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President Obama -Our worst president ever- Combining the worst of W and the worst of Socialism
  • How Congress Will Steal the Recovery
  • Obama's Doctor Knocks ObamaCare- 6/19
  • Obama invokes Jesus more than Bush- 6/10
  • The Roots Of Liberalism- 6/05
  • Is Obama Another Jimmy Carter?- 5/26
  • Obama's Deeds Vindicate Bush- 5/22
  • President Obama's troubling mantra: In debt, we trust - 5/15
  • Unions vs. Taxpayers - 5/14
  • US to borrow 46 cents for every dollar spent - 5/12
  • Quick fix today, crisis tomorrow in Obama's White House - 5/12
  • Obama's First Debacle? - 5/04
  • Obama's Liberal Arrogance Will Be His Undoing - 4/29
  • Obama more popular than his policies, poll shows - 4/27
  • Obama: The Grand Strategy - 4/24
  • High Unemployment States Have High Income Taxes or High Unionization or Both. - 4/22
  • The Case for a Federalism Amendment - 4/23
  • A World Of Trouble For Obama - 4/20
  • President of Everything - 4/17
  • The fiscal hole that must be filled - 4/05
  • Dem hypocrisy will come back to haunt - 3/18
  • The Obushma Spending Record - 3/17
  • Obama's policies have made the recession worse - 3/11
  • The Liberaltarian Jackalope - 3/11
  • The Sleight of Hand Behind Obama's Agenda - 3/06
  • The budget reveals the liberal Obama - 3/01
  • Back to Carter - 2/22
  • The ‘Liberaltarianist’ Folly - 2/20
  • Obama Worship and the Herd Mentality - 2/13
  • The Return of Welfare As We Knew It - 2/10
  • The Bushification of Barack Obama - 1/28
  • Obama's Middle East challenge - 1/28
  • Going Dopey On Infrastructure - 1/23
  • U.S. Congress World's Top Risk in 2009 - 1/12
  • Identity Crisis - 1/07
  • The Population and the Popular Vote - 12/01
  • Dems vs. Dems in new Congress - 11/25
  • Obama wrestles with Guantanamo problem - 11/11
  • Reckless Georgia - 11/11
  • The future under President Obama - 11/10
  • Will Barack Obama be another Bill Clinton? - 11/10
  • Schwarzenegger urges GOP to move beyond ideology - 11/10
  • Who Is the Working Class, Anyway? - 4/14
  • US election diary: The race card
  • Luke Skywalker v Darth Vader
  • The Inconvenient Truths of 2008
  • Change is coming -- to your tax bill
  • Obama the Messiah of Generation Narcissism
  • Special Reports - My Spin
  • Lebanon: One Year On
  • Stalin, Mao And … Ahmadinejad?
  • House OK's Irap Pullout Deadline
  • Libertarians emerge as a force
  • A Military That Reflects the Red-Blue Divide?
  • When did the Republicans give up on their principles?
  • How to move faster than the speed of light
  • Don't bring gender into the debate
  • Sheehan resumes war protest near Bush's ranch (bitch)
  • The end of cowboy diplomacy - Why the 'Bush Doctrine' no longer works for Bush administration
  • Israel accuses Hamas of 'terror escalation' after school attack.
  • Can Daily Kos Control Dems? - Or should they even try
  • Illegal Status Hinders Mexican Voting Bloc
  • Reaction to Court Ruling Over Guantanamo
  • Flagwavers - a fable
  • Bush Condemns Report on Bank Records
  • Jon Stewart, Enemy of Democracy?
  • It's Time to Leave--RIGHT NOW (I don't think so but thats just me)
  • Are Conservative Republicans Now America's Permanent Ruling Class?
  • White Guilt, Deciphered
  • European Nations May Give Iran a Reactor
  • 4th Generation Warfare
  • Important Reports/Stories
  • How the Fed Works
  • How Congress Will Steal the Recovery
  • How to Prepare for the End of Social Security
  • “Conservatives” Are Single-Largest Ideological Group
  • The Straw Men of Social Security
  • What is Driving Rising Healthcare Costs?
  • Who Controls the Internet?
  • Is The U.S. Government Too Big To Fail?
  • Financial Health of Social Security, Medicare Worsens in Past Year
  • US to borrow 46 cents for every dollar spent
  • GM Bankruptcy Probable as Obama Shields UAW Benefits
  • Worries Rise on the Size of U.S. Debt
  • the joe the plumberization of the gop
  • What is nationalization?
  • The Solution to the State Fiscal Crisis: A Five Year Balanced Budget?
  • Trillion-Dollar Spree Is Road to Ruin, Not Rally
  • Political Change Haven’t Shifted Public’s Ideology Balance
  • GM's Plan: Subsidize Our 48-Year-Old Retirees
  • The Trouble with Canadian Healthcare
  • Welfare Reform, Phase Two
  • A Short History of the National Debt
  • Bailouts: The Ultimate Double Standard
  • The Libertarian Moment
  • Making the rich poorer doesn't make everyone else richer
  • Paying the price for cotton
  • The Putin Doctrine
  • Our weakening country
  • Why terror thrives
  • Our Broken Senate
  • Will gay rights trample religious freedom?
  • Scientists From Around the Globe Join ABC News in a Forum on Surviving the Century
  • Moving Toward Energy Rationing
  • Parenting The Palestinians
  • The Coming Tax Bomb
  • Americans and Europeans on religion, happiness, government, and war
  • Democrats and the Economy
  • How to Tackle the Entitlement Crisis
  • Democrats and Our Enemies
  • Bill Clinton, the one-man steamroller
  • What’s Left for Government to Do?
  • Saying No to CoerciveCare
  • Bashing NAFTA misses real reason for factory job losses
  • Crisis Intervention in Housing Finance
  • Culture of Success
  • The Costs of Crime
  • Why Radical Islam Just Won’t Die
  • The AIDS Conspiracy Handbook
  • That Old Isolationist Tug
  • Competition and free trade key to prosperity
  • Let's Get America Booming Again
  • Vacationing in Hugo Chávez's Bolivarian Paradise
  • Scotland Yard: Bomb blast killed Bhutto
  • Present at the Destruction
  • The Whys of Spies
  • What’s Left for Government to Do?
  • You Said What? A happy history of lies and propaganda
  • An Open Letter to America's Rich People
  • It’s the Partisan Economy, Stupid
  • If Huckabee Is Dean, Who Is Kerry?
  • The Mother of All Elections
  • How the Private Sector Can Improve K-12 Education
  • Misreading the Iran Report
  • Plan B For Pelosi And Reid
  • Good news from Iraq
  • Is the U.S. Corporate Tax in the Laffer Zone?
  • High income taxes in Denmark worsen a labor shortage
  • Race, IQ and Education
  • World not running out of oil, say experts
  • The World's Biggest Industry
  • Peak Oil Again?Is "social meltdown" imminent?
  • Crime, Drugs, Welfare—and Other Good News
  • The Past, Present, and Future of Neoconservatism
  • The Trouble with Taxing the Young
  • Wealth and Nations
  • A Nation of Christians Is Not a Christian Nation
  • African Conflicts Cost Billions
  • Libertarians Rising
  • The US is a great place to be anti-American
  • Bush not the only problem
  • Showtime for Sarkozy
  • Making Sense of Income Inequality
  • The Health of the Nation: State By State
  • Government and Health Care: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly
  • David vs. Goliath - Welfare Reform
  • John R. Bolton - The Flaws In the Iran Report
  • Murdoch Is No Threat to Democracy, but Media Protectionism
  • The Allure of Tyranny
  • Putin's Reaganesque Victory
  • Knight's Move
  • Chavez revolution takes hit in election
  • Flat tax for middle class
  • No Money, No Justice
  • Crime, Drugs, Welfare—and Other Good News
  • Why not give cell phones to students for doing well in school?
  • What Makes a Terrorist
  • The Free Clinic Movement
  • Why actors and models love to hang out with Hugo Chávez
  • Stop 'Making a Difference'
  • The War Was Right, the President Was Wrong
  • What are 'Hollywood values'?
  • Sarkozy ready to battle the workers
  • The History of the Chinese Government
  • What Makes a Democrat or Republican?
  • Abortion: A Legal or Political Issue?
  • Key Dates in Iraq War
  • Why they should stay
  • MoveOn's McCarthy moment
  • Why It’s So Hard to Win
  • Osama's Vision of the Future
  • The Foreign Policy Similarities Between Ancient Rome and Modern America
  • The Partitioning of Iraq
  • America agonises over the pitfalls of staying in Iraq—and of leaving
  • The reality of Iraq's many armies
  • The Many Enemies of George Bush
  • The Decline and Fall of Declinism
  • Which Iraq War Do You Want To End?
  • Who Lost Iraq?
  • Reforming France's Welfare State
  • The United States Patriot Act
  • Events Leading to the Second Persian Gulf War in Iraq
  • To save America, we need another 9/11
  • Imbalance: The U.S. Supreme Court, Its History, Power, and Proper Role
  • The Pros and Cons of Government Run Education
  • Social Crisis: Impending Disaster for Social Security and How We Can Fix It
  • Private Sector Healthcare Can Also Be 'Universal'
  • Is 2008 a Change Election?
  • If the Democrats want to fire Alberto Gonzales, why give him massive new eavesdropping powers?
  • Why Do They Hate Us?
  • Sicko’s Box Office Numbers are Fuzzy, Too
  • The Universal Distraction
  • How to Get Ron Paul Elected as Republican Presidential Candidate
  • The Free Vermont Secessionist Movement - A Counterpoint
  • The Left's "Inequality" Obsession
  • The Truth About America's Schools
  • Myths and Realities of the George Bush Presidency
  • The epic narcissism of Cindy Sheehan
  • The Ironic Collapse of John McCain
  • Fair Taxes? Depends What You Mean by ‘Fair’
  • Wall Street Populism
  • Where Michael Moore is Wrong
  • Bin Laden’s 1998 Atomic Message & the Necon Dream
  • Libertarians and the War
  • The New York Times Surrenders
  • The Most Controversial Presidential Pardons Ever
  • Freedom and Benevolence Go Together
  • Blissfully Uneducated
  • The New Myths About Inequality
  • Bush: Naturally, Never Wrong
  • Court Dismisses Lawsuit Against U.S. Wiretapping
  • Bush's Flawed Historical Vision
  • Grand Strategy for a Divided America
  • Osama Bin Missing: Who's Tried Hardest to Tackle Top Terrorist?
  • The rise and rise of Hamas
  • 'What If...'
  • Democrats vs Republicans
  • Protecting Your Paycheck
  • Separatist graduations proliferate at UCLA
  • The Age of Cynicism
  • The GOP's Fading Populism
  • Free Speech and Double Standard
  • Unfairenheit 9/11
  • Another Supply-Side Revolution Is Needed
  • Despotic Populism Is On the March
  • Evolution and religion
  • Schools and race-Still separate after all these years
  • Lazy, Job-Stealing Immigrants?
  • The Return of the Idiot
  • Your War, Not Mine
  • Are the Democrats and Bushies playing good cop/bad cop with the Iraqis?
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  • Pretty bad – but not Jimmy Carter bad
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  • Seeds of Intellectual Destruction
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  • The Madness of Jimmy Carter
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  • The myth of the big bad drug companies
  • The Looming Regional Mideast War
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  • What the Dictators Can't Stop
  • While You Were at War . . .
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  • The Leadership of George W. Bush: Con & Pro
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  • Who Pays America's Tax Burden, and Who Gets the Most Government Spending?
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  • Illegal immigrants filing taxes more than ever
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    The Wail of the 1%
    Monday, April 20, 2009
    By Gabriel Sherman

    In a witch hunt, the witches have feelings, too. As populist rage has erupted around the country, stoked by canny politicians, an opposite rage has built on Wall Street and other arenas where the wealthy hold sway. Its expression is more furtive and it’s often mixed with a kind of sublimated shame, but it can be every bit as vitriolic.

    “AIG pissed some people off, and now you’re gonna screw everyone on Wall Street?” rails a laid-off JPMorgan vice-president. (Despite the honesty of the conversation, many did not wish to be quoted by name.)

    “No offense to Middle America, but if someone went to Columbia or Wharton, [even if] their company is a fumbling, mismanaged bank, why should they all of a sudden be paid the same as the guy down the block who delivers restaurant supplies for Sysco out of a huge, shiny truck?” e-mails an irate Citigroup executive to a colleague.

    “I’m not giving to charity this year!” one hedge-fund analyst shouts into the phone, when I ask about Obama’s planned tax increases. “When people ask me for money, I tell them, ‘If you want me to give you money, send a letter to my senator asking for my taxes to be lowered.’ I feel so much less generous right now. If I have to adopt twenty poor families, I want a thank-you note and an update on their lives. At least Sally Struthers gives you an update.”

    It is difficult to sympathize with these people, their comments laced with snobbery and petulance. But you can understand their shock: Their world has been turned on its head. After years of enjoying favorable tax rates, they are facing an administration that wants to redistribute their wealth. Their industry is being reordered—no one knows what Wall Street will look like in a few years. They are anxious, and their anxiety is making them mad.

    Their anger takes many forms: There is rage at Obama for pushing to raise taxes (“The government wants me to be a slave!” says one hedge-fund analyst); rage at the masses who don’t understand that Wall Street’s high salaries fund New York’s budget (“We’re fucked,” says a former Lehman equities analyst, referring to the city); rage at the people who don’t “get” that Wall Street enables much of the rest of the economy to function (“JPMorgan and all these guys should go on strike—see what happens to the country without Wall Street,” says another hedge-funder).

    ...

    Wall Street people are not moral idiots (most of them, anyway)—it’s not as if they’ve never pondered the fairness of their enormous salaries. “One of my relatives is a doctor, we’re both well-educated, hardworking people. And he certainly didn’t make the amount of money I made,” a former Bear Stearns senior managing director tells me. “I would be the first person to tell you his value to society, to humanity, is far greater than anything that went on in the Bear Stearns building.”

    That said, he continues, “We’re in a hypercapitalistic society. No one complains when Julia Roberts pulls down $25 million per movie or A-Rod has a $300 million guarantee. We have ex-presidents who cash in on their presidencies. Our whole moral compass has shifted about what’s acceptable or not acceptable. Honestly, you can pick on Wall Street all you want, I don’t think it’s fair. It’s fair to say you ran your companies into the ground, your risk management is flawed—that is perfectly legitimate. You can lay criticism on GM or others. But I don’t think it’s fair to say Wall Street is paid too much.”

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