Espanola, New Mexico - Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama promised fresh ideas Thursday to calm America's financial meltdown and help struggling families avoid mortgage foreclosure, saying "this is not a time for fear, it's not a time for panic."
Nope, not time to panic, mainly because panicking usually does more harm than good and who the hell has the energy to panic in the first place. These last 7 years have worn me to a damn frazzle. I couldn't muster up the energy to panic if my pants were on fire.
Obama also heaped criticism and sarcasm on Republican rival John McCain and mocked his promise to fire the head of the Securities and Exchange Commission if elected."I think that's all fine and good but here's what I think," Obama said. "In the next 47 days you can fire the whole trickle-down, on-your-own, look-the-other way crowd in Washington who has led us down this disastrous path.
Barack, I have a few years on you. I'm sort of at that age when knowledge and history (both studied about and lived) begin to all come together and one begins seeing everything from a new perspective; a perspective that only comes with having lived, at least, a half century. So, please allow me to advise you on a really quite simple fact of history. Of course, life is never quite so simple. That's why we can't usually see ourselves brazenly repeating the same dreadful mistakes over and over again.
If you step back a bit, you will see (as you probably already do) that the one constant, at least in my lifetime, has been the never-ending struggle between Capitalism and Communism. That's what it is always about, in the final analysis. Other countries deal with the eternal struggle with various forms of compromise.
The Right-wing honestly believes that all social programs, unless they are run by some religious group, no matter how bizarre, untrained or out-right dangerous they are, are a result of "obvious" communist creep. Even policies that would be considered "socialist' by most people are viral, totalitarian, communism to the citizens of Wingnuttia. It's free market capitalism or nothing.
So, what the hell does "free-market capitalism" mean, anyhow? Does anyone know? Whatever it is, it doesn't appear to be working for most folks. I do know that when capitalist society disintergrates, as it will when left completely unregulated, it becomes authoritarian fascist, indeed, no matter the image it wishes to maintain.
"Don't just get rid of one guy. Get rid of this administration," he said. "Get rid of this philosophy. Get rid of the do-nothing approach to our economic problem and put somebody in there who's going to fight for you."
Does the American electorate know what they want or need for that matter? I hate to say this as a member of that electorate, but I don't believe that the American voter has a clue what she or he wants to be fought for; Mom and apple pie? Some other American myth?
I can only hope that Americans recognize this period in time for what it is; a second chance, as a nation.
Obama came up with yet another way to poke fun at McCain for his comment Monday that the fundamentals of the economy were strong. "This comment was so out of touch that even George Bush's White House couldn't agree with it when they were asked about it. They had to distance themselves from John McCain."
President Bush has used the same language many times but his press secretary would not repeat the line Wednesday in the face of historic financial turbulence.
With the economy rocketing to the front of the campaign agenda, Obama said he would unveil new proposals Friday in Florida. Senior members of his economic team were flying to Miami to meet with Obama before his announcement.
Obama also had telephone discussions Thursday about the financial markets with Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, former Fed chief Paul Volcker and former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers.
Summers and former Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin were among those expected in Florida for Friday's meeting. Billionaire investor Warren Buffett and former Bush administration Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill were to participate by telephone, along with O'Neill and others.
Obama's stop in northern New Mexico's Rio Arriba County was aimed at energizing the Hispanic vote, which is crucial for his hopes of carrying this state. New Mexico voted for George W. Bush in 2004 but Democrat John Kerry got 65 percent of the vote in Rio Arriba. The county is about 73 percent Hispanic and 12 percent Native American, according to the 2000 Census.
Gov. Bill Richardson, warming up the crowd in a community plaza, said the Hispanic vote in tossup states Colorado, New Mexico and Nevada "is going to decide this election." Obama visited each of those states, along with California, on his Western swing and then was heading to Florida for two days of campaigning. He ended the day at an Albuquerque fundraiser that hosts said raised more than $1.7 million.
I like Bill Richardson, but I wish people would stop making this kind of comment. No one group wins an election. It is usually the independents ( a very amorphous bunch to say the least) who decide elections, but no identifiable group decides an election alone. It seems to me to be pandering to ethnic egos, probably not the healthiest action one could take to help heal our nation's wounds.
Saying that McCain strongly advocated deregulation and then changed his mind, Obama said: "We can't afford to lurch back and forth between positions depending on the latest news of the day when dealing with an economic crisis.
McCain's not lurching back and forth on policy. We all know what his policy is going to be, if he is elected; more of the same. Finish breaking the federal government and get rid of everything that communist, FDR, did "to" this country. Until then, he will say whatever he has to say, no matter if it's true or not. What's worse, he will continue to repeat the same lies whether they are debunked or not. The McCain's are no better than the Bushies. Actually, I believe that they are even worse. Most people will stop lying once they are caught red-tongued, so to speak, but not this crowd. They are more Cheney-esque. They just keep on telling the same made-up B.S., no matter that 99% of the rest of the world believes they've lost all touch with reality
"We need some clear and steady leadership and that's why I was ahead of the curve in calling for regulation," he said. "And that's why I'm calling on the Treasury and the Federal Reserve to use their emergency authorities to maintain the flow of credit, to support the availability of mortgages and to ensure that our financial system is well capitalized."
In response, McCain campaign spokesman Tucker Bounds said: "When Barack Obama came to Washington, he chose to strengthen his ties to spiraling lenders like Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and their jet-set CEOs, not make change. The American people cannot afford leadership that puts a higher premium on campaign contributions than protecting hardworking Americans."
(Tucker Bonds is almost a bigga idiot as Tucker Carlson)
A Senator is not a leader. He isn't the president. He moves in the circles of the congress, consensus and such.
Briefly outlining his proposals, he said he would call for a Homeowner and Financial Support Act "that would establish a more stable and permanent solution than the daily improvisations that have characterized policy making over the past year."
I would feel better if someone would tell the truth about the "ownership society." What one owns, he/she is owned by.
Bush's ownership society is not the American dream, it is the American nightmare.
He said his measures would provide capital to the financial system, insure liquidity to allow the financial markets to function and "get serious about helping struggling families to restructure their mortgages on affordable terms so they can stay in their homes."
The new proposals were intended to demonstrate that Obama is the candidate who would bring change, not just promise it, and that he has the ideas to prove it.
"Everywhere you look," he said, "the economic news is troubling. But here's the thing for so many of you here in northern New Mexico and for so many Americans -- this isn't really news at all. Because you've been going through hardships for a lot longer than Wall Street has."
This be the truth and no one can doubt it, except the super-wealthy
"Here's what I also know," Obama said. "This is not a time for fear, it's not a time for panic. This is a time for resolve and it is a time for leadership."
McCain's campaign released a new television ad Thursday that says among those advising Obama on housing policy is Franklin Raines, the former Fannie Mae chief executive. The government recently took control of the mortgage giant to help stabilize the housing market.
Obama's campaign released a statement from Raines, who says he is not an Obama adviser. The campaign also released a response ad that turns the spotlight on McCain's "fundamentally wrong" economic advisers.
Are there really people out there who are so freakin' stupid that they can't 'guess who is on the side of ordinary American?
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The Nazis, Fascists and Communists were political parties before they became enemies of liberty and mass murderers.