Quotes of the day

posted at 10:00 pm on September 21, 2008 by Allahpundit

“Congress has an obligation to protect the taxpayer.

Congress has an obligation to limit the executive branch to the rule of law.

Congress has an obligation to perform oversight

Who is going to do oversight? How much transparency is there going to be? We still haven’t seen the report which led to bailing out Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. It is ‘secret’. Is our $700 billion going to be spent in ‘secret’ too? In practical terms, will a bill be written in public so people can analyze it? Or will it be written in a closed room by the very people who have been collecting money from the institutions they are now going to use our money to bail out?”

“If we grant the Treasury broad authority to address the immediate crisis, we must insist on independent accountability and oversight. Given the breach of trust we have seen and the magnitude of the taxpayer money involved, there can be no blank check.”

“Paulsen and congressional Republicans, or the few that will actually vote for this (most will be unwilling to take responsibility for the consequences of their policies), have said that there can’t be any ‘add ons,’ or addition provisions. F*** that. I don’t really want to trigger a world wide depression (that’s not hyperbole, that’s a distinct possibility), but I’m not voting for a blank check for $700 billion for those mother f***ers.”

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Newt’s solutions, having the long-term health of the economy in mind, are a terrific plan. Will enough members of Congress pay attention.

Dodd, Franks, and Rangel should be relieved of their chairmanships on their respective vital committees. They have abused their power to the detriment of the American people. Jim Johnson, Raines, Gorelick, etal should be the subjects of full investigation for their corruption. If they are not breaking rocks in a federal prison and forced to return their “windfall profits”, there is no justice. The community reinvestment bills should be declared null and void. Pelosi and Reid should be relieved of their leadership positions; they are a big FAIL, interested only in playing politics in order to grasp power.

As far as the breaking “astroturfing” news is concerned, we can me sure that Axelrod’s past political “successes” can be attributed to this sleazy practice. In the minds of the astroturfers, this method is rationalized as their version of swiftboating, except that what the swiftboat crew did was to expose the truth, not to manufacture lies. Is it the use of astroturfing that made Obama and his surrogates so confident that “the gloves are off” and that THE ONE would have a mandate at the voting booth. Dirty politics, dirty people.

onlineanalyst on September 22, 2008 at 7:34 AM

Newt makes great sense.

If I understand correctly, Obama is mouthing McCain’s ideas as his own. AGAIN.

This much I know: JUST SAY NO to any demand for submission to slavery as required by GWBush this week. When Bush is wrong, his depth of error is worse than dismal.

I’m with Newt!
Repeal the sh*t that enabled this nightmare, and DO NOT enable more enablers of corruption with a blank check.

I have never trusted Paulson. That he is Bush’s economic mouthpiece is a shame that the GOP must renounce. This is NOT the financial platform of the Grand Old Party.

If Republicans want to characterize themselves with fiscal responsibility, NEVER further a financial crisis more crisis as a cure.

Hasn’t the RNC the balls to kill the beast, the beast that Bush appeases as he sells us down river while floating in clouds to his globalist retirement abode flanked with guilt? Why leave this for the DNC to toy with in the media now with more rationalization for further taxation to come?

maverick muse on September 22, 2008 at 7:43 AM

Gingrich’s suggestion that we abolish the capital gains tax altogether in order to infuse the market with capital is the most sensible thing I’ve heard in decades.

Who in their right minds believes this Congress will ever allow that to happen, though?

Most of those ex-lawyers don’t know the first damned thing about economics, but think that deregulation is the cause of this disaster and will insist that those eeeevil corporate Republicans pay for their “crimes.” They have no idea what caused the crisis, no idea how to fix it, and simply want partisan revenge. Abolish the capital gains tax? Hell, that just rewards the bastards!

The most telling data here is that quote from OpenLeft. I’ve read the whole letter; it’s from an anonymous Congressman, and it basically consists of a 3-year-old in an adult body wailing that somebody has stolen his favorite truck. Leftist bloggers were cheering and applauding yesterday over that nonsense. That’s the mentality of the Left in this crisis. If you actually believe that the man who wrote that piece of infantilia or the people who appllauded him are even capable of rational analysis, you’ve got your head where sounds don’t reach.

They’re not going to fix this, no matter how sensible Gingrich’s suggestions are. They’re going to make it much worse. Brace yourselves.

philwynk on September 22, 2008 at 8:18 AM

It won’t do yourself any good standing back to stay clear of the mess.

Actively supporting Newt’s proposals WILL do yourself the favor of telling your elected officials where your vote goes.

A concerted effort would bring concerted results.

If Malkin & Right-Wing Blogs are a one trick pony stuck on the border only, they miss their calling to rally forces for a fiscally conservative alliance at this legislative moment in history.

Support Newt’s Proposal!

maverick muse on September 22, 2008 at 8:37 AM

the question is: If Obama continues to sink in the polls will the Media turn on him to save themselves. IT is what liberals do. – unseen on September 22, 2008 at 2:43 AM

Perhaps the single most pointed question raised in these discussions and an excellent one.

On the one hand, the Drive-Bys have invested so much into the Obama campaign – to the point where they are obviously in the tank for him and equally obviously, don’t seem to mind all that much if flyover America notices.

On the other hand, the members of the Drive-By media share a liberal mindset, which means they are fickle, vindictive and narcissistic. In the past they have turned on chosen favorites who disappointed them, and, like a school of journalistic piranha, devoured the candidates in public feeding frenzies.

I guess the answer will lie in just how far in the polls Obama falls.

If he stays neck-and-neck with McCain, I expect the Drive-Bys will continue their Herculean effort to suppress the negative and accentuate the positive in the expectation that after he is elected he will revive the Fairness Doctrine.

However, if a seismic event occurs that triggers a sea change in public opinion and his poll numbers begin to plummet – if he should be exposed, beyond doubt, for the fraud he is and his defeat in November appears inevitable -my gut tells me the Drive-Bys will eviscerate him in a last-minute effort to redeem their credibility

I could be mistaken. Anyone else want to hazard a guess?

ManlyRash on September 22, 2008 at 8:46 AM

They’re not going to fix this, no matter how sensible Gingrich’s suggestions are. They’re going to make it much worse. Brace yourselves.

philwynk on September 22, 2008 at 8:18 AM

Agreed. They will seize on the crisis to hold us hostage to their redistributive demands and advance their transformative agenda. Toward the end of this week, folks will see Congress becoming loaded up with poison pills. and markets will start unraveling again. I think we can count on it.

With a FDR-like restructuring being imminent, I cannot imagine a worse time to have a radical leftist President and a Congress led by the likes of Reid and Pelosi.

petefrt on September 22, 2008 at 8:48 AM

Judge Napolitano Blasts Today’s Financial Bailouts!

Johnny Dollar’s Place links more videos against Paulson’s gig.

maverick muse on September 22, 2008 at 9:06 AM

Guys and gals,

Even if the 536 people in Washington started making COMPLETELY RIGHT decisions today, it’s nearly too late to fix this problem.

And they won’t.

Atlas Shrugged is upon us.

fossten on September 22, 2008 at 9:36 AM


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fossten on September 22, 2008 at 11:50 AM