Sunday July 28, 2013, 2:07 am
In my opinion, Obama’s worst appointees of his Presidency have been the Three Blind Mice: Ben “Bankster Boy” Bernanke, Larry “So Wrong” Summers, and “Timmy the Tool” Geithner. He should have kept his economic team for campaign 2000, instead of adopting Hillary’s. He could not make a bigger mistake than to pick either of the other two to replace Bankster Boy at the Fed. Especially when he has an excellent alternative in Janet Yellen.
Sunday July 28, 2013, 3:28 am
I am yellin' for Yellen !!!
It sure were nice if he'd see the light on this...after all, it may make alotta folks mad at him....wait...they're ALREADY mad at him. What does HE have to lose ???? LAST TERM EVER !!!!!
Maybe he'll actually think about what WE have to lose ???
I would be fine with anyone endorsed by Elizabeth Warren, she hasn't been "inside the belt" of DC long enough to be jaded, yet. These nominations are more about pay-backs to banking (financial and corporate) and not appointing the best and most seasoned person for the job.
Sunday July 28, 2013, 7:38 am
When there is a need for innovative thinking for solutions, those who are most seasoned are the least desirable candidates since they are viewed as inclined to offer more of the same instead. And too often the view of seasoned means coming from the industry being controlled or regulated and the biases and other related issues--makes me wish for academia without history of industry research funding. Any such person left?
Sunday July 28, 2013, 9:59 am
"Yellen works for me, but if not her, here is how Obama should make that choice. He should say, "Lizzie, whom should I hire?" Then he should pick whomever Elizabeth Warren tells him to hire."
I think Chris Hayes, as he often does, got it right on the nose. Obama has NOT distinguished himself, in my opinion, in his hiring and promotion of gender equality. This is a chance to improve that record dramatically while doing the nation, the world, an incredible good turn. No, to Summers, actually, hell no. Senate democrats ought be telling the president that NOW. And, if he can't for some reason hire Ms. Yellen, then anyone Elizabeth Warren recommends would work for me too, TomCat. If we didn't need her so badly in the Senate I'd like to see her be at the top of the Democratic ticket in 2016, she'd make a fine president.
Sunday July 28, 2013, 12:39 pm
Can't send you a star, so soon, Tom,but thanks for the posting.
We do need Warren in congress, but how about a presidential ticket with Hillary and Elizabeth,? Though, they are both east coasters.
Sunday July 28, 2013, 1:23 pm
Couldn't agree with you more, Tom and Robert. I hope, and prey, he listens to Warren...on ANYTHING having to do with finance. She knows her stuff. You are right too, gene. I think we would all like to see a tad more diversity in his cabinet. But then again, he's been bought so he may not have a lot to say .....about anything....anymore.
Sunday July 28, 2013, 1:34 pm
I'm afraid Pres. Obama, for all his historical readings, hasn't leaned by his past mistakes and will unfortunately make another blunder. I'd be happy to be proven wrong and have to eat my words. I'll be waiting with salt and pepper.
Sunday July 28, 2013, 4:20 pm
I'm with you on the "Three Blind Mice," Tom. I've been calling them The 3 Stooges myself for awhile. Yellen sounds like a good person to support, but then so many do before they are either "brainwashed" or just corrupted by the process. I remain hopeful, though, as if there's any choice.
I have signed petitions and sent letters this week against the appointment of Summers.
Sunday July 28, 2013, 4:41 pm
I have a sneaking suspicion that President Obama has been limited to nominating whomever will pass the Congress predominately ranked against whatever he does, resulting in his picking whoever he sees as the least offensive of these.
But if he really is going to move full steam ahead, there's hope.
We cannot forget, however, that there's a vast pool of industry-created propaganda inciting the crazies among the population to buy guns to use against 'the gubbermint' and the threat of massive civil unrest posed by this, (quite apart from record numbers of death threats against himself and his family), will be one of Obama's concerns.
An attempt at a Republican coup would hardly be surprising.
After all, what other form of cheating haven't they tried yet, to gain power over Americans?
(Although I've heard nothing from the left remotely like that heard from the extremist right-wingers and find this this false equivalency claim to be outrageous - unless the calls for peaceful protest are considered 'extreme'?)
Call for Violence: The Extreme Right's Joyous Desire
Submitted by Dr. Brian Carr on July 21, 2013 - 8:07am
With the finding of not guilty for George Zimmerman we listen to the extremes on both the left and right take issue. Some call for calm and non-violence as we examine the issues. Others put forth the “call for arms” and provocative gatherings. Fear of violence is brought to the table combined with perceived injustice.
This week has been like so many other weeks since President Obama was first elected. Unhappy with the political outcome the extreme right has offered up their call for action, with some groups openly advocating for violence.
In 2009 the right-wing media outlet Newsmax published a column by conservative author John Perry arguing that a military coup could “resolve” the “radical left…Obama problem.” The column appears to have encouraged an already angry group of anti-Obama radicals who have been plotting violence against the government.
While discussing the Newsmax column on his XM Sirius radio show, Michelangelo Signorile heard from a caller, “Jim from Oklahoma,” who explained that the idea of a coup is already being planned by a group of at least 200 people:
“Pulling our government down, pulling our President out, and putting him back where he should be [...] [using] the right to bear arms, it’s in the Constitution. We need a coup, there needs to be a coup and if the United States military won’t do it, we’ll do it.”
Jim confirmed that he was “dead serious.” Although he was coy about specific details, Jim said that he was motivated by homophobia and an interest in bringing back slavery. A second caller confessed that her own mother has been scheming against the government because she has been captivated by racist thoughts and a belief that “Jesus is coming to overthrow Barack Obama.”
Tea parties have been a constant venue for right-wing rage and calls for violence against the government. Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) told a crowd, “Thomas Jefferson once said that the tree of liberty will be fed with the blood of tyrants and patriots. You are the patriots.” ThinkProgress documented similar rhetoric from Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) and from rallies attended by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA). Americans for Prosperity, a group funded Koch Industries’ David Koch that works to plan tea parties, has sponsored speakers comparing health reform to the Holocaust.
One does not have to look very far to see the direction from prominent right-wing media outlets that have called for “revolution.” Glen Beck has hosted segments predicting “violent tax revolts,” Michael Savage often says, “We’re going to have a revolution in this country,” radio show host Jim Quinn has called for “riots” because “our country was built on revolution, and it’s about time we took it back.”
In January of 2013 extreme right-wing and tea party supporters were angered by the release of the report from the Combatting Terrorism Center (CTC) at America's leading military academy West Point published an extensive report on the "dramatic rise in the number of attacks and violent plots originating from individuals and groups who self-identify with the far-right of American politics." Christian fundamentalists, Militia movement groups, Skinheads, neo-Nazis, and violent anti-abortionists were all cited in the report, titled Challengers from the Sidelines: Understanding America's Violent Far-Right.
“Although in the 1990s the average number of attacks per year was 70.1, the average number of attacks per year in the first 11 years of the twenty-first century was 307.5, a rise of more than 400%," writes Dr. Arie Perliger, Director of Terrorism Studies at the CTC.” ...
Sunday July 28, 2013, 6:30 pm
No longer trust Obama to do the right thing - he doesn't seem to have the strength to be the president we all need. There have been a few flashes of brightness, then we get darkness again. The GOP/TP know this and capitalize on it. He seems to have lost touch with the very people who elected him.
Sunday July 28, 2013, 8:59 pm
It appears that Yellen has the best credentials for the job, isn't that who should be hired? But Wait! This is Washington we are talking about, the place where, instead of the most qualified, the job goes to the most owed.
Monday July 29, 2013, 5:06 am
Concur Tc on your characterization of the Obama staff. Unfortunately he keeps picking the fomerly corrupt wall street types to these inside jobs. Bernanke has helped the fat cats at the expense of seniors who played by the rules and saved. theur reward? Near zero interest on their retirement savings!