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Rick Santelli: 21st-century Samuel Adams - or astroturfer?

Rick Santelli: 21st-century Samuel Adams - or astroturfer?
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  • D_Virginia
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    If it walks like a smear campaign, and talks like a smear campaign....


    Conspiracy theories aside, at least some of what this article says checks out, based on some quick whois searches.


    I've said it many times, the Republican Party is a well-oiled machine -- for better or worse.


    To me, it was a strong statement of how many people really didn't like them in 2006 and 2008. They are much better at electioneering than the Dems -- they have smear tactics and fake PR down to a science. They can bury issues that should be headlines and they can headline issues that should be buried. Yet they lost big in both elections. I'm not speaking to whether the majority was "right" or "wrong", but in a democracy, you get exactly the leaders you deserve.


    Currently the GOP is gearing up to lose in 2010 as well, unless they figure something else out, and quick. Rallying cries of "no new taxes" don't work anymore (thanks, Bush Sr.), and making the other guy look worse than you can only take you so far. They need to give people a reason to like them -- not just to dislike Obama more than them.


    And it's a shame, because I think an honest debate of ideals is very helpful in government, but right now the GOP is taking more of a "my way or the highway" stance than even Obama is, and I think it is just prolonging the problem.


    Not to say that Obama's ideas are all that great, but the Republicans need to bring something to the table other than deregulation and tax cuts, both of which helped us get into this mess.
    1 Mar 2009, 03:29 PM Reply Like
  • drone
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    Watching Santelli just before his rant, he didn't look his natural self. Maybe he was rehearsing his lines in his head, waiting for his moment. It all seemed unatural, choreographed. The costars in the pits seemingly unaware,then jumping up in unison like a Mexican wave.
    1 Mar 2009, 04:33 PM Reply Like
  • al-shaf
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    Santelli is right on the mark. It's funny how the left-wing scum scream like stuck pigs when they're taken to task for their marxist bullcrap. This playboy hit piece its just what you'd expect from these hypocritical port-merchants.
    1 Mar 2009, 04:56 PM Reply Like
  • OperativeWord
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    The Holy Grail!!


    A link between Economics....and Playboy!!!
    1 Mar 2009, 04:56 PM Reply Like
  • D_Virginia
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    Yes, call the President names, because clearly that makes you right. Just like raising your voice, that makes you right, too.


    One thing though: Obama has the very easy task of increasing the debt during a time of economic hardships. Doubling the debt during an economic boom -- only Republicans could pull that kind of irresponsibility off. :-)


    Give me the tax-and-spend party over the don't-tax-and-spend-an... party any day. That said, where is the tax-less-and-spend-les... party??? Because it ain't either of these two...


    On Mar 01 03:39 PM Steve in Greensboro wrote:
    > I agree. President Barack Hussein Mugabe and his propaganda minister
    > Josef Gibbles are trying to smear Rick Santelli.
    > Listen, this is easy.
    > The Democrats are the party of more government control. Think how
    > wonderful it will be when your health care is brought to you by the
    > same people that brought you the DMV and the post office!
    > The Democrats are the party of higher taxes. When higher tax rates
    > on the top marginal brackets drive the productive members of society
    > to either leave the country or work less, the unproductive members
    > of society (the core Democrat demographic) will actually have to
    > pay income taxes. And think how much we will all be paying in carbon
    > taxes!
    > The Democrats are the party of reckless spending. TALF, Stimulus,
    > Mortgage Deadbeats, etc.
    > Bush is a center-left big-government hack. Obama is a far-left
    > big-government hack.
    > Hopefully, we will get a small-government low-tax Republican party
    > in 2010.
    1 Mar 2009, 06:22 PM Reply Like
  • bick2
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    That would a big change in the Republican party. Since 1980 or so they have been the big government high debt low tax party. That sort of dishonesty is why I abandoned them.


    > Hopefully, we will get a small-government low-tax Republican party
    > in 2010.
    1 Mar 2009, 07:00 PM Reply Like
  • Jake Huneycutt
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    The Democrats are the party of corruption.
    The Republicans are the party of gross dishonesty.


    I'd say of the Washington pols, only about 5-10% are worth a damn (and that's in both parties). Most of them are more concerned with working for their special interest donors, advancing their own careers, and creating phony wedge issues to divide the public.


    One thing is for sure --- Santelli is more Joseph Goebells than Sam Adams.
    1 Mar 2009, 07:39 PM Reply Like
  • MajorG
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    Who cares if it was planned? It doesn't change the fact that Santelli's message is spot on. I'm sick of busting my ass for other people. Why should I continue to pay for those who make bad decisions? No one have ever bailed me out of a bad move that I have made.


    The longer this country continues the further away from the founding principles we find ourselves. It's disgusting. You all think the markets are bad now? Wait until the the gov't defaults on a treasury payment. The way money is being spent in DC it won't be long.


    When people finally wake up and realize that the gov't isn't here to be a babysitter to its citizens then we will have a glimmer of hope that we might get out of this mess. Until then, cover your 6, because the bullets are flying.
    1 Mar 2009, 08:18 PM Reply Like
  • TR1
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    Santelli is quickly sullying a quality reputation as real market observer; I would assume that most watchers of CNBC are thinkers and would treat suspicious any type of rant. Santelli can't even justify his rant post-rant as the mortgage plan disqualifies many of his "losers". That does make it look like he was coached into this before reading the plan.
    1 Mar 2009, 09:06 PM Reply Like
  • carlosschw
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    Somebody needs to push back against the idea that the only way out of this mess is to borrow and spend. As my daddy told me about 33 year sgao, you can't borrow your way out of debt. While our new president is talking about change and a radical break from the past, Maxine Waters is promoting a program that will still enable home buyers to purchase a home with NO MONEY DOWN! Compliments of Uncle Sam.
    Now, please tell me again, who is the ranting radical who is out of touch with reality? Is is it Santelli or Waters?
    1 Mar 2009, 11:07 PM Reply Like
  • HCSKnight
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    Hmmmm. Kill the messenger. Any way you can!


    God forbid the message is considered. But hey, it doesnt matter, it's what the masses want. If they want cake, let them eat cake. After all that's what a Democracy is...


    Of course it's not what the Founding Father's founded... but that's beside the point when Uncle Sugar Daddy is running the office. With BO, NP and HR pimping the country's future to the "marginalized masses", the divide only grows.


    Oh yea, to hell with charities too, Uncle Sugar Daddy is in da house!
    1 Mar 2009, 11:10 PM Reply Like
  • Willy Walnuts
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    What happened to news on the news? All I hear on CNBC, CNN, MSNBC, etc. is rants, thinly veiled insults, and a whole lot of whining.


    Give me the information, leave the analysis to the educated, and keep your opinions to yourself. I think all of the $787,000,000,000 should go to education, because there are way too many people out there who think they have it all figured out but would fail a basic logic course.
    2 Mar 2009, 02:49 AM Reply Like
  • joshuaodonnell
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    Leave Rick Santelli the hell alone! He may be the only true capitalist left. He should be the next president. He's one of the most intelligent people on CNBC. The rest of them are idiots.


    You think he is winning? Yeah, for a good reason. Why should the 90% of people who own a house, have to pay for the next door neighbor who fucked up? Fuck that! You either pay your mortgage, or you get eliminated. Thats it.. This isn't a democratic or republican thing. Its how our capitalist system works.


    Sorry folks, but there is no business or bank that's too big to fail. If your not profiting, you fail. Thats it. No if's and's or but's about it.
    2 Mar 2009, 03:01 AM Reply Like
  • DW
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    How dare someone have an opinion that doesn't match the great Obama!


    How dare anyone question him!!!


    Joe the plumber part two!
    3 Mar 2009, 03:42 PM Reply Like
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