Dear Mike And Tim,
Very fast to blame and take sides, very slow to look at whatever information is coming in. Almost everybody. I include myself here. I'm fairly sure that you, Mike, were in a sizzling fury about any sort of bail out bill at all when it came up last Fall, weren't you, and you were willing to let everybody go down in flames. I thought and said that you were too quick off the blocks then. There really are some things that are too important to allow to fail if anything can be done to prevent the failure. Like the campfire in lion country, I suppose.
I am not happy with AIG, but I have no idea how much of their outcome came from which decisions. Nor do I know what the bonuses that were paid out were actually for. For all I know, they may have been for making sure that key parts of the business didn't go entirely down the tubes when they were at risk for doing so. That's entirely possible. And it's unlikely we're going to find out until some sort of investigation is allowed and completed. I do know, however, that Mike's Hyperbole was hyperbole indeed, and that he hasn't come up with any news stories documenting pitchforks and torches. If there were death threats, I am very sorry. I think that they were not only illegal but that they were immoral and stupid as well. However equating The President saying he was mad with other people making death threats is a leap in not only degree but in kind. That is, Anger does not equal murderous rage; and verbal acknowledgement of anger in reasonable discourse does not equal making the threat of death, which as I understand it is, in itself, an assault misdemeanor in many states. Different in both kind and degree. Confusing them doesn't serve to further truth or understanding, only chaos and confusion.
Give me information about Move-on and I will give you a more considered reaction. Telling me that I'm too smart not to agree with you suggests that you believe I'm perhaps too vain to overlook an appeal to my intellect. Alas, Mike, I'm bright enough to know how stupid I'm capable of being as well. Would that you were right.
Of course congress approved of the bail out. Weren't you one of the people who was making fun of the democratic representative to was saying he didn't want to be rushed, and wanted more time to look at the bill? And said that the administration wasn't exerting any pressure, even though the guy was complaining of it at the time?
Not that this lets the Democrats off the hook, Mike; it doesn't. By the congress and the administration was handed a very hot potato by the last folks in power — Wasn't that Carter? I think you said it was Carter somewhere. Or maybe Clinton. Yeah, that's right, Hillary Clinton was that President's name, wasn't it?
I think we all need to keep our eyes on the ball here, Mike. We are in a mess. We've tried supply side economics to try to deal with it, and that doesn't seem to work. Some variation of it might, Mike, I don't know, I'm not an economist, but from what I've seen it doesn't look good that way. It looks like the last administration . . . well, it's probably better if I don't go there right now.
If we don't work together on this, it's more than twice as hard. I still say Obama is Republican lite, because he doesn't seem to be working at any particularly left wing solutions to any of this, but he does seem to be giving things a shot.
Sincerely, Bob Kaven