Quotes of the day

posted at 10:41 pm on March 23, 2015 by Allahpundit

Senator Ted Cruz of Texas announced on Monday morning that he would run for president in 2016, becoming the first Republican candidate to declare himself officially in the race.

Linking the determination of his immigrant father with the resolve of the founding fathers and his own faith in “the promise of America,” Mr. Cruz spoke at length about his family and his faith as he laid out a case for his candidacy.

“God’s blessing has been on America from the very beginning of this nation, and I believe God isn’t done with America yet,” Mr. Cruz said before thousands of cheering students here at Liberty University. “I believe in you. I believe in the power of millions of courageous conservatives rising up to re-ignite the promise of America.”

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By becoming the first candidate to declare himself officially in the race, Republicans briefed on his strategy said, Mr. Cruz hopes to reclaim the affection and attention of those on the party’s right wing who have begun eyeing other contenders, particularly Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin…

Mr. Cruz and his advisers, recalling his path to victory in Texas, saw more opportunity than risk in dispensing with any exploratory phase: In 2012, Mr. Cruz entered what was initially a crowded Republican field more than a year before the Senate primary and slowly earned support from conservative activists through intensive travel and on the strength — and uncompromising nature — of his rhetoric.

He now plans on pursuing a similar presidential campaign, portraying himself as not only the most doctrinaire candidate, but as the one most willing to fight for the principles of the conservative movement

“It’s not necessary for him to show that he’s the most conservative, but that he’s the most courageous conservative,” [Kellyanne Conway] said.

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Neither the Democrats nor the Republicans have had any motivation to listen to the public. Cruz went to D.C., but did not become a part of D.C. as so many have.

There are critics on the right who say, “name one thing Ted Cruz has done for America. What policy position has he gotten passed.” The measure of a conservative should be not what has he gotten passed, but what has he stopped.

Cruz, in the Senate, has not stopped everything, but he has stopped some things. He has helped lead House members to stop other things. He has shown himself a leader of the conservative movement. He has shown himself willing to stand athwart history and yell stop. He has shown an appreciation for the idea that not every man need go to Washington to get things done. Some must go to stop things from getting done.

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Texas Senator Ted Cruz gave his audience at Liberty University on Monday one concrete-sounding reason why he could win the presidency. Too many evangelical Christians, he said, were “staying home” and handing presidential elections to Democrats. “Imagine instead millions of people of faith all across America coming out to the polls and voting our values,” said Cruz, to one of many bursts of applause…

White Protestants voted overwhelmingly for Romney in 2012 but made up 39 percent of the electorate, a retreat of 3 points from 2008, according to Pew Research. People of faith overall voted in smaller numbers. And Pew estimates that more than a quarter of Americans are evangelical Protestants, meaning a one-point swing in their voting habits could represent more than 800,000 votes. With lower voter turnout, though, it could also represent fewer than 250,000 votes.

Cruz was acknowledging that. His implicit promise to evangelicals was that he’d give them something to vote for, in a way that no GOP nominee had since George W. Bush, and none truly had since Ronald Reagan.

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Perhaps the most interesting thing about Cruz’s speech, though, is how much it reminded me of Senator Barack Obama. I’m obviously not the first person to compare these two ambitious, young, Ivy-educated freshmen senators who spent roughly 15 minutes in the U.S. Senate before deciding to run for president. But that’s not what I’m referring to. Obama’s message of “Hope and Change” was always premised on convincing voters who were desperate for something new and authentic to buy into the notion that he could change politics, unite the country, and appeal to his political enemies’ better angels. There was no rational reason to believe Obama could get this done, of course. He had no track record of governing or of transcending the old model of politics. People who bought into his cult of personality simply believed it would happen — that he was special and that change would come to pass simply by virtue of the force of his personality and the majesty of his soaring rhetoric

The suggestion is that America is at a similar crossroads today. And that there is a very special man who can magically restore America, just like Washington, Roosevelt, and Reagan did.

That man, you might have guessed, is Ted Cruz. At least according to Ted Cruz.

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Barack Obama and Ted Cruz both have Ivy League credentials, with degrees from Harvard Law School. They both have two young daughters. They both served in the Senate for only two years before defying conventional wisdom and declaring their lofty White House ambitions…

As Cruz swept onto the stage here Monday, smiling and waving before an audience of 10,000 students at Liberty University, the scene carried the feeling of a rally from those early Obama days. He made his announcement inside the Vines Center, an arena where the Liberty Flames play basketball, in a setting made for television (not to mention future television commercials.)…

Whether or not Cruz becomes the 45th president of the United States, much less wins the Republican nomination, is hardly the only point worth considering about his candidacy. With those words, and with his point-by-point call for conservative purity, Cruz illustrated perhaps his greatest influence on the race: He is the candidate who can pull the debate to the right, to remind party activists they have no obligation to follow history and go the establishment route.

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If most conservative officials, operatives, leaders and pundits won’t take him seriously, voters won’t either. The elites would rally to defeat such a candidate if he ever seemed poised to win.

I can already hear the conservative, grass-roots activists complaining about this establishment, elite-driven model of Republican primary politics. I can hear them promising to prove the mainstream news media, and every one of Mr. Cruz’s detractors, wrong. But much of the Republican rank-and-file has reached the same conclusion as the party’s elite, whether they’ve done so because of elite signaling or by some other means.

Just 40 percent of Republicans in an NBC/WSJ poll last month said they could see themselves supporting Mr. Cruz, while 38 percent said they couldn’t. That two-point margin in the plus column was the second worst among the elected officials who are thought to be major contenders for the nomination. Only Chris Christie fared worse…

The point isn’t that Mr. Cruz’s low level of support precludes him from winning the nomination. But he clearly hasn’t entered the race as the favorite of conservatives, and there isn’t much reason to assume that he will eventually become the favorite. The fight for conservatives will be hotly contested. Viable candidates with a far more plausible shot to win the nomination, like Scott Walker and Marco Rubio, or even Bobby Jindal and Rick Perry and Mike Huckabee, will all be competing for these voters. Mr. Walker’s early surge is a telling reminder that the conservative grass roots aren’t just interested in finding an arch-conservative, but in finding a conservative who can win.

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Cruz is likely far too extreme ideologically to win the nomination. The Republican party has a habit of nominating relatively moderate candidates (see John McCain in 2008 and Mitt Romney in 2012). That’s especially the case when the party has been out of the White House for more than one term. A Cruz nomination wouldn’t just break this streak; it would throw it off a 100-floor balcony and drop a piano on it.

Cruz is more conservative than every recent nominee, every other candidate who mounted a serious bid in 2012 and every plausible candidate running or potentially running in 2016…

Four national live interview polls taken since December have tested Cruz in a matchup against Hillary Clinton. In each one of these polls, Cruz has done the worst of any of the possible 2016 Republican nominees. In fact, he’s trailed by an average of 5 percentage points more than the average Republican tested: CNN/Opinion Research Corp (at 6 percentage points), Marist College (at 5 percentage points), Quinnipiac University (at 3 percentage points) and Selzer (at 5 percentage points).

This brings us to our third and final point: In addition to GOP politicians and the overall public, Cruz has been deemed unpresidential by Republican voters, too. In an average of the three live interview national primary preference polls taken over the past month, Cruz is in eighth place with just 5 percent. Can Cruz overcome this low percentage by being people’s second choice? I doubt it.

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The current leadership in the Senate Republican caucus is why someone of Cruz’s considerable talent is needed there. By leaving the Senate to establishmentarians (Mitch McConnell), former Democrats (Richard Shelby), octogenarians (Chuck Grassley), and incumbents unable to garner majority support in a primary (Thad Cochran, Lamar Alexander), Cruz, Marco Rubio, and Rand Paul are abandoning the urgent work they are in prime positions to carry out, that of restoring the Senate to its proper role.

Cruz could likely hold his seat in perpetuity while remaining a strong advocate for limited government. The powers of incumbency along with the dogged work ethic Cruz showed in his first election would make him a formidable candidate even in the worst of cycles. At age 44, Cruz could easily serve 30 years in the Senate before considering retirement. If Cruz focused on being a conservative foil to Senate institutions like Sen. Pat Leahy (D-Vermont), class of ‘74, or Robert Byrd (D-West Virginia), the longest-serving senator in history, he could play an important role in the resurgence of liberty and a return to Constitutional government…

Instead of using his talents to further the conservative cause by restoring a functional Senate that works as a voice of the states instead of special interests for the party in the majority, he has chosen to seek the office currently most antithetical to limited government and constitutional order. His choice is a missed opportunity for conservatives, and we should hope he and his fellow presidential aspirants in the Senate recognize the folly in abandoning that body to its current fate.

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[F]or all his obvious talent Cruz’s rhetorical style frankly makes my hair curl a little. Striking a pose that lands somewhere between the oleaginousness of a Joel Osteen and the self-assuredness of a midwestern vacuum-cleaner salesman, Cruz delivers his speeches as might a mass-market motivational speaker in an Atlantic City Convention Center. The country, he tells his audiences rather obsequiously, will be saved by “people like you” — people, that is, who are willing to text the word “Constitution” to the number 33733, and to contribute generously to his political action committee. America, meanwhile, is held to be in grave trouble, and it needs to be rescued, NOW. There is potential everywhere, Cruz notes; if only we could tap into it — if only we would believe…

Watching Cruz this morning, one understands how she must have felt. Sure, the man is probably sincere. Certainly, he is one smart cookie. But to my skeptical ears, there is always a touch of condescension in the pitch — a small whiff of superciliousness that gives one the unlovely impression that Ted Cruz believes his listeners to be a little bit dim.

In practice, this can be lethal. Late last year, I attended an event at which both Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz were scheduled to speak. Going in, the audience seemed infinitely more excited about the latter. Rubio, I was told, was finished — a “traitor” and a “turncoat.” Cruz, meanwhile, was the golden boy. At the drinks reception afterwards, however, a good number of minds seemed to have been changed. “Rubio talks to you,” one attendee explained; “Cruz seemed to lecture.” This is an anecdote, I will grant. But it reminded me of the age-old observation that it is one thing to be the smartest man in the room, but that it is quite another to behave as if you know it.

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I come from the secular wing of the right, and when it comes to God, I’m with Laplace: I have no need of that hypothesis. But I can understand why others think they do need it, and I’ll admit that I found this story moving. Young Ted Cruz clearly grew up believing God is what brought his family back together and made a big positive difference in his life.

But he continued with stories that emphasized work and striving: his wife’s work in a bakery; his story about learning from his father about life under dictatorship in Cuba and about the importance of Constitution; his own story of taking two jobs as a teenager to pay his way through college…

Cruz is campaigning as a self-made man speaking on behalf of a nation of people who identify with work, striving, self-reliance, and self-improvement. This was the most personal, moving, and effective part of his speech. It is likely to be the most effective part of his campaign—and a good reason not to discount him in the general election. It’s also something the Republican Party needs, especially if it is going to have a nominee whose name is not “Bush.”

That’s the new thing I learned in Lynchburg. Ted Cruz will be a fierce and effective competitor for the political niche as a representative of the striving American common man. Which is probably the most important niche Republicans will need to occupy in 2016.

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Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s entry into the Republican primary for president could bring headaches for two likely rivals from Florida, Sen. Marco Rubio and former Gov. Jeb Bush.

For Bush, Cruz will draw even more attention to Common Core, the education standards that have become a flashpoint for conservative activists…

For Rubio, Cruz could attack him over his role in writing the Senate’s comprehensive immigration bill — legislation Cruz voted against and denounces as amnesty…

“I’m getting emails from people all across the states asking me to tell Cruz he has their support,” said Laura Zorc, a leading Common Core critic in Florida. “He should not be taken lightly because he has the support of the grass-roots.”

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First: Ted Cruz matches up with the activist base better than any other significant candidate in a long time. I don’t think people outside of that base really understand how powerful Cruz’s appeal is to the populist energized conservative voter, which is of course just a faction of the right, but is a sizable faction. Cruz’s critics need to hope that he is limited to this faction, and incapable of appealing outside of it. But that may not prove to be the case, particularly if Cruz is able to cut into the appeal of, say, Walker for pro-business types, Huckabee for social conservatives, Paul for libertarianish Republicans and the like. And he doesn’t just match up with them on policy, he matches up with their brashness, their yearning for someone who loves the taste of blood in his mouth. Cruz was the only guy on the stage at the Iowa Ag gathering to basically give the whole room the finger on ethanol. His words are sweet music to the conservative right which has wanted a capable fighter for so long. Here’s a guy who’ll fight the lion and the midgets at the same time.

Second: To the degree that this is a nomination battle about who has done the most to fight the Obama administration about two key issues – amnesty and Obamacare – Ted Cruz can claim that mantle and beat his opponents over the head with their stances on these topics…

And third: While the “purest” conservative candidate rarely wins, that assumes a divided right. Cruz may end up running in a field where the other candidates are scrabbling over support from the Chamber of Commerce, Wall Street, and establishment dollars while he could corner the populist talk radio base. Cruz’s critics need to hope that Rick Perry, Bobby Jindal, Rand Paul and others horn in on this area of the right – because if the election includes a crowded field outside of that faction – including Bush, Christie, Huckabee, Walker, Rubio, and say Kasich – that only serves to help Cruz’s case…

He’s Sonny Corleone, and he’s here for a fight.

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oscarwilde on March 24, 2015 at 1:19 AM

If you think you can’t, then ignore her.

INC on March 24, 2015 at 1:21 AM

Justice Department Rolls Out An Early Form Of Capital Controls In America

Something stunning took place earlier this week, and it quietly snuck by, unnoticed by anyone as the “all important” FOMC meeting was looming. That something could have been taken straight out of the playbook of either Cyprus, or Greece, or the USSR “evil empire”, or all three.

The U.S. Justice Department’s criminal head said banks may need to go beyond filing suspicious activity reports when they encounter a risky customer.

“The vast majority of financial institutions file suspicious activity reports when they suspect that an account is connected to nefarious activity,” said assistant attorney general Leslie Caldwell in a Monday speech, according to prepared remarks. “But, in appropriate cases, we encourage those institutions to consider whether to take more action: specifically, to alert law enforcement authorities about the problem.

Some banks already have close relationships with law enforcement, said Kevin Rosenberg, chair of Goldberg Lowenstein & Weatherwax LLP’s government investigation and white collar litigation group. Ms. Caldwell’s remarks “speak to moving forward in a more collaborative way,” said Mr. Rosenberg.

A tip-off from a bank about a suspicious customer could lead law enforcement to seize funds or start an investigation, Ms. Caldwell said.

-Zerohedge

Dr. ZhivBlago on March 24, 2015 at 1:21 AM

1+1=5

Schadenfreude on March 24, 2015 at 1:20 AM

TRIPLETS?? o_O

Newtie and the Beauty on March 24, 2015 at 1:23 AM

Dude, Schad likes you as well… I’m not sure if that is saying anything or not… just sayin…

oscarwilde on March 24, 2015 at 1:17 AM

Of course it says something…he’s a good man, a better person than you, for sure! lol :)

Anti-ControI on March 24, 2015 at 1:23 AM

Wooden Ships – Crosby Stills Nash and Young

Schadenfreude on March 24, 2015 at 1:19 AM

<— Insert evil laughter here… Now Your Ships Are Burned

oscarwilde on March 24, 2015 at 1:24 AM

oscarwilde on March 24, 2015 at 1:17 AM

Of course it says something…he’s a good man, a better person than you, for sure! lol :)

Anti-ControI on March 24, 2015 at 1:23 AM

Ok… I’m a retired Rock Star… what’s your excuse?

oscarwilde on March 24, 2015 at 1:28 AM

I’ve disagreed with Bluegill on candidates, policy, and her behavior, but this going on and on and on and on about her is beginning to remind me of junior high when kids get a grudge and they never get over it, but keep piling on. It is wrong.

This is your opinion, and it’s wrong – she’s fully earned the derision she’s received around here.

You can take her to task or disagree with her on something specific–which I realize I am doing at the moment to the board at large about an issue–you can ignore her, you can do ad hominen attacks, or you can simply take pot shots. Your choice. Your character.

INC on March 24, 2015 at 1:16 AM

Where do “describing her accurately” and “sense of humor” factor in here for you? I don’t see where… :)

Anti-ControI on March 24, 2015 at 1:28 AM

Gary Moore — The Messiah Will Come Again

Schadenfreude on March 24, 2015 at 1:28 AM

Ok… I’m a retired Rock Star… what’s your excuse?

oscarwilde on March 24, 2015 at 1:28 AM

I don’t need an excuse for being a better person than you, do I? lol :)

Anti-ControI on March 24, 2015 at 1:29 AM

Rush – Limelight

And on that note, I bid Friends and Lurkers niters and sleep well!

Those with bar keys, do the maid proud in the morning… ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on March 24, 2015 at 1:29 AM

[A Song for] Susan wants to be a secretary, she has all the necessary requirements
But since her mom left home, her dad’s gone to pieces
And she has to stay and look after her brothers and sisters, and all the housework

Oh, what a waste of education
Oh, what a waste of education
Oh, what a waste of education
Oh, what a waste of education

She was trying so hard in all her subjects
And her school report made it clear that a little more concentration would make all the difference to her work
But the subject she needed a little more help in was one that was not in the curriculum
The subject she needed a little more help in was one that was not on the timetable
About the art of combining washing and ironing and shopping and cooking and such
With homework essays, exam revision, punctuality, prefect duties, choir practice, and playing for the school netball team

It’s such a big responsibility when you’re only 16 years old
And your friends are going out, buying new clothes, going to discos, talking boyfriends, sending for college prospectuses

Anti-ControI on March 24, 2015 at 1:33 AM

oscarwilde on March 24, 2015 at 1:28 AM

I don’t need an excuse for being a better person than you, do I? lol :)

Anti-ControI on March 24, 2015 at 1:29 AM

Well, the only way I am getting into heaven, is if God honor’s his promise and is indeed merciful and forgiving, how are you getting into heaven? I guarantee you, it isn’t by being a better person than me. Which, I might add, we only have your word for being a fact.

oscarwilde on March 24, 2015 at 1:36 AM

oscarwilde on March 24, 2015 at 1:36 AM

…….you’re a better person, L’oscar…..in fact, I’ll just say it straight out: You are, without question, a “better Person” than I……..

…….I AM still fun and amusing, though……

williamg on March 24, 2015 at 1:43 AM

Well, the only way I am getting into heaven, is if God honor’s his promise and is indeed merciful and forgiving, how are you getting into heaven? I guarantee you, it isn’t by being a better person than me. Which, I might add, we only have your word for being a fact.

oscarwilde on March 24, 2015 at 1:36 AM

You are very good at confirming your own beliefs…when it comes to genuine humility, kindness, and judging your own character & that of others, however? Not so much… lol :)

Anti-ControI on March 24, 2015 at 1:44 AM

But there is certainly a lot of dumbing down going on, so who knows.

Igor R. on March 24, 2015 at 12:59 AM

Dumbth goeth before a fall …

AesopFan on March 24, 2015 at 1:51 AM

Reread blue’s answer. Not the same.

Schadenfreude on March 24, 2015 at 12:24 AM

Ok:

Scott Walker has supported a special pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens for years, and has repeated this position as recently as a few weeks ago. Walker also supported the 2006 McCain-Kennedy amnesty bill. His allies include the Chamber of Commerce and establishment party leaders.

Cruz has always been against a special pathway to citizenship for illegals, and has been among the most vocal in opposing amnesty efforts, repeatedly calling them out as the amnesty schemes they are.

Oh, and don’t forget this, Walker’s own words: “You hear some people talk about border security and a wall and all that. I don’t know that you need any of that if you had a better, saner way to let people into the country in the first place. If people want to come here and work hard … I want them here.”

anotherJoe on March 24, 2015 at 1:51 AM

-Zerohedge

Dr. ZhivBlago on March 24, 2015 at 1:21 AM
I think this has been planed for sometime,when Greece’s population has their bank accounts frozen, and their government took a portion of the money to pay Greece’s debts. I thought more counties would try something like this, and Obama is a greedy bastard, he will want more of the serf’s money for his people. It reminded me that Grandma’s mattress might not be a bad idea. ……ok I’ll take off the tinfoil hat now. @_@
Well, about Mr.Cruz, every candidate has flaws, but Cruz has the right ideas to get our country back on track.
I hope people don’t just trash him before we hear from all the candidates. I will not give one penny to the rebuplican party, but I will send money to the candidate I want to suport. Cruz checks that box for me.the rest …meh!

Bakokitty on March 24, 2015 at 1:52 AM

If people want to come here and work hard … I want them here.”

anotherJoe on March 24, 2015 at 1:51 AM

Not everyone coming across the border is coming here to work — maybe true in the past (way past) but certainly not now.
Unless you consider drug running and sex trafficking and terrorism work.

AesopFan on March 24, 2015 at 1:55 AM

Good night all, have to catch up tomorrow on what didn’t get done while I was gone.

AesopFan on March 24, 2015 at 1:56 AM

Well, the night’s begun, and you want some fun, do you think you’re gonna find it?
You gotta treat yourself like number one, do you need to be reminded?
It doesn’t matter what you do or say, just forget the things that you’ve been told
We can’t do it any other way, everybody’s got to rock and roll
Come on!

Shout it, shout it, Shout It out Loud

If you don’t feel good, there’s a way you could, don’t sit there brokenhearted
Call all your friends in the neighborhood, and get the party started
Don’t let them tell you that there’s too much noise, they’re too old to really understand
You’ll still get rowdy with the girls and boys, ’cause it’s time for you to take a stand

Anti-ControI on March 24, 2015 at 2:06 AM

It was a dusty old night, and I’m the first to admit it
I’m sure I upset someone, but my memory has chosen to omit it
A tiny voice telling me I really should cool it
Chewing my face off, talking absolute rubbish
But the first line hit me like a kick in the face
I thought, “I better have another one just in case”
Next thing I knew, my heart was under attack
I bought a One Way Ticket to Hell, and back

One way ticket to Hell and back, bought a one way ticket to Hell

I’ve always tried to keep my vices under wraps
But a coach-load of mutes would appear, talkative chaps
If they had seemed fit to join me for a couple of hits
And now my septum is in tatters, and I still got the runs
It burned for a moment, then it kicked like a mule
The strangers I recruited thought it was rocket fuel
Several massive, choking lines of glorious gack
I bought a one way ticket to Hell, and back

Stick it up your f*ckin’ nose! Woohoo!

Holding court, repeating myself, each repetition slightly louder
Pausing just long enough to snort the white powder
The wheels came off, but I’m still on track
I bought a one way ticket to Hell, and back

Anti-ControI on March 24, 2015 at 2:50 AM

-Zerohedge

Dr. ZhivBlago on March 24, 2015 at 1:21 AM

I thought more counties would try something like this,

Bakokitty on March 24, 2015 at 1:52 AM

Capital controls involving money leaving the country and going to foreign banks is one thing-makes sense to control a nation’s currency. But having to do this with average depositors in the range of $5000?

I think they’re nervous about bank runs.

This plan concocted by the Fed Reserve and the Bank of England is more unsettling:

In-Depth: From Bailouts to Bail-ins: Will the Single-Point-of-Entry Concept End “Too Big To Fail”?

In the wake of the financial crisis, many troubled financial firms were rescued by their sovereign governments. The undesirability of “bailouts” has led global policymakers to shift their focus to new “bail-in” approaches as a means of minimizing the impact of the failure of a large financial institution.

Last year, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC) and the Bank of England (BOE) issued a joint paper outlining the merits of a single-point-of-entry (SPOE) strategy for resolving a large, internationally active financial firm.[1] A May 2013 report by the Bipartisan Policy Center concluded that the SPOE approach should generally allow a systemically important financial institution to fail “without resorting to taxpayer-funded bailouts or a collapse of the financial system.”[2]

The SPOE strategy is, in essence, a bail-in strategy because it implements a resolution process that imposes losses on shareholders and unsecured creditors. Resolution powers would be applied at the top-tier level of holding companies by a single-resolution authority, which, in the U.S., would be the FDIC.
Bailouts vs. Bail-ins

One way to think about the difference between a bailout and a bail-in is to consider the source of funding. In a bailout, the funds essentially come from outside the institution, usually in the form of taxpayer assistance via a direct intervention by the sovereign government. Conversely, in a bail-in, rescue funds come from within the institution as shareholders and unsecured creditors bear the losses.

Source: Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

I take the above to mean that no more bank bail outs are going to happen, but rather depositors will be screwed over. The depositor would be considered a creditor who would have to be covered by a failing or bankrupt banking institution. Since they won’t actually have the cash, they’ll issue stock in the bank in lieu of making good on the money they stole, “lost”, whatever.

In such a scenario, good luck finding buyers of said stock, and I don’t think utility companies and other lenders would accept stock as payment.

Dr. ZhivBlago on March 24, 2015 at 4:35 AM

Mika continues her Bibi bashing this am….it’s all his fault the ME process is in ruins

Puhleeze

cmsinaz on March 24, 2015 at 5:38 AM

So the new squirrel today is Israel spied on US-Iran talks and then passed the Intel to obama’s enemies….the US Congress

The horror!!!!!
/

cmsinaz on March 24, 2015 at 5:50 AM

Mika can’t believe that Obama is getting blamed for all the ME ills….why aren’t folks blaming Bibi???? He spied on the US….

C’mon

cmsinaz on March 24, 2015 at 6:08 AM

Good morning.

It is absolutely incredible what we see happening across the ME and N. Africa.. No one to blame but our dear president.

esr1951 on March 24, 2015 at 6:14 AM

Morning SL, cmsinaz, esr1951, Fallon, and INC–48F with a high of 72F and sunny. Dang new dog has grown. She is now 30 lbs and long. This dog has more energy and excitement than any other one we have owned. Our dogs have a wooded fenced in area that is a little over 1/3 acre and she runs all day long and pesters the other DumbDog. And still is a terror when we bring her in at night. For some reason after walking the dogs around the neighbourhood, I drop them off in the family room and head down to the basement to study drink more beer and stare at the guitar.

Oldest son at home has been grumpy and had a few chats with The Wife the last couple of weeks. I told him that since he is 20, good luck with butting heads with his mum and don’t look to me to clean up the mess. I just got the look. Chuckle. Told The Wife that when his older sister graduates this May from college, I will gently push him out the door. He is a junior in college and needs to spread his wings. Surprisingly, The Wife agreed. He is her favorite. When he was two he broke his right arm in half just above the elbow while in someone’s else care. She felt much guilt and became very protective of him. They are close. As it should be.

I swear, I yap too much. All me luv SL and a good day to all.

HonestLib on March 24, 2015 at 6:15 AM

Topic of the day:

Israel Spied on Iran Nuclear Talks With U.S.

Ally’s snooping upset White House because information was used to lobby Congress to try to sink a deal

http://www.wsj.com/articles/israel-spied-on-iran-talks-1427164201

(“Ally’s”?)

davidk on March 24, 2015 at 6:24 AM

HonestLib on March 24, 2015 at 6:15 AM

Hey.

I read ’em. Thanks.

davidk on March 24, 2015 at 6:26 AM

Hillary now making jokes about her emails.

Behold the next President.

renalin on March 24, 2015 at 6:35 AM

Peter King (RINO Moron- NY)on Ted Cruz:

“We have very, very complex issues facing the country today, and he goes out of his way to oversimplify,” King said of Cruz. “Ted Cruz may be an intelligent person, but he doesn’t carry out an intelligent debate. He oversimplifies, he exaggerates … he doesn’t provide leadership and he has no real experience.”

Comments like this from no-talent frauds only push me more to supporting Ted Cruz or somebody at the other end of the political spectrum from establishment crap weasel.

Happy Nomad on March 24, 2015 at 7:00 AM

Hillary now making jokes about her emails.

Behold the next President.

renalin on March 24, 2015 at 6:35 AM

I’m not so sure about that. I think making jokes is a deflection tactic, even as the scrutiny and questions continue to mount. It was disclosed this week that many State Department executives were using private email accounts. This is an issue that won’t go away. Especially since it still isn’t clear who was funding the server and if the official emails were co-mingled with Clinton Foundation stuff.

Keep in mind the Monica Lewinski allegations were dismissed as Bubba providing counseling to an overwrought intern who was kind of stalking the President. Until that little blue dress with biological material showed up. I think that Killary joking about her emails is akin to Nero playing the fiddle while Rome was burning.

Happy Nomad on March 24, 2015 at 7:05 AM

OT/ A320 crashes in France.

bernzright777 on March 24, 2015 at 7:05 AM

Morning HL

Very happy to hear about puppy…..

Yup time for the kiddos to spread their wings :)

cmsinaz on March 24, 2015 at 7:07 AM

Very sad to hear about the crash :(

150 souls on board

cmsinaz on March 24, 2015 at 7:09 AM

Fox reporting that the plane was at 7000 feet in the French alps. ouch. Probably some mechanical problem.

esr1951 on March 24, 2015 at 7:09 AM

Yup time for the kiddos to spread their wings :)

cmsinaz on March 24, 2015 at 7:07 AM

Good thing is that we have a boat load more to abuse love and raise. Keeps The Wife tired and me just a bit younger than the Dead Sea.

HonestLib on March 24, 2015 at 7:20 AM

esr1951 on March 24, 2015 at 7:09 AM

Yeah, they say the pilot got off a Mayday, so probably not a bomb or such.
Also heard, IFR conditions over mountainous (as in ALPS) terrain. Not an ideal spot to be in if something malfunctions.

bernzright777 on March 24, 2015 at 7:22 AM

INC on March 24, 2015 at 1:16 AM

Hey, I love everyone…well I try.

Has anybody seen sweet-cheeks cozmo?

HonestLib on March 24, 2015 at 7:22 AM

Indeed HL :)

cmsinaz on March 24, 2015 at 7:24 AM

Good morning, cmsinaz, esr 1951, HL, davidk, renalin, Happy Nomad, & bernzright777,

cmsinaz, I don’t see how you can handle watching MSNBC every day.

That plane crash news is horrible.

David, I’m glad someone was spying on Iran! I swear I cannot believe that Congress has let Obama take such a destructive path at home and abroad. This is all reminding me too much of a dystopian novel come to life. We’re at the point in the plot where the oligarchy is sunk in their own comforts in a state of denial just before disaster strikes.

As for Peter King, lol about Cruz debating.

IMHO Hillary is going down. I’d bet my money on the former Dem governor in MD. He is at least young. Hill & Liz are leftovers.

HL, you’re sweet.

INC on March 24, 2015 at 7:41 AM

Morning INC!

bernzright777 on March 24, 2015 at 7:44 AM

bernzright777 on March 24, 2015 at 7:22 AM

I agree. My list of worst case goes something like this.

(1). Fire (Fuel Related)
(2). Rapid/Sudden Decompression
(3). Engine failure after V1
(4). Major Failure in IMC
(5). Loss of Engine on takeoff and up to 1,000′ AGL
(6). Icing (No deicing equipment)
(7). Fire/Smoke in Cockpit (Electrical)

Rest that I can think of are easily handled if you are current and sober. I am sure I forgot something of importance. Was going to list flying below Vmc/Vmca close to ground, but if that happens it means I was just being stupid and luck ran out.

HonestLib on March 24, 2015 at 7:49 AM

HonestLib on March 24, 2015 at 7:49 AM

Right on. In this case, rule out #3 and #5 above. So far I have heard, they were at altitude.

bernzright777 on March 24, 2015 at 7:52 AM

Morning INC, HL, and everyone. Everyday I dread the events of the day.

esr1951 on March 24, 2015 at 7:53 AM

Cruz was on CBS this morning. I didn’t see him–I found out through his tweet. He eats this kind of thing up.

There are two main kinds of college debating programs. One focusses on a single topic every year, and the other, Cruz and Panton’s [roomed with Cruz at Princeton–they both went on to Harvard Law School] specialty, is known as parliamentary debate. “In parliamentary debate, they don’t give you the subjects in advance. You just have to be fast on your feet and know a lot about a lot of different subjects,” Panton said. “Ted was the best debater in the country, hands down. He was the No. 1 debater our senior year.

From an old Breitbart column:

One of my favorite pastimes is scheming to defeat leftists, so understandably I’ll always deeply appreciate the hours I spent with Andrew at CPAC this year engaging in what he did best,” Cruz told Breitbart News.

Cruz seems to relish the engagement. I tell you, this time the campaign is going to be fun.

INC on March 24, 2015 at 7:55 AM

Morning INC, HL, and everyone. Everyday I dread the events of the day.

esr1951 on March 24, 2015 at 7:53 AM

The situation is the mid-east continues to wobble and worsen under Obama. I hope we survive the next year and a half until he’s gone. He is incapable of acknowledging the problems with Islam, Iran, and so on–so we careen from one crisis to the next while most of Congress is busy living the fine life.

INC on March 24, 2015 at 8:00 AM

I look forward to all the HA morning crew updates, too.

INC, I bought the H.A. Rey star books for granddaughter. She loves sitting on the front stoop with grampa, looking at the stars. (I figured grampa could use a refresher, too, lol.) Thank you for the recommendation.

Time to go get Sweet Pea.

Oh, HL, hubby pushed my babies out of the nest, too. Well, not babies, mid-twenties enjoying the fruits of his labor. I miss them but it was the right thing to do. It was time for them to grow up.

Fallon on March 24, 2015 at 8:15 AM

Fallon on March 24, 2015 at 8:15 AM

I quite like the folks on QOTD as you get to know their stye and less chance for tension. Yesterday I was yapping about being a CEO in the long ago past in a business thread and somehow the conversation went sideways. Before I even realized……I was getting in a snappy mood.

Not the other commenters fault, just the way my comment was read by another.

HonestLib on March 24, 2015 at 9:14 AM

me just a bit younger than the Dead Sea.

HonestLib on March 24, 2015 at 7:20 AM

And just as salty.

davidk on March 24, 2015 at 9:54 AM

cmsinaz on March 24, 2015 at 6:08 AM
Mark Levin, spoke specifically about that, that Obama refuses to take the responsibility for all the fires and wearing and division of the people’s of the mid-east ; all the deaths and torture happening as a result of his meddling. I think Obama is like a 7 year old with a book of matches trying to see what he can light on fire,then lie about it when caught. I pray our country and the world in general can survive his meddling . He is a World class Shite disturber.

Bakokitty on March 24, 2015 at 10:19 AM

Happy Nomad on March 24, 2015 at 7:00 AM

My sentiments exactly! When the RINOs start complaining, I figure we must be moving in the right direction.

Iamaluckyone on March 24, 2015 at 12:19 PM

me just a bit younger than the Dead Sea.

HonestLib on March 24, 2015 at 7:20 AM

And just as salty.

davidk on March 24, 2015 at 9:54 AM

Or just as…”dead”, but he can still see :)

Schadenfreude on March 24, 2015 at 1:15 PM

Or just as…”dead”, but he can still see :)

Schadenfreude on March 24, 2015 at 1:15 PM

Chuckle. I remember! I once was….

HonestLib on March 24, 2015 at 1:59 PM

Fallon, I’m so glad they’re enjoying Rey’s star books. Our kids loved them, and they’re two childhood books that we’ve hung on to.

INC on March 24, 2015 at 5:14 PM