CITIGROUP WAS HANDED THE MOST INCREDIBLE BUSINESS DEAL TODAY IN THE HISTORY OF THE FINANCIAL WORLD. COURTESY OF U.S. TAXPAYERS.
ON TOP OF THE $25 BILLION THE GOVERNMENT HAS ALREADY GIVEN THEM, THEY HAVE BEEN GIVEN AN ADDITIONAL $20 BILLION. AND ANY BAD LOANS THEY HAVE ON THE BOOKS, NO PROBLEM, THE U.S. GOVERNMENT WILL COVER UP TO $300 BILLION TO TAKE CARE OF THOSE.
IN MOST OF THE 40'S, 50'S AND 60'S, WHEN A PERSON OPENED UP A NEW ACCOUNT AT A BANK, THEY GOT A FREE TOASTER.
I FIGURE THAT CITIBANK NOW OWES A TOASTER TO EVERY SINGLE AMERICAN CITIZEN WHO JUST FINANCED THEIR CHARITABLE HANDOUT. ALL 300 MILLION OF THEM. IF THEY PICK THEM UP WHOLESALE, AT $2.00 EACH, IT WILL ONLY COST $600 MILLION...AND THESE DAYS....THAT'S NO PROBLEM. UNCLE SAM WILL BE GLAD TO PAY FOR THE WHOLE THING!
I ASK YOU. WHAT DIFFERENCE IS CITIBANK NOW THEN THE OFFICIAL BANK OF THE SOVIET UNION DURING COMMUNISM--STATE BANK OF THE USSR ???
IF GM, FORD AND CHRYSLER SOMEHOW MANAGE TO CONVINCE OUR GOVERNMENT TO GIVE THEM $25 BILLION OUT OF UNCLE SAM'S $700 BILLION CHARITY "HANDOUT," THEY SHOULD SPEND MOST OF IT ON A GIANT PUBLIC RELATIONS CAMPAIGN.
HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THE LOOK ON SOMEBODY'S FACE WHEN YOU WANT TO SEE
THEIR BRAND NEW FOREIGN TOYOTA, HONDA, LEXUS, NISSAN, BMW, MAZDA, MERCEDES BENZ, MITSUBISHI, VOLVO OR ACURA? THEY ARE GLEAMING, PROUD, DIGNIFIED, MAJESTIC AND PASSIONATE.
HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THE LOOK ON SOMEBODY'S FACE WHEN YOU WANT TO SEE THEIR BRAND NEW DOMESTIC CHEVROLET, FORD, DODGE, PONTIAC, BUICK, OLDSMOBILE OR SATURN? THEY ARE USUALLY HUMBLE, EMBARRASSED, NON-CHALANT, INDIFFERENT AND HALF-HEARTED.
IT USED TO BE THE OTHER WAY AROUND.
AMERICANS WERE PROUD OF DRIVING A CAR THAT SAID CHEVROLET, FORD AND CHRYSLER ON IT. AND PEOPLE ALL OVER THE WORLD WANTED THESE CARS MADE IN DETROIT BECAUSE IT WAS A STATUS SYMBOL
THIS CHANGE OF ATTITUDE STARTED TO CHANGE IN THE MID-LATE 1970's AS JAPANESE CARS BECAME VIABLE ALTERNATIVES.
IN THE 1980'S, THE JAPANESE COMPANIES STARTED TO HAVE EXTRAORDINARY SUCCESS IN THE U.S. MARKET. HOWEVER, IF YOU WERE AN EMPLOYEE OF THE AUTOMAKERS IN DETROIT, YOU DIDN'T EVEN DARE DRIVE A FOREIGN CAR TO THE PARKING LOT.
IN THE 1990'S, THE IMAGE OF FOREIGN CARS BECAME VERY DIGNIFIED, SLEEK AND SOPHISTICATED. AND THE IMAGE OF AMERICAN CARS HAD HIT BOTTOM.
IN THE NEW MILLENIUM, UNLESS YOU WERE BORN BEFORE 1970, YOU WOULD NEVER KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT AMERICAN CARS ONCE DOMINATING THE WORLD AND BEING HIGH CLASS STATUS SYMBOLS.
NOW THERE ARE SOME EXCEPTIONS. THE CADILLAC DIVISION OF GM HAS ALWAYS BEEN ABLE TO MAINTAIN THEIR STATUS. THE LINCOLN DIVISION OF FORD HAS BEEN ABLE TO DO THE SAME. THE INTRODUCTION OF MUSTANGS THAT LOOK ALMOST EXACTLY LIKE THE ORIGINALS HAS BEEN A SOURCE OF SUCCESS FOR FORD. AND THE INTRODUCTION OF RETRO CAMAROS FOR GM IS DOING THE SAME.
GM, FORD AND CHRYSLER HAVE AN IMAGE PROBLEM WITH AMERICANS.
COCA-COLA SEEMS TO KNOW HOW TO KEEP AMERICANS PROUD OF ITS BRAND, THEY NEED TO SHARE SOME OF THIS KNOWLEDGE WITH DETROIT.
CITIBANK BAILOUT vs. AUTO INDUSTRY BAILOUT
LET ME SEE IF I UNDERSTAND THIS RIGHT.
OUR GOVERNMENT HANDED $25 BILLION OF OUR TAXES WITH NO STRINGS ATTACHED TO CITIBANK. A FEW DAYS LATER, CITIBANK ANNOUNCED THEY WILL BE LAYING OFF 25,000 AMERICAN EMPLOYEES.
TODAY, OUR GOVERNMENT MADE IT CLEAR THAT THEY DON'T WANT TO GIVE $25 BILLION TO THE REMAINING MAJOR U.S. AUTOMAKERS, GM, FORD AND CHRYSLER.
THEY JUSTIFIED THIS BECAUSE THE AUTO INDUSTRY IS NOT PART OF THE FINANCIAL INDUSTRY BACKBONE OF AMERICA.
THE AUTO INDUSTRY RESPONDED BY TELLING CONGRESS THAT IF THEY GO OUT OF BUSINESS, THE COUNTRY WILL NOT SURVIVE.
SINCE THE $700 BILLION BAILOUT WILL CONTINUE ANYWAY, REGARDLESS OF WHAT THE TAXPAYERS SAY OR DO...WHY WOULD CITIBANK (WHO DID NOT NEED IT) GET $25 BILLION, AND THE AUTO INDUSTRY (WHICH DOES NEED IT) NOT RECEIVE IT?
DOES THIS MAKE ANY SENSE TO YOU?
Sean Hannity is idiotic enough. But now vying for his crown is that complete knucklehead and lunatic, Mark Levin.
Today he was very upset that he was misquoted calling Barack Obama a Hitler.
"I never called him Hitler. I called him a Marxist and a Socialist."
Thanks for clearing that up Mark.
As details came out today of Barack Obama's proposed health care program for all Americans, something 50 years overdue, Mark Levin found it necessary to tear it down.
"They want you to believe that people are bleeding in the streets because they can’t get health care."
Actually you moron, the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine in 1997 concluded that almost 100,000 people died in the United States each year because of lack of needed care.
Now that there is almost 50 million Americans without any kind of health insurance, that number has grown.
Many people voted for Barack Obama because they knew he would actually implement a health care program for all Americans. And he's right on schedule which is amazing considering he doesn't legally become the President of the United States until January 20, 2009.
You'll notice that according to these right-winged maniacs, Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, Michael Savage and Rush Limbaugh, creating a national health care program for all Americans is SOCIALISM.
But apparently, the U.S. government handing billions of dollars of our tax money to insurance companies, banks, investment firms, mortgage companies, auto manufacturers and others doesn't qualify to be called SOCIALISM.
It is that kind of hypocrisy that contributed to the election of Barack Obama.
At Christmas 1968, Elvis Presley, who had been knocked out of the music charts and the public's awareness by The Beatles over the previous four years, agreed to take a chance and do a comeback TV special for NBC. From 1964-1968 he had only been doing a series of bad movies and had placed very few songs on the charts.
The special was watched by all of America and made Elvis #1 in America and around the world again. The majority of the special featured Elvis doing a live and casual performance in the round in front of a small audience while covering his famous songs of 12 years earlier.
But it was what he did with the show's finale that blew everybody away.
The man who had only sung about love, romance and breaking up, agreed to do a brand new special song that was POLITICAL, SOCIAL COMMENTARY AND IDEALISTIC by nature.
The song, "If I Can Dream," questioned why all human beings cannot dream of a better world where they work and live together.
Elvis Presley was taking a big chance with singing that song.
People wanted and expected the old romantic and gyrating Elvis.
They had enough protesting and idealism to last them a lifetime.
Surely, they did not expect anything like what they witnessed together (don't forget--
no VCR's, TIVO's--everybody was watching the show at the same time)
that would make them sit up and take notice.
Elvis, the once most famous man in the world who never would sing, talk or comment on politics, current events or anything controversial, decided to take a stand for brotherhood and humanity in a song.
And the audience responded overwhelmingly. At least those who dared to dream.
If you are not familiar with the song, here are the words, but they are only half the experience--you must download the Elvis performance. You have NEVER heard the intensity, inspiration and commitment of Elvis Presley until you have heard and seen him perform this song.
The song was written by Walter Earl Brown and changed as a last minute replacement for a standard Christmas song Elvis was supposed to sing.
If I Can Dream
There must be lights burning brighter somewhere
Got to be birds flying higher in a sky more blue
If I can dream of a better land
Where all my brothers walk hand in hand
Tell me why, oh why, oh why can't my dream come true
There must be peace and understanding sometime
Strong winds of promise that will blow away
All the doubt and fear
If I can dream of a warmer sun
Where hope keeps shining on everyone
Tell me why, oh why, oh why won't that sun appear
We're lost in a cloud
With too much rain
We're trapped in a world
That's troubled with pain
But as long as a man
Has the strength to dream
He can redeem his soul and fly
Deep in my heart there's a trembling question
Still I am sure that the answer's gonna come somehow
Out there in the dark, there's a beckoning candle
And while I can think, while I can talk
While I can stand, while I can walk
While I can dream, please let my dream
Come true, right now
Let it come true right now
Elvis Presley -- just one of many contributors towards a decent America as fulfilled on November 4, 2008.
I HAVE ALWAYS ADMIRED JOHN McCAIN.
I have always found him to be the ultimate Republican (other than Ronald Reagan) that many Democrats would consider voting for as President.
He is a true patriot, an American hero and a very decent man. He showed that last night in his concession speech.
However, John McCain, under the pressure of his campaign advisers, stepped out of character.
By agreeing to participate in the hateful negative campaign against Barack Obama in the last few months, he completely alienated any Democrats, Independents and others who might have considered voting for him. Instead of dealing with the issues, he was busy attacking Mr. Obama.
But his biggest mistake was his selection for Vice-President.
John McCain is a creative thinker.
Realizing that many non-Republican women were very upset that Hillary Clinton
was out as both potential President and Vice-President, he came up with a GIMMICK
to attract them. He would grab a woman, any woman, for Vice-President.
This would give him the votes of all the women in America.
At first, his selection of Sarah Palin, became the media sensation!
And then as the summer ended and we got into fall, the OBVIOUS became clear.
The small-town-mayor-turned-Governor was great eye candy--and that was about it.
She did not know anything about Foreign Policy, Domestic Policy or anything that was needed by a person who is a heart attack away from being President.
The choice of Vice-President is usually not an issue in a Presidential election.
Surveys taken even two years ago revealed that more than 50% of Americans could not name the current Vice-President.
In this election, the Vice-President was as important as the President.
John McCain's GIMMICK backfired. IT COULD HAVE WORKED had he taken the time to find a woman who knew what NAFTA was and which countries are participants in it.
The selection of the right woman for Vice-President could have changed the whole election around for the Republicans.
Today, the question came up, "How do you know what Sarah Palin knows and doesn't know?"
To answer this, I refer you to the "insider" report released today.
This first report of its kind states that John McCain's own staff were in chaos when they realized that Sarah Palin was very deficient in knowledge in the areas of politics, geography, world affairs and everything else that a Vice-Presidential candidate in the 2008 spotlight needed to know. And they worked around it by controlling her interviews to just a few in which she performed poorly anyway. It further reports that she and John McCain's staff began to battle it out on a regular basis with a great deal of tantrums performed by "Caribou Barbie."
What leftist/liberal/radical came up with this report?
I'd like to tell you that it was somebody working at MSNBC, but it wasn't.
The report comes from Carl Cameron, Chief Political Correspondent for FOX NEWS.
AMERICANS SAW & HEARD A MAN WHOSE IDEAS THEY BELIEVED IN
AMERICANS SAW & HEARD A MAN WHO INSPIRED THEM
AMERICANS SAW & HEARD A MAN WHO THEY FEEL COULD MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THEIR LIVES AND THEIR COUNTRY
AND THAT'S ALL THAT MATTERED TO THEM
MANY OF US HAVE BEEN WAITING 50-90 YEARS TO SEE THIS HAPPEN
AMERICANS HAVE FINALLY BECOME COLOR BLIND
AMERICANS, YOU CAN CONGRATULATE YOURSELVES
OUR LONG NATIONAL NIGHTMARE IS OVER.
WHEN JERRY FORD SPOKE THOSE WORDS IN 1974, HE NEVER KNEW THAT AMERICANS WOULD SOMEDAY IN THE FUTURE HAVE REASON TO SPEAK THEM AGAIN.
EIGHT LONG YEARS OF A PRESIDENCY THAT WILL GO DOWN IN HISTORY AS A BAD EXPERIMENT IN DEMOCRACY.
WILL YOU BE A PATRIOT AND SUPPORT THE NEW PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES IN JANUARY?