My Sheri

05Jun12

In the morning.

Wait. What?

Oh. I forgot… where I was for a second. Sorry.

I meant… ON Morning Joe. Last Thursday. The coming out party that seems to have never happened. That might be your perspective if you happened to think, as I did, that Elizabeth Warren’s every public utterance since taking the job as President Obama’s Special Advisor for the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau would be Breaking News across the political airwaves.

What did she say? Lots of stuff like this.

For 30 years, we have watched a financial services industry that has figured out new ways to squeeze money out of middle-class American families.

Good stuff there, huh? But maybe the Tea Party terrified media has been slow to get going on this story because Elizabeth Warren, the name, sounds so… oh I don’t know… Hahvahd. Doesn’t it?

Are the American people, the ones who now have every right to permanently hate anything and everything that carries even a whiff of that button down eastern establishment culture, are they ever really going to accept an Elizabeth Warren from Harvard as someone who is truly looking out for their interests?

Maybe we would do well to remind the American people as much as possible, and keep in mind ourselves, that Elizabeth, according to her Wikipedia page, is an ex-Sunday School teacher who cites Methodist John Wesley as an inspiration.

In other words… Betsy from Oklahoma. That’s who she really is.

And where has she been all our lives? Isn’t she exactly what this country has needed for so long? A good solid woman with those hard-working, dawn-to-dusk, down-on-the-farm middle-American values we can all be proud of? Someone we, the American people, can trust?

We all know the answer to those questions. So let’s get on with, as Betsy from Oklahoma puts it, The People’s Business.

This is about fine print. It’s about tricks and traps. It’s about a whole industry that has grown around the notion that ‘we will pretend to sell you things at one price but ha ha HA… just wait.’

Okay that sounds great! That’s what I call hitting the ground running. But wait a minute.

That warm tingly sensation so many of us get at the thought of someone of Betsy’s caliber taking on the evils of the banking industry will DUH! not be universally shared in all parts (read: sectors) of the country.

Especially you know where.

Just listen to what the financial sector, for one, tried to do to Betsy’s agency before it could even get off the ground. I’ll give you a hint. They tried to KILL it. Yes they did. Just listen to Betsy. She’ll tell you all about it.

A lot of people fought this agency, I mean they fought it tooth and nail. The industry did. They spent tens of millions, hundreds of millions of dollars. And they said, we will kill this agency. And they didn’t. There were a lot of folks in political campaigns who were trying to kill this agency.

And no surprise, it sounds like the hell hounds will be on Betsy’s trail for the foreseeable future.

We finally got this agency into law, but let’s face it. There are a lot of people who still would do it harm. In the industry, and on Capitol Hill.

Stay safe, Betsy. We’re all counting on you.

Tricks And Traps
‘we will kill this agency’
We Will Kill This Agency 2


I started this blog a long time ago to advocate for the nomination and eventual election of Hillary Clinton as President of the United States. Didn’t work out that way and I killed my blogging efforts back in April of 2008 when it was clear that Barack Obama would be my party’s candidate. I have since warmed up considerably to President Obama and I have to admit that I adore the First Lady and the lovely first family as well.

But my political heart was also changed and I have been appreciative of the President’s efforts on many fronts and supportive in other venues. But it’s time now to really get back to work here on the jammer’s wordpress political blog. Because it’s now our turn to fight for the change that we ALL should want. So let’s get going.

There are many people who have a huge problem with President Obama trying to effect positive changes for most Americans. So killing those ideas for change, and the political power or aspirations of those who would try to enact them, becomes the political purpose for those who place themselves on the other side.

Well, how can anyone BE on the other side of significant positive change in America? Elizabeth Warren was on Morning Joe Thursday and gave what I think was a startlingly clear example.

She told the story of one large American bank who dropped the tasty tidbit into their annual statement that credit reform legislation had cost THEIR shareholders hundreds of millions of dollars in just one quarter. Elizabeth Warren, it should come as no surprise, had a different take on the matter.

One bank recently put out its annual statement and it said ‘Changing consumer protection cost our shareholders $650 million last quarter.’ You know, my answer on that one is, no, American families SAVED $650 million because of this one small change in the law.

Bank Annual Statement

I was surprised that Warren was on Morning Joe so soon and speaking so openly and forcefully against the banking industry. She’s obviously taking advantage of the notion that she doesn’t now and maybe never will have to face a confirmation fight. I love it. This woman IS real change. She should run for president some day soon. But just listen to what she’s up against.

It’s the lobbying world that never sleeps. Even when you’re not in an election cycle, even when it’s not about talking to specific representatives, it’s every single day. Get up, see if you can find a chink, see if you can find a mistake. Let’s attack this, let’s do background on that. Let’s go visit every single senator, let’s go visit every single representative, let’s go visit everybody in the media — to try to get a message out that will help OUR CLIENTS and will undercut doing the people’s business.

The Lobbying World That Never Sleeps

We MUST stop pretending that there are two equally well intended but just “ideologically” opposed ways of getting there (there being positive change and ideology being some innocent choice of two equally well-represented and well-intended perspectives on how things should be done.)

American politics is NOT a debate between two well-intended sides who have a tactical disagreement on how best to make the country work. Those bankers and Wall St. who fought tooth and nail the agency that Elizabeth Warren now leads are the REAL Right Wing. They’re the ones who benefit from the emergence of the wacko Religious Right and the effectiveness of the NRA and Fox News and Rush Limbaugh in influencing the American public.

And it should never be forgotten that it is the financial powers that be who place the 24/7 lobbyists in Washington who have nothing on their agenda but influencing the American government on behalf of their clients to enable those clients to continue to screw the American people. They muck up this country’s present and threaten its future by lobbying the government in Washington to put THEIR clients’ well-being before the People’s Business.

It is obvious that Elizabeth Warren believes that a big part of her job is giving the American people a clearer image of the cold bloodless heart of what is standing between them and the real and positive change they voted for.

Go get ‘em, Elizabeth!


if you thought the tea party sensation’s self admission that she “dabbled into witchcraft” on an episode of politically incorrect from way back in the late 90s was a hot mess, you’re going to LOVE her foray into matters of science as recently as november of 2007, here on bill o’ really’s show (which I will not name) on faux-news.

american scientific companies are cross-breeding humans and animals and coming up with mice with fully functioning human brains.

oh no she didn’t.

christine o’donnell you did NOT say that!

welp, as my mother would say, she most certainly did.

here’s the 12 seconds of audio proof and i’m not going to add another word.

mice with human brainz


“What if [Obama] is so outside our comprehension, that only if you understand Kenyan, anti-colonial behavior, can you begin to piece together [his actions]?” Gingrich asked. “That is the most accurate, predictive model for his behavior.”

“This is a person who is fundamentally out of touch with how the world works, who happened to have played a wonderful con, as a result of which he is now president,” Gingrich added.

“I think he worked very hard at being a person who is normal, reasonable, moderate, bipartisan, transparent, accommodating — none of which was true,” Gingrich continues.


been so long, I know. but the new wordpress iPhone app threatens to remove a mental impediment, real or imagined, to my process of blogging. oh, and then there’s the displeasure with how things are shaping up, or not, in the world of big time politics.

So…

I could be back.


If Obama supporters over on places like the Daily Kos could turn down the volume of all that thunder and damnation aimed at Hillary Clinton and just think, for a second, about what it means not simply to Barack Obama, but to the Democratic party, now and forever, to have Reverend Wright out there now giving interviews… if they could just think about this rationally and outside of the context of the pitched primary battle between their candidate and Mrs. Clinton, they just might take note of a quite grim long term political reality.

The Democratic party and the frontrunner for its nomination both have something attached to them now.

It speaks and draws press coverage and attention and maketh people utter again and again the name… and be reminded again of the controversy via setup teasers that will undoubtedly show the dreaded YouTube clips over and over again.

We own all that now, at least for the moment. As a party, and as a vast left leaning or liberal swath of America.

But the real issue is not just that Reverend Wright is back. A much bigger problem looming for the party and every last citizen who wants or needs to see the White House in control of Democrats is that if we are not careful he might never leave us, even long after this election year has passed.

For now, Reverend Wright goes WITH us and our candidate, if it is Obama, along with the presidential aspirations of half the country who want to see a Democrat back in the White House. It’s all one big package. But, if Obama is the nominee of the Democratic party, it doesn’t stop in November or any time after that, really.

Because unless Obama wins in November, and goes on to have, by a consensus of both parties, the most successful presidency in modern times, Reverend Wright and all his negativity and wild-eyed political destruction will be permanently attached to the party which in effect signed off on the pastor’s association with their candidate by going ahead and choosing, as the party’s standard bearer in the fall, a candidate who sat under the inflammatory pastor for 20 years.

Everything that Reverend Wright is saying now will be played back as being representative of what beats in the true heart of the Democratic party.

Reverend Wright surfacing certainly shows you that the Democratic party has NO control over him. Barack Obama has no control over him. That he should be as hard to interview as J.D. Salinger up until the middle of Obama’s second term is a concept that is totally lost on the good reverend. He feels wronged and that NOW is the time to address those wrongs.

And the Daily Kos is telling all who would listen that Obama’s electability issues are “total bullshit.”




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