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It's easy to call someone drunk when you are the one serving them.  

As a native Iowan I am well aware of the legacy of Herbert Hoover. Just imagine, our state can proudly boast of one president, unfortunately his legacy is leading our nation into the great depression.....

Today in Des Moines:

"As even the president said, Wall Street got drunk. Well, he was essentially the bartender in all this and let them do it, so we're paying a price and we'll pay a price for years to come," said Fitzgerald, a six-term Democrat from West Des Moines.

http://www.gazetteonline.com/...

I think its fair to say that Fitzgerald nailed it.
Fitzgerald went on to say:

"Why would a president who was so laissez faire — keep government out of business — why is he asking for $1 trillion to bail out Wall Street? I'm alarmed. We've never had this in the history of our country, and who says $1 trillion is going to work? They don't know," he said. "The taxpayers have to bail out Wall Street. We're becoming a much socialistic country because of it."

Originally posted to jsloo on Mon Sep 22, 2008 at 11:24 PM PDT.

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  •  well (7+ / 0-)

    i'm a bartender in real life.....once in a while i serve people too much booze because then they feel like giving me more of their money.  

    so the analogy still fits!

  •  A one trillion dollar tip (2+ / 0-)
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    rasbobbo, AntKat

    and from the bartender to the patron? Dear gods, I wanna drink there.

    Oh, and I'm from Pa. Our only president was Buchanan. Trust me, that did not work out well, either.

    •  But PA did have Benjamin Franklin. (2+ / 0-)
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      flor de jasmim, Casual Wednesday

      So you can comfort yourself with that.

      Oh, lordy, I keep telling myself I can't hate anyone, it's not right.

      But I hate these people.

      Hate em.

      Hate em.

      Liars, cheats, thieves, manipulative hypocrites.

      •  Too bad he was unelectable (1+ / 0-)
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        AntKat

        Even in his day. Something about drinking and womanizing in France while his countrymen were fighting a war. Franklin made Bill Clinton (circa 1998) look like a saint.

        Of course, I would be pragmatic enough to vote for the Clinton/Franklin ticket. At least they both had a head for economics.

        •  His drinking and womanizing (1+ / 0-)
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          His drinking and womanizing was some part of the most skillful diplomacy this nation ever had the luck to send abroad.

          Wars are fought with money as well as guns. Franklin got us money, credit, and the promise of the very French ships that sailed into Yorktown and sealed the British  troops' fate.

          We'd still be singing God Save the Queen if Franklin had been one whit less successful.

  •  exactly what i thought when i heard bush say (2+ / 0-)
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    AntKat, Casual Wednesday

    "wall street got drunk." yeah, you were the one serving the drinks.
    same thing when i hear mccain complain about wall street greed. you & your buddies were the ones feeding that greed, don't acted shocked about it.

    "Are we to gulp down this tissue of horse shit? Are we to take these glib lies like a greased & nameless asshole?" - Wm Burroughs, Naked Lunch

    by rasbobbo on Mon Sep 22, 2008 at 11:35:10 PM PDT

  •  My feelings exactly (4+ / 0-)
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    object16, AntKat, jemjo, flor de jasmim

    How come we can't be socialists to benefit the ordinary working man with health care, but we can become socialists to bail out the rich fat cats who've lied, cheated and stolen to such a degree that they've mortgaged our entire economy?

    My dad started out in the FHA. It was an agency that worked. It wasn't socialistic. It helped ordinary people.

    Look at what the "deregulators" have done. Disgusting: they let their best buddies play roulette and blackjack with our housing stock. Then they asked for even more leeway so that they could skim and palm the high-value chips.

    To anyone who wondered what the heck else Bush could do in the time that was left to him that was even more of a disaster than Iraq and Katrina, here's your sign.

     

  •  Well I am from Texas. We know how to get down and (3+ / 0-)
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    dirty in politics. I'll leave it at that. I hope that we have a president from Hawaai after November 4th.
    This crisis goes a lot deeper than laissez faire. It's something far more sinister. It is about bankers lining their pockets with the taxpayers silver. The fox guarding the henhouse. Congress can not capitulate on this bailout. Giving the reins to bankers and to Secretary Paulson would be like giving a crackhead your bank PIN.

  •  1900s IA gave us Herbert Hoover (0+ / 0-)

    Now you give us Tom Harkin, I'll take that as advancement..

    "Polls are like crack, political activists know they're bad for them but they read them anyways."-Unknown

    by skywaker9 on Mon Sep 22, 2008 at 11:46:21 PM PDT

  •  Bush and Feds: $1,000,000,000,000 Shot (0+ / 0-)

    Straight and quick down the gullets of America with no consequences to fear.  

    (GULP) crawl to bed

    ~~~~~BlAcKoUt~~~~~~

    Where am I...who am I sleeping next...oh its you Wall Street

    BARF all over the American people.

    Yea that is pretty much how it looks right now in my mind.

    When we got into office, the thing that surprised me most was to find that things were just as bad as we'd been saying they were. -JFK

    by optimusprime on Tue Sep 23, 2008 at 12:50:58 AM PDT

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