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U.S. policymakers are in the "anti-capitalism business" and prolonging symptoms of the...

U.S. policymakers are in the "anti-capitalism business" and prolonging symptoms of the recession, says Jim Grant. Their actions are "all wrong" and "have nothing to do" with what the founders of the Fed intended, Grant adds, warning of the unintended consequences. (video)
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  • montanamark
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    We need more of Jim Grant
    29 Mar 2012, 07:55 PM Reply Like
  • TakeFive
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    LOL @Jim Grant
    29 Mar 2012, 09:26 PM Reply Like
  • 867046
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    Jim Grant appears to be stockmarket midget whose comments are worthless except to people who are unoriginal like MBA's and mechanical engineers.

     

    This is an investing site. In order for Mr Grant to be even remotely relevant, he needs to have actionable investing moves and some sort of investing track record. He is what Roosevelt was referring to in his man in the ring rant.
    29 Mar 2012, 11:29 PM Reply Like
  • varan
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    You remind me of a current TV add wherein the person expresses his fervent desire to get a colonoscopy.

     

    It's ok. You are not alone. Many people need weird things.
    2 Apr 2012, 12:03 PM Reply Like
  • phemale60
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    I saw Jim Grant on Wall Street Report yesterday - wore a really weird bow tie! Strange cat!
    2 Apr 2012, 09:53 PM Reply Like
  • Yokyok
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    right wing political hooey
    29 Mar 2012, 08:06 PM Reply Like
  • slard271
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    Where "hooey" apparently means "economic pragmatism and financial reality".
    29 Mar 2012, 08:21 PM Reply Like
  • Cincinnatus
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    The market on hooey was cornered by the "hope and change" empty-suit in the White House and the mindless mob that still follows him.
    30 Mar 2012, 12:41 AM Reply Like
  • slard271
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    Most folks have little more to look forward to than a little bit of hope and some zinc change. He has delivered on his promise spectacularly!
    30 Mar 2012, 12:55 AM Reply Like
  • varan
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    SPY on 1/2/2009 87.25
    SPY on 3/29/2012 140.23

     

    If you did not use the opportunity to make globs of money by investing wisely, don't blame Obama. Did you want him to come to your house and ask you to buy SPY?

     

    If you did, what makes you hate him so much?
    30 Mar 2012, 12:59 AM Reply Like
  • slard271
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    I don't "hate" Obama any more than I hate Romney or any other cookie cutter politician. I merely judge them by their efficacy. Democrats and Republicans alike are completely ineffectual. It's this incessant cheerleading vitriol and extremism that has got everyone in this thread/country riled up cheering their respective chariot.

     

    As you said, what you need to do is think for yourself. Find the facts yourself. Dump the mantra of the D/R duopoly. Think of how much we could get done. Just a simple opinion.
    30 Mar 2012, 01:24 AM Reply Like
  • Cincinnatus
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    varan, you're correct. If you are a Trust Fund baby then your wealth has gone up. On the other hand if you're a working stiff and your income comes from a job and not from the trust fund your daddy left you then you're getting screwed by OhBumUs and his anti-business, anti-entrepreneurial, anti-energy policies.
    30 Mar 2012, 03:35 AM Reply Like
  • varan
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    And so you want a trust fund baby to be the President to fix this problem?

     

    You are thoroughly confused.
    30 Mar 2012, 11:00 AM Reply Like
  • DougRk
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    Let's see. Romney actually worked and made money. Obama has never held a single job in his life. Hmm.
    30 Mar 2012, 04:59 PM Reply Like
  • varan
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    Yeah he got money from his Latin American patrons, bought companies, fired most the employees, and sold them for huge profits.

     

    That's some work.

     

    Your prejudice is showing. You protest too much about Tea Party being called racist (when know one brought that up). Perhaps you are.
    30 Mar 2012, 07:28 PM Reply Like
  • Cincinnatus
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    "And so you want a trust fund baby to be the President to fix this problem?"

     

    varan, that's indicative of the fiction that you continuously spew forth. Not only does that not describe Romney, but that most aptly describes Obummer, who's never had a real job and spent most of his time as a community agitator. He couldn't run a lemonade stand on his own.

     

    Secondly you're dissembling, as I was responding to your attempt to portray the S&P as indicating something which it does not. More than half of the revenues of S&P 500 companies comes from outside the US, and more importantly the vast majority of the growth in revenues is coming from outside the US. That the SPY is going up has nothing to do with OhBumUs screwing over the average Joe.
    30 Mar 2012, 07:49 PM Reply Like
  • varan
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    Oh to what length will you guys go - or rather what depth of depravity.

     

    No sense in arguing with you, for any facts mentioned are viewed by you guys with such a convoluted perspective - twisted like a pretzel to make sure that your point of view appears to be right - no matter how far from reality it is.

     

    You give away your prejudice by calling him an agitator. What agitation was he involved with? It's a noble calling to be a community organizer, to help people who do not have a say in the corridors of power. You should try it too. It will make you a better human being.
    30 Mar 2012, 09:15 PM Reply Like
  • TakeFive
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    What I want to know is how many jobs has Romney created in the last five years? What has he done for this great country during its time of distress? (other than collect his "carried interest" of course)
    30 Mar 2012, 11:17 PM Reply Like
  • DougRk
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    Who brought up black helicopters? Sad varan, sad.
    31 Mar 2012, 12:11 AM Reply Like
  • phemale60
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    Being compelled to cheerlead is at least positive movement. Enthusiastic support rather than just settling for the alternative (some say with dread) is exciting and joyful for some.

     

    R/D -- L/R -- you are right -- makes no difference. Both move to middle/right-middle/left when elected. All depends on cultural differences, and gender. We women know who has our backs!
    31 Mar 2012, 01:45 PM Reply Like
  • phemale60
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    Law Professor is not a job? He worked pro bono?
    31 Mar 2012, 01:48 PM Reply Like
  • TakeFive
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    So having a job is based solely on how much money you make?
    31 Mar 2012, 02:22 PM Reply Like
  • bakkbakk
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    senior lecturer
    31 Mar 2012, 09:49 PM Reply Like
  • Cincinnatus
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    shemale, nothing in the legal "profession" is a job. Jobs produce goods that the rest of the world wants and will buy. Until we figure that out the US will continue it's descent. OhBumUs blowin' hot air won't cut it.
    1 Apr 2012, 12:18 AM Reply Like
  • Cincinnatus
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    Give a job based on producing something a try. It might not make you as much money as being a legal blowhard, but you might get some gratification knowing you produced something of value.
    1 Apr 2012, 12:22 AM Reply Like
  • varan
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    mitt romney produced nothing ever. zero. zilch. nada.

     

    just a money changer.

     

    better teach young lawyers about the constitution. unless you think that the constitution is not worth being taught.
    1 Apr 2012, 12:27 AM Reply Like
  • Cincinnatus
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    bakk, don't bother shemale with facts - they're annoying and difficult to follow. Fiction imposes no such difficulties.
    1 Apr 2012, 12:30 AM Reply Like
  • phemale60
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    Just watch!
    1 Apr 2012, 01:01 AM Reply Like
  • phemale60
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    Cin:

     

    "Legal blowhard"? seems you have no respect for lawyers; you are not the only one. But as long as we are a nation of laws, representation is necessary. Perhaps you had a bad experience.

     

    See documentary "Hot Coffee" (2011) about tort-reform and how fair trials are being replaced by corporation-picked arbitrators; we are unknowingly signing away our rights!
    1 Apr 2012, 02:01 PM Reply Like
  • Cincinnatus
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    Yea, I'll do that, right after I send a contribution to the cretins at the Trial Lawyers Assoc so we can have more of that bs. Most lawyers are imbeciles. There's a reason the US graduates 10 law degrees for every engineering degree. If you can fog a mirror you can get a law degree.
    2 Apr 2012, 02:31 AM Reply Like
  • phemale60
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    Can't blame lawyers if people choose law school instead of seeking engineering degrees. It's unfortunate, I agree. Perhaps putting more value on making money instead of creativity, innovation and caring about the country has contributed. Capitalism's downside! Medicine also affected; more students choose specialized fields. Shortage of general practioners, family doctors. Also due to high cost of college; how do students pay off loans unless work at high paying jobs? And how are lawyers worse than bankers, or hedge fund managers? Just scapegoating -- some group or person has to be blamed.
    2 Apr 2012, 08:45 AM Reply Like
  • TomasViewPoint
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    ph

     

    I would be careful who I let get your back. After all they are then behind you.
    2 Apr 2012, 09:00 PM Reply Like
  • phemale60
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    Ahem.... just an expression.
    2 Apr 2012, 09:58 PM Reply Like
  • TomasViewPoint
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    ph

     

    I know. Just teasing.
    3 Apr 2012, 12:24 AM Reply Like
  • wyostocks
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    So, Obama goes after big oil companies profits, why not go after Apple?
    29 Mar 2012, 08:19 PM Reply Like
  • slard271
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    The sheeple like AAPL.
    29 Mar 2012, 08:20 PM Reply Like
  • Terry330
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    Big oil has a long history of corruption and illegal profits. Apple does not get taxpayer-welfare payments.
    29 Mar 2012, 08:42 PM Reply Like
  • DougRk
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    Terry check this: http://bit.ly/yiuOEe
    29 Mar 2012, 08:51 PM Reply Like
  • TakeFive
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    He's not after their profits Silly. I know that conservatives love their entitlements but he's just trying to cut their welfare for the benefit of taxpayers. Stockholders should still do very well without the entitlements.
    29 Mar 2012, 09:29 PM Reply Like
  • wyostocks
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    terry
    There you go again.
    Inane as usual.
    29 Mar 2012, 11:51 PM Reply Like
  • TomasViewPoint
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    Terry

     

    Apple buys cheap subsidized labor in China and then brings the products back into the US which eventually end up in taxpayer funded landfills.

     

    "long history of corruption and illegal profits" sounds like Congress.
    29 Mar 2012, 11:58 PM Reply Like
  • DougRk
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    Welfare? For oil and gas? You're oblivious. http://bit.ly/H2PMJf

     

    More: "... between 1981 and 2008, oil and gas companies sent more dollars to Washington and the state capitols than they earned in profits for shareholders,"

     

    More: "...Exxon Mobil paid about $59 billion in total U.S. taxes for the five years before 2010 and earned $40.5 billion, a difference of about $20 billion."

     

    More: "The effective tax rate of oil and gas companies is 41.1 percent for 2010 (taxes as a share of net income) compared to 26.5 percent for other manufacturers on the S&P Industrial index."

     

    More: "For comparison, nuclear power comes in at minus -99.5 percent, wind at minus -163.8 percent and solar thermal at minus -244.7 percent — and that's before the Obama-Pelosi stimulus. In other words, the taxpayer loses more than each of these power sources produces."

     

    More: "It's important to note that Obama throws around the word "subsidies" loosely when the topic comes to energy taxation. The "subsidies" in the tax code for oil and gas companies are not handouts. No one receives a check from the federal government as does wind and solar. The oil and gas "subsidies" are actually ...deductions"

     

    More: "...oil and gas companies paid an average of $27,000 per employee in state and local taxes and royalties. By comparison, other private sector companies averaged only $4,800 per job."

     

    At best you are simply falling for the rhetoric of a demagouge. At worst... <shudder>
    30 Mar 2012, 01:19 AM Reply Like
  • Green Eyeshade
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    Given that FEDERAL TAXES on petroleum are far in excess of oil company profits, and the federal government does nothing to extract, refine or distribute the oil, are you sure you are accusing the right people "corruption and illegal profits"?
    30 Mar 2012, 02:26 AM Reply Like
  • Cincinnatus
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    R&D tax credits span all industries. Obama is flat out lying to portray this as welfare targeted at big oil companies. Rather the oil and gas industry operates on slimmer margins and pays far higher effective tax rates than most other industries. If this wasn't just another of Obama's cheap political farces he'd be going after these "subsidies" received by the likes of Apple and Intel. Next Obama will be whining about the "home mortgage subsidy".

     

    The problem is the underlying mindset of OhBummer. To his mind that portion of one's income that the government hasn't yet confiscated is a "subsidy" that rightfully belongs to the government for him to allocate to the likes of the Solyndra execs and other political cronies.
    30 Mar 2012, 04:09 AM Reply Like
  • phemale60
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    Take Five, my ringtone! :) love Brubeck!
    31 Mar 2012, 01:53 PM Reply Like
  • phemale60
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    dsr70: your info comes from Media Research Center -- funded by ExxonMobil, et al.

     

    Tax cuts for oil companies may seem unfair, especially during a recession where everyone else has been so hurt. It seems some believe oil and coal deserve to rule over the country, and no one better get in their way!!

     

    But then someone has to defend them. On you I guess!

     

    This is what I love about investing. One learns so much more than just about profits!
    31 Mar 2012, 02:05 PM Reply Like
  • phemale60
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    Gee whiz, did you wear a "buck fush" button before President Obama became Pres? just wonderin.
    31 Mar 2012, 02:19 PM Reply Like
  • varan
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    Or may be he has a case of Kochophilia.
    31 Mar 2012, 02:58 PM Reply Like
  • phemale60
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    Amen!
    31 Mar 2012, 03:18 PM Reply Like
  • DougRk
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    A-freaking-men. Further, I argue to any and all this: the US political, legal, and regulatory systems are now anti-business to their core. Not specifically because of Obama, but he's accelerating a multi-decade movement.

     

    Only smart, independent people fighting against a system rigged against them make this country work.
    29 Mar 2012, 08:41 PM Reply Like
  • IncomeYield
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    Did he JUST have this epiphany??? :)
    29 Mar 2012, 08:50 PM Reply Like
  • varan
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    Really?

     

    The power of the American corporation is at its peak: (a) they have a ready supply of labor overseas, and so as soon the employees so much as just whisper that their working conditions are somewhat less than pleasant, the jobs immediately can be shipped abroad, (b) they can give unlimited amount of money to political campaigns to make sure that their ass-kissers are elected to the positions that matter, (c) a person who likes to fire people and thinks that corporations are people too is likely to be the next president, (d) most of the members of the governing class in the federal and state governments act as if they are a department of the US Chamber of Commerce and (e) a majority of SCOTUS justices are uber pro-corporate-profits and corporate friendly.

     

    If this is the result of anti-business environment, I don't know what will be a pro-business body-politic. eighty hour workweek or indentured servitude to corporate masters perhaps?
    29 Mar 2012, 08:54 PM Reply Like
  • spald_fr
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    I believe the article above states "anti-captialism business", not "anti-business".

     

    However, your description of the mechanism to eradicate the petit bourgeoisie is pretty good.
    29 Mar 2012, 09:41 PM Reply Like
  • anonymous#12
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    Varan, didn't you knew that if we could reduce minimum wages, eliminate the food stamps, and negate healthcare benefits the US would usher in a boom of historic proportions? Well that's what the conservatives say....

     

    That pesky thing about income inequality that has brought nations to their knees before, should just be brushed away. Let's continue to punish the poor and benefit those well connected.

     

    Well that's what the conservatives stand for, benefiting the rich at the expense of the poor.
    29 Mar 2012, 10:24 PM Reply Like
  • bakkbakk
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    @anonymous#12 I get your point on corporate profits, but as far as income inequality, what do you really think people should make at the bottom rung of the jobs ladder? While I do think that anyone willing to work full time should get health care benefits of some sort from their company, if we start paying people more and more for doing minimum wage jobs what is the point of bettering yourself, going to school, getting an education, and getting a good job that actually helps the country out and maybe even a person or two?

     

    My generation has a complete lack of respect for hard work and bettering themselves and the last thing we need is more incentive to stay at a minimum wage job.

     

    I remember when they raised minimum wages. I remember when a single mom came on a t.v. interview saying how mad she was because she was now making more money and didn't qualify for the poverty level anymore and no longer qualified for government benefits for some things. Mad at making more money because she didn't qualify for my tax money anymore. Nice and a pathetic example of the new found thought on how to live a life.

     

    I have watched first hand for the last 25 years I can remember just how that mentality plays out. One family on one side of my family has been on welfare, my whole life. Their life really isn''t that bad. 50 dollars rent for a house in a good neighborhood, cable, internet, tv, computer, furniture, clothes, heat, air, beer, cigarrettes, and plenty of drugs. With the exception of the latter in the list I work my ass off everyday at a good job to ensure I have these things. And don't tell me its just some people that abuse food stamps, as I see all the time in front of my face people trading food stamps for cash. Those are just the people that have the balls to do it in front of people.

     

    Not sure what you meant by healthcare benefits, but if you meant in favor of Obamacare wow.
    29 Mar 2012, 11:19 PM Reply Like
  • DougRk
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    @varan, yes really.

     

    You're arguing by headlines instead of fact...

     

    a) Business here is on the edge of sustainability largely because of (d). Is this business' fault? It's called survival. Business like people votes with its feet.
    b) unlimited donations as it should be. The Citizens United ruling logically stated that people banding together (a company or union) are still people. Contrary to the thinking inherent in your argument that people banding together to sell product or collectively bargain are second class citizens somehow. And contrary to your implication that we all should somehow remain silent and not talk about the future of our country in an election. And contrary to your implication that the FEC should rule Fahrenheit 911 protected speech and a Hilary Clinton movie prohibited speech, in direct violation of the 1st Amendment, and with the direct result that only a govt. bureau decides who can speak. We need McCain-Feingold and all campaign finance laws struck down as the violations of the 1st Amendment they are. Unless you're arguing that Citizen's United granted business and unions protected status over individuals? In which case, that's solely because the case dealt with the FEC and two business groups. We need less regulation, not more as you imply.
    c) see above
    d) There are over 80,000 pages in the Federal Register of regulations, with 180 million words. State and local regs are estimated to number nearly 4 billion words. Dodd-Frank is 6000 pages. Obamacare is 2700 pages. The handful of already published rules from Dodd-Frank alone is estimated to require 25 million paperwork hours yearly. The handful from Obamacare already published is estimated at 27 million paperwork hours. These are a tiny fraction that's estimated at billions of hours, and this is only at the Federal level.
    e) There is nothing in the const. which allows the Feds to regulate any business in any state at any time. If you apply the text. Yet with the commerce clause expansion, the Feds can regulate anything with impunity now, while it's original intent was merely to prevent duties and tariffs from being erected between the states. Police power was supposed to be states only. This uber-pro-business court won't consider rolling that back and may uphold its expansion to the point where individuals who may never cross a state line are ordered to enter into commerce in order to be regulated.

     

    If this is a pro-business environment, I don't know what an anti-business climate would be. 10 billion words, 200,000 pages, 500 million paperwork hours for Dodd-Frank? I didn't even begin to address lawsuit abuse and shakedowns. Your ignorance of that is precisely how I know you've never run a business.
    29 Mar 2012, 11:28 PM Reply Like
  • DougRk
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    How do you suppose this nation, which has always been a small % of the world population, generated the greatest wealth for the most people with the highest standard of living ever seen in the history of the world?

     

    Clearly read these words: generate wealth. It comes from free people. You are so fixated on income inequality that you simply ignore the fact that all people benefit when wealth is _generated_. But of course you reject the historical evidence and join the occupiers.
    29 Mar 2012, 11:34 PM Reply Like
  • TakeFive
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    "Corporations are people my friend"

     

    Ah, another who already craves for the bubbly days and can't wait to create yet another one. Apparently the fireworks wasn't sweet enough when the last one went poof.
    29 Mar 2012, 11:40 PM Reply Like
  • DougRk
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    Do you even comprehend what you're saying?

     

    "Gee, you can donate and speak." "Gee, you two people can't donate or speak." --Respectfully, your government.
    29 Mar 2012, 11:45 PM Reply Like
  • Green Eyeshade
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    I'm far more worried about a ballooning deficit than "inequality". Last I checked more nations are "brought down" by a lack of fiscal discipline than inequality.
    30 Mar 2012, 02:26 AM Reply Like
  • anonymous#12
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    You need to stop believing Limbaugh's propaganda....
    2 Apr 2012, 09:08 AM Reply Like
  • phemale60
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    We need to stop demonizing the poor. A few bad apples don't spoil the whole crop!

     

    What an off-the-wall concept, that making a few extra dollars will prevent folks from aspiring to a better way of life! I can't imagine where you live, $50 rent?!! An Appalachia shack? Hawaiian hut? Where is this place? I'm moving there!! (LOL)

     

    Life is expensive; more now than ever! Healthcare is impossiblefor most to afford and people are paying half their wages on rent or losing their homes. I know from personal experience how it is to earn too much for assistance but too little to barely survive, and as we get older it gets tougher. As corporations are making greater profits, paying a wage employees can survive on should be moral choice.

     

    But good news: Just yesterday here in NYC we got a tax break on clothes and shoes. Any sale under $110 is tax free! Blessings do come to us when we least expect it!
    2 Apr 2012, 11:57 AM Reply Like
  • wyostocks
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    "Blessings do come to us when we least expect it! "

     

    So, if somebody whips and beats you, it is a blessing when it stops? NYC screws you with 10% sales tax and it is a blessing when they don't charge it on a total sale of under $110. You liberals are a weird bunch.
    2 Apr 2012, 12:04 PM Reply Like
  • bakkbakk
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    Afew bad apples? How about a few million bad apples. Unfortunately for the people that do need assistance, the system has been abused by many more that have the full potential to make something of themselves. If there was more of a progressive plan for the less fortunate to get back on their feet and contribute to society people might respect the system a bit more for what it was originally intended for.

     

    And the 50 dollar rent is what my aunt had to pay for renting a house in a nice neighborhood, out of her welfare check. The total rent was far from 50 and the rest was scooped up by taxpayers.
    2 Apr 2012, 04:01 PM Reply Like
  • bakkbakk
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    My experiences I wrote are propaganda? I am fully capable of forming my own opinions from reality and not from listening to a fat #ss loud mouth republican extremist that managed to get his own radio show.
    2 Apr 2012, 04:07 PM Reply Like
  • anonymous#12
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    NYC is not a place to live. Elevated cost of life, poor services and ugly environment.

     

    NYC is only affordable to the super wealthy.....
    2 Apr 2012, 06:13 PM Reply Like
  • wyostocks
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    "fully capable of forming my own opinions"

     

    From what you write, that is seriously in doubt!
    2 Apr 2012, 08:56 PM Reply Like
  • wyostocks
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    WTF ARE YOU RANTING ABOUT?
    2 Apr 2012, 08:57 PM Reply Like
  • bakkbakk
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    So only people with your beliefs are forming their own opinions and the rest are all just zombies. Gotcha.
    2 Apr 2012, 09:59 PM Reply Like
  • phemale60
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    Well, heck, 20 yrs. ago it used to be awful, dirty, seedy and the air was so polluted you couldn't breathe. I had an apartment for $150 a month! Not now, of course, but rent stablized so not bad.

     

    Y'all should come visit -- it's a new changed city. Buses run on cleaner fuel. And so much to see and do; a lot of it free. Broadway is booming! True rent is high but it is in every city; SF is even worse. But you don't need to drive and shopping is convenient. I have neighbors who are in their '80's who do their own shopping. And we do look out for each other. People have the wrong idea about the big city. Tourists always love it, especially in spring.
    2 Apr 2012, 10:12 PM Reply Like
  • TomasViewPoint
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    I have spent a lot of time in NY and it is one of my favorite cities for things to do and great restaurants. The people are fine although I am pretty good at handling people.

     

    Only thing I hate is the cab rides. Horrible experience so I try to do limos. Cost a little more but worth it.
    3 Apr 2012, 12:27 AM Reply Like
  • davidbdc
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    YOu think????

     

    I thought George Will today was a good read. A guy starts a taxi company offering rides for $25 and what does the established competition do? Improve their service? NO! Differentiate with nicer cars? NO! Offer package deals to be price competitive? NOT!

     

    Bribe their elected officials to pass regulations to effectively knock they guy out of business? BINGO!!!!!

     

    Good old American capitalism at its best!!!!

     

    Bail out those that make stupid decisions. Steal from those that save to pay for it. The list just goes on and on and on. Pretty pathetic really.
    29 Mar 2012, 08:55 PM Reply Like
  • untrusting investor
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    LOL, that is a pretty good description of the american crony capitalist model alright.
    29 Mar 2012, 09:45 PM Reply Like
  • 867046
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    Isn't it a bit of an intellectual reach to extrapolate from one anecdote to the entire US economy?
    29 Mar 2012, 11:23 PM Reply Like
  • DougRk
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    A perfect example of why govt. power is always bad. It doesn't protect, it's used to coerce. Business vs. business too.
    29 Mar 2012, 11:36 PM Reply Like
  • phemale60
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    Any other ideas? We elect our congressmen/women; those of us who vote. We're stuck with each other's choices whether we like it or not. I didn't vote for Charlie Rangel but he's my congressman; not going to cry about it!!

     

    Jim Cramer said the other day, and he is NOT an Obama fan: "Since Barack Obama became president the stock market has grown 59% - he should get credit for that."

     

    I know I'm up 42% so I'm not unhappy! And I can imagine the alternative. See "Game Change"!!!
    31 Mar 2012, 02:33 PM Reply Like
  • bakkbakk
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    Then after he takes credit for that he can take credit for the default that is coming soon after. Tell me how your 42% is doing after that and send Obama a thank you card
    31 Mar 2012, 10:08 PM Reply Like
  • phemale60
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    I read recently the agencies are considering raising our rating this year and if not the whole lot of them are to blame; the President isn't a one man show!
    1 Apr 2012, 01:09 AM Reply Like
  • bakkbakk
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    They were just warned of another rate cut if they dont attempt to fix our situation. Whered you get that the national enquirer?
    1 Apr 2012, 01:33 AM Reply Like
  • phemale60
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    Squawk Box! Sorry, I don't read Murdoch trash!
    1 Apr 2012, 02:04 PM Reply Like
  • SoldHigh
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    The Obama administration's extreme anti-business actions are the primary reason why the 'recovery' has been so anemic.
    29 Mar 2012, 08:58 PM Reply Like
  • varan
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    List some.
    29 Mar 2012, 09:05 PM Reply Like
  • SoldHigh
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    Frank-Dodd for one: this regulation to address the fin crises was written by two of the same men who helped to cause the crises! The reg also did not address FRE/FNM, GESs that continue to bleed. This p-c reg does not add confidence.

     

    Obama's EPA: the heavy handed employment prevention agency (epa) was recently slapped by the USSC 9-0 due to its extreme over-reaching. Energy-producing plants AND oil refineries are closing thanks to the latest EPA nonsense.

     

    Obama's NLRB who went after BA simply for building a plant in a right to work state! Obamas union thugs have the NLRB in their back-pocket.

     

    In spite of Obama's anti-oil policies, US oil production continues to do well thanks to decisions made during the Bush administration years. This industry would do better if it weren't for obama's anti-carbon agenda.

     

    These are a just a few examples of our "Dear Leader's" anti-business practices.
    29 Mar 2012, 09:14 PM Reply Like
  • varan
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    Is that you Hannity?

     

    Stop regurgitating Wingnut talking points.

     

    Think for yourself. Find out the facts for yourself.
    29 Mar 2012, 09:59 PM Reply Like
  • SoldHigh
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    And the typical obamabot response is avoid discussing the facts. Just blame, name-call, and run.

     

    Grow up.
    29 Mar 2012, 11:05 PM Reply Like
  • phemale60
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    You mean the oil refineries and power plants can't spew polluting smoke, soot and chemicals anymore? No wonder air quality is so much better these days! Kind of miss the stinky nasty stuff, you?
    29 Mar 2012, 11:15 PM Reply Like
  • varan
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    I would respond if you wrote something original.

     

    Nothing you say is not available at any of the numerous hate Obama 24/7 wingnut sites.

     

    Talk about name calling. You guys don't even accept Obama as an American.
    29 Mar 2012, 11:28 PM Reply Like
  • DougRk
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    Count me as one who does not accept Obama as American. Except this: he's not American in thought. He does not believe in our founding principles. And neither do you clearly.

     

    At your core, you believe govt. should be an instrument of coercion, using law and threatening jail, to get people to do what they otherwise wouldn't, to enrich someone else. That's evil at its core and why I loathe your thinking to my core.
    29 Mar 2012, 11:37 PM Reply Like
  • varan
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    Black Helicopters! Look Black Helicopters!
    30 Mar 2012, 12:34 AM Reply Like
  • DougRk
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    Pathetic retort. I thought I was going to get at least a thoughtful leftist comment.

     

    Tea party racists! Look Tea Party racists!
    30 Mar 2012, 12:50 AM Reply Like
  • phemale60
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    You say anemic --- compared to what?
    31 Mar 2012, 02:34 PM Reply Like
  • bakkbakk
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    real growth
    31 Mar 2012, 10:50 PM Reply Like
  • phemale60
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    Is that the growth we saw under the GOP for 8 years before this administration?
    1 Apr 2012, 01:11 AM Reply Like
  • bakkbakk
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    Did I anywhere imply that?
    1 Apr 2012, 01:34 AM Reply Like
  • Furbonacci
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    can we just have term limits for everyone and just end this already?
    29 Mar 2012, 09:00 PM Reply Like
  • pre-boomer
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    I have seen it reported that each week for the past 20 weeks the previous week's initial unemployment # is always adjusted upward just enough to show that the current week's initial # is a decrease !?

     

    Anybody know anything about this ?
    29 Mar 2012, 09:36 PM Reply Like
  • bakkbakk
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    Sounds kinda funny if you ask me. Maybe the are trying to time the next qe.
    29 Mar 2012, 10:09 PM Reply Like
  • The Mighty Wart
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    The US is a country in decline. There are politicians in perpetual denial (i.e.: Jim Grant) and there are others that are trying to do their best to manage this decline. Attributing these very different and distinct attitudes to be “anti-capitalist” or “pro-business” or whatever is the flavour of the month is having the wrong diagnose for the wrong issue; what took this country where it is now in the first place in fact.
    30 Mar 2012, 05:25 AM Reply Like
  • phemale60
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    You know you really should have that looked at.
    1 Apr 2012, 01:12 AM Reply Like
  • The Mighty Wart
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    It’s not my foot though. All I know it’s that someone’s right foot which is not the same to say that is the right foot.
    1 Apr 2012, 07:58 AM Reply Like
  • phemale60
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    Pretty funny but really gross!!
    1 Apr 2012, 02:06 PM Reply Like
  • micray
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    I believe it was Reagan that said "Government is the problem" Guess it still is. The best politicians are the ones who understand they should just get out of the way and America always comes roaring back. Sadly the other 99% don'nt get it about us.
    30 Mar 2012, 08:17 AM Reply Like
  • phemale60
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    Reagan also called social security "socialism" -- before he became president. Politicians say a lot of things!
    31 Mar 2012, 02:38 PM Reply Like
  • TakeFive
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    Indeed
    1 Apr 2012, 02:21 AM Reply Like
  • phemale60
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    Brubeck:

     

    "Curmudgeon"? Was just thinking of that word after reading comments on this site. It's like Andy Rooney retires and in his place a huge curmudgeons group forms to exact a coup d'état!
    1 Apr 2012, 02:19 PM Reply Like
  • TakeFive
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    LOL....(RIP)
    1 Apr 2012, 03:02 PM Reply Like
  • phemale60
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    President Obama anti-business? Some companies are doing better than ever, although implications worrisome to me.

     

    http://reut.rs/H8TyRf
    1 Apr 2012, 03:48 PM Reply Like
  • bakkbakk
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    Comments (280) | Send Message
     
    Wow!!!!!!!!! Did you just correlate a gun company's success directly to a democratic president?
    1 Apr 2012, 04:02 PM Reply Like
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