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Assistant Secretary Of Energy Cathy Zoi Hopes You Don’t Know About Her Huge Financial Stake In Green Companies

In America, Breaking News, Corruption, global warming, Government Lies, jobs, Obama, Uncategorized, Washington on April 27, 2010 at 12:13 am

(By Nathan R. Jessup)

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It is said that power corrupts, but actually it’s more true that power attracts the corruptible. The sane are usually attracted by other things than power.” ~David Brin

Like any good mystery it takes time to solve the puzzle.  Since Obama’s swearing-in an avalanche of clues have surfaced and a mad frenzy to connect the dots has begun.   The latest ethical “oversight” in the young administration’s life is that of Cathy Zoi and her financial interest in newly recognized green companies.

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Financial Reform Rape: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

In America, Government Lies, Obama, radical left, Socialism, Uncategorized, US Senate on April 25, 2010 at 11:06 am

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(By Joanne Galloway)

There is a bill that has cleared the House of Representatives and is now being debated in the Senate.  This bill, sponsored by Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd, labeled a “Financial Reform Bill” , which according to President Obama, will clear corruption from Wall Street and large insurance firms, investment firms and banking institutions.  Obama’s own words:

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Ozzie Guillen Calls Sean Penn A “Clown” And “Stupid Leftist” On Twitter

In America, freedom, funny, living free, sports on March 15, 2010 at 11:04 am

(By Nathan R. Jessup)

I first saw this story on Gateway Pundit.  Here are Ozzie’s Tweets:

“Oh my god sean penn defended our president hugo chavez thats easy when you no live in venezuela and have money lol is a joke shame on you”

“Oh god you are very crazy go and move to our country you will change you mind”

White Sox Manager Ozzie Guillen, a Venezuelan native, calls Sean Penn a “stupid leftist’ and “clown.”
The Chicago Tribune reported, via FOX Nation:

The outspoken White Sox manager called Penn a “payaso” (clown) and “izquierdista estupido” (stupid leftist) on Twitter Friday for his praise of controversial Venezuela President Hugo Chavez.

“Oh my God, Sean Penn defended our President Hugo Chavez,” Guillen, a Venezuela native, tweeted. “That’s easy when you [don’t] live in Venezuela and have money. LOL…shame on [you].”

Sounds to me like Venezuela might be a little bit different than our Hollywood elite suggest.  I’m not sure about you, but I will trust the native Venezuelan over the rich, American actor.  Penn’s comments are yet another example of how truly out-of-touch Hollywood is with the world.

Ozzie Guillen Calls Sean Penn A "Clown" And "Stupid Leftist" On Twitter

In America, freedom, funny, living free, sports on March 15, 2010 at 11:04 am

(By Nathan R. Jessup)

I first saw this story on Gateway Pundit.  Here are Ozzie’s Tweets:

“Oh my god sean penn defended our president hugo chavez thats easy when you no live in venezuela and have money lol is a joke shame on you”

“Oh god you are very crazy go and move to our country you will change you mind”

White Sox Manager Ozzie Guillen, a Venezuelan native, calls Sean Penn a “stupid leftist’ and “clown.”
The Chicago Tribune reported, via FOX Nation:

The outspoken White Sox manager called Penn a “payaso” (clown) and “izquierdista estupido” (stupid leftist) on Twitter Friday for his praise of controversial Venezuela President Hugo Chavez.

“Oh my God, Sean Penn defended our President Hugo Chavez,” Guillen, a Venezuela native, tweeted. “That’s easy when you [don’t] live in Venezuela and have money. LOL…shame on [you].”

Sounds to me like Venezuela might be a little bit different than our Hollywood elite suggest.  I’m not sure about you, but I will trust the native Venezuelan over the rich, American actor.  Penn’s comments are yet another example of how truly out-of-touch Hollywood is with the world.

Too Big To Bail

In Congress, Corruption, Finance, Government Lies, Obama, US Senate, World News on February 15, 2010 at 4:19 am

I remember not long ago, the Government’s warning of financial meltdown if certain banks deemed too big to fail, were not bailed out. The warning contradicted everything I thought I knew about the free market.  Did I misunderstand capitalism? Perhaps naïvely, I regard Capitalism like nature in that; every financial institution will naturally find its place on the ever-shifting financial food chain. Even a child understands that nature, while exceedingly magnificent, has a darker side. With today’s breathtaking high-definition coverage, a lion devouring a freshly killed gazelle after a grueling chase is stunning. While nature, like capitalism, is sometimes unfair it remains just and balanced.

President Obama has taken it upon himself to intervene on matters best left alone. When the proverbial lions, AIG, CitiGroup and Lehman Brothers face almost certain death, Barack Obama makes the determination that nearly $1 trillion of taxpayer dollars should be used to “save” the behemoths. Naturally, if such banking giants were to collapse, the effect on the global economy would be devastating; wouldn’t it?

(Source: dailyfinance.com) Too big to fail? This isn’t a designation that the Obama administration wants to exist any more. New regulations proposed by President Obama would result in “leaner and simpler institutions that don’t carry the weight of the system,” according to the Associated Press.

It was believed that the collapse of any of these companies could result in the collapse of the entire American financial system — which is why they were bailed out. But the bailouts did little good other than cost billions and billions of taxpayers’ money. In order to prevent this from happening again, President Obama wants a group of interconnected companies to “pay a heavy price for the systemwide risk they pose.”

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TARP Alternative By Lt. Daniel Kaffee (Guest Author)

In Congress, Finance, Government Lies, living free, Obama, Socialism, US Senate, World News on February 3, 2010 at 3:27 pm

A refreshingly unique perspective by Lt. Daniel Kaffee. Daniel Kaffee, a life-long friend,  has an extensive background in finance and will be guest-authoring at the Raw Deal from time to time. I am honored to share his practical insights with you, my loyal reader.

Key Facts & Assumptions

◆ The TARP has been an unabashed disaster, and must be subject to a redirection and reallocation of resources in order to more effectively stabilize our economy in the long run, not just a focus on ‘tomorrow’.

◆ The high level solution is decentralization of the financial system, like the tech industry, which will lower systemic risk, foster competition and yield better ideas, services and companies. In order to alleviate the current financial market problems, it is important to understand and address the root causes – not just the symptoms and peripheral issues. Topics such as executive pay, bonus schemes, mortgage application fraud, regulatory fraud, credit derivatives and investment mis-selling all need addressing in time, however the primary concern for now must be to stabilize the global financial system and have it reopen for business.

◆ TARP does not insure that those banks and brokers that receive bailout aid will increase lending. There has been no discernible nor measurable uptick in consumer or B2B lending since the advent of the TARP program. The reality is the market is hoarding liquidity and these banks are doing the same. More importantly consumer lending has been a small, often insignificant part of their business. They made money by trading and through securitization of debt. We are talking about a seismic shift in the business model of multi-national institutions, and this will not happen over night. Banks must be viewed on the same plane as utility companies – not mega-centers for corporate profit. They have generally become massive trading houses and hedge funds with a small consumer-deposits component allowing them ready access to a cheap source of capital.

◆ The Wall Street model of securitization and extreme leverage is obsolete. Big banks and brokers made most of their earnings over the past several years in trading, not consumer lending. And now their derivatives are THE problem. Derivative devaluation does not directly affect the general public except for reducing the bank’s capital position to the point that they’re unable to lend. We must segregate the derivative write-downs from the portion of the bank subject to regulatory capital requirements.

◆ There is a fundamental lack of liquidity in financial markets as too many assets (bonds) are looking for long term homes. There is no single solution to this problem however a number of different processes can aid in freeing up markets. A central mandate of any government action must be to encourage private sector price discovery, without the crutch of a Federal Reserve or Treasury backstop or guarantee. There is a price at which buyers and sellers will conduct business. We must expedite the discovery of that price, not hinder it.

◆ Many home owners paid too much for their houses. Time, inflation and economic growth will eventually solve this problem as long as markets are stabilized and we prevent massive forced foreclosures and liquidations. Efforts to ‘prop up’ home prices are misguided, and we must return to historical levels of wage-to-price ratios, and price-to-rent ratios. Robert Schiller has published ample material about where housing prices should be and will likely stabilize – the question is simply how much money will we burn trying to prevent the inevitable from occurring?

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