Category Archives: Deregulation

Jamie Dimon: Too Darned Many Regulators!

Jamie Dimon Thinks Banks Have Too Many Regulators to Deal With In a conference call with reporters last week, JPMorgan CEO, Jamie Dimon, complained that there are too many regulators watching the big banks: “In the old days, you dealt with one regulator when you had an issue, maybe two. – Read the full article

Pope Francis Officially Wins Me Over

“Some people continue to defend trickle-down theories which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and inclusiveness in the world. This opinion, which has never been confirmed by the facts, expresses a crude and naïve trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power and in the sacralized workings of the prevailing economic system.” Pope Francis, The Joy of the Gospel, 11/26/2013 In a document described as a roadmap for issues that are likely to define his papacy, Pope Francis took direct aim at the fundamental economic theory of the modern conservative movement. – Read the full article

What Ever Could Be Causing Texas’ Historic Drought?

TO ALL TO WHOM THESE PRESENTS SHALL COME: I, RICK PERRY, Governor of the State of Texas, issued an Emergency Disaster Proclamation on July 5, 2011, certifying that exceptional drought conditions posed a threat of imminent disaster in specified counties in Texas. – Read the full article

Someone Call Rick Perry A Waambulance, STAT!

Texas Governor Rick Perry is disgusted, by the following cartoon from Jack Ohman of the Sacramento Bee. Perry wrote a letter to the editor demanding an apology, and his Lieutenant Gov. thinks the Sac Bee should fire Ohman. Thankfully the paper is not backing down. – Read the full article

Mr. Obama, Tear Down the Private Profit Prisons

“…men who so uneasily tolerate superiors patiently suffer a master, and show themselves proud and servile at the same time.” –Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America In 2007, a teenager in a depressed county of Northeastern Pennsylvania, recently bereft of its industrial and coal mining jobs, was sentenced to 3 months in juvenile detention.  – Read the full article

Gerrymandering, Jury-Rigging and Judicial Rewriting Are the Wave of the Future, Conservative Soldiers!

Greetings and salutations, fellow captains of industry and our Republican lapdogs!  I’m wiring you this electronic mail-o-gram from the deck of my mega-yacht Duchess’ Bounty.  What wizardry is this, you may ask, that such a feat is possible from the seas?  – Read the full article

Atlas Whined

“There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession  with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world.  – Read the full article

It’s D-Day in the Class War

“We cannot negotiate with those who say, ‘What’s mine is mine and what’s yours is negotiable.'” —John F. Kennedy On November 6th, 60 million Americans waited in line to yank the monkey wrench from Congress.  We reappointed our Democratic general for another four years.  – Read the full article

The GOP Needs to Move Further Right and Suppress the Vote Better: A Modest Proposal

It would appear that many of these “voters” gathered the wrong message from our pitch.  As he poured my wine, Reginald observed that Romney, old boy, convinced the commoners he’d had such an illustrious career in the private sector that they ought to let him continue to pursue it!  – Read the full article

Closing Argument: Humanity vs. Crosses of Gold and Iron

Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are the zombies of old discredited brands of conservatism, animated by a new strain of radical absolutism.  In our past, American heroes have exposed their ilk as fraudulent imperialists.  I predict that on Tuesday 60 million Americans will fulfill their role in this age-old morality play of American history by reaffirming Jefferson’s dream and Lincoln’s victory that America is a nation of the people by the people for the people.  – Read the full article

The Romnzi Scheme

“Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.” –George Orwell ThinkProgress reported that Mitt Romney, his son Tagg, his campaign and campaign surrogates all have significant business and political partnerships with several financial advisors at Solamere Capital, who allegedly helped Allen Stanford perpetrate one of the largest Ponzi schemes in modern history to the tune of $8.5 billion, second only to Bernie Madoff’s scheme.  – Read the full article

Can You Tell Me How to Get to Wall Street

Last night, Romney said in the debate he would cut PBS from the federal budget, even though he likes Big Bird.  Well, kids, Big Bird is a fan of the blog, and he sent me his new lyrics for the Sesame Street theme song: Sunny Day Sweepin’ regulations away On my way to where the profit’s sweet Can you tell me how to get, How to get to Wall Street You’d better pray Mitt the Grouch sent the jobs away Friendly neighbors there With nothing to eat Can you tell me how to get How to get to Wall Street Mitt’s plans he has to hide Every loophole he’ll open wide So he lied and lied and lied To 47% people like you– For happy billionaires like David Koch and Charles, too Smoggy Day Sweepin’ the Middle Class away On my way to where there’s air we can’t breathe Can you tell me how to get, How to get to government Owned by Wall Street And you’ll live in a trashcan, too… – Read the full article