Showing posts with label democrats. Show all posts
Showing posts with label democrats. Show all posts

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

About those Bush eight years...

Here's a video reminder of who contributed to the housing bust.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Words of economic wisdom from Nancy Pelosi

From the WSJ:

Blue Dogs who are dragged into Speaker Pelosi’s office should be aware of just how she is selling the health care bill. Yesterday, she told supporters it represented “real change,” because it meant “a cap on your [health care] costs, but no cap on your benefit.”

Yup. This is the kind of ass-backwards economics that is driving health care "reform" by Democrats. Doesn't Pelosi understand that what she is proposing is simply economically untenable? Apparently not. Here's a video of Ms. Pelosi selling her brand of economics.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Unions are set for more power

The union bosses are ready to be paid back for their support during the recent election. The secret ballot is about to go "bye-bye."

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Acorn and the seeds that it has sown

Democrats and the Left have constantly accused Republicans of voter fraud (with little real evidence) particularly over the last two presidential elections. Well, here's a real eye opener. ACORN is a radical liberal pet agency that has recently been nabbed for voter fraud in eleven states. But wait--there is more to Acorn than meets the eye-- ACORN also has a hand in the subprime debacle. It intimidated banks to lend to borrowers that would not have qualified for loans by using the Community Reinvestment Act as a legal bludgeon--threatening litigation if it didn't get its way.

HT: Liberty Pen

Friday, October 3, 2008

How Democrats protected Fannie and Freddie

Rep. Barney Frank (D., Mass.): I worry, frankly, that there's a tension here. The more people, in my judgment, exaggerate a threat of safety and soundness, the more people conjure up the possibility of serious financial losses to the Treasury, which I do not see. I think we see entities that are fundamentally sound financially and withstand some of the disaster scenarios. . . .

Rep. Maxine Waters (D., Calif.)
, speaking to Housing and Urban Development Secretary Mel Martinez:
Secretary Martinez, if it ain't broke, why do you want to fix it? Have the GSEs [government-sponsored enterprises] ever missed their housing goals?

House Financial Services Committee hearing, Sept. 25, 2003:
Rep. Frank: I do think I do not want the same kind of focus on safety and soundness that we have in OCC [Office of the Comptroller of the Currency] and OTS [Office of Thrift Supervision]. I want to roll the dice a little bit more in this situation towards subsidized housing. . . .

House Financial Services Committee hearing, Sept. 25, 2003:
Rep. Gregory Meeks, (D., N.Y.): . . . I am just pissed off at Ofheo [Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight] because if it wasn't for you I don't think that we would be here in the first place. And Freddie Mac, who on its own, you know, came out front and indicated it is wrong, and now the problem that we have and that we are faced with is maybe some individuals who wanted to do away with GSEs in the first place, you have given them an excuse to try to have this forum so that we can talk about it and maybe change the direction and the mission of what the GSEs had, which they have done a tremendous job. . .

Read more wonderful quotes from those that brought us financial crisis

Saturday, September 27, 2008

More on the financial crisis and the big government cronies that caused it

From Charles Krauthammer:

The mob is agitated, but hardly blameless. While the punch bowl -- Alan Greenspan's extremely low post-9/11 interest rates -- was being held out, few complained about cheap loans and doubling home values. Now all of the sudden everything is the fault of Wall Street malfeasance.

I have little doubt that some, if not many, cases of malfeasance will emerge. But what we conveniently neglect is the fact that much of this crisis was brought upon us by the good intentions of good people.

For decades, starting with Jimmy Carter's Community Reinvestment Act of 1977, there has been bipartisan agreement to use government power to expand homeownership to people who had been shut out for economic reasons or, sometimes, because of racial and ethnic discrimination. What could be a more worthy cause? But it led to tremendous pressure on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac -- who in turn pressured banks and other lenders -- to extend mortgages to people who were borrowing over their heads. That's called subprime lending. It lies at the root of our current calamity.
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Thursday, August 14, 2008

Obstructionist by any other name

Pelosi and the Democrats are beholden to the radical environmentalists in their party. Hence, we get the obstruction and the usual straw man arguments regarding drilling for domestic oil supplies.

HT: Jimmy Cardoza at Liberty Pen

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

"In The Name Of Fairness"

Here’s another wonderful hack job from the liberal blog Huffington Post:

WASHINGTON — Two-thirds of U.S. corporations paid no federal income taxes between 1998 and 2005, according to a new report from Congress.

The study by the Government Accountability Office released Tuesday said about 68 percent of foreign companies doing business in the U.S. avoided corporate taxes over the same period.

Collectively, the companies reported trillions of dollars in sales, according to GAO's estimate.

"It's shameful that so many corporations make big profits and pay nothing to support our country," said Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., who asked for the GAO study with Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich.

An outside tax expert, Chris Edwards of the libertarian Cato Institute in Washington, said increasing numbers of limited liability corporations and so-called "S" corporations pay taxes under individual tax codes.

At least they had the decency to quote Chris Edwards from the Cato Institute who nails the issue right on target. A good chunk of those “rich” people that Obama wants to raise taxes on are actually LLC or “S” corporations that create and maintain jobs. Maybe someone should tell Obama and Sen. Dorgan that thousands of professionals and business owners who used to report most of their income under the corporate tax responded to lower individual income-tax rates after 1986 and 2003 by reporting more income under the individual tax as partnerships, LLCs and Sub-S corporations. Moving business income from the corporate to the individual tax, not CEO pay for example, has raised the top 1%'s share on individual tax returns. But I digress. Here is the crux of Sen. Dorgan’s complaint:

Dorgan and Levin have complained about companies abusing transfer prices _ amounts charged on transactions between companies in a group, such as a parent and subsidiary. In some cases, multinational companies can manipulate transfer prices to shift income from higher to lower tax jurisdictions, cutting their tax liabilities. The GAO did not suggest which companies might be doing this.

"It's time for the big corporations to pay their fair share," Dorgan said.

So, Sen. Dorgan wants to create even more corporate tax bureaucracy in order to capture what parent and subsidiary companies transact. Perfect. And when has it been “unfair” for a company to try to save on their tax liabilities? That’s what I would call good corporate governance. Cutting tax liability is what tax credits, losses, and write-offs are for and provided by the tax code.

Oh, I can’t wait until liberal Democrats have full control of Congress and the White House, folks. We are going to see a lot more of these witch hunts against business. As Obama once said in a primary debate discussing an increase in capital gains taxes, it's all "in the name of fairness.”

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Chavez announces decrees

In life, sometimes it’s satisfying to know that there is some predictability to rely upon. After all, if the bus that takes you to work in the morning doesn’t have a regular predictable schedule, you will end up late to work one time too many and may get canned. So, it comes as no surprise that the predictable nature of Hugo Chavez has once again affirmed that all is well with the universe. You see, Mr. Chavez has announced some new decrees that his poor and hapless countrymen will now have the headache of dealing with. As I predicted several months ago on this blog, I knew Mr. Chavez was not going to let a rebuff of his socialist agenda by voters in December crimp his master plans to turn Venezuela into a socialist basket case.

Curiously, many of Chavez’s best friends in Washington, and even Hollywood, have been oddly silent since that whole nasty episode with the FARC terrorists. Not a peep from Connecticut Senator Chris Dodd, whose early support helped the strongman consolidate his power in Venezuela. Or even former President Jimmy Carter who had blessed Mr. Ch├ívez's August 2004 recall victory, despite evidence of fraud. But best of all, there are the House Democrats from Massachusetts--Joseph P. Kennedy II and Bill Delahunt, who in a lame attempt to snub the Bush administration, got cozy with Mr. Chavez as he used free heating oil as a propaganda tool. Swell. It really tells you a lot about Congress when you see them support a tin pot loon like Hugo Chavez.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Speculators = Vampires!

Some of the theories that have been bandied about regarding oil prices and speculators have reached new levels of dogma. The little poisonous gem that I happened upon was a piece that I found (via The Liberal Journal) on the Counterpunch website titled “Gas Price Gouging,” by Mike Whitney. Here’s an excerpt:

This is not about shortages or scarcity; it's about gaming the system to fatten the bottom line. The whole scam is being executed by the same carpetbagging scoundrels who engineered the subprime fiasco; the investment bankers. The Wall Street Goliaths are using the futures market to recapitalize their flagging balance sheets after sustaining huge losses in the mortgage-backed securities boondoggle. That's the whole thing in a nutshell. Now they're on to their next swindle; distorting the futures market with gargantuan leveraged bets on food and oil.

Yes, it’s the carpet-bagging investment bankers. And don’t forget the Illuminati and the Free Masons. They have a hand in everything. Here’s another zinger:

In fact, oil is being deliberately kept off the market to keep prices high. Consider this: if supply isn't keeping up with demand then why aren't there any lines at the gas stations like there were during the '70s?

Somebody needs to tell this fellow that the reason that there was rationing of gasoline and long lines to gas stations (that would then run out of gas) was due to the implementation of price controls by President Nixon. Once wholesale prices for gasoline rose beyond what a retailer could afford to buy (they had to make some profit to pay employees, taxes, utility bills, etc), gas stations ran out of gas. This meant that there was less refined gas to go around. Somehow, Mr. Whitney believes that the lack of rationing and long lines is proof that there is plenty of gas and that prices are being manipulated. The fact that prices are allowed to rise and that it is in effect a signal of the healthy elasticity of the market - there are no long lines - is proof that the mechanism of supply and demand is working as it should. Mr. Whitney does not understand basic economics.

While the futures market is a convenient scapegoat, it is simply a price discovery mechanism. Here’s one example of how the futures market works nicely: One of the reasons that Southwest Airlines has been able to be successful in recent years, while other airlines are faltering, is due to its prescient ability to lock in lower fuel prices with the futures market: It acts as a hedge against volatility and inflation. The futures market is not without risk. If a company bets incorrectly, they could lose money. It isn’t the perfectly gamed system that Mr. Whitney and others believe it is.

Note that many commodities have spiked in price over the last couple of years. It isn’t just oil. Does that mean that corn, wheat, copper, and fertilizer are being manipulated by speculators too? Should congress make laws to meddle in the trading of those commodities as well? The rise in oil is occurring globally, not just in the U.S. Attempting to stifle speculators in U.S. financial markets will do nothing to the global price of oil.

So, what’s the answer? Why has oil jumped to its record highs? The primary answers are the weak dollar and good old supply and demand, folks. I know that this is not as sexy and as attractive as a conspiracy theory. But there it is. If the Fed ever decides to fight inflation and strengthen the dollar, commodity prices would fall like a rock. It’s as simple as that. Alan Reynolds of the Cato Institute explains it best:

There is no mystery behind the rise in oil prices. They rose too high too fast because of booming demand for oil for petrochemical products, electric power and shipping from many emerging economies (particularly China, India and the Middle East). Meanwhile, the supply of oil slipped in the US, Mexico, Venezuela, Nigeria and Russia.

Now, I’m not saying that the futures and options markets have absolutely no effect on the global price of petroleum. All I’m saying is that its effect is greatly exaggerated for political reasons.

When Congress returns from vacation expect more heated rhetoric on this issue; there are currently at least ten bills submitted by Democrats attempting to address “speculation.” I blame congress for legitimizing the arguments put forth by bloggers like Mr. Whitney: No quarter is given to facts or to the unintended consequences that may follow bad legislation.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

What about those “unused leases” that Democrats keep talking about…

One of the talking points used by Democrats against off-shore drilling is that the oil companies are sitting on thousands of leases that are not being pumped for oil. They accuse oil companies of sitting on millions of barrels of oil and that oil companies should drill from those leased lands instead of opening up new areas for drilling.

Well, one of the best counter arguments I have read that trumps the Democratic response against offshore drilling and their claim that oil companies are sitting on unused leases was made by Bobo over at the Bobo files:

What they also have failed to inform the general public about these leases is that many of them cannot be drilled because there is no oil in them. The government makes these oil companies purchase these leases before they are allowed to survey them. The company geologists then survey, find there’s nothing in there, and now the big oil companies are stuck with these leases that they can’t do anything with..and…who pays the cost for those non-productive leases? We the people do as a pass through expense. It’s just another scam by the government and something they don’t want everyone to know about.

I couldn’t have said it better myself.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Senate votes to privatize it’s failing restaurants

From the Washington Post: Year after year, decade upon decade, the U.S. Senate's network of restaurants has lost staggering amounts of money -- more than $18 million since 1993, according to one report, and an estimated $2 million this year alone, according to another.

The financial condition of the world's most exclusive dining hall and its affiliated Capitol Hill restaurants, cafeterias and coffee shops has become so dire that, without a $250,000 subsidy from taxpayers, the Senate won't make payroll next month.

The embarrassment of the Senate food service struggling like some neighborhood pizza joint has quietly sparked change previously unthinkable for Democrats. Last week, in a late-night voice vote, the Senate agreed to privatize the operation of its food service, a decision that would, for the first time, put it under the control of a contractor and all but guarantee lower wages and benefits for the outfit's new hires.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), chairman of the Rules and Administrations Committee, which oversees the operation of the Senate, said she had no choice.

"It's cratering," she said of the restaurant system. "Candidly, I don't think the taxpayers should be subsidizing something that doesn't need to be. There are parts of government that can be run like a business and should be run like businesses."

Comment: The free-market trumps the welfare statists yet again. Finally, taxpayers won’t be footing the bill to feed these blowhards.

HT: Mark J. Perry

Thursday, May 22, 2008