Wonder where we would be now, if the Greedy Old Pukes had rejected this drunken frat boy and his evil side-kick, Dick Vader, years ago instead of covering up for them.
In a stunning vote that shocked the capital and worldwide markets, the House on Monday defeated a
Democratic and Republican leaders alike pledged to try again, though the Democrats said
Stocks began falling even before the 228-205 vote to reject the bill was officially announced on the House floor. The 777-point decline for the day surpassed the 721-point previous record, on the day after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, though in percentage terms it was well short of the drops on Black Monday of October 1987 and at the start of the
In the House chamber, as a digital screen recorded a cascade of "no" votes against the bailout, Democratic
More than two-thirds of Republicans and 40 percent of Democrats opposed the bill.
The overriding question for congressional leaders was what to do next.
"The legislation may have failed; the crisis is still with us," said House Speaker
"What happened today cannot stand,"
"We could have gotten there today had it not been for the partisan speech that the speaker gave on the floor of the House," Minority Leader
That was a remarkable accusation by Republicans against Republicans, said
The presidential candidates kept close track — from afar.
The legislation the administration promoted would have allowed the government to buy bad mortgages and other rotten assets held by troubled banks and financial institutions. Getting those debts off their books should bolster those companies' balance sheets, making them more inclined to lend and easing one of the biggest choke points in the credit crisis. If the plan worked, the thinking went, it would help lift a major weight off the national economy that is already sputtering.
Monday's action had been preceded by unusually aggressive
"We're all worried about losing our jobs,"
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The Nazis, Fascists and Communists were political parties before they became enemies of liberty and mass murderers.