Voters buy trouble on Election Day

Thinking Right’s weekend free-for-all. Pick a topic:

House Democrats propose to limit increases in the cost of some medical insurance policies to 1.5 times the annual rate of medical inflation, unless government says otherwise. Fair enough. Said government should agree, too, to limit its spending to 1.5 times the annual population increase or the annual rate of inflation of what it buys.

Best headline of the week: “Unclear how much time is left.” Second best: “Get answers now, as time may be short.” Both were over the same story. Guess its subject: a) a Southern Baptist, Holiness or Church of God revival; b) a late-night infomercial; c) cash for clunkers; d) global warming; e) the motorcyclist who sped to 170 mph in an attempt to elude police.

The legacy of former DeKalb CEO Vernon Jones lives on. Taxpayers there may be about to take a big hit to settle reverse-discrimination claims brought by four current and former employees of the county’s Parks and Recreation Department. A panel of judges on the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals finds “shocking” evidence of “an overt and unabashed pattern of racial discrimination” in his administration. It’s amazing how many voters buy their troubles on election day.

Would that the federal government be as diligent in tracking the $787 billion “stimulus” money as it is in reviewing how the Georgia DOT manages $28 million in grants to small and rural transit operators.

When they’re all arrested, it’ll be worthwhile to see how many of those accused in the killing of Atlanta boxer Vernon Forrest were born into intact families with a mother and father in the home. Same with the four accused of killing two women in East Point.
It’s noteworthy that the Rev. Al Sharpton plans a national conference here next week and nowhere among the topics is the crisis wrought by bringing children into the world without a mother and father in their home.

Praise be officials in Norcross, Snellville and Suwanee who decide to reject the red-light cameras that locals use to gin up revenue from motorists. Voters, meanwhile, should give the red light to those in Duluth and Lilburn who opt to bring them back. They’re not about safety; they’re about money.

This obsession with “bullies” is evidence of the diminished role of fathers in the family — and the push to dump a family problem on the schools. Two points: Bullies are at some time or other a factor in every boy’s life. Children learn to fight, flee or adapt to adversarial people and situations. It’s a part of growing up and adjusting to the real world. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is a bully. Vladimir Putin is a bully. So was Saddam Hussein. Point two: Home is the place to socialize boys, both would-be bullies and those they target.

Nah, Washington’s not going to raise taxes on the middle class. The president promised he wouldn’t and his spokesman affirms it, disputing the two administration officials who actually know how the economy and the tax system works, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and National Economic Council Director Larry Summers. Somebody’s dishonest or clueless.

Give me the Northern Arc and a traffic tunnel under Atlanta and I’ll take toll roads. Congestion relief needs dramatic, visionary solutions. The DOT staff has those projects on a draft list for the board to consider. I’d even take the Lovejoy commuter rail boondoggle, if properly tolled.

Here are the people we trust to design and run a single-payer national health care system: U.S. Sens. Christopher J. Dodd (D-Conn.), chairman of the Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, and Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) say they thought the sweetheart loan deals they got from Countrywide Financial Corp. were “courtesy stuff” like frequent-flier discounts. When was the last time you got a sweetheart deal on a mortgage? They legislate for our world, but they don’t live in it.

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Continental American Insurance Company

August 8th, 2009
6:21 pm

[...] take, compared to what they would get paid by a private insurance company. And why? …   Voters buy trouble on Election DayLike the bussed in slobs in T-shirts being paid minimum wages by insurance company lobbyists [...]

Springer Wootens Metastasize

August 8th, 2009
11:54 pm

Springer Wootens Metastasize

August 8th, 2009
11:58 pm

Since Obama has yet to tell anyone including Democrat what his health plan is, how come all you stoopids are pretendin’ to know what it is. No one else does. LOL But momma taught you when and where it’sreal dark, no pun intended, the bogeyman lurks right?
It seems to me a campaign that promised affordable, effective health care to everyone has deteriorated into “we’ll pass anything, no matter what it really accomplishes, just to say we passed something.”

That’s a tired old song. That happens all the time in Congress–been happening for a couple hundred years.

Crushing the pubt's

August 9th, 2009
12:11 am

The easy explanation for all this anger that doesn’t care whether bills help the rabid ignorant masses or not is simple. Like Jim Wooten, most of these raving maniacs, here, and like Heather Blish who lied and said she had no republican affiliatons but brags about them on her linked-in page, were absolutely sure Obama was dead in the water about the time the Reverand Wright junk peaked. Wooten wrote a whole column crowing that Obama was dead in the water in September. One to many nights at the Buckhead club where the pubs congregate to reinforce their echo chamber. And lo and behold about 11PM on Nov. 4 these people were stunned speachless. How could it be–McSame and his phony posturing and his nitwit got crushed. And the small splinter group here, and the bussed around slobs and their Brooks Brothers bretherin have been incensed they were crushed by a black man ever since. They’ll never get over it and their ravings are causing them to lose perenially.

Crushing the pubt's

August 9th, 2009
12:14 am

From Greg Levine who is perfectly on point:

“How is it that Obama is president? How did we, America elect Barack Obama?

I ask that tonight because here is what I am seeing in all the organized outrage and outrageous organizing; here’s what I am seeing in teabagging anti-care birthers: racists. Rabid and perhaps irretrievable racists.

Yes, we are a racist country—still—with a racist past, but most would contend that we have made some strides in the last 50 years. But what we are seeing in these protests—as pre-arranged and bought-and-paid-for as they might be—is still something real, a fear of other, an unwavering dislike, a complete inability to accept that we now have a black/bi-racial/African American president. For this minority, it is really too much to bear.

And, as you can see, it is so unbearable that they are willing to, if not organize, be organized. Willing to come out and shout at people in positions of power. Willing to appear on camera chanting and behaving in ways most would say are anti-social and rude. Willing, increasingly, to threaten, provoke, and even carry out physical violence.

If these folks are so exercised now, where were they a year ago? By this point in the summer of 2008, it seemed kind of clear to most that there was at least a chance that America would elect a non-white man president. But did we see this? I mean, we saw some crazies. . . a sign here. . . a billboard there. . . but nothing like this, I don’t think.

Here’s what I do think. I think there is difference between then and now, and that difference is George W. Bush. Or, rather, the difference is that the Bush presidency is now in the past.

What I think—what the last few weeks have made me feel—is that George W. Bush was so awful, so venal, so incompetent, and so pathetic that he actually demoralized these people into hiding. Bush marginalized their hate with his horribleness.

What I am saying—and so answering what I am asking—is that George W. Bush was so bad, America elected a black president.

You understand what I am saying—please don’t take that quote out of context—I am saying that Bush the Younger sucked so hard that America, for a moment, was able to push past its inherited and perhaps inherent racism, and vote for the most obvious alternative. And now that Bush is gone—even though the misery lingers on—some folks are feeling free enough again to indulge their fears, their anxiety. . . their hate.”

EJ Moosa

August 9th, 2009
1:23 pm

The Federal Government has no Constitutional authority over health care in America. It’s time you stand up and say “No more”.

What will be next in the grand scheme of control in America? Americans spend a lot on energy, so therefore it is in the best interest that energy industry becomes nationalized as well?

Ask your Congressman and Senators where the Constitution says they have the authority to take away your health care and nationalize it. No Sovereign state should submit to this. Georgia needs to act under the 10th amendment and reject this nonsense.

http://www.nolanchart.com/article6714.html

Crushing the pubt's

August 9th, 2009
2:28 pm

The Federal Government has no Constitutional authority over health care in America. It’s time you stand up and say “No more”. So Says the Moosa

The moosa, like the traveling bozo heads who want to kill the town halls, and their own health care, of course has equal ignorance of the Constitution as it pertains to law making in America, and the health plan.

Thousands of laws have been passed that are not stipulated in the Constitution. Federal Reporters which the Moosa has never seen, are full of appellate cases where legislative intent, as well as constitutional interpretation are prime time front and center in the opinions the law clerks wrote for their judges and justices, and the oral arguments analyzed as they took questioins from the judges and justices. Welcome to the U.S. and federal law.

None of these agitators, here or the traveling Springer idiots, has even mentioned what’s in the bills BECAUSE THEY DON’T KNOW. What they do know is they lost and they are still in shock; they got trounced for many reasons, not the least of which was they chose to run a phony and an idiot.

Being a war hero is one thing; being a candidate who is terrible is another. McCain was both.

He chose a totally unqualified dimwit who only impressed dimwits like her. Her statement on health care was as stupid as the comments I see here.

Not one comment here by Wooten or his fan club has even noted what’s in the various plans because you are clueless.

The House Version of the Health-Care Legislation

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Comprehensive health-care legislation approved by three House committees include changes to the Medicare program for 45 million elderly and disabled people. The bills:

– Extend the life of the Medicare Trust Fund by five years.

– Waive all co-payments on preventive services.

– Provide 50 percent discounts on brand-name prescriptions in the coverage gap known as the “doughnut hole.” Eliminate the gap entirely within 12 years.

– Eliminate 14 percent in “overpayments” to Medicare Advantage plans over 10-year period; pay $10 billion in bonuses to high-quality plans.

– Increase reimbursements to primary-care doctors, general practitioners and psychiatrists by 5 percent.

– Reduce payments to skilled-nursing homes and rehabilitation centers by $15 billion over the next decade.

– Pay medical professionals for counseling patients about end-of-life options.

– Reduce payments to providers that have patients with high hospital readmission rates.

– Grant biologic therapies 12 to 14 years of market protection before a generic version can seek Food and Drug Administration approval.

– Cancel a proposed 21 percent cut in physician reimbursements, estimated to cost $228 billion over 10 years.

SOURCE: Congressional Budget Office, House Ways and Means Committee, Kaiser Family Foundation

Crushing the pubt's

August 9th, 2009
2:30 pm

I’d like to hear from you traveling Springer types that are trying to say “NO” what it is about the points of health care bills I posted above you don’t like, and if you think there are any changes to be made, or you think everything is just fine in health care spending that’s 3 times the US economy since the 1980’s.

Maybe you think physician reimbursement should be drastically cut instead of restored as the House proposes to do. As someone who makes a living providing health care, I don’t and neither does every physician organization in the U.S.

Jim morrison

August 9th, 2009
5:58 pm

Bottom line, bitch all you want.

However, we have A Socialist & Racist Moron in the White House.

HOW DO YA LIKE THAT CHANGE NOW!

Enough Said!

Crushing the pubt's

August 9th, 2009
6:14 pm

NOT ONE COMMENT OR ONE COLUMN BY WOOTEN OR KYLE WINGNUT HAS TAKEN ANY PROPOSED BILLS and there is no final bill from either the House or Senate yet, and discussed the points. Everyone knows that the Springercan party is livid that a mixed racial s?candidate kicked the butt of McSame and idiot, but that rage does not trasnlate into intelligent argument since you apparently have no clue what the provissions of a House and Senate plan are. Why would that be Springercans? Why do you need to send in wringers–Republican party officials and insurance company employees and former Bush campaign workers who lie about their republitard affiliations.

Heather Blish managed a losing campaign for the House that got trounced in 2008–and she lied about her identity which was easy to find on her Linked In page. She didn’t have a clue what she was objecting to, except that she wanted a white ditzbrain a heart beat from the White House whose sole Health Care utterance is “Ah don’t want no death squads for mah trisomy babuh.”

IC Atlanta

August 9th, 2009
7:24 pm

Crushing the Pubts – you and your buddy Levine live in a bubble, “I ask that tonight because here is what I am seeing in all the organized outrage and outrageous organizing; here’s what I am seeing in teabagging anti-care birthers: racists. Rabid and perhaps irretrievable racists.”

Funny that the left refuses to debate on merit and goes straight to name calling.

Bottom line most of America does not want socialized and government control medicine.

Crushing the pubt's

August 9th, 2009
7:59 pm

Bottom line–besides ignorant Springertards reciting the same old platitutde about socialized government–Medicare is a single payer socialized program by the government that has been around since Reagan warned against it and the Springertards who only know how to yell and scream their ignorant rants are all on it if they are of age. Most of the springertards in the crowds are on it.

Bottom line–competition for the monopolies that are in 94% of the states that have only 2 insurance companies to chooe from is non-existent and they fear competition. Bottom line–if you get a significant cancer or other high priced illness or your wife gets a significant cancer or high priced illness, those monopoly insurance companies will drop you like a hot lead baloon. You will get sick, and you will be dropped. That’s what a death squad is. It’s called your insurance company.

Bottom line–that 94% figure came from the AMA which has been a party to suits against those insurance companies.

Bottom line, a number of medical groups and the Attorney General of NY–Georgia is way too stupid–sued those insurance companies and got a near 400 million dollar settlement in the last few months because they used phony data bases and screwed people just like you.

Bottom line–why would the Springertards who are livid at Obama’s beating their stupid candidates, want to kill themselves by supporting the insurance company status quo.

Bottom line–why is it that ole Bottom line above and no commenter here except me will actually name and discuss the provisions in markups and bills.

Bottom line–you lost the election. Bottom line–if you don’t educate yourself as to what the insurance climate is, you’re going to get signficantly sick, lose your coverage, and die.

Bottom line–you’ll have only yourself to blame.

Bottom line–there are people who are educating themselves as to the bills proposed and bottom line–they want competition for insurance companies.

Bottom line–if all you’ve got are ignorantards like Palin and Gingrich who talk about death squads, you are going to get crushed again and again. Keep the ignorance going. You do ignorant and the Springer show quite well.

Crushing the pubt's

August 9th, 2009
8:02 pm

IC I’ve been debating on merit for months–none of you can because you don’t know what’s in the bills. Here’s merit right up your kazoo–let’s debate on this–I can’t hear you:

The House Version of the Health-Care Legislation

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Comprehensive health-care legislation approved by three House committees include changes to the Medicare program for 45 million elderly and disabled people. The bills:

– Extend the life of the Medicare Trust Fund by five years.

– Waive all co-payments on preventive services.

– Provide 50 percent discounts on brand-name prescriptions in the coverage gap known as the “doughnut hole.” Eliminate the gap entirely within 12 years.

– Eliminate 14 percent in “overpayments” to Medicare Advantage plans over 10-year period; pay $10 billion in bonuses to high-quality plans.

– Increase reimbursements to primary-care doctors, general practitioners and psychiatrists by 5 percent.

– Reduce payments to skilled-nursing homes and rehabilitation centers by $15 billion over the next decade.

– Pay medical professionals for counseling patients about end-of-life options.

– Reduce payments to providers that have patients with high hospital readmission rates.

– Grant biologic therapies 12 to 14 years of market protection before a generic version can seek Food and Drug Administration approval.

– Cancel a proposed 21 percent cut in physician reimbursements, estimated to cost $228 billion over 10 years.

SOURCE: Congressional Budget Office, House Ways and Means Committee, Kaiser Family Foundation

Crushing the pubt's

August 9th, 2009
8:07 pm

Newt says death squads are in the bill like whackjob Palin–is that your merits argument IC?

Crushing the pubt's

August 9th, 2009
8:07 pm

Are death squads your merits argument IC?

Crushing the pubt's

August 9th, 2009
8:33 pm

Let’s hear it from the Springers here who think 2 insurance company dominance in 94% of the states, cities, towns, and markets are comprised of 2 insurance companies.

Source:AMA

Let’s hear how the proposals by the House I put up are “socialized government.” Momma right wing websites teach you to say the word socialized without knowing what it means or how competition for the insurance companies is “socialized medicine.” In other words, you have the brain of a parrot, right?

IC Atlanta

August 9th, 2009
9:43 pm

Impressive retort – most people I know still do not want the government to make health care decisions for them. Certainly there is room some reform, but there is absolutely no reason for govt to control 100% of health care. BTW – you probably don’t read the WSJ, but there was an article this weekend about the rationing taking place there. There is rationing in Canada and England too. I don’t want it – still don’t understand why you think the govt can better manage things like health care. I can only ascertain you must have financial motivation to see govt control health care.

Next stop food…

IC Atlanta

August 9th, 2009
9:45 pm

WSJ article was about rationing in France.

Jim morrison

August 9th, 2009
10:18 pm

Hey, Crushing the pubt’s, Shut the F UP!

You sound like the Socialist Racist in the White House!

Stop looking for government to take care of you and all of your non-taxpaying leaches.

Enough Said!

Crushing the pubt's

August 9th, 2009
11:36 pm

You don’t have the money or the position to give orders to anyone “Morrison”–but you’ve known that your entire life.

Crushing the pubt's

August 9th, 2009
11:40 pm

I’ve been taking care of people for a lot of years, including imbeciles like Morrison.

Crushing the pubt's

August 9th, 2009
11:59 pm

We have no plan on the table like France at all. I do read the WSJ, and I also notice when they refuse to report the news–like the 3 months when they refused to cover the Libby trial at all. The plan would not order your around IC, and no one wants a plan that would, although the insurance companies have been ordering people around for years. Just ask the people that switched plans when Piedmont was having a 7 month battle with BCBS.

Your current plan wouldn’t change unless you want it to under a public option. Obama has left the major decisions on “Health Reform” to 6 puppets of the insurance companies who represent states with 2.77% of the population, and from where I sit now they have eviscerated health care reform.

Rates will continue to go off the wall, and they will be out of the range that people can afford soon as will care.

Crushing the pubt's

August 10th, 2009
12:37 am

A Preimer on the Details of Health Care Reform

SOCIALIZED MEDICINE

Or Uniquely American?

Republicans harshly criticize Democratic proposals to create a government-run insurance plan, or public option, to compete with private insurers. Republicans say the public plan would drive insurers out of business and lead to “socialized medicine” or a government takeover of health care. Democrats say they want a “uniquely American” system with public and private elements.

For now, the Republican criticism seems overblown. Major versions of the legislation all rely heavily on a continuation of private health plans, offered by employers and by insurance companies, subject to sweeping new federal regulations.

Whether a public plan would crowd out private insurers depends on details yet to be decided, including its premiums and its payment rates for health care providers.

The public plan is not even a certainty. To win bipartisan support for the overhaul, some Democrats have proposed private nonprofit health care cooperatives, instead of a public plan, to compete with private insurers.

The Congressional Budget Office has estimated that, under the House bill, the number of people with employer-sponsored insurance would climb to 162 million in 2016, which is 3 million more than expected under current law. Further, it said, enrollment in the proposed public plan might total 11 million, far lower than estimates cited by Republicans.

An additional 10 million people, most of them now uninsured, would enroll in Medicaid, the budget office said.

At any rate, the federal government already holds sway over the health care system through Medicare, Medicaid and various insurance programs for children, veterans, military personnel and other federal employees. The federal government will account for 35 percent of the expected $2.5 trillion in health spending this year, and that does not include subsidies built into the tax code.

Crushing the pubt's

August 10th, 2009
12:38 am

Crushing the pubt's

August 10th, 2009
12:39 am

em>SOCIALIZED MEDICINE

Or Uniquely American?

Republicans harshly criticize Democratic proposals to create a government-run insurance plan, or public option, to compete with private insurers. Republicans say the public plan would drive insurers out of business and lead to “socialized medicine” or a government takeover of health care. Democrats say they want a “uniquely American” system with public and private elements.

For now, the Republican criticism seems overblown. Major versions of the legislation all rely heavily on a continuation of private health plans, offered by employers and by insurance companies, subject to sweeping new federal regulations.

Whether a public plan would crowd out private insurers depends on details yet to be decided, including its premiums and its payment rates for health care providers.

The public plan is not even a certainty. To win bipartisan support for the overhaul, some Democrats have proposed private nonprofit health care cooperatives, instead of a public plan, to compete with private insurers.

The Congressional Budget Office has estimated that, under the House bill, the number of people with employer-sponsored insurance would climb to 162 million in 2016, which is 3 million more than expected under current law. Further, it said, enrollment in the proposed public plan might total 11 million, far lower than estimates cited by Republicans.

An additional 10 million people, most of them now uninsured, would enroll in Medicaid, the budget office said.

At any rate, the federal government already holds sway over the health care system through Medicare, Medicaid and various insurance programs for children, veterans, military personnel and other federal employees. The federal government will account for 35 percent of the expected $2.5 trillion in health spending this year, and that does not include subsidies built into the tax code.

mike

August 10th, 2009
7:51 am

I wish all you lame liberals would do a little research and quit whining about Haliburton.
They one of only two companies in the world that could handle the contract. The other is a French company.
The division of Haliburton that did the majority of the oil services contract went bankrupt and was sold off. Got that you whiny libs?
They lost money on the deal!

But let Obama pump billions to Goldman sachs and GE and that is just fine.
Of course GE uses it network to promote Obama round the clock.
Obama just let GE off with a slap on the wrist (if you can even call it that) for defrauding their investors and that is just fine with democrats.
Let Obama and his thugs blow trillions funneling it to their buddies and not a mention in the media.

Jim morrison

August 10th, 2009
8:56 am

Amen Mike,

Those morons that voted for the Socialist Racist Barry will be eating crow soon enough, change, HA!

Enough Said!

turtle beach

August 10th, 2009
11:55 am

Okay folks! There will be a rally at Centennial Park this Saturday hosted by Herman Cain and involving over 30 groups of small business owners and others opposed to Demrat socialist health care. It will be interesting to see the turnout, and more interesting to see any pro-Demrat socialist health care protesters. YES WE CAN!!! According to the Demrats and their pants dribbling supports in the MSM like the below USA Today oped, we who are opposed to this are un-American. Isn’t it funny how those who were opposed to the war in Iraq were patriots expressing their freedoms of speech.

http://blogs.usatoday.com/oped/2009/08/unamerican-attacks-cant-derail-health-care-debate-.html

Oh, and to further make inflame the always-angry left, Michelle Malkin’s book “Culture of Corrupton: Obama and His Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks and Cronies” is the #1 seller on the NYT list. Don’t look for the MSM to report that either, similar to ignoring Mark Levin’s recent best sellers.

Peter

August 10th, 2009
1:29 pm

Well Here is the Guy Jim didn’t have a problem having a Mistress, and the guy he wanted to run for President……….

Seems Jim’s Guy…. is not very “Conservative” ! Heck he breaks the law to fit his needs……Typical !

AP INVESTIGATION: SC gov’s plane use questioned

By JIM DAVENPORT, Associated Press Writer Jim Davenport, Associated Press Writer – 1 hr 13 mins ago

COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford used state aircraft for personal and political trips, often bringing along his wife and children — contrary to state law regarding official use, an Associated Press investigation has found.

Records reviewed by the AP show that since he took office in 2003, the two-term Republican has taken trips on state aircraft to locations of his children’s sporting events, hair and dentist appointments, political party gatherings and a birthday party for a campaign donor.

According to state budget law, “Any and all aircraft owned or operated by agencies of the State Government shall be used only for official business.”

On March 10, 2006, a state plane was sent to pick up Sanford in Myrtle Beach and return him to Columbia, the state capital, at a cost of $1,265 — when his calendar showed his only appointment in Columbia was “personal time” at his favorite discount hair salon. He had flown to Myrtle Beach on a private plane and attended a county GOP event.

The trip home on the state aircraft took off at 1:50 p.m. and arrived in Columbia at 2:35 p.m., enabling the governor to keep his plans for a 3 p.m. haircut across town. There were no other appointments on his official schedule that afternoon; the trip back to Columbia would have taken about three hours by car.

Also, on five of the last six Thanksgiving weekends, Sanford used a state plane to fly himself, his wife and their four sons from the family’s plantation in Beaufort County to Columbia for the state Christmas tree lighting. The cost for those flights alone: $5,536, including $2,869 for flying the plane empty to pick them up.

Sanford, 49, has been under increased scrutiny since he admitted in June to having a mistress in Argentina. He’s vowed to stay in office and says he is trying to reconcile with his wife, though she moved out of the governor’s official residence on Friday with their sons and plans to spend the school year at the family’s beach house.

The governor has made a political career out of being outwardly thrifty — known to demand that state employees use both sides of Post-It notes. He has frequently railed against government spending, and attempted for months to block federal stimulus money for South Carolina schools.

Last month, the AP revealed how Sanford had flown first class and business class on commercial airlines at taxpayer expense, despite a law requiring lowest-cost travel.

Crushing the pubt's

August 10th, 2009
2:02 pm

I wish ole Mike knew how to read, then he could start doing research. Reading comes first.

It’s great ole Mike brought up Goldman, but he be done confused about who pumped money into it. Can ya spell Paulson? Can ya spell Bush? Can ya spell McSame who took credit for TARP even though he was so flumoxed in the room the days Letterman made a fool of him and Fey made a fool out of Palen that McSame said nothing.

While Mr. Paulson spoke to many Wall Street executives during that period, he was in very frequent contact with Lloyd C. Blankfein, Goldman’s chief executive, according to a copy of Mr. Paulson’s calendars acquired by The New York Times through a Freedom of Information Act request.

During the week of the A.I.G. bailout alone, Mr. Paulson and Mr. Blankfein spoke two dozen times, the calendars show, far more frequently than Mr. Paulson did with other Wall Street executives.

On Sept. 17, the day Mr. Paulson secured his waivers, he and Mr. Blankfein spoke five times. Two of the calls occurred before Mr. Paulson’s waivers were granted.

Michele Davis, a spokeswoman for Mr. Paulson, said that the former Treasury secretary was busy writing his memoirs and that his publisher had barred him from granting interviews until his manuscript was done. She pointed out that the ethics agreement Mr. Paulson agreed to when he joined the Treasury did not prevent him from talking to Goldman executives like Mr. Blankfein in order to keep abreast of market developments.

Crushing the pubt's

August 10th, 2009
2:08 pm

Here’s one ole Mike missed:<a href=”http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/story/26793903/the_big_takeover/2″>THE BIG TAKEOVER:How Wall Street insiders are using the bailout to stage a revolution MATT TAIBBI

Crushing the pubt's

August 10th, 2009
2:10 pm

Crushing the pubt's

August 10th, 2009
2:15 pm

Ah kin see Goldman Sachs fromGoldman Sachs Paulson and his team of five Goldman alumni–he gave ‘em the farm while doofus Bush sat their drolling as always.

Crushing the pubt's

August 10th, 2009
2:24 pm

Crushing the pubt's

August 10th, 2009
3:58 pm

The death squads killed Palin and Newt’s Betz cells. Springer Wootens also, goshdarnit.

Crushing the pubt's

August 10th, 2009
7:24 pm

Democrats Take Aim at Supreme Court Decisions
The National Law Journal
Democratic lawmakers are pushing legislation that would reverse the effects of high-profile Supreme Court decisions, many of them driven by the Court’s conservative majority. The bills are a sign of liberals’ frustration with the Roberts Court’s direction — and their hopes for Sonia Sotomayor.

Crushing the pubt's

August 10th, 2009
8:08 pm

Springermousketeer claiming he was injured at rally where he was there to scream turns out to be unemployed with NO HEALTH INSURANCE. And he wants to make sure he continues to have NO HEALTH INSURANCE. LOL

Crushing the pubt's

August 10th, 2009
8:12 pm

Ah is takin’ up a collection for mah brothah flag seller who has NO INSURANCE Kenneth Gladney. Please give generously and mail to Sprintertards c/o Gladney Drama Queen 56 Springertard Don’t Kill Mah Baby with Death Squads Lane. Bufook, JawJaw

Crushing the pubt's

August 10th, 2009
11:18 pm

The US governmentd should not run death panels. That is far too important responsibility–and should remain with the insurance companies.

Further, 50 million people don’t have access to those death panels–this has to stop. They all must have access. Not just the elite should be pallin’ ’round with death panels.

Why should only 62 and older people have access to the death panels when there are unproductive people from 15 to 62 as well.

Also, why is Obama putting a curse on all white people?

And Jim Wooten raised the prescient point that H1N1 emphasis is being done by cry babies. That’s why Jim Wooten has been placed at the back of the line to receive his H1N1 15 microgram/ml. doses because Mr. Wooten is not a cry baby. H`N1 will beat the vaccines to the tape by months, but so what?

We have our privately run death panels and no one will take them away from us. We don’t need a public plan for the death panels. People in choppers who kill wolves and mooses can run them superbly.

Crushing the pubt's

August 11th, 2009
6:34 am

Obama’s town hall today is in New Hampshire. Get on the bus and yell that you want your death squads back. The federal lockup there is delightful this time of year for the Springertards. Show your ignorance of the health care bill. You can do it. Don’t let him take those private death squads, the insurance companies from you. This is Amerika. Take it back. You’re white and proud of your ignorance and lack of education. Show him.