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Incredible speech Just given by Senator Bunning.(not afraid to say it like it is)
Senate.gov ^ | 9/26/08 | Senator Bunning

Posted on 09/26/2008 11:36:00 AM PDT by Revel

Phone number: 202-224-4343

United States Senate, Washington, DC Friday, September 26, 2008

Thank you, Mr. President. I rise to speak about the current economic situation and the bailout bill that will soon be coming to the Senate floor.

Let me start by saying that I am just as concerned about what is going on in the financial markets and the economy as everyone else. I know there are extreme tensions in the credit markets and those problems could soon have an impact on businesses and individuals who had nothing to do with the mortgage mess. However, I do not agree that the bill coming to the Senate will fix those problems.

I also strongly disagree with the Senators who have come to the floor and declared that this crisis is a failure of the free markets. No, the root of this crisis is a failure of government. It comes from a failure of regulation and, most importantly, monetary policy. In the long term we certainly need to update our financial regulation to reflect the realities of our modern economy, but it is just plain wrong to blame failures of our regulations and regulators on the markets.

A little history is in order here. Our financial regulations are based on structures put in place during the Great Depression. Our laws simply do not reflect the current landscape of the financial markets. Once upon a time, banks may have been the only institutions that were a danger to the entire financial system, but it is clear that other institutions are now so big and connected that we can not ignore them in the future. Also, many of today’s common financial instruments did not exist twenty years ago, much less when our laws were written.

But our regulatory structure is not the only problem. The real fuel for the fire of this crisis has been the monetary policy of the Federal Reserve. I have been a vocal critic of the Fed for many years, and have been warning that their policies would hurt Americans in the short and long term. For most of those years I did not have much company, but I am glad that many economists and commentators have recently joined me in criticizing the Fed.

During the second half of his time at the Fed, former Chairman Alan Greenspan tried to micro-manage the economy with monetary policy. Any economy is going to have its ups and downs, and it was foolish to try to stop that. But Chairman Greenspan did it anyway. By trying to smooth out those bumps, he over-shot to the high and low side, creating bubbles and then recessions.

I have spoken many times on the floor about the Fed’s policies that led to the housing bubble, but a few parts are worth repeating. Everyone remembers the dot-com bubble, which was itself partly a result of easy money pumped into the system by the Fed in the late 1990’s. Well, Chairman Greenspan set out to pop that bubble and kept raising interest rates in the face of a slowdown, driving the economy into recession.

In order to undo the problems created by his tight money, he then overshot, taking rates to as low as one percent for a year, and below two percent for nearly three years. In turn, that easy money ignited the housing market by bringing mortgage interest rates to all time lows. Low-cost borrowing encouraged excessive risk-taking in the financial markets, and led investors to pump borrowed funds into all kinds of investments, including the various mortgage lending vehicles.

In 2004, he encouraged borrowers to get adjustable rate mortgages because of all the money they would save. Four months later, he started a series of 17 interest rate increases that helped make those mortgages unaffordable for the hundreds of thousands of borrowers who listened to his advice. I warned him about this advice the day following his speech, but that warning fell on deaf ears.

Then in 2005, rising interest rates and house price appreciation overcame the ability of borrowers to afford the house they wanted. To keep the party going, borrowers, lenders, investors, rating agencies, and everyone else involved lowered their standards, and kept mortgages flowing to less creditworthy borrowers, who were buying ever more expensive houses.

Chairman Greenspan also let investors and homeowners down by failing to police the banks and other lenders as they wrote ever more risky loans. Regulated banks were allowed to keep their most risky assets off the balance sheet. Even worse, he refused to use the powers Congress gave the Fed in the Home Ownership and Equity Protection Act in 1994 to oversee all lenders, even those not affiliated with banks. His refusal to reign in the worst lending practices allowed banks and others, including Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, to write the loans that are now at the center of the mortgage crisis. Chairman Ben Bernanke finally issued rules under that law in July, but that was far too late to solve the problems.

Before turning to the coming legislation, I want to mention a few more failures of government that directly contributed to this mess. Federal regulations require the use of ratings from rating agencies that have proven to be wrong on the biggest financial failures of the last decade. The Community Reinvestment Act forces banks to make loans they would not otherwise make based on the credit history of the borrower. The Securities and Exchange Commission under former Chairman Donaldson failed to establish meaningful oversight and leverage restrictions for investment banks.

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac used the implied backing of the government to grow so large that their takeover by the government effectively doubled the national debt. And they were pushed by their executives and the Clinton Administration to loosen their lending standards and write the loans that drove the companies to the point of being bailed out by the taxpayers.

Finally, the same individuals who have come to this building to ask for the latest bailout set the stage for the very panic they are using to justify the bailout. The Secretary of the Treasury and the Fed Chairman set expectations for government intervention when they bailed out Bear Stearns in March. The markets operated all summer with the belief that the government would step in and rescue failing firms. Then they let Lehman Brothers fail, and the markets had to adjust to the idea that Wall Street would have to take the losses for Wall Street’s bad decisions, not the taxpayers. That new uncertainty could be the most significant contributing factor to why the markets panicked last week. What is more, the panic today is a result of the high expectations set last week when the Secretary and Chairman announced their plan. When resistance in Congress and the public outrage over the plan became clear, the markets walked back to the edge of panic.

Now I want to talk about the bailout bill that we expect to have on the Senate floor soon. The Paulson proposal is an attempt to do what we so often do in Washington – throw money at a problem. We cannot make bad mortgages go away. We cannot make the losses that our financial institutions are facing go away. Someone must take those losses. We can either let the people who made bad decisions bear the consequences of their actions, or we can spread that pain to others. And that is exactly what Secretary Paulson proposes to do – take Wall Street’s pain and spread it to the taxpayers.

We all know it is not fair to ask the taxpayers to pick up Wall Street’s tab. But what we do not know is if this plan can even work. All we have is the word of the Treasury Secretary and the Fed Chairman. But they have been wrong throughout this whole housing mess. They have previously told us that the subprime problems would not spread and that the economy was strong. Now they say we are on the edge of a severe recession if we do not pass this bill.

Well, I am not buying it, and neither are many of the nation’s leading economists. If some sort of government intervention is needed to fix the mess created by the government failures I talked about earlier, we need to get it right. Congress owes it to the American people to slow down and think this through. We need to know that whatever we do is going to fix the problem, protect the taxpayers, not reward those who made bad decisions, and make sure this does not happen again. But we can not do that in one week as we are all trying to rush home. Congress needs to take this seriously and stay here until we find the right solution, not just throw 700 billion dollars at Wall Street as we walk out the door.

Now, Mr. President, before I yield the floor, I ask unanimous consent that the two letters I mentioned from economists opposing the bill, along with an article from the New York Times from 1999 about the Clinton Administration pushing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac into risky loans, be printed in the record following my remarks.

I yield the floor.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; US: Kentucky
KEYWORDS: 110th; bailout; bunning; congress; financialcrisis; govwatch; housingbubble; jimbunning; ussenate
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This guy has been so great throughout all of this!
1 posted on 09/26/2008 11:36:01 AM PDT by Revel
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To: Revel

OH SH**! It sounds like the Republicans have caved!


2 posted on 09/26/2008 11:43:41 AM PDT by stockpirate (Welcome to the United Socialist States of America - USSA - OR STOP THE BAILOUT!)
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To: Admin Moderator

Can you please change “give” in title to “given”.

Thanks


3 posted on 09/26/2008 11:44:14 AM PDT by Revel
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To: Revel

bttt


4 posted on 09/26/2008 11:44:15 AM PDT by NativeNewYorker (Freepin' Jew Boy)
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To: Revel

I loved Jim Bunning as player for the Phillies, a congressman, and now a Senator. Excellent speech! : )


5 posted on 09/26/2008 11:45:18 AM PDT by TAdams8591 (Proud Catholic supporter of Governor Mitt Romney for VP and now, Governor Sarah Palin!)
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To: Revel

Did he get the unanimous consent?


6 posted on 09/26/2008 11:45:52 AM PDT by HIDEK6
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To: Revel

“Now I want to talk about the bailout bill that we expect to have on the Senate floor soon. The Paulson proposal is an attempt to do what we so often do in Washington – throw money at a problem”

MY GOD THE REPUBLICANS CAVED!


7 posted on 09/26/2008 11:45:52 AM PDT by stockpirate (Welcome to the United Socialist States of America - USSA - OR STOP THE BAILOUT!)
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To: Revel
It will be interesting to see how this battle comes out. There is so much going on at the same time it is hard to keep up with it all. Complicated, of course, by the absolute lack of credibility of the press reporting it.

The Dems are packing the pork in even as they deny responsibility in large part for the problem to begin with. ACORN getting 20% of the payback? If true, this alone should cost Obama the election and sweep the Dems out of Congress in the fall.

8 posted on 09/26/2008 11:46:30 AM PDT by IrishCatholic (No local communist or socialist party chapter? Join the Democrats, it's the same thing.)
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To: NativeNewYorker

bump


9 posted on 09/26/2008 11:46:43 AM PDT by ConservativeMan55 (Obama is the Democrats guy. They bought the ticket, now they must take the ride.)
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To: stockpirate
MY GOD THE REPUBLICANS CAVED!

Are you telling me that HOUSE Republicans have all folded, 100 of them will vote for this POS to give Dems cover??

10 posted on 09/26/2008 11:49:20 AM PDT by MozarkDawg
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To: Revel

Good speech..


11 posted on 09/26/2008 11:51:03 AM PDT by vietvet67
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To: stockpirate

“....Well, I am not buying it, and neither are many of the nation’s leading economists. If some sort of government intervention is needed to fix the mess created by the government failures I talked about earlier, we need to get it right. Congress owes it to the American people to slow down and think this through. We need to know that whatever we do is going to fix the problem, protect the taxpayers, not reward those who made bad decisions, and make sure this does not happen again. But we can not do that in one week as we are all trying to rush home. Congress needs to take this seriously and stay here until we find the right solution, not just throw 700 billion dollars at Wall Street as we walk out the door.

Now, Mr. President, before I yield the floor, I ask unanimous consent that the two letters I mentioned from economists opposing the bill, along with an article from the New York Times from 1999 about the Clinton Administration pushing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac into risky loans, be printed in the record following my remarks...”

Doesn’t sound like they caved to me.


12 posted on 09/26/2008 11:51:35 AM PDT by Islander7 ("Common sense and common decency are uncommon virtues among America's left.")
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To: Revel

Senator Sherrod Brown, Pick up the phone. I have something to say to you!


13 posted on 09/26/2008 11:53:01 AM PDT by griswold3
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To: Revel

Too bad that the truth has to fight its way through the media’s fogbank of blather.


14 posted on 09/26/2008 11:53:45 AM PDT by Aquinasfan (When you find "Sola Scriptura" in the Bible, let me know)
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To: ConservativeMan55; All

Audio of this:

http://src.senate.gov/public/_files/radio/bunningfloor92608.mp3

Video of this:

http://src.senate.gov/public/_files/television/bunning_sep26.ram


15 posted on 09/26/2008 11:54:08 AM PDT by Revel
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To: stockpirate

Where did you see the pubs caved?


16 posted on 09/26/2008 11:55:03 AM PDT by uncommonsense
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To: IMissPresidentReagan; CourtneyLeigh; Just Kimberly; Knuckrider; MBohman; republicanbob1; jcwky; ...
Ky. Ping.
17 posted on 09/26/2008 11:57:09 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass ("Annoy the media, elect PALIN and McCAIN....errr....McCAIN / PALIN.....McPALIN" 8^)
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To: Islander7

In the part I posted he stated that the Paulson bill was to be voted on today did he not?

He is inserting documents in the record to show he is opposed.

Else why vote on the Paulson bill today?


18 posted on 09/26/2008 11:58:10 AM PDT by stockpirate (Welcome to the United Socialist States of America - USSA - OR STOP THE BAILOUT!)
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To: stockpirate
MY GOD THE REPUBLICANS CAVED!

Calm down. There is absolutely nothing in that speech that says they caved. Quite to the contrary, the Republicans are going AGAINST the bailout, but there may be enough votes in both house and senate among the Democrats to pass it. The only way this can be stopped is for Democrats to come to their senses, and we all know that is impossible as they are, by definition, nonsensicle. The Republicans are united against this bailout and the Democrats are going to pay dearly for passing it.
19 posted on 09/26/2008 11:58:36 AM PDT by DRey
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To: uncommonsense

“Now I want to talk about the bailout bill that we expect to have on the Senate floor soon. The Paulson proposal is an attempt to do what we so often do in Washington – throw money at a problem. We cannot make bad mortgages go away. We cannot make the losses that our financial institutions are facing go away. Someone must take those losses. We can either let the people who made bad decisions bear the consequences of their actions, or we can spread that pain to others. And that is exactly what Secretary Paulson proposes to do – take Wall Street’s pain and spread it to the taxpayers.”


20 posted on 09/26/2008 11:58:58 AM PDT by stockpirate (Welcome to the United Socialist States of America - USSA - OR STOP THE BAILOUT!)
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To: Revel

The Senate still uses RealAudio? LOL. Friends don’t let friends use RealAudio. I’m surprised the audio isn’t available in FLAC. /sarc


21 posted on 09/26/2008 11:59:25 AM PDT by library user
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To: Revel

Bump!


22 posted on 09/26/2008 11:59:30 AM PDT by Jim Robinson
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To: stockpirate
OH SH**! It sounds like the Republicans have caved!

Not necessarily. It sounds like the rats decided it might look better for them to pass this w/o support from the GOP. We'll see. I hope like hell we stick to our guns.

23 posted on 09/26/2008 12:01:43 PM PDT by pgkdan
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To: Revel

Bunning is my other Senator, and I’m glad to see this. You see McConnell a lot more than Bunning, but Sen. Bunning in recent years has developed a bit of reputation for being a hellraiser when it suits him to be one. Every time I see him speak, I like him more.


24 posted on 09/26/2008 12:02:10 PM PDT by JamesP81 (George Orwell's 1984 was a warning, not a suggestion)
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To: Revel

Great how? Has he been on tv slamming the UnAmerican Democrat Party? No.
25 posted on 09/26/2008 12:03:16 PM PDT by roses of sharon (The MSM vampires must die!)
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To: stockpirate

I don’t buy that and I see it as just the opposite.


26 posted on 09/26/2008 12:03:39 PM PDT by ThomasMore (Socialism is our WORST enemy!)
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To: stockpirate
Else why vote on the Paulson bill today?

Ummm...because the 'rats are the majority party and can pass anything they want..in the House at least.

27 posted on 09/26/2008 12:03:54 PM PDT by pgkdan
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To: stockpirate

I thought you were being sarcastic. In now way do I take this speech to be a cave. Just the opposite. He is just talking about the possibility of this bill coming to a vote. Not wanting it to.


28 posted on 09/26/2008 12:04:19 PM PDT by Revel
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To: Revel

ABC news is reporting McCain supports the BUSH bailout bill.

If this is true, screw McCain!~


29 posted on 09/26/2008 12:07:01 PM PDT by stockpirate (Welcome to the United Socialist States of America - USSA)
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To: stockpirate
MY GOD THE REPUBLICANS CAVED!

Pubs caved? You may want to expand on that one.
30 posted on 09/26/2008 12:07:36 PM PDT by Eagle of Liberty (MCCAIN/PALIN '08!!!!!)
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To: stockpirate
Congress needs to take this seriously and stay here until we find the right solution, not just throw 700 billion dollars at Wall Street as we walk out the door.

How are they caving-in?
Jim "I have not yet begun to fight!" Bunning.....my Senator.

31 posted on 09/26/2008 12:08:37 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass ("Annoy the media, elect PALIN and McCAIN....errr....McCAIN / PALIN.....McPALIN" 8^)
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To: Kerretarded

On another thread they are reporting McCain supports Bush’s bailout.

plus from the speech:

From the speech:

“Now I want to talk about the bailout bill that we expect to have on the Senate floor soon. The Paulson proposal is an attempt to do what we so often do in Washington – throw money at a problem. We cannot make bad mortgages go away. We cannot make the losses that our financial institutions are facing go away. Someone must take those losses. We can either let the people who made bad decisions bear the consequences of their actions, or we can spread that pain to others. And that is exactly what Secretary Paulson proposes to do – take Wall Street’s pain and spread it to the taxpayers.”


32 posted on 09/26/2008 12:10:53 PM PDT by stockpirate (Welcome to the United Socialist States of America - USSA)
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To: library user

Yes...I was surprised too. Luckily I have real Alternative. This will most likely show up on YouTube. Maybe someone can post a link if it does.


33 posted on 09/26/2008 12:11:09 PM PDT by Revel
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To: stockpirate
In the part I posted he stated that the Paulson bill was to be voted on today did he not?

I do not see the word "today" -- I see "soon." Tomorrow is soon. Sunday is soon. Monday is soon. Soon is not necessarily today.

34 posted on 09/26/2008 12:11:22 PM PDT by MozarkDawg
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To: stockpirate

Reading your profile page, I would not have thought you so weak-minded as to be herded by ABC ... think about whom ABC is working to destroy and whom they are working to elect. ABC is a democrat party extension. Democrats lie, always. ABC will lie to you. Think about it. Stop being so easily manipulated.


35 posted on 09/26/2008 12:11:58 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Believing they cannot be deceived, they cannot be convinced when they are deceived.)
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To: stockpirate
Else why vote on the Paulson bill today?

Um...because the Dems run both houses of Congress....
36 posted on 09/26/2008 12:12:07 PM PDT by Eagle of Liberty (MCCAIN/PALIN '08!!!!!)
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To: Revel

The future of the Republican Party and the conservative movement are going to be made or ended in the next 5 days, and I’m scared for this country.

First, the GOP can’t back down on the bailout.

Second, even McCain must see by now that his bi-partisan schtick is over and his friends across the isle are trying to cut him off at the knees.

He needs to start hitting hard at the rats and it needs to start tonight at the debate. He needs to expose Barak for the first-term backbencher that he is and he’s not going to do that with polite discussion.

Finally. Palin better drop the coy school marm bit and come out swinging during the VP debate. If people don’t see her steel at that moment she’s going to relegated to the back shelf as inconsequential and only good for drawing rally crowds.


37 posted on 09/26/2008 12:12:31 PM PDT by BigBobber
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To: Revel; All

“we cannot [fix this problem] in one week while everyone is rushing to go home [and campaign].”

At another site I read that part of the rush is that the Federal Reserve is on some kind of deadline that ends this month (fiscal year?), and is in big trouble (out of money?) if something isn’t done. Maybe someone can explain what this is all about.


38 posted on 09/26/2008 12:13:49 PM PDT by gleeaikin
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To: pgkdan

“Not necessarily. It sounds like the rats decided it might look better for them to pass this w/o support from the GOP. We’ll see. I hope like hell we stick to our guns.”

Exactly! Call! Call! Call! Your Representatives Let them know you back them!!

Tatt


39 posted on 09/26/2008 12:15:42 PM PDT by thesearethetimes... ("Courage, is fear that has said its prayers." Dorothy Bernard)
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To: BigBobber

All of the Rebulicans better start getting some Guff, Just like Bunning or else they are in deep trouble. The media is just full of democrat sound bites blaming everything on them.
If McCain ends up supporting the Paulson plan or anything like it, then he is all done.


40 posted on 09/26/2008 12:23:36 PM PDT by Revel
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To: stockpirate

How do you conclude the Pubbies caved from what Senator Bunning just said?

It’s not that I necessarily believe it to be untrue, but you provide no evidence for that conclusion.

McCain’s going through with debate tonight could mean precisely that or something entirely different. So far as I know he has not restarted the rest of his campaign.

I fully expect him to use the debate tonight to press this issue. Despite dem whinning it was McCain who interrupted the little dance going on between Pres. Bush and dems. And I think it was McCain who triggered public outrage about the so-called remedies being pushed by both those entities. Outrage so intense that voters are contacting their representatives and telling them not only no, but hell no. That’s exactly how one dem Senator described the correspondance from his constituents. He said “it was about 50-50. 50% no. 50% hell no.”

This thing isn’t over until the fat lady sings. You also fail to know or remember that dems have not had any pubbie roll overs since they assumed majority in Congress. Remember the so-called comprehensive Illegal Immigration Bill? Public outrage killed it. Most recently dems lost fight to prevent off shore drilling. The ban expires on Sunday—I think. Have you forgotten already Dingy Harry going before the microphones and cameras proclaiming “we killed the Patriot Act”. Not.

Get a grip Stockpirate.


41 posted on 09/26/2008 12:24:44 PM PDT by dools007
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To: stockpirate

Look, we know that some sort of bail out is inevitable, it is just a matter of how bad this bill is going to be. At this point the Republicans have the upper hand. The Democrats are trying to force the Republicans to approve something that they absolutely oppose and that the majority of the voters oppose.

The Democrats wanted to hang this on Republicans and try to say that they were forced to do it by the circumstances, so they tried to make it as “progressive” as possible. In reality the whole thing is socialist/progressive.


42 posted on 09/26/2008 12:31:09 PM PDT by Eva (CHANGE- the post modern euphemism for Marxist revolution.)
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To: MHGinTN

The first paragraph in the ABC article says basically that Bush and McCain are trying to get House republicans to support the bailout bill.


43 posted on 09/26/2008 12:32:56 PM PDT by stockpirate (Welcome to the United Socialist States of America - USSA)
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To: Revel

Ya baby! That’s a senator with chestnuts and statesmanship.


44 posted on 09/26/2008 12:37:02 PM PDT by veracious
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To: Revel

We can either let the people who made bad decisions bear the consequences of their actions, or we can spread that pain to others. And that is exactly what Secretary Paulson proposes to do – take Wall Street’s pain and spread it to the taxpayers.
____________________________
Lt the people who made bad decisions bear the consequences of their actions.........simple solution....DO IT!


45 posted on 09/26/2008 12:41:47 PM PDT by cowdog77
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To: cowdog77
They can't "do it" because the Dems have the votes to pass this monster. It sounds like maybe they've decided to run with it after all and hope that there will be something to take credit for.

However, Rush per usual was right today -- he said the House Repubs had better get their mugs on TV and start trumpeting some of the truth of what's happened/happening. Stop waiting for the reporters to come to them in their spare time; hold an hour long press conference tonight before the 6:00 news and HAMMER THE TRUTH HOME.

46 posted on 09/26/2008 12:49:48 PM PDT by workerbee (Sarah Palin's very existence is a threat to the Left.)
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To: Revel
Senator Bunning delivers politically as well as he did as a pitcher in the Major Leagues of Baseball

Thank you Senator Bunning for ALWAYS being at the top of your game.

47 posted on 09/26/2008 12:50:38 PM PDT by VideoDoctor
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To: BigBobber
He needs to start hitting hard at the rats and it needs to start tonight at the debate. He needs to expose Barak for the first-term backbencher that he is and he’s not going to do that with polite discussion.

The GOP moved from tragedy to farce years ago. He's 72 (with respect to all the seniors here) and not in good health. This was damn foreseeable months ago.

48 posted on 09/26/2008 12:52:00 PM PDT by E. Cartman (Welcome to The People's Republic of Wall Street.)
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To: Revel

Anyone know where we can see this letter from the “economists”? I read that L.A. Times article from 1999


49 posted on 09/26/2008 1:08:24 PM PDT by NCBraveheart (Love Socialism?VoteObama,Love Big Govt vote McCainLove Freedom..vote Barr)
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To: stockpirate

I called my GOP Congressman’s office (Todd Platts). His aid said that he hadn’t yet decided what to do. I told him that no Republican should vote for any bailout, unless they wanted to give cover to the guilty Democrats.


50 posted on 09/26/2008 1:14:30 PM PDT by Daveinyork
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