillion? — documents the effects of McCain’s terribly wrong vote — which he has never regretted — and contrasts Barack Obama’s prophetic and lonely opposition to the disaster of Iraq. The video is filled with relevant talking points. SOURCE

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Sir, what did you know about our plan to go to war in Iraq when, five weeks after 9/11, you appeared on the Letterman show?

On October 18, 2001, McCain appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman. When asked how the war in Afghanistan was progressing, McCain volunteered that the invasion of Iraq would be the “second phase” of the War on Terror. He preyed on the public’s fear at the time by claiming that the anthrax “may have come from Iraq”:

LETTERMAN: How are things going in Afghanistan now?

MCCAIN: I think we’re doing fine …. I think we’ll do fine. The second phase — if I could just make one, very quickly — the second phase is Iraq. There is some indication, and I don’t have the conclusions, but some of this anthrax may — and I emphasize may — have come from Iraq.

LETTERMAN: Oh is that right?

MCCAIN: If that should be the case, that’s when some tough decisions are gonna have to be made.

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THREE

Once we enter a war, Sir, do you hold to the idea of victory at any price?

John McCain wrote a War College paper in 1974 which suggests that we have an obligation to prevail in any war we enter, based on allegiance to the stated reasons for entering that war. Would he acknowledge, ever, that our reasons for entering a war were wrong?

John Mccain’s 1974 War College paper accepts no option but “victory”, a sure recipe for disaster in the Middle East. As it was in Vietnam.

He offers no real bona fide that he would be a peacemaker.

John McCain has given signs of still being locked into an obedience-at-all-costs mode. Even when his own experience tells him that this is a counsel of perfection no man, least of all himself, can achieve. SOURCE

FOUR

Do you believe, Sir, that you possess the temperament needed to be Commander in Chief?

Last Sunday George Will said on ABC: “John McCain showed his personality this week, and made some of us fearful.” What do you think he meant?
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McCain’s temper is legendary.

“He went from a smiling, congenial, happy face to a beet red, totally enraged face in an instant,” she said. “I have never seen a senator act in this way. We were all dumbfounded how this happened. He threw his arm up, and she goes flying and Jane [who was in a wheelchair] gets pushed aside as he brushes by her. All I see is people flying and I’m behind him [McCain]… This was assault.”
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SOME SUPPLEMENTARY POINTS

McCain’s widely documented interest in gambling is a matter of record. By his own admission craps is an addiction. Would a cooler head be more likely to serve the needs of the American people. SOURCE

A minor but telling incident was McCain’s joke about using cigarette exports to Iran “to kill them”. SOURCE

In an interview with Katie Couric McCain got surge history wrong. SOURCE

A FEW MORE:

McCain voted to deny habeas corpus to detainees of the United States.

Pat Buchanan has said McCain will make Cheney look like Gandhi.

McCain made a false connection between Iraq and anthrax five weeks after 9/11, echoing the lies of the Bush administration. SOURCE

McCain is vulnerable on the issue of judgment (Iraq), temperament and an evident belief in my country right or wrong.

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SCHMIDT disses the NYTimes GO


MCCAIN’s 13 cars GO


MCCAIN hides infow about fellow POWs who did not return GO


MCCAIN and Obama both call for more ovesight of bailout GO


WHY FOURNIER is not an objective journalist GO


PALIN’s creationism fits in with a Republican Holy War on Nature GO


BAILOUT is a weapon of mass deception GO


SHOULD Rick Davis pay back the $2 million he got from Fannie and Freddie to protect them from regulation? GO


NEWSWEEK cover — King Henry IX PHOTO & comment GO


HMMM. Surviving investment houses now become banks? GO


KRUGMAN reaction is no deal GO


PAKISTAN fires on US copters GO


OBAMA raps McCain on 60 Minutes GO


538 — allocating undecideds GO

CAN Paulson be trusted? GO


MBEKI resigns GO


DID McCain Cuomo overture on 60 Minuted violate the election code? GO


JUAN COLE — A Nation of Masochists GO


FOCUS on felonious foreclosure fraud GO


TAINTED MILK taints China GO


MCCAIN praises deregulation on 60 Minutes VIDEO GO


ROBERT REICH has some conditions we should read before going for the bailout GO


PPP — Obama now leading by a good margin in New Mexico GO


DEMOCRATS showing some spine after all these years? NYTIMES account GO


OBSIDIAN bailout sense GO


ROTHENBERG — top electoral college states GO


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THIS BAILOOUT may not fly GO


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MILLENNIUM goals are at risk GO


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VOTER SUPRESSION beaten back in Mississippi GO


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BARACK draws a line in the sand on bailing GO


GALLUP DAILY Barack up 4 GO


PALIN support is eroding in AK in the face of McCain strong arm tactics GO


CBS’ REID not fair and balanced GO


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PAKISTAN in shock following lethal blast GO


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CONGRESSIONAL DEMOCRATS — zombies or realists? GO


HOW BLOATED is the bubble GO


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It’s McCain Stupid — Why McCain Is The Issue

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It’s McCain Stupid — Why McCain Is The Issue

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I don’t believe this election will be a nail-biter. It will be closer to a landslide. Barack will win. If not Barack, McCain.

The reason I believe Barack will win is because I credit the electorate with enough wisdom to understand that this year the issue is not the economy. It’s McCain.

And on November 4, the American people will understand that he’s too great a risk just now.

They will vote in unprecedented numbers for a cool head, an energetic guy open to hearing all sides, who will have a gridlock-breaking majority in Congress and is open to a genuinely bipartisan march through the minefield created during the Bush years.

Yesterday I posted what this President will do:

Create a green future — based on renewable sources of energy.

Create millions of new jobs and help the middle class with tax cuts, college subsidies and increased pay for teachers.

Create a foreign policy that’s safe and secure. Repair frayed relationships, initiate tough diplomacy, save billions by ending the war in Iraq.

Create a smart, cooperative campaign to eliminate the terror threat and control nuclear materials.

Create schools that serve all children from birth.

Create a health care system for all Americans at costs all can afford.

Create a good, honest, transparent administration. Accountable to all. Led by one who has thought deeply about our needs and acted for two decades to put his goals into practice. SOURCE

McCain has fought this agenda for almost three decades. He has championed a thoughtless, pandering militarism and a domestic agenda that disrespects women, favors the wealthy and displays only ignorance when it comes to the economy.

He has distinguished himself as a near-compulsive gambler who operates on the false premise that he can bob and weave in all directions and somehow win — when the inexorable odds favor his inability to fool all of the people all of the time.

This inability is what is happening daily on TV.

To vote for McCain, you have to factor in substantial mortality odds and ask yourself if you want to risk our future on a woman Chuck Hagel says is demonstrably ill-prepared. This doubles the reasons why McCain is the issue. And why he will lose.

McCain has shown himself to be not a leader, but a doer of whatever he is told to do. This is not new. McCain did the bidding of Charlie Keating for a long time, until he had to pay back the contributions he had received.

Now McCain follows Steve Schmidt. Perhaps he will fire Schmidt when it appears that the die is cast in Obama’s favor and he must morph once again.

By November 4, I fully expect McCain to be having Fireside Chats with us — with an FDR stogie in his mouth.

But by then it will be too late.

Barack will have done with all Americans what he did with Democrats in Denver. He will have convinced them, with accuracy, that he is a uniter who has carefully considered the options and arrived at an agenda which can indeed capture our imagination and carry us away from the nightmare of the last eight years.

The issue in this election is McCain. His dual nature as McSame and McFlop. And underneath it all, the little boy gambler a mite too dotty now to risk in the White House. The American people can take only so much. The circus is ending.

McCain is the man who crashed five jets, mistreated his wife, opposed Dr. King and would overturn Rowe v. Wade. He favors bombing anyone who does not fit in to the neocon agenda of forcing freedom everywhere while squelching it apace.

To the extent voters see the cool hand, over against this fading relic of a sick Republican era, the election will go to Obama.

The issue is not the economy, or foreign policy, or security — the issue is whether we want to take a chance on another Republican after losing the farm with George Bush.

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GALLUP DAILY — Obama 50 — McCain 44. A near break through. GO


JED VIDEO contrasting Barack and McCain with some text GO


BARACK is back at 538 GO


WILL Palin release her tax returns? GO


MCCAIN’s campaign manager was paid handsomely to lobby against regulation of Fannie and Freddie GO


MIRACLE tree could feed Africa’s hungry GO


MCCAIN Fannie ad distorts big time (WAPO) GO


FACTCHECK says Obama is scaring seniors in McCain ad GO


MICHIGAN voter suppression roundup GO


MCCAIN’s Achilles heel may be social security GO


MCCAIN tries to taint Obama in new ad GO


MCCAIN on deregulating health care GO


PDF of the McCain health proposal GO


ATTACKING the senses — why ads work GO

FINANCIAL worries boost Obama GO


COMING to a screen near you. Independent culture war ads GO


TALIBAN resurgent GO


TROOPERGARE probe could end before election GO


ABC zaps Palin Troopergate claim. GO


EMILY’s List takes some lumps GO


ETHNIC cleansing data complicates surge hypothesis GO


PARSING recent Obama ads GO


ALASKA PHOTO OP — with devastating commentary GO


REPUBLICANS muddy the Florida waters again GO


BIDEN punches on beneath media radar GO


AN EXHAUSTED President bends in the wind GO


MCCAIN’s political junk food GO


CALLING the roll of McCain’s many lobbyists GO

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I know an intelligent, cool-headed person who who has spent the last 20 years thinking and acting to change America into a country that serves the needs of all her people.

He’s a politician but — like Lincoln — he’s much more.

Like Lincoln, he’s been viciously attacked:

For associatess, though there’s been no wrongdoing.

For lack of patriotic zeal, as in not wearing a flag pin. He does wear one. And more important, he owes all to his country. He is fighting to ensure that it will flourish. Now and in the years to come.

For not having an American flag on his campaign plane. Look again.

For ignoring wounded troops. Ask troops he’s visited, without fanfare, around the world.

For a wife ashamed of her country. Michelle Obama’s love for America is obvious. Millions who have come to know her know it is so.

For being a tax-and-spend liberal. FactCheck.org and other authorities say this is simply “a pack of lies.” All households with an income of under $250,000 a year will get a tax cut in an Obama administration. His entire economic plan starts our recovery from the bottom up.

For not having a valid birth certificate. His certificate has been authenticated time and again.

For being a secret Muslim. Christianity is the only religion he has embraced.

For racially incendiary remarks. His words are altered, misquoted, manipulated. Barack Obama is a unifier, not a divider.

For not saying the Pledge of Allegiance. He leads the Pledge as a Senator.

Like Lincoln, Barack Obama was an obscure Illinois State Senator who captured the imagination of the country.

Here is what he will do:

Create a green future — based on renewable sources of energy.

Create millions of new jobs and help the middle class with tax cuts, college subsidies and increased pay for teachers.

Create a foreign policy that’s safe and secure. Repair frayed relationships, initiate tough diplomacy, save billions by ending the war in Iraq.

Create a smart, cooperative campaign to eliminate the terror threat and control nuclear materials.

Create schools that serve all children from birth.

Create a health care system for all Americans at costs all can afford.

Create a good, honest, transparent administration. Accountable to all. Led by one who has thought deeply about our needs and acted for two decades to put his goals into practice.

Yes. I will be voting for Barack. I hope this helps to win your vote as well.

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