This gave me a laugh… 30 September 2008Posted by marisacat in 2008 Election, DC Politics, Democrats, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, U.S. House, U.S. Senate, WAR!.
An image of the US president (C) and Indian leaders is displayed at a protest in Hyderabad against an India-US nuclear deal. [AP via BBC]
From the SFGate.com/San Francisco Chronicle coverage (I laughed all the way thru it, rich in quotes and characterisations!):
Members have described themselves as hostages. Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Sherman Oaks (Los Angeles County), who voted against the bailout, said the original Treasury plan was “a ransom note that said if you ever want to see your 401(k)s again, send us $700 billion in unmarked bills.”
Dennis Byrne from Chicago Trib…
That an upstart public would flood Congress and the administration with unscripted, immediate and overwhelmingly negative reaction was, itself, considered a disaster of unprecedented proportions. You could read in the faces of the Wall Street types on CNBC and elsewhere their astonishment that anyone would dare defy their wisdom. Jim Cramer, the popular stock guru, expressed it best when he stated that the folks who opposed the deal are “not knowledgeable or sophisticated.”
As if everyone who disagreed with him is stupid.
Just hearing none other than O Reilly pushing the Bail Out… LOL… gotta love the bird feathers that get stuck together…
Bay Area delegation’s roll call
By a vote of 228-205, the House defeated the $700 billion bailout package. How the Bay Area delegation voted (a “yes” vote is a vote in favor of the bailout):
Anna Eshoo D-Palo Alto (14th District)
Mike Honda D-San Jose (15th District)
Zoe Lofgren D-San Jose (16th District)
Jerry McNerney D-Pleasanton (11th District)
George Miller D-Martinez (7th District)
Nancy Pelosi D-San Francisco (8th District)
Jackie Speier D-Hillsborough (12th District) part of her district runs thru a SF neighborhood as well..
Ellen Tauscher D-Walnut Creek (10th District)
Barbara Lee D-Oakland (9th District)
Pete Stark D-Fremont (13th District)
Mike Thompson D-St. Helena (1st District)
Lynn Woolsey D-Petaluma (6th District)
… and Pete Stark has been happily going on all the Bay Area talk radio, deee-lighted to chat. What a hoot! He was just ready and waiting this am on KGO, on another line was supposed to be George Miller (confidant of Ms Pelosi) who was then… not on the line!
Hey! Alla youse! Cheer up!
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (left), Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C. (center), and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md. (second from right), head for a news conference after the bailout was voted down. (Getty Images)
halfway between sleep and wake this am, I caught a stray comment about this, off early am local TV news, later searched both SFGate.com and SJ Mercury News, nada. Supposedly Sheehan will join them… Finally I googled and found the PR at the Nader/Gonzalez 08 site…
Monday, September 29, 2008 at 12:00:00 AM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Ryan Mehta, 408-348-0681, firstname.lastname@example.org (National HQ);
Lynda Hernandez 714-803-9676, (Local)
PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE RALPH NADER TO HOLD PRESS CONFRENCE AT FED
WHO: Ralph Nader and Matt Gonzalez
WHAT: Press Conference
WHEN: Tuesday September 30 at 10:00am
WHERE: Federal Reserve Bank, 101 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
On Tuesday September 30 at 10:00am, consumer advocate and Presidential candidate Ralph Nader will host a press conference with his Vice Presidential candidate Matt Gonzalez at the Federal Reserve Bank, 101 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
The Nader/Gonzalez campaign will speak out against the unjust, restrictive, and undemocratic Commission on Presidential Debates. The CPD, a corporation headed since its inception by two former chairs of the Democratic and Republican parties, shuts third party candidates away from public view, maintaining a stranglehold on the two party system and stifling the political conversation in this country.
The Nader/Gonzalez ticket is encouraged by AB 1945, which has passed in both the Assembly and the Senate. If signed into law, the bill will make it illegal for insurance companies to cancel the medical coverage of their clients for accidental mistakes in their medical history. This loophole is currently sometimes used throughout the country in order to deny legitimate claims on the basis of medical history technicalities. The bill would require the insurance companies to prove that a client intentionally misrepresented their medical history.
Proposition 6, the so-called “Safe Neighborhoods Act,” * would make prisoners out of children. In the country with the most per capita citizens in jail already, this would be an unacceptable further step in the wrong direction. Care should be taken to instead invest in rehabilitation for criminals generally and of course children specifically. The money spent on sending children to jail could be used in various other productive and beneficial ways. It could be used to improve the destitute healthcare system in California which leaves 6.6 million Californians uninsured, according to the California HealthCare Foundation. It could be used to fund public schools in California, which receive one-fourth the money per student as prisons do per prisoner. Instead of locking California children in jail, Nader/Gonzalez believes we should secure their future with single-payer healthcare and increased funds for public education. ::snip::
It’s practically illegal to be a child now. Or a youth……………. and, while you are a youth, be certain to dress like a Mormon missionary…
* all I could find was a YES on Prop 6 site, it seems to be the old Stop Gangs Now, Cops Will Save You! Give Us Money! Now!
Via Ambinder, just a full text snag… ;)
Pew Research, which last week found that 57% of Americans support government intervention to save the economy, finds this week that public support has dropped; only 45% support a “government plan to invest or commit billions to secure financial institutions.” 38% say they’re opposed; the rest don’t know.
Independents are the least likely to support it (42%); Republicans are the most likely (49%) Two thirds say they’re “angry” about the plan, which independents being the angriest and Republicans being the least angry.
Note that Pew does not poll the term “bailout.
ObRama Speaks.. in NV (I am sure McC is being just as useless out there, but Ob’s quotes are riding at the top of The Page):
“There will be time to punish those who set this fire, but now is the moment for us to come together and put the fire out.”
“Right now our job is to put out the fire, and we can’t forget that.”
Adds:“This financial crisis is a direct result of the greed and irresponsibility that has dominated Washington and Wall Street for years now.” [but is nowhere near Chicago!! NONE!! -- Mcat ]
“What it means is that if we do not act, it will be harder for you to get a mortgage for your home or the loans you need to buy a car or send your children to college.”
“What it means is that businesses won’t be able to get the loans they need to open new factories, or hire more workers, or make payroll for the workers they have…Millions of jobs could be lost. A long and painful recession could follow.” [pick up your garlic and crucifixes on the way out, it is what we have to offer! ...Mcat]
Stiglitz this am is out with a quote, he predicts we get ObRama AND a long recession. Lessee, the alternative is McCain and a long recession?
Cancel the confetti and balloons, at least! No? But She told me the party was OVER!!