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  1. MangeyMoose commented on Glenn McCoy about 4 hours ago

    Why such fear, when they have such clout?
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    If any of you have access to the The Boston Sunday Globe, Oct 19, read the front page cover story about the clout held by FIDELITY INVESTMENTS, and how they blunted SEC recommendations which would affect their profits.
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    Here is one excerpt:
    “Abigail Johnson (Billionaire CEO of Fidelity) who declined a request for an interview, is a deeply private person not known for outspoken public advocacy. She has waded into politics behind the scenes. She is generous with campaign contributions, personally doling out $94,400 to Federal candidates since 2009, 85% of it to Republicans!”
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    This is a must-read for those who think the system is not rigged.

  2. MangeyMoose commented on Lalo Alcaraz about 4 hours ago

    Reasonable registration and control of firearms can help, but is only a small part of the larger problem. The major problem is societal. Most gun owners are responsible, respectful of laws, and own them for various, legitimate reasons. ( I own a rifle)
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    But many are afraid, fearful of what is happening in today’s world. Uncontrolled influx of illegal immigrants. Violent crimes. Robberies. Assaults. Losing one’s livelyhood. Being denied the opportunity for employment, due to race, age or religion.
    Our neighbors. Our corrupt politicians. Knowing one lives in an economically and politically rigged system, and you are getting the short end of the stick. Despair, hopelessness, or just plain hatred. Technology and societal mores change so rapidly, one can easily get confused, disjointed, fearful of being left behind.
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    Fear, alienation, isolation is scaring the hell out of many. Having easy access to a gun can seem a solution, maybe the only solution, to some.
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    Ours in not a “Norman Rockwell” kind of world. Since 1981, we have been herded down a dark road, which for many, leads nowhere.

  3. MangeyMoose commented on Lalo Alcaraz about 5 hours ago

    It’s SARCASM, logicalone, SARCASM!

  4. MangeyMoose commented on Signe Wilkinson 1 day ago

    OMG!

  5. MangeyMoose commented on Michael Ramirez 1 day ago

    Golf, ….again,…again…again…
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    Mike, is this as good as you get?

  6. MangeyMoose commented on Tom Toles 1 day ago

    I cannot speak for Tom Toles, but I would guess that he understood what the Republican Party stood for prior to 1981, and is now wondering what happened to it!

  7. MangeyMoose commented on For Better or For Worse 2 days ago

    I like how Elizabeth keeps quiet, and merely observes all the goings-on!

  8. MangeyMoose commented on Tom Toles 2 days ago

    Yeah, another “job creator”!

  9. MangeyMoose commented on Jerry Holbert 2 days ago

    Ain’t twisting. Just conversing. And yes, I know what Bill did and include him as one of the biggest enablers!

  10. MangeyMoose commented on Jerry Holbert 2 days ago

    But more seriously, Barney was only one of many enablers of the meltdown. (In NO WAY am I defending him!) The biggest single cause for the 2008 meltdown is the previous 29 years of repealing laws and regulations which controlled the banking industry. These were carefully considered rules, based on the causes of the 1929-1932 depression, to ensure that rampant speculation would be discouraged, that banks would keep a minimum amount of cash on hand, and banks would not be allowed to participate in risky ventures with their depositors money.
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    The more I have since read about this ongoing crisis, is that everyone in the financial sector KNEW that the crash was coming! Most didn’t know when, and NOBODY wanted to be the first to say STOP. Everyone was making too much money. A few were more savvy, and bought up the worthless junk that was insured by AIG, and made BILLIONS in profits when it all tanked!
    TARP money actually ended up in the wallets of these profiteers. OUR MONEY! OUR TAX DOLLARS!
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    I forget the name of the biggest winner: it was Peterson or Paulson, and he was a multi-billionaire, and had direct access to the White House, and leading members of Congress. But, in a better world, if he clearly saw what was coming, why could he not have advised the Pres, and Congressmen beforehand, about what the govt could do to forestall the crash? And possibly save millions of other citizens their homes, and jobs?
    Nah! Keep quiet, and take the money! After all, too much is never enough!
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