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"Fanniegate" Is Really Bad News For Democrats
Business Insider ^ | 6-7-11 | Walter Russell Mead

Posted on 06/09/2011 1:04:35 PM PDT by Brookhaven

Democrats, watch out.

The Republican Party and especially its Tea Party wing have just acquired a new weapon of mass destruction — and it has nothing to do with any of Congressman Wiener’s rogue body parts. If they deploy this weapon effectively in the next election cycle — a big if — then they have the biggest opportunity to move the country rightward since Ronald Reagan took the oath of office back in 1981.

The Tea Party WMD stockpile is currently stored in book form: Reckless Endangerment: How Outsized Ambition, Greed, and Corruption Led to Economic Armageddon. By Gretchen Morgenson, one of America’s best business journalists who is currently at The New York Times, and noted financial analyst Joshua Rosner, Reckless Endangerment gives the best available account of how the growing chaos in the mortgage and personal finance markets and the rampant bundling of dubious loans into exotically toxic securities plunged the world, and millions of American families, into the gravest financial crisis since World War Two. It is gripping reading as well, and its explanations are clear enough that readers without any background in finance will have no trouble following the plot. The villains? An unholy alliance between Wall Street, the Democratic establishment, community organizing groups like ACORN and La Raza, and politicians like Barney Frank, Nancy Pelosi and Henry Cisneros. (Frank got a cushy job for a lover, Pelosi got a job and layoff protection for a son, Cisneros apparently got a license to mint money bilking Mexican-Americans of their life savings in cheesy housing developments.)

(Excerpt) Read more at businessinsider.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption
KEYWORDS: barney; barneyfrank; book; davidgregoryswife; democrats; dncrico; fannie; frank; nbccoverup
Click the link and read the entire story.

Don't post a comment till you've read the entire story.

If true, this book contains the smoking gun we've been looking for about who and what caused the economic meltdown of 2008.

It may become required reading for every Tea Partier.

1 posted on 06/09/2011 1:04:37 PM PDT by Brookhaven
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To: Brookhaven

Sorry, but 95% of the U.S. is glued to Wiener, and other trivialities.

Let them have... Bread!
and...
Circuses!

It worked in Rome, right up until the end. Likely, it will here too.


2 posted on 06/09/2011 1:10:28 PM PDT by Jack of all Trades (Hold your face to the light, even though for the moment you do not see.)
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To: Brookhaven

crickets from the GOP.


3 posted on 06/09/2011 1:10:45 PM PDT by TomServo
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To: Jack of all Trades

How right you are. Sad.


4 posted on 06/09/2011 1:12:24 PM PDT by day10 (Integrity has no need of rules.)
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To: Brookhaven

Nice, but the trail has already been laid and not many followed. Can I get that in a sitcom? oh wait, that would be a resounding NO!!!


5 posted on 06/09/2011 1:15:04 PM PDT by VaRepublican (I would propagate taglines but I don't know how. But bloggers do.)
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To: VaRepublican

forgot to add...Where is my damn check?!?! I been waiting for days!


6 posted on 06/09/2011 1:16:17 PM PDT by VaRepublican (I would propagate taglines but I don't know how. But bloggers do.)
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To: Brookhaven
My concern is that there are so many Republicans currently in office who knew full well this was going on, and did nothing to stop it. And they will not use this as an election tool to throw out the Democrat crooks, because they are accessories.

My hope is that we can nominate an "outsider" that will use this information to begin the long process of cleaning house inside the Beltway.

I currently like Herman Cain, but will keep an open mind to the possibility of some other "outsider" who can save America from the "Federal Government Leviathan"

7 posted on 06/09/2011 1:17:12 PM PDT by airborne (Paratroopers! Good to the last drop!)
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To: Brookhaven; All

8 posted on 06/09/2011 1:17:31 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: zot; Interesting Times

ping


9 posted on 06/09/2011 1:18:18 PM PDT by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: Brookhaven

The easiest job in the world will be writing adds for the GOP this next election cycle. The question is, will the GOP use any of the good ones?


10 posted on 06/09/2011 1:19:03 PM PDT by BobinIL
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To: Brookhaven
Not news to many of us here at FR, and unlikely to be made news by the media since it points a finger at the Democrats. And the GOP will most likely sit on their hands, sadly.
11 posted on 06/09/2011 1:19:22 PM PDT by Major Matt Mason (RINO's are more interested in defeating conservatives than they are in defeating Marxists.)
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To: Brookhaven

Most all us Freepers new much of this story but the GOP is too ineffective to get any message out, even a simple message such as the 2003 tax cuts were not just for the rich.

I don’t hold my breath for the GOP to get this message out.


12 posted on 06/09/2011 1:19:36 PM PDT by avacado
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To: Jack of all Trades

100% correct.


13 posted on 06/09/2011 1:19:43 PM PDT by SIDENET ("If that's your best, your best won't do." -Dee Snider)
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To: Brookhaven

bm


14 posted on 06/09/2011 1:23:05 PM PDT by Vision ("Did I not say to you that if you would believe, you would see the glory of God?" John 11:40)
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To: Jack of all Trades
I think I am quit capable of focusing on more than one thing at a time. Just because you aren't interested in Weiner’s corruption doesn't mean the rest of us can't be.

Just because it involves his private parts doesn't make it any less corrupt and dishonest.

15 posted on 06/09/2011 1:23:08 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: avacado

Perhaps the difference now is:

(1) This is documented by a NYT reporter, previously it was too easy for the left to call just a right wing conspricy theory

(2) The Tea Party is in full swing. There are now millions of citizens involved and willing to push the story from the bottom up


16 posted on 06/09/2011 1:26:08 PM PDT by Brookhaven (Herman Cain knows math, computers, pizza, money, hamburgers, banking, and Coca-Cola)
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To: TomServo

“crickets from the GOP.” If you dig deep enough you’ll find some high level RINOs had their hands in this mess too. Kick the career politicians out.


17 posted on 06/09/2011 1:26:56 PM PDT by steveab (When was the last time someone tried to sell you a CO2 induced climate control system for your home?)
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To: Brookhaven
"Fanniegate" Is Really Bad News For Democrats

Considering how theyve gotten away with murder the past 50 years, I'll believe it when I see it.

18 posted on 06/09/2011 1:34:56 PM PDT by lowbridge (Rep. Dingell: "Its taken a long time.....to control the people.")
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To: Brookhaven

And who was in charge of the housing HAMP bail-out?
Fannie. Who was much more interested in using the program to churn millions in mod fees, than in saving homes.


19 posted on 06/09/2011 1:35:04 PM PDT by moehoward
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To: Brookhaven

Well, the more the ‘arrogant one’ appears in the news, the more we are distracted from what’s really important. I hope he stays on and they drag it out, but jobs, the economy, national security, the border, etc. is being slighted by the media (who’da guessed?)...


20 posted on 06/09/2011 1:37:37 PM PDT by choctaw man (Good ole Andrew Jackson, or You're the Reason God Made Oklahoma...)
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To: TomServo
crickets from the GOP.

It's popular culture that will turn the tide.

The GOP could scream about this till doomsday and all that would happen is the MSM/Dem axis would scream back. Just look at posts on this board that are blaming the GOP for the meltdown even though that's now what the article is about.

It's books like this...if written simply and understandably enough...that make a difference.

21 posted on 06/09/2011 1:38:03 PM PDT by Siena Dreaming
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To: Brookhaven

No story on Democrat corruption will gain traction without media coverage, no matter how many campaign ads are built around it.

But the Republicans do have a weapon - they control the House, and the House can investigate, and can investigate using subpeona power. The House should initiate an investigation of shenanigans at Fannie and Freddie, and should call Johnson (to find out how he earned his tens of millions), Barney Frank (on how his butt-buddy got his job), Pelosi (on how her son got his), Rahm (on how somebody with no training in finance got a leadership position - with a multi-million dollar salary - there), etc.

And on what many seem to think is an unrelated note, I’ve observed that many of the folks who frequent FR are actually capable of following several stories at once. Making sure a dillrod like Anthony Weiner has his ass handed to him prevents him from jumping on the corruption gravy train outlined above, helps damage the democrat brand in a separate venue, and keeps pressure on both Weiner and his party, leading to continued tension and division among the donkeys.

These people are corrupt to the hilt, and corrupt in almost every dimension, and they need to be hammered at every opportunity. It just happens that right now Weiner is an opportunity.


22 posted on 06/09/2011 1:40:45 PM PDT by Stosh
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To: Brookhaven
I have complete confidence that even if handed the Silver Bullet on a golden platter (which this narrative appears to be), the GOP - aka “The Stupid Party” - will manage to either shoot itself simultaneously through both feet or blow their own brains (sic) out with it.

I just wish they would prove me wrong, just this once...

23 posted on 06/09/2011 1:40:56 PM PDT by Gritty (Never bet against Republicans being outwitted - Ann Coulter)
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To: airborne
That's why neither party wants to talk about this and why both parties rushed as fast as possible for the TARP.

There aren't many good guys in either party here.

24 posted on 06/09/2011 1:42:11 PM PDT by CharacterCounts (November 4, 2008 - the day America drank the Kool-Aid)
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To: Brookhaven
(2) The Tea Party is in full swing. There are now millions of citizens involved and willing to push the story from the bottom up

Yes. Too many conservatives are still expecting the GOP to do it all. Well, that's still looking for Gov't to solve all problems.

You're right. It is the grassroots which will make the difference. And books like this help the effort.

25 posted on 06/09/2011 1:42:27 PM PDT by Siena Dreaming
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To: Brookhaven

The Subprime Mortgage Market Collapse: A Primer on the Causes and Possible SolutionsPublished on April 22, 2008 by Ronald Utt, Ph.D.

http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2008/04/the-subprime-mortgage-market-collapse-a-primer-on-the-causes-and-possible-solutions


26 posted on 06/09/2011 1:45:06 PM PDT by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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To: musicman

27 posted on 06/09/2011 1:46:26 PM PDT by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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To: Brookhaven
Unlike some brain-dead posters here who don't research anything, but spew invectives, I found this about the author Gretchen Morgenson.

In 2009, The Nation called her "The Most Important Financial Journalist of Her Generation". She has appeared on Bill Moyers Journal, and Charlie Rose.

Awards:
2009 Gerald Loeb Award
2003 Matrix Awards Hall of Fame Newspapers
2002 Pulitzer Prize for Beat Reporting "for her trenchant and incisive Wall Street coverage."
1998 Gerald Loeb Award for New York Times writings on the financial crisis at Long Term Capital Management.

This book should be different in that she had all the endorsements form the left.

"The Most Important Financial Journalist of Her Generation" - from The Nation?? Are you kidding me? That's gold Jerry, Gold!

28 posted on 06/09/2011 1:46:47 PM PDT by muleskinner
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To: GreyFriar

Thanks for the ping. I hope the GOP will use this, but I doubt it.


29 posted on 06/09/2011 1:48:41 PM PDT by zot
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To: Brookhaven

This means nothing.
The dems are elected (or reelected) to loot and pillage the treasury ‘for the common good’ of course.
Did you hear any reaction from the ‘progressives’ when obama personnaly approved the $34m bonuses for Fannie/Freddie executives?
http://sweetness-light.com/archive/obama-gives-fannie-freddie-execs-millions
ps he did the same thing in feb ‘09


30 posted on 06/09/2011 1:51:24 PM PDT by griswold3 (Character is destiny)
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To: musicman

When the history of the credit bubble comes to be written, the list of guilty actors will be lengthy indeed: irresponsible banks, greedy borrowers, foolish speculators, incompetent regulators, the central bankers who kept rates too low for too long. Yet one group of players has been especially culpable in creating the current mess.

The credit rating agencies have played a pivotal role in the global debt markets for over thirty years, with the stamp of approval from Moody’s, Standard and Poor’s or Fitch a prerequisite for the sale of a bond. The agencies’ scale of ratings – from AAA for an issuer of unimpeachable creditworthiness, to the Cs and Ds for issuers of highly speculative or defaulted securities (often called “junk”) – form the basis of the capital markets.
2/2008

http://www.moneyweek.com/investments/stock-markets/the-great-credit-rating-scandal


31 posted on 06/09/2011 2:06:38 PM PDT by griswold3 (Character is destiny)
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To: griswold3

Most progressives I saw weren’t blaming Fannie and Freddie, just “Wall Street”, and “greed”, and Bush.


32 posted on 06/09/2011 2:39:50 PM PDT by CommieCutter (Promote Liberal Extinction: Support gay marriage and abortion!)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

33 posted on 06/09/2011 3:01:58 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: griswold3

Thanks for the reply and link!


34 posted on 06/09/2011 3:02:39 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Brookhaven

Waited for McCain to unleash this information in 2008. Not holding my breath now.


35 posted on 06/09/2011 3:16:24 PM PDT by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: Brookhaven

Nice article. I would hope a simple message regarding this could be hammered into the heads of the electorate. I seriously doubt it. I think it is too complex for the average voter to want to put in the time and effort to know. All they hear is short brief sound bites.

Weiner showed his weiner. That sinks in fast. They get it. The Clinton’s Whitewater investments completely baffled them. I don’t think this story is any less complicated than Whitewater.

The article says “The Morgenson/Rosner story is a simple and easily grasped one. It is made for campaign ads.”

Oh really? Then the article says, “The housing bubble and the financial market meltdown were very complex phenomena, many cooks were required to spoil this broth and the arguments over what caused the crash may never end.”

And THAT my friend is the indisputable fact. Show a few adds about James Johnson and Fannie, and the MSM/DNC/SEIU machines come back with quotes from Bush saying we need more housing for the poor. Just show the faces of Republicans Phil Gramm and Jim Leach with the caption “Repealled the SAFEGUARDS of the Glass-Steagal Act.”

That is it. Bubba’s eyes glaze over and Sissy wants to go for a yogurt. Game over.

Even if the foundation is simple, the details of this story are extremely complex, and the MSM/DNC/SEIU machine will obscure the simple moral in the complex details. Game over. Pushing this to Joe Sixpack and Suzi Soccermom would take the communication skills of Reagan on steroids.

IMHO, this story will never be more than preaching to the choir. True conservatives will know where the bulk of the blame lies, and we would enjoy reading the book and learning new details about the truth, but there is no way Joe 6 and Suzi SM takes the time necessary to dig beyond the MSM/DNC/SEIU smokescreen that would play 24/7 to obscure the truth. No way.

Much better to just keep with “It’s the economy stupid”.

Much better to highlight the unemployment numbers and food and gas prices. Joe 6 and Suzi SM already know those are true. That is where the Donkeys and the radical Socialist Muslim in chief are vulnerable.


36 posted on 06/09/2011 4:22:13 PM PDT by Freedom_Is_Not_Free (SP12: Josh Ferrin for President.)
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To: All

Why does this thread only have 36 posts. Hello!


37 posted on 06/09/2011 7:16:11 PM PDT by Vision ("Did I not say to you that if you would believe, you would see the glory of God?" John 11:40)
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