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Prez-O-Day: Who’s Your Fave?

As far as we’re concerned President’s Day is one of many excuses for people with inflated salaries and exorbitant benefits to take a paid vacation. People who don’t work particularly hard to begin with … you know, while the rest of us bust our asses trying to make ends meet…

As far as we’re concerned President’s Day is one of many excuses for people with inflated salaries and exorbitant benefits to take a paid vacation. People who don’t work particularly hard to begin with … you know, while the rest of us bust our asses trying to make ends meet in this thoroughly “non-stimulated” economy.

But that’s just us bitching …

Presidents’ Day – a federal holiday since the Nixon administration – is observed annually on the third monday in February. Why? Because if it wasn’t the bureaucratic unions would pitch a conniption.

Who is our favorite president? Easy: Calvin Coolidge – the only U.S. President born on the Fourth of July.

“Coolidge ascended to the presidency on August 2, 1923 when Warren G. Harding died, and immediately proceeded to cut taxes and spending,” we noted recently. “By the time he was done, only 2 percent of the nation paid any income taxes, and the growth in the federal government had flatlined – enabling 25 percent of the nation’s debt to be retired.”

Oh yeah … and the Roaring Twenties happened.

Other presidents we like? Thomas Jefferson – who articulated the individual liberties and limited government principles this website consistently . We’re also fans of John F. Kennedy, who understood the stimulative value of income tax relief and the efficacy of a non-interventionist U.S. foreign policy.

We also like Bill Clinton – who supported welfare reform and capital gains tax cuts and was far more pro-free market than either of the two neo-fascists who followed him in office.

And while Clinton was far from perfect, he did enjoy putting cigars in fun places …

Presidents we don’t like? Big government backers like Franklin Roosevelt, Herbert Hoover, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

So … those are our faves and non-faves. Which presidents do you like/ dislike? Post your thoughts in our comments section below …

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66 comments

? February 18, 2013 at 3:16 pm

William Henry Harrison is my favorite, with Millard Fillmore being a close second.

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? February 18, 2013 at 2:16 pm

William Henry Harrison is my favorite, with Millard Fillmore being a close second.

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BigT February 18, 2013 at 3:24 pm

When you look at today’s horrible unemployment, ignorant spending, astronomical gas prices, nose-diving salaries, world embarrassment, disaster healthcare, tax increases and lack of confidence…Bush is looking REAL good right now.
Hard to believe that Bush oversaw a 5% unemployment rate, increasing salaries, a pro-business government, pride as Americans, a solid energy policy and tax cuts for all of us…
I’d love to go back to the Bush ecnomy..yet we still have the Truly IGNOARNT sweraing how bad it was and Obama is not a TOTAL failure…

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PanT February 18, 2013 at 5:50 pm

Still a goddamn idiot, T. I can’t tell which of the three posts from you is the most factlesst, but everytime someone sets the record straight, you espouse the same proven lies all over. Get yourself some insurance before your precondictions prevent you from getting the help you need.

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BigT February 18, 2013 at 6:55 pm

Yet you can Dispute NONE of the facts…
And if you deny that Obama is an Eff-up..and you deny we had a GREAT economy most of the time under Bush…you are the idiot…

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BigT February 18, 2013 at 2:24 pm

When you look at today’s horrible unemployment, ignorant spending, astronomical gas prices, nose-diving salaries, world embarrassment, disaster healthcare, tax increases and lack of confidence…Bush is looking REAL good right now.
Hard to believe that Bush oversaw a 5% unemployment rate, increasing salaries, a pro-business government, pride as Americans, a solid energy policy and tax cuts for all of us…
I’d love to go back to the Bush ecnomy..yet we still have the Truly IGNOARNT sweraing how bad it was and Obama is not a TOTAL failure…

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PanT February 18, 2013 at 4:50 pm

Still a goddamn idiot, T. I can’t tell which of the three posts from you is the most factlesst, but everytime someone sets the record straight, you espouse the same proven lies all over. Get yourself some insurance before your precondictions prevent you from getting the help you need.

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BigT February 18, 2013 at 5:55 pm

Yet you can Dispute NONE of the facts…
And if you deny that Obama is an Eff-up..and you deny we had a GREAT economy most of the time under Bush…you are the idiot…

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R. E. Lee February 18, 2013 at 3:36 pm

Jeff Davis

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R. E. Lee February 18, 2013 at 2:36 pm

Jeff Davis

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BigT February 18, 2013 at 4:12 pm

FITS is one STUPID MoFo…
FITS wrote: “We also like Bill Clinton – who supported welfare reform and capital gains tax cuts and was far more pro-free market than either of the two neo-fascists who followed him in office”…
Forgive me: but FITS may be the most ill-informed @$$-hole to ever attempt a blog.
Clinton had to be Dragged to reform by Newt Gingrich.
Not to mention: Bush’s economy was better than Clinton’s, even though Bush spent too much being a FITS “let’s get along” libertarian.
Also: Bush had to Clean up the National Security situation Clinton ignored because Clinton was a COWARD. Remember “The Wall” Clinton built that allowed for 9-11. And Clinton had OBL in a death trap, but said there was no due process, so he let him go.
FITS you are just a Major pop-culture Dumb-A

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BigT February 18, 2013 at 3:12 pm

FITS is one STUPID MoFo…
FITS wrote: “We also like Bill Clinton – who supported welfare reform and capital gains tax cuts and was far more pro-free market than either of the two neo-fascists who followed him in office”…
Forgive me: but FITS may be the most ill-informed @$$-hole to ever attempt a blog.
Clinton had to be Dragged to reform by Newt Gingrich.
Not to mention: Bush’s economy was better than Clinton’s, even though Bush spent too much being a FITS “let’s get along” libertarian.
Also: Bush had to Clean up the National Security situation Clinton ignored because Clinton was a COWARD. Remember “The Wall” Clinton built that allowed for 9-11. And Clinton had OBL in a death trap, but said there was no due process, so he let him go.
FITS you are just a Major pop-culture Dumb-A

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BigT February 18, 2013 at 4:23 pm

Hmmm..so FITS is not censoring commentary that defines him too acuurately…
Again: Clinton was a JOKE. He had to be dragged and screaming to reform. Clinton also created a Wall that lead to 9-11. Clinton balked on getting OBL because of Due Process claims, too.
Bush looked like a champ compared to Clinton. Clinton simply allowed himslef to be lead by Gingrich to the cheers of the masses…

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south mauldin February 18, 2013 at 5:17 pm

You misspelled “chimp”, T. Oy maybe you meant “chump”.

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BigT February 18, 2013 at 3:23 pm

Hmmm..so FITS is not censoring commentary that defines him too acuurately…
Again: Clinton was a JOKE. He had to be dragged and screaming to reform. Clinton also created a Wall that lead to 9-11. Clinton balked on getting OBL because of Due Process claims, too.
Bush looked like a champ compared to Clinton. Clinton simply allowed himslef to be lead by Gingrich to the cheers of the masses…

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south mauldin February 18, 2013 at 4:17 pm

You misspelled “chimp”, T. Oy maybe you meant “chump”.

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Moman50 February 18, 2013 at 4:27 pm

Sure am glad Fits is “bustin’his ass” writing stuff like this today!Take a break man!This must be exhausting!

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Crooner February 19, 2013 at 2:00 am

Lol. Had he even changed out of his PJs before writing this?

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Moman50 February 18, 2013 at 3:27 pm

Sure am glad Fits is “bustin’his ass” writing stuff like this today!Take a break man!This must be exhausting!

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Crooner February 19, 2013 at 1:00 am

Lol. Had he even changed out of his PJs before writing this?

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Ralph Hightower February 18, 2013 at 4:39 pm

Bill Clinton

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Ralph Hightower February 18, 2013 at 3:39 pm

Bill Clinton

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Smirks February 18, 2013 at 4:52 pm

Theodore Roosevelt. Also, Dwight Eisenhower.

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Smirks February 18, 2013 at 3:52 pm

Theodore Roosevelt. Also, Dwight Eisenhower.

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gamercock February 18, 2013 at 4:55 pm

Jefferson Davis…. fo sho.

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gamercock February 18, 2013 at 3:55 pm

Jefferson Davis…. fo sho.

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jimlewisowb February 18, 2013 at 5:03 pm

William Henry Harrison, 9th President ,who died in office on April 4, 1841.

He served 30 days..

Didn’t have time to fuck anyone, didn’t have time to get fucked and didn’t have time to fuck up anything.

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Smirks February 18, 2013 at 5:57 pm

Well, when you put it like that…

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Observant February 18, 2013 at 8:59 pm

and he was my great (x 6) – granduncle.

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Paul C. Graham February 18, 2013 at 10:22 pm

He’s my favourite too! The only president that I know of that did not violate his oath of office…

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Comrade1917 February 21, 2013 at 9:13 pm

With every passing day, the American public makes H. L. Mencken appear to
have been more of a genius than he possibly was. His evaluations of the public
were merciless. Here are but a couple of his pronouncements:

“Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual
ignorance.”

“Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and
deserve to get it good and hard.”

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jimlewisowb February 18, 2013 at 4:03 pm

William Henry Harrison, 9th President ,who died in office on April 4, 1841.

He served 30 days..

Didn’t have time to fuck anyone, didn’t have time to get fucked and didn’t have time to fuck up anything.

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Smirks February 18, 2013 at 4:57 pm

Well, when you put it like that…

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Observant February 18, 2013 at 7:59 pm

and he was my great (x 6) – granduncle.

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Paul C. Graham February 18, 2013 at 9:22 pm

He’s my favourite too! The only president that I know of that did not violate his oath of office…

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Comrade1917 February 21, 2013 at 8:13 pm

With every passing day, the American public makes H. L. Mencken appear to
have been more of a genius than he possibly was. His evaluations of the public
were merciless. Here are but a couple of his pronouncements:

“Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual
ignorance.”

“Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and
deserve to get it good and hard.”

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sweepin February 18, 2013 at 6:47 pm

Washington the Founder, Jefferson the Idealist, FDR the Hope and Determination, Reagan the Leader, Clinton the Pragmatic Economist, Teddy Roosevelt the Reformer, Kennedy the Imagination, Truman the Steady Hand, Jackson the Advocate, and Eisenhower the Wise Keeper.

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sweepin February 18, 2013 at 5:47 pm

Washington the Founder, Jefferson the Idealist, FDR the Hope and Determination, Reagan the Leader, Clinton the Pragmatic Economist, Teddy Roosevelt the Reformer, Kennedy the Imagination, Truman the Steady Hand, Jackson the Advocate, and Eisenhower the Wise Keeper.

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Stymie Yelodog February 18, 2013 at 7:47 pm

Richard Nixon

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Carolina_Cotton February 19, 2013 at 10:06 am

And he was my great- (x 6) granduncle.

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Stymie Yelodog February 18, 2013 at 6:47 pm

Richard Nixon

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Carolina_Cotton February 19, 2013 at 9:06 am

And he was my great- (x 6) granduncle.

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randolph February 18, 2013 at 8:13 pm

Thomas Jefferson…We nearly doubled the size of the country with the Louisiana Purchase, and we defeated the nefarious, Barbary pirates, marching 800+ miles across Libya to whip their azzes…He also predicted that immoral pols would oneday “loot the treasury” and destroy this one great republic…

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randolph February 18, 2013 at 7:13 pm

Thomas Jefferson…We nearly doubled the size of the country with the Louisiana Purchase, and we defeated the nefarious, Barbary pirates, marching 800+ miles across Libya to whip their azzes…He also predicted that immoral pols would oneday “loot the treasury” and destroy this one great republic…

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Matt February 18, 2013 at 8:32 pm

Teddy Roosevelt, James Madison, Richard Nixon.

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Matt February 18, 2013 at 7:32 pm

Teddy Roosevelt, James Madison, Richard Nixon.

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Guest February 18, 2013 at 8:57 pm

And he was my great- (x 6) granduncle.

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Guest February 18, 2013 at 7:57 pm

And he was my great- (x 6) granduncle.

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2big2fall February 19, 2013 at 8:30 am

Will,

You are so full of it with your criticism of FDR. Here is an excerpt from an article I published on my blog titled “The Gospel According to WTMA”

“Let’s just set aside Social Security and all of the so-called “communist” economic reforms and concentrate on the ultimate issue involving his presidency. The issue which thoughtful conservatives squirm at but grudgingly recognize: FDR’s policies and leadership were instrumental in winning WWII!

Case in point: Against strong opposition from conservatives, Roosevelt rammed through the construction of the Hoover and Grand Coulee Dams. The opposition said that there was no way America would ever need that much hydroelectric power. Just after the Japanese invaded Pearl Harbor the Hoover Dam was dedicated. This gigantic WPA project (along with the Grand Coulee) provided the vast amount of power required by the aluminum smelting industry on the west coast to gear up for war production. In addition, Los Alamos was one of the biggest users of the energy provided by what were regarded as vital resources in gaining victory. There’s a reason these dams were heavily guarded and protected by anti-aircraft batteries.

And let’s not forget the WPA dams constructed by the TVA which provided electric power to east coast arms manufacturers.

Had these resources not been available to American industry it is entirely possible that, at the very least, the war would have lasted much longer. One cringes to think of more dire scenarios which may have unfolded. Would Germany have been able to dedicate more military resources to stem the Soviet tide pouring over the eastern front? Would German scientists have been able to assemble a nuclear weapon? Probably. Where would we be then? Would we be goose-stepping to polka music? Would we be cowering in caves…fearful of saki-drenched Japanese soldiers marching around with infants on bayonets (as in Nanking)?

Say what you want about FDR, however skewed and erroneous, but, without him, it is entirely possible that our freedom to discuss and debate issues freely amongst ourselves may have become a quaint relic of better times. Such an outcome may have well suited the likes of Rush Limbaugh and Charles Lindberg (google: The Bund) but it doesn’t sit well with me.”

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sid February 19, 2013 at 10:58 am

Wasn’t the Hoover Dam approved, and construction started, before Roosevelt was in office?

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2big2fall February 19, 2013 at 1:50 pm

Correct, but it wasn’t finished until 1936. It was a WPA project.

http://listosaur.com/history/top-10-public-works-projects-from-the-great-depression.html?tmpl=component

Grand Coulee Dam was started and completed during Roosevelt’s time in the face of stiff opposition. These projects were envisioned decades prior to their actual construction.

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sid February 19, 2013 at 2:13 pm

The Hoover Dam was approved prior to Roosevelt, began construction prior to Roosevelt, and was mostly completed by dedication on Sept. 30, 1935.
The WPA wasn’t funded until April 8, 1935. While there very well may have been some WPA funds that went into the Hoover Dam, it was already a done deal by the time the WPA was up and running. Not a strong argument for your piece.

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2big2fall February 20, 2013 at 9:22 am

You are right. I overstated the Hoover Dam side of my argument. I will go in and change the article. I stand on the Grand Coulee side of the equation, however, as the first generator came online around a month after Pearl Harbor and was fiercely opposed by conservatives.

2big2fall February 19, 2013 at 7:30 am

Will,

You are so full of it with your criticism of FDR. Here is an excerpt from an article I published on my blog titled “The Gospel According to WTMA”

“Let’s just set aside Social Security and all of the so-called “communist” economic reforms and concentrate on the ultimate issue involving his presidency. The issue which thoughtful conservatives squirm at but grudgingly recognize: FDR’s policies and leadership were instrumental in winning WWII!

Case in point: Against strong opposition from conservatives, Roosevelt rammed through the construction of the Hoover and Grand Coulee Dams. The opposition said that there was no way America would ever need that much hydroelectric power. Just after the Japanese invaded Pearl Harbor the Hoover Dam was dedicated. This gigantic WPA project (along with the Grand Coulee) provided the vast amount of power required by the aluminum smelting industry on the west coast to gear up for war production. In addition, Los Alamos was one of the biggest users of the energy provided by what were regarded as vital resources in gaining victory. There’s a reason these dams were heavily guarded and protected by anti-aircraft batteries.

And let’s not forget the WPA dams constructed by the TVA which provided electric power to east coast arms manufacturers.

Had these resources not been available to American industry it is entirely possible that, at the very least, the war would have lasted much longer. One cringes to think of more dire scenarios which may have unfolded. Would Germany have been able to dedicate more military resources to stem the Soviet tide pouring over the eastern front? Would German scientists have been able to assemble a nuclear weapon? Probably. Where would we be then? Would we be goose-stepping to polka music? Would we be cowering in caves…fearful of saki-drenched Japanese soldiers marching around with infants on bayonets (as in Nanking)?

Say what you want about FDR, however skewed and erroneous, but, without him, it is entirely possible that our freedom to discuss and debate issues freely amongst ourselves may have become a quaint relic of better times. Such an outcome may have well suited the likes of Rush Limbaugh and Charles Lindberg (google: The Bund) but it doesn’t sit well with me.”

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sid February 19, 2013 at 9:58 am

Wasn’t the Hoover Dam approved, and construction started, before Roosevelt was in office?

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2big2fall February 19, 2013 at 12:50 pm

Correct, but it wasn’t finished until 1936. It was a WPA project.

http://listosaur.com/history/top-10-public-works-projects-from-the-great-depression.html?tmpl=component

Grand Coulee Dam was started and completed during Roosevelt’s time in the face of stiff opposition. These projects were envisioned decades prior to their actual construction.

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sid February 19, 2013 at 1:13 pm

The Hoover Dam was approved prior to Roosevelt, began construction prior to Roosevelt, and was mostly completed by dedication on Sept. 30, 1935.
The WPA wasn’t funded until April 8, 1935. While there very well may have been some WPA funds that went into the Hoover Dam, it was already a done deal by the time the WPA was up and running. Not a strong argument for your piece.

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2big2fall February 20, 2013 at 8:22 am

You are right. I overstated the Hoover Dam side of my argument. I will go in and change the article. I stand on the Grand Coulee side of the equation, however, as the first generator came online around a month after Pearl Harbor and was fiercely opposed by conservatives.

9" February 19, 2013 at 11:01 pm

LBJ.Huge pecker…Sick of these little honkies and colored boys in office…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XF5grtoGm9Y

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9" February 19, 2013 at 10:01 pm

LBJ.Huge pecker…Sick of these little honkies and colored boys in office…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XF5grtoGm9Y

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2big2fall February 24, 2013 at 6:49 am

Bill Clinton…who gutted the last vestiges of Glass-Stegall and led to the banking crisis? He’s one of your “faves”…Methinks Sic Willie needs to spend more time reading and less time spewing…

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Jan February 25, 2013 at 1:10 pm

Thats absurd of course the repeal of Glass Steagall was a Republican bill, push through by Phil Gramm. The Gramm Leach Bliley Act was passed on a Party Line vote. I agree with your assessment it was the cause of the collapse.

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2big2fall February 24, 2013 at 5:49 am

Bill Clinton…who gutted the last vestiges of Glass-Stegall and led to the banking crisis? He’s one of your “faves”…Methinks Sic Willie needs to spend more time reading and less time spewing…

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Jan February 25, 2013 at 12:10 pm

Thats absurd of course the repeal of Glass Steagall was a Republican bill, push through by Phil Gramm. The Gramm Leach Bliley Act was passed on a Party Line vote. I agree with your assessment it was the cause of the collapse.

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Hope S. Eternal February 26, 2013 at 5:46 pm

My fave is always the same – the next one.

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Hope S. Eternal February 26, 2013 at 5:46 pm

My fave is always the same – the next one.

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