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Republicans Make BarackBook Page For Obama

The GOP Helps You Stay Up to Date With Barack's "Friends"

The GOP wants you to keep up with all of Barack Obama's "friends." Using the layout of Facebook, the Republican National Committee has created BarackBook, a faux-social networking site complete with extensive profiles for characters like shady Chicago businessman Tony Rezko and Weather Underground leader William Ayers.

Profile pages include disparaging headlines and videos of Hillary Clinton insinuating ties between Obama and these people during Democratic debates. You can't make your own profile, but you can donate to the RNC! There is also an official Facebook application.

While this is a creative way to spread the message of guilt by association, I can't help but be struck by the overwhelming negativity. Why not dedicate all this energy toward highlighting McCain's strengths? In the end, I guess you can't blame the RNC for using tactics it thinks will help McCain prevail. Winning is the preeminent concern in presidential elections. I'm just curious if it will be an effective tactic this year.

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UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
Hey GS, only you can be banned for not doing that. JK ;)
Jillness Jillness 8 years
"Any idea can have bad consequences when the wrong people are in power. Too much regulation can give the government too much power and cause problems if the wrong people are involved in the government." I agree with this. I don't think the government should regulate everything (boo trans fat bans!), but I think with the finanical sector, it is already regulated to the point where we can't go back. I do think that allowing business go up and down on its own ultimately works as "survival of the fittest", and that is good. However, our interest rates, exchange rates, trading laws...they are all regulated and now play such a huge role in how our money operates in a global economy. I think taking away regulation just for the sake of it, is not beneficial and can have dire consequences.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
Yes, I do think still think deregulation is a good idea. Any idea can have bad consequences when the wrong people are in power. Too much regulation can give the government too much power and cause problems if the wrong people are involved in the government. It's just a fundamental difference in political policy, I guess.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
Gramm wrote the legislation. Gramm was the highest paid by the lobbiests. The biggest lobbier was Enron. His wife sat on the Board at Enron and over saw their auditing process. Enron was the biggest beneficiary of legislation. I am sorry, but this is pretty damning. I am a little shocked that you think it is no big deal. Gramm has played a big role in challenges that we face today. His actions did enable energy companies to withhold energy to increase their profits. Many people, especially the elderly, can die when it is too hot and they can't even run a fan because they have no energy. To harm your fellow citizens to make a company mega profits is unAmerican to me. To manipulate corporate books so that the company eventually crashes, taking pensions, investments, and jobs with it, I think that is pretty unAmerican. The top dogs of these companies still got their massive pay outs (including UBS when it crashed). That is who it appears Phil Gramm is working for...repeatedly. And after seeing what deregulation has caused the banking, mortgage, and energy industries you REALLY think deregulation is a good idea? :? I said in my post that was flagged and still hasn't posted...I don't know if Gramm knew the consequences of the legislation he wrote and lobbied for. However, I don't think that ignorance of your actions excuses a person. When you mess with something as vital to America as our energy and banking system, you should be dang sure that it will work. I think that more congress people would raise this as an issue, but then they would have to recognize that many of them voted for this legislation either with out reading it, or with out understanding its consequences.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
And you could say that just about any legislator contributed to at least two big issues Americans are working to overcome. That's a pretty broad statement.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
Well, I happen to agree with Gramm's ideas on deregulation. You have no clue why he did anything, so it's impossible to say that he oppressed millions of people so he could get more money. Also, I think all of us here are intelligent enough to know that one person's actions cannot cause the energy problems you mention. Further, you have no proof that Gramm could have anticipated that Enron would spike prices. You also have no proof that he was in any way involved in the intentional withholding of electricity. So, basically, he worked to pass a few laws and you seem to be laying the entire Enron thing on him. Quite frankly, it seems to me that you just have a difference in policy opinion with him. I would hardly call him unAmerican for any of the things you listed. If I went around calling everyone who passed legislation that I disagreed with and caused some harm unAmerican, I could call every Democratic Senator unAmerican.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
Also, :notworthy: Jillness.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
I find if I keep trying to re-post the flagged comments, and posting additional comments mentioning being flagged, everything gets posted at once pretty much immediately :)
Jillness Jillness 8 years
Still not unflagged?
stephley stephley 8 years
No, I do think it gets noticed if you say flagged. I've been trying to time them to see if its worth mentioning and I'm inclined to think it is in an on-going conversation.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
Another post got flagged... (I find if I post the word "flagged", it gets into rotation faster. Maybe I'm crazy, though).
Jillness Jillness 8 years
http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9A01E0D81038F934A25752C0A9649C8B63&sec=&spon=&pagewanted=1 Here is another one. I don't think it is disputed really, but I think that too many legislators can't admit that what he did was so wrong, because they all voted for these things. You can't really say "I didn't read it" or "I didn't understand the consequences of the legislation" and still look good. Perhaps Phil Gramm didn't know what he was doing was so wrong. Regardless, I think it speaks to the larger picture of why some Republican financial ideas don't actually work. Deregulation isn't always a good thing.
stephley stephley 8 years
Jill, I've seen Gramm's name come up in a number of articles about the roots of our current financial crises. I remember when he was in the Senate and treated like God's gift to our economy.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
Banned? I have never heard that! I usually separate the links because they get flagged (which this one did), and sometimes they take forever to post the flagged threads.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
http://www.citizen.org/cmep/energy_enviro_nuclear/electricity/Enron/articles.cfm?ID=7104 http://losangeles.injuryboard.com/miscellaneous/the-subprime-mess-and-phil-gramm-an-experiment-in-deregulation.aspx?googleid=242468 http://www.villagevoice.com/2002-01-15/news/phil-gramm-s-enron-favor/ http://www.texasobserver.org/article.php?aid=2767
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
I am not trying to be funny. When I first started here someone told me I could be banned for doing that, so I was curious. I thought asking a long time user, like yourself, I would get the answer.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
Ha, "allowed". You are funny. I usually post separate because they get flagged. I did use a few sources to copy and paste from today, but I have read this information in other sources as well. Links will be in next post.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
Are we allowed to just copy paste and not cite the source here?
Jillness Jillness 8 years
That last bit of legislation was called "Commodity Futures Modernization Act". The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act: In 1999, former Senator Phil Gramm (who is, incidentally, Senator John McCain's economic adviser and cochairs his presidential campaign) set out to completely gut the Glass-Steagall Act, and did so successfully, replacing most of its components with the new Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act: allowing commercial banks, investment banks, and insurers to merge (which would have violated antitrust laws under Glass-Steagall). Sen. Gramm was the driving force behind the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, as he had received over $4.6 million from the FIRE sector (Finance, Insurance and Real Estate donations) over the previous decade, and once the Act passed, an influx of "megamergers" took place among banks and insurance and securities companies, as if they had been eagerly awaiting the passage of Gramm's Act. Work as a Lobbiest: In 2003, Gramm left the Senate to join UBS, which had acquired investment house PaineWebber due to his deregulation bill. At UBS, Gramm lobbied Congress, the Fed and the Treasury Department. During Gramm's tenor at UBS and as a lobbyist, Congress passed the Responsible Lending Act, billed as an anti-predatory-lending measure, but was called the "Loan Shark Protection Act" by consumer advocates, as it was designed to preempt stronger state laws against anti-predatory lending.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
Here is more about his work with energy legislation (keep in mind his wife was on the board of Enron, and over say their auditing): Phil Gramm's legislation was in conflict with the explicit recommendations of the President's Working Group on Financial Markets, which is composed of representatives from the Department of Treasury, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. The Working group expressly recommended against deregulating energy commodity trading because the traders would be in strong positions to manipulate prices and supply. From June 2000 through December 2000 -- prior to the bill's passage -- California experienced significant price spikes but only one Stage 3 emergency (requiring "rolling blackouts"). After passage of Gramm's energy commodity deregulation bill in December 2000, Stage 3 emergencies increased from one to 38 until federal regulators helped end the crisis by imposing price controls in June 2001. Phil Gramm's legislation, for which Enron was the primary lobbyist, allowed Enron's unregulated energy trading subsidiary to manipulate supply in such a way as to threaten millions of California households and businesses with power outages for the sole purpose of increasing the company's profits. Because of Enron's new, unregulated power auction, the company's "Wholesale Services" revenues quadrupled -- from $12 billion in the first quarter of 2000 to $48.4 billion in the first quarter of 2001. This remarkable revenue increase came on top of the record revenue gain that Enron posted from 1999 to 2000, when full-year "Wholesale Services" revenues increased from $35.5 billion to $93.3 billion -- a 163 percent increase. Investigations by state and federal officials concluded that power generators and power marketers intentionally withheld electricity, creating artificial shortages in order to increase the cost of power. ...So No, it was not just one comment. ;)
Jillness Jillness 8 years
"What is the problem with Phil Gramm? One comment?" Ummm...no. His role in both the Enron loophole (when his wife worked on the board), which lead to energy deregulation and rolling blackouts and increased energy costs in California. He oppressed MILLIONS of people so he and his wife and their buddies could get more money, only to have the company collapse and leave hundreds of people jobless. That and his role in the banking deregulation, which has contributed massively to the housing crisis. He has contributed to Energy and banking deregulation...2 BIG issues that Americans are struggling to over come.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
WOO HOO!!! Harmony's Back!! :wave: Did you have fun overseas?
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
:@)
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
:grinch:
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
I should probably do that, too. :dude:
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