• I think the  people of the United States have a trusting nature, and we believe in our leaders and principals...How many dictators have we propped up,then had to remove them.?....We might be grooming the next Saddam's in Iraq,who knows.
    I think we got into this mess because of deregulation,no oversight, and good old fashion greed...True the investors never questioned the ten years of a 11% return ,but we trust our doctors.our law enforcement,our military and sometimes they disappoint...Married people trust their spouse and their children,only to be disappointed.

    March 26, 2009 at 10:32 a.m.

  • The fact is - as I said to my Rita this very morning - I like Barak Obama.  I don't agree at all with his manner of handling matters, but I like the guy's manner, the way he answers questions, and - even if it's faux - I like the appearance of openness.  My comment here was simply meant to suggest a way with which to assess things the president - or anyone else, for that matter - says.
    In my view, we have come to be in this mess because of a "dumbed-down" public being so gullible.  You don't get swindled by a Bernard Madoff because you asked too many questions - or because you knew so much about investing.  You don't get swindled by the pack of pork-barrellers we have in Congress and everywhere else in government, either.

    March 26, 2009 at 10:21 a.m.

  • Ditto Spock, I prefer BS over I have to think about it, any day. At least we can recognize BS. I don't think President Obama and the actions of this Congress will even be understood until his masses look at the bottom line of their incomes 2 years from now as compared to last year. Middle income is going to take the brunt of this current legislation. The rich will stay rich. It is just math.

    March 26, 2009 at 9:44 a.m.

  • Spock
    In trying to follow your anologies, I assume the president should be questioned, like you would a cheating husband or a common criminal. The journalist should ask questions like a prosecutor and the defended must answer the question.
    The general public went ballistic when they heard the news about the AIG bonuses ,and congress tried to accommodate by passing a knee-jerk 90% tax on a single group of indivuals.It was correct for the president to stay above the fray, then after seeing what his administration knew and when did they know it, either assume blame(he did) or give your side of the story backed up with a actual facts……In the era of a 24/7 news cycle and right-wing blogs ready to parse every word to feed the frenzy, I don’t blame the president for choosing his words carefully….
    Check the Victoria blogs, erroneousness material is never retracted.

    March 26, 2009 at 9:43 a.m.

  • So let's assume for a minute that the reporter is Michelle, and the question is who was that woman I say you with in the hallway?  And Barak says . . . well, you know.  What do we, the collective Michelle where the question is concerned, think? 
    Barak, Mr. President, a witness on the witness stand in a murder trial doesn't get to say he wants  a couple of days to think about it - his answer.  Not even when he's "POTUS" - President of the United States. 
    Trust me for this once, folks, when I tell you as a guy who infiltrated their offices and listened to them when they were what they thought was in private that they aren't like you and me.  Political, and media "newspeak" (Orwell, in case you're the typical "read a book once in high school" citizen of the "dumbed-down" U.S.A) people live in an entirely different reality.  "Reality" is what it needs to be in order to be the most expedient, not what everyone else lives with or in from day to day.
    Imagine being stopped by a parent and asked where you were last night (all night), then saying you need time to think about it.  Folks, when I say - as I have through three presidents now - that this is ridiculous, I'm not just wielding words and diction.
     Often, a skilled observer can determine more from what you won't say than from what you do.

    March 25, 2009 at 5:58 p.m.