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Dubious Moments in October

As we wind down this month with an evening of hardened sugar and scary creatures, let us reflect on one truly ghoulish changing of the guard that will go down in history as having taken place in the fall of 2008: the face of the modern American bogeyman.

What has been the scariest thing you've seen over the past month or so?

The scariest thing I've seen is the haste with which the federal government - yes, that includes both presidential candidates...and the current executive branch whose unwritten motto once could have been "God helps those who help themselves" - has opened the tax coffers to save the arses of wealthy Wall Street zombies who've willfully broken their own financial institutions.

Given this spookiness, I'm baffled as to how the image of a monster in an Armani suit and a pair of Bruno Maglis meshes with the nearly 25-year-old image we've all been fed of an evil, lazy, shiftless, single mom being the biggest drain on government resources, followed closely by banjo plucking mountain folk, who stalk good, clean big city folk on their canoe trips through West Virginia.

The way we've all been dropped hints to fear the frightening welfare moms and mountain folk you'd think the giant sucking sound to which Ross Perot once referred was them draining the coffers of the federal government via $200 monthly WIC allotments, rather than jobs fleeing this country.

I am the first person to gripe about undeserving recipients of my money. And even you haters, who've read me for years, know that's how I feel. So don't try to paint me with a bleeding heart brush...though that imagery does work well on Halloween, don'tcha think?

Anyway, regardless of my desire to keep all my pennies, I'veI never bought that hype about the poorest of the poor breaking the government's pockets. Sure some of them have contributed. But here's a hellacious analogy most appropriate for Halloween: Even if those welfare recipients - the ones we were taught to loathe - have been a bunch of goblins, then the bank presidents and investment firm CEOs have been the collective Devil Himself.

And with the month we've had? Forever after the bogeyman will have a different look to me.

If, after a night of horror movies, I wake up in a cold sweat to escape a monster in my dreams, I can assure you the monster won't be a chain-smoking, baby-having, young, female, stereotype, chasing me with a deadly book of food stamps. She will be a he. And he will trying to strike me with a rolled up copy of flaming bailout legislation and laughing at me behind piercing red eyes from a corner office in the sky in lower Manhattan.

Boo!

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al in kendall

I am in total agreement. I am aghast at the conspiracy of fear and negativity that has gripped this country.
The average person does not figure in any agenda, the Dems and Reps are both beholden to their corporate donors and their interests.
The willing media is quick to support those who butter their bread, and say nothing about the lie that the failure of investment banks and insurance companies is just part of capitalism.
I say let them all fail, and let all those caviar suckers go on unemployment! I don't care!
Meanwhile, the banks are using their bailout money (our money!) to give out bonuses, and the average person STILL can't get a loan.

A pox on all of these corrupt politicians, red and blue both. They are all scum.

I you really think it makes any difference who you vote for this tuesday, you are a fool.

The only way we are going to ever take our country back is the old fashioned way. Like the founding fathers did.

I want to see a one hundred-million man march on Washington, black, white, latino, everybody. With torches and pitchforks. We need to start over again.

og

I'm not a fan of any politicians, and the bailout just sucks pond water.

I'm less concerned about the people that benefit from the bailout, than those who caused the problem in the first place. Having Wall Street remain solvent is in the country's best interest, and an awful lot of hardworking people in those businesses beneft by not losing their jobs.

Using the power of the law, and race baiting blackmail- to force banks to accept loans from people that could never repay them, was wrong. Franklin Raines and his cronies, the predators (and there is no other word for it)that "qualified" those people for loans are the real bogeymen here. Everyone does NOT deserve to own a home, and the idea that they do, that "second bill of rights" is the cornerstone of this kind of financial disaster. Don't be sore at the working men and women- and there are a lot of them- whose jobs this saved. be sore at the folks who caused this.

The CEO

I have been thinking about this for over a day now. There's not much analysis here, but a lot of anger. Forget the CEOs for a second, what do you think the workers at Bear Stearns lost in their 401KS? Or Lehman Brothers? Or Freddie Mac? Or Fannie Mae? The Congressional staffs that worked for the people who repealed Glass-Stegal, gave the financial institutions 40-1 leverage, and basically removed all of the legal safeguards from the Depression Era are beyond reproach.

And this is mild, because when you actually get into it, no one is interested.

mark

My greatest fear is that Barney Frank will be re-elected. Mr. Frank shares the bulk of the blame for this mortgage mess and he WILL be re-elected by a huge margin. And YES I own 38 shares of Fannie Mae.

og

Well, talk about trick or treat.

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