"It's not based on any particular data point," a Treasury spokeswoman told Forbes.com Tuesday. "We just wanted to choose a really large number." Republican idiots. James's blog Comments So that's how they came up with $700 billion God help us. _____________________________________ Doubts about Dole? An arbitrary $700 billion? I'm thinking of changing my name to "Wall Street". Are You Serious? I figured they had some kind of reasoning for that number. I guess I need to stop giving the GOP so much credit... Letterman lays into McCain Nine minutes of withering abuse... Wow. Dave just let him have it. If I were Barack Obama I would call Dave live tonight. "The striking difference between me and my opponent is that I live in North Carolina and my husband can vote for me."- Sen. Kay Hagan Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over. -me Dave does a great job of ripping McCain a new one. But what no one has mentioned is that Letterman caught McCain in a lie. He could have just said, look, I need to do this interview on CBS News, "I'm sorry, it's a scheduling thing that got messed up - maybe next time." Dave still would have been ticked off, but at least it wouldn't have been a lie We don't need another liar in the White House. GREAT VIDEO n/t American idiots I have tried to maintain a sense of decorum and respect for the August Institutions that comprise Our Nation's Government. I have tried valiantly to speak respectfully of My Opponent, who has Served His Country as a Public Servant for twenty of the past twenty-two years. But the cognitive dissonance required to maintain that respect is rapidly eroding. Yesterday, my opponent was interviewed by Bill LuMaye, a popular talk show host on AM 680 WPTF. You can tell my opponent is running for re-election -- he has been on Mr. LuMaye's show about four times in the past two months. My opponent was asked to talk about the financial crisis, and the Paulson/Bernanke bailout plan. Here's where I have a problem: all my opponent was able to accomplish in thirty minutes was wringing his hands in sober tones about how terrible the current crisis is, stating how we need to do some kind of bailout, and then blaming The Administration for putting this questionable bailout plan in front of him. I have one question for my opponent: Are you a Lawmaker, or a Lawpasser? Do we hire you to watch out for our interests by authoring legislation, or to complain about the quality of legislation that you are provided by the Executive branch? Why do you wring your hands and bloviate about legislation WRITTEN BY THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH, when the Constitution clearly states that Congress should be writing legislation? If you don't know enough to actually write legislation yourself concerning this topic, why should we value your opinions, and what gives you the right to complain? Why are we paying you anything just so you can sit up in Washington and collect over $40,000 (since 2000) in PAC donations from banks and the American Banker Association? Why are you echoing The Administration's Sense of Panic and Urgency, when it is now being reported that this bailout plan has been in the works for a long time? The White House today is drumming up extraordinary pressure on Congress to approve its plan to enact a $700 billion mortgage bailout fund, suggesting the markets cannot wait much longer and dispatching Vice President Cheney and other top officials up Pennsylvania Avenue to jawbone lawmakers. But Bush himself continues to do little to explain his plan, and he has refused to be questioned about it. Asked during a telephone briefing for reporters today whether Bush was speaking with lawmakers, White House Deputy Press Secretary Tony Fratto said the president is aware of their concerns but that Paulson is the salesman. “It shouldn’t take much analysis to remember what happened last week, which was a very serious freeze-up in our credit markets,” Fratto said. “Our financial markets right now do not need uncertainty, they need increased certainty as to how this rescue plan is going to go forward — and that they can be sure that there is a plan to go forward — and that will begin the correction in our financial markets.” Fratto insisted that the plan was not slapped together and had been drawn up as a contingency over previous months and weeks by administration officials. He acknowledged lawmakers were getting only days to peruse it, but he said this should be enough. In October of 2001, in an environment of fear and coercion by the Executive Branch, you voted for The Administration's last-minute substitute version of the PATRIOT Act and shredded our Bill of Rights. Now, as a consequence of your fear and ignorance, you are threatening to vote for The Administration's bailout bill, known as "Cash for Trash" or "No Banker Left Behind" -- thus shredding working Americans, feet first. David, you're fired. William (B.J.) Lawson, M.D.Congressional Candidate, North Carolina's 4th District William (B.J.) Lawson, M.D.Congressional Candidate, North Carolina's 4th District I can't say I disagree with you The performance of Congress on this issue lies at the intersection of mind-boggling and pathetic. _____________________________________ Doubts about Dole? PS Who will you vote for as President? _____________________________________ Doubts about Dole? Flip a !@#$!@$@#! coin Do you think it matters? With Obama arguing for more troops in Afghanistan? With Obama warmongering against Iran? With EVERYONE thinking we can borrow and print our way out of our fiscal hole? The Constitution -- now that's change I can believe in. William (B.J.) Lawson, M.D.Congressional Candidate, North Carolina's 4th District William (B.J.) Lawson, M.D.Congressional Candidate, North Carolina's 4th District If you don't think it matters you have no business running for anything. Sorry man, but that is a total bullshit answer to a serious question. You seriously think it's a coin toss between McCain and Obama? That's flat-out crazy. _____________________________________ Doubts about Dole? Here's an email conversation I had on the topic You're right, it's a deadly serious question: ### I think we see the same overall problems, but perhaps we prioritize them differently. My top 3 "threat matrix" looks like this: 1) Collapse of an unsustainable debt-based money and banking system; 2) Potential for national default; 3) Systematic evisceration of our civil liberties through war and fearmongering over the past 8 years. I watched the national conventions. I listened to the speeches. These priorities were not on the radar. I have explored Obama's Web site, read, and listened -- and I have found NO indication that Obama understands how our corrupt money and banking system work. So if Obama doesn't bring his own experience to understand the inherent evil of our system, then you have to look at his advisers: http://www.tnr.com/politics/story.html?id=4d40a39e-8f57-4054-bd99-94bc9d19be1a As this New Republic article demonstrates, there is no one in Obama's shop who has any history of, or reason to, question our enslavement to the current orthodoxy. What we need is a true populist revolution where the people unite to throw off the yoke of the money cartel. The leaders we are being spoon-fed are not truly talking about change, and certainly not disrupting the banking system's grip on our economy. I mean really, what the !@#$@!#$ -- Obama's objection to the $700 billion pistol-whipping is a platitude that we must not use a blank check, and we must "protect the taxpayer": http://www.barackobama.com/2008/09/21/a_statement_of_principles_for.php Instead of identifying the root cause of the problem, he's ready to give us a bus ticket to the emergency room. Thanks. Don't get me wrong, McCain's no better on economics. McCain is more obviously a tool of the establishment, Obama is a bit more polished, but just as much a tool. Where did his commitment to end the war go? Why is he fearmongering against Iran? Why is he talking about more troops in Afghanistan? Why did he get in front of AIPAC and talk about a "unified Jerusalem"? http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/07/us/politics/07obama.html?ref=us I have come to the conclusion that we do not have real choice at the presidential level. You believe that Obama is truly a crusading reformer, and a change candidate. I wish you were right, but based upon my interpretation of his behavior, I do not believe he is. Although I wish he was. Regarding ending our "democracy"... we're not supposed to have a democracy!!! Democracy is two wolves and sheep deciding what to have for dinner. Right now we DO have a democracy -- the wolves are corporate and banking interests, and the people are the sheep. We should have a Constitutional Republic, where government's power is limited and focused on protecting the rights of the ultimate minority -- the individual (the human individual, not some "corporate person"). Our Constitutional Republic was lost some time ago. Welcome to our totalitarian democracy. I WANT MY COUNTRY BACK!!! /rant ### Let me just say that at this point I don't know. Somehow, I will try to vote for change. William (B.J.) Lawson, M.D.Congressional Candidate, North Carolina's 4th District William (B.J.) Lawson, M.D.Congressional Candidate, North Carolina's 4th District Afghanistan = Osama bin Laden = murderer of 3,000+ Americans. "The striking difference between me and my opponent is that I live in North Carolina and my husband can vote for me."- Sen. Kay Hagan Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over. -me You say "flip a coin", yet you expend a lot of energy talking about what a bad choice Obama is. How about McCain's neck-deep ties to the neocons? His lobbyist-provoked almost-war with Russia over Georgia's fricking oil fields? His support of a hundred-years' war and scores of permanent U.S. military bases in Iraq? I understand you don't want to alienate Republican voters, but ignoring McCain's readily apparent differences with your stated philosophies in order to preserve your political standing does not fit well with your bi-partisan, "tell it like it is" campaign. Well it makes sense, Well it makes sense, considering he doesn't need to convince people on this website of McCain's flaws, you already know them. Instead, he points out Obama's flaws to make the case that neither is the best that their party could put forward. That still doesn't lead to "flip a coin" Flipping a coin would only make sense if there is no demonstrable difference. There are clear demonstrable differences between Obama and McCain. Forget policy differences, just go with temperament and judgment. Flipping a coin is an abrogation of responsibility. _____________________________________ Doubts about Dole? Who's to say he's voting for Who's to say he's voting for McCain or Obama? After all, Lawson is a Ron Paul-style Republican and Ron Paul endorsed Chuck Baldwin. Not that any politician would ever admit to not supporting their own party member. Yeah, but Chuck Baldwin is not going to be on N.C.'s ballot in November (I don't think). Now, I can see BJ endorsing (and voting for) Bob Barr, the Libertarian candidate for President. Or McCain, or Obama. Of course, BJ doesn't have to give an endorsement, and any choice he makes would probably hurt him some. But if he's hesitant to take a position on who he thinks our next President should be, I'm not sure what that says about positions he'd be required to take in Congress... Libertarian BS on Change and BJ future? Yeah, but Chuck Baldwin is not going to be on N.C.'s ballot in November (I don't think).*scharrison [ Correct! Nowhere to be found since they don't have a real active party nor the membership!] Now, I can see BJ endorsing (and voting for) Bob Barr,*scharrison [ No way! BJ is not that stupid nor would Ron Paul help him if he did that, in fact The Libertarian Party will be push to even get the 2 % to keep them on the ballot for the future.....Do the math....They need 600 hundred thousand votes in the Governor Race and it is not going to happen, Munger is blowing smoke up your poltical ass on this issue.If Mike had any balls, he would attack Art Pope and tell him to shove it and that is never going to happen in this state. Bob Barr might get 1 % but don't count on it since he is history for screwing up a free lunch and driving a stake though the National Libertarian Party for good] the Libertarian candidate for President. Or McCain, or Obama. Of course, BJ doesn't have to give an endorsement, and any choice he makes would probably hurt him some. But if he's hesitant to take a position on who he thinks our next President should be, I'm not sure what that says about positions he'd be required to take in Congress...*scharrison [ It's simple! Do what the consitution says if he is elected to Congress, in BJ case that is none and more of none......His future is somewhere else and it is not the Republican Party] I can't see him voting for I can't see him voting for Bob Barr. The Baldwin thing was my mistake, I thought he was a write-in candidate in NC but it turns out that he isn't. McKinney, Nader, and Moore are all write-in candidates. I would never under any I would never under any circumstance vote for John McCain. NEVER... On paper, on issues i care about, Obama is better, sometimes :)Paper can be worthless though as our spiralling dollar has proven. Marc Actually, I believe our dollar is only worth the paper it is printed on. *************************** Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own. And I'm in full agreement with you that "corporate personhood" is also at the root of the problem. After our initial conversations on the topic, subsequent reading has reinforced that corporate personhood along with the inherent instability of our money and banking system are both working against We the People. There is a legislative one-liner that would immediately restore a healthier balance of power between corporations and We the People. See here: http://blog.lawsonforcongress.com/2008/09/21/taking-the-pulse-small-is-possible/ Bottom line is that Congress must unambiguously affirm that all voluntary barter transactions between individuals, using whatever medium of exchange they desire, are tax-free. Embracing that concept maximizes individual liberty and freedom during these challenging times, and will provide a real incentive to for communities to work together to speed our economic recovery. Embracing the consequences of this change will not happen overnight. But gradually people will begin to realize that they are free to produce real wealth as individuals (human individuals, not some fabricated "corporate person"). That freedom to create value by serving others and bringing valued goods and services to market made us great once, and can do it again. See you in the garden, and at the farmer's market! :-) William (B.J.) Lawson, M.D.Congressional Candidate, North Carolina's 4th District William (B.J.) Lawson, M.D.Congressional Candidate, North Carolina's 4th District Antidote du jour William (B.J.) Lawson, M.D.Congressional Candidate, North Carolina's 4th District William (B.J.) Lawson, M.D.Congressional Candidate, North Carolina's 4th District I love that song. My father made a tape of his favorite songs for me when I was pregnant, and after my son was born, I used to rock my son to sleep while it played. That is one of them. Another on the tape was, appropriately, Linda, by Buddy Clark.