Posts Tagged ‘The Daily show with Jon Stewart’

Elizabeth Warren’s Cautionary Tale: The trials and tribulations of CFPB

May 11, 2011

The audacity of advocating for Main Street  America…

Elizabeth Warren – Barack Obama’s special adviser to the CFPB (the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau)  was on Jon Stewart a couple of weeks ago discussing the trials and tribulations facing the nascent bureau.  It’s not as though other newly formed government agencies don’t have their problems or issues.  But this particular bureau has the nerve to actually want to protect the average American.  God forbid that should ever happen.  Jon Stewart of The Daily Show drove home the point. “It’s a bureau looking to protect consumers from corporate malfeasance. Obviously there is massive Congressional resistance to it.”


911 – First Responders Redux – They have to prove they aren’t terorists…

May 1, 2011

Its been a while since I posted – and I’m trying to get back into the swing of things.

Its a scary world when we get some of our best information from the likes of Comedy Central.   But Jon Stewart made me aware of a bizarre amendment to the 911- First Responders Bill.  Of course this twist is so bizarre – perhaps this is the most appropriate place for such a report.  Apparently a late amendment to the bill forces first responders to prove they are not terrorists before receiving benefits.


Street Crime vs White Collar Crime – Keeping our eyes on the prize

March 16, 2011

Last week I was the victim of a robbery.  I’ve worked in some rough neighborhoods in my time – and have never once been robbed.  So imagine my  surprise when my briefcase was snatched by a man on foot who then jumped into a car with an accomplice and drove off.

A good Samaritan  managed to observe the crime and took off after the robbers.  A high speed chase with several police cars and the good Samaritan ensued and the stoned robber was cornered in a neighboring town in what only can be described as a domestic version of “shock and awe.”  I was stunned at the man-power on the scene that was involved in recovering a stolen computer bag/briefcase.

Although I was grateful to get my iPhone back and my wallet and papers, had these  crime Lords gotten away – I would have been lighter about $600 and change.  It also has cost me in terms of business because of the time and hassle involved.

Governor Scott Walker – union buster extraordinaire – trending towards the diabolical….

February 24, 2011

Buffalo NY blogger vs Madison WI Governor Scott Walker

Hats off to Ian Murphy – a writer fro the without him  – no one would know the extent of the diabolical intent of the debate raging in Madison WI over collective bargaining.

Apparently, this gentleman doesn’t know the meaning of the word “no” and when the democratic State Senators claimed that they could not get in contact with the Governor Walker – he jumped in with an out-of-the-box method of establishing contact.   Pretending to be billionaire contributor David Koch  – Mr. Murphy found that Governor Walker had a surprising amount of time on his hands for a simple phone conversation.

Thinking he had a sympathetic ear – the Governor let down his hair and established for the record that he was sleazy enough to be a master exploitive politics.  He also had enough hubris to fancy himself a latter day Ronald Reagan.

By all means go to the Buffalo Beast to see the transcript – I have embedded  the interview conducted by Lawrence O’Donnell on “The Last Word” yesterday.

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We Get the Government We Deserve….

December 13, 2010

When I was little,  the public was very engaged.  I have vague memories of protests and demonstrations swirling all around me.  The generation ahead of me was caught up in the Vietnam conflict.   There is nothing like the threat of being drafted into a war you don’t believe in for promoting political activism in the young.

Politically engaged – but not necessarily politically informed…

Today – with the all volunteer military – such prods to active engagement and informed activism has been sorely lacking for over 30 years.  If we set aside the obvious meaningless wedge issues such as gays in the military and the 10 Commandments on the steps of a courthouse, it was  only the market crash of 2008 and the near total collapse of the world economy   that stirred the American public from its 35 year political stupor.  The fact that it took such a direct whack to the pocket book to waken the public from what appeared to be general anesthesia was depressing enough. But  the fact that there is  a world of difference between being engaged and being informed is a grim reality that has left the more thoughtful Americans who have been sounding the alarm bells for years tearing their hair in total despair.


When comic critique informs what “legitimate news” distorts – it’s time to be afraid – be very afraid…

November 25, 2010

On Nov.9,  Glenn Beck accomplished what fake news on Comedy Central could not.   His obsessive ravings regarding his nemesis George Soros were aired in  a three-part expose.  In this series, Beck succeeded in connecting  a delusional string of random “facts”  under the guise of serious “news.”

According to Beck, the now 80-year-old Soros was behind several violent coups – and is now bent on adding the good ‘ole US of A to his list of conquests.  The implication being that Soros is the puppet-master with Obama and his minions cast in the role of the puppets.  And if you believe that, I’ve got a bridge in Brooklyn I’d like to sell you.


In America – “We Are ‘They'” ~ Nan Garcia Hicks c.1975

November 17, 2010

A Political Geek From Day One:

A friend of mine asked me the other night about what motivates me.  At first I didn’t understand – we were sharing a nice glass of wine and perhaps I was feeling a buzz.   But the question  was posed as an issue of bravery.  If I see a political or community  issue about which I am knowledgeable, I am not afraid to speak out.  It has caused me more than a small amount to trouble over the years -because there are those who would prefer that I remain silent.   My friend asked me what gave me the “courage to speak.”

Ok – so I wasn’t totally sober – but  I did know the answer. To me it was never about “courage” – it was more about doing the right thing.  And the compulsion to act in certain situations came from  something  my late mother instilled in me – and it can be summed up in two words – civic duty.


The Long Knives are already out for Elizabeth Warren & the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)

November 9, 2010

It didn’t take long – not that I expected it to. Once the tea party and the republicans with their deregulatory, free-markets fix everything zeal won big in the mid-term election – they took aim at anything and everything that smacks of “unnecessary” constraint on a business recovery.   So Elizabeth Warren and  the newly formed CFPB was certain to end up in the cross-hairs almost immediately.

The Banking Fiasco & Elizabeth Warren:

After the banking fiasco of 2008 – you know – that little crisis that sent the American and world economies to the edge of a new Great Depression – everyone was hoping that business as usual in D.C. would change.   I know it was rank hubris – or perhaps just  faint hope springing eternal – for the American public to actually believe  that they might start to matter.  Nevertheless – miracle of miracles the public did make one big score.  The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was born and the President assigned Elizabeth Warren to the task of setting it up.