Occupy Squatters Don’t Know Squat

Katy Grimes: Four days ago, more than 300 Occupy protestors were arrested after breaking into Oakland’s City Hall. Demonstrators burned a U.S. flag, threw rocks and bottles at police, and tore down fencing at the convention center, and then tried to ‘occupy’ it.

Does anyone still believe that these are just frustrated, misunderstood ’99 percenter’ college students who fear they won’t be able to find employment upon graduation? Or that the protests and demonstrations are being orchestrated by “a cadre of infiltrators hired by Wall Street or some shadowy right wing cabal to discredit the Occupy movement?”

Columnist Peter Schrag, retired edititorial page editor of The Sacramento Bee does. In an op ed Wednesday, he stated that his theory may be a stretch, but then said, “but the real events amount to nearly the same thing.

Many in the media have provided cover to the occupiers since the movement began, and even have attempted to explain-away Occupiers’ bad behavior by saying that they are just a bunch of dumb kids who don’t know what they are doing.  The movement only seemed to sustain because of the media coverage, and media support. And then it grew legs.

If you think they are not a serious movement, I have some swamp land to sell you. The media not only gave cover to the movement, they gave credence to Occupiers’ demands.

“The demonstrators’ anger is understandable, but the more intense it is, the more carefully it has to be directed,” Schrag wrote in Wednesday’s Bee.

Scrag neglects to mention in his column that Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, initially encouraged the occupiers, despite their muck, looting and arson. And Quan wasn’t alone. Prominent Democrats all over America stepped forward with support. Only in the new media were there reports of the Occupy movement being funded by labor unions, left wing financier George Soros, and even the Democratic National Committee.

However, after Saturday’s destruction derby inside Oakland City Hall, Quan appeared fed up with the pernicious protesting brats, and their leftist, nihilist friends. “People in the community and people in the Occupy movement have to stop making excuses for this behavior,” Quan said.

Quan might have included the media in her statement.

The Left’s Stale Playbook

Standard operating procedure for the far left is to use violence when they are losing the intellectual battle – it’s in the playbook, and taught at most public universities. Where the media provided cover for the Occupiers was in how the story was told from the outset; Occupy Wall Street and the subsequent groups made no secret of the fact that they wanted to force businesses to close. They tried to interrupt commerce with the Port of Oakland closure, an event Mayor Jean Quan said she was powerless to stop.

Spreading filth in New York City’s Zuccotti Park, disrupting and disturbing commuters was all part of the plan. Read the Occupy Wall Street website – none of this is a secret.

Media Responsibility

Where this gets weird is when news organizations overstep their responsibility and stop reporting the news, and stories are peppered with opinion. Or only part of the story is told.

Schrag however, is a columnist, and expected to opine, however off base he is.

“Why close the port, one of the city’s few major sources of income and a source of jobs to hundreds of truckers, dockers and countless other blue-collar workers?” Schrag asks. “Why trash little downtown shops and eateries as some did last fall? These surely are not the 1 percent symbolized by Wall Street. Why shut down the airport, as some are now threatening to do? What message is being conveyed there? How is Oakland preferable to Piedmont or Newport Beach where the rich actually live?”

After reading Schrag’s encouragement to the occupy protestors to “go where the rich actually live,” I fully expect to see ‘Occupy Laguna Niguel,’ or ‘Occupy Pacific Heights’ groups created.

It’s All About ME

Many of the middle class whiners doing the protesting are college students upset that they will have to work for less than $100,000 a year when they graduate. They say they shouldn’t have to repay student loans or mortgages. Where does thinking like this come from?

They’ve been told all of their lives how great they are, and how everything they do is wonderful. But who would hire them with such narcissistic, self-absorbed senses of self-worth.

And now the kids are angry.

The students who are protesting should be turning on the teachers and ‘educators’ who passed them every year to the next grade when they couldn’t read and speak English, or do basic math… and the coaches and parent volunteers who handed out first place trophies and blue ribbons to overweight kids with two left feet… and the parents wouldn’t dish out some tough love and discipline, fearing their children wouldn’t like them… In the world of the Occupier, everyone is a winner, except those who work for a living.

The rest of the occupiers, save for a few ideologues in every crowd, are the sloths of American society who believe that instead of working hard to make themselves successful, they are entitled to the things they want, and that it is the responsibility of the government to take care of them and provide for them.

The Occupy movement is playing right into the political left’s class warfare campaign. It’s a tired, hackneyed play, right out of the pages of famous leftists’ writings.

“Occupy, lacking a defined agenda, has become more about itself than about the nation’s paralyzing economic inefficiency and injustice,” Schrag wrote, and the only thing he does get right.

Ultimately, leftists are about selfishness, not selflessness. They are about control, not inclusion. They are about secrecy, not transparency. Leftists are agitators, and have been identified in history as socialists, communists and radicals, not moderates or conservatives.

Conservative by definition, is stable, sober, traditional, orthodox and steady.

Leftists are theorists and perpetual students, not teachers. And as Dennis Miller so aptly said, “They’re squatters who don’t know squat.”

FEB. 2, 2012

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  1. Rex The Wonder Dog!
    Rex The Wonder Dog! 2 February, 2012, 14:37

    People who are out of work and have no way to support themselves are pissed, and Oakland has lots of out of work people. If gov tried putting white collar criminals in prison they would not be protesting.

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  2. David H
    David H 2 February, 2012, 15:20

    It’s the same teaching that led to the revolution in France. History is repeating itself.

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  3. Beelzebub
    Beelzebub 2 February, 2012, 15:38

    If some of these journalists trashed the Wall Street financial criminals half as much as they trash the Occupy movement perhaps the truth about the economic collapse would get exposed. Most of the large dying news media publications are indebted to the banking industry so they have to lick the boots of their masters. Why don’t we ever see truthful revealing investigative reports in the mainstream media about Wall Street corruption like we get from Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone Magazine??? The problem is we don’t have any more REAL investigative reporters in America anymore. All of them are owned and told what to write.

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  4. stevefromsacto
    stevefromsacto 2 February, 2012, 16:28

    Right on, Beelzebub.

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  5. stevefromsacto
    stevefromsacto 2 February, 2012, 16:33

    “Occupy, lacking a defined agenda, has become more about itself than about the nation’s paralyzing economic inefficiency and injustice,” Schrag wrote, and the only thing he does get right.

    Katy, you’re admitting that there is “economic injustice?” Wow, what a breakthrough.

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  6. Rex The Wonder Dog!
    Rex The Wonder Dog! 2 February, 2012, 16:38

    Finally, there is common ground where GovEmployeeSteveFromSactown and the rest of us all come together and can agree on.

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  7. Rex The Wonder Dog!
    Rex The Wonder Dog! 2 February, 2012, 16:38

    Why don’t we ever see truthful revealing investigative reports in the mainstream media about Wall Street corruption like we get from Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone Magazine???

    Good comment Beelz. Matt Taibbi and RS magazine are by far the leaders, BY FAR, when it comes to exposing the wall street scammers.

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  8. stevefromsacto
    stevefromsacto 2 February, 2012, 17:23

    Ah, Rex, you’d screw up a two-car funeral! Hard to get agreement when you lie about my being a government employee. But, yes, let’s expose the Wall Street scammers who were the primary evildoers in putting us in the mess we’re in.

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  9. David H
    David H 2 February, 2012, 20:31

    First we must remember that no one is telling you to invest on Wall Street. You can go your entire life without doing so. For example you can buy a piece of land and plant a farm, live on the work of your own hands and invest in other sources of income producing assets that are private. So if your investment goes bad who is to blame? You don’t even have to borrow from a bank if you don’t want to. Contracts signed under duress are revokable. We used to have something called “buyer beware.” You guys need to get over it, recognizing you have wall street envy.

    That said, there are a thousand scams. Just look at the dot com boom. Look at the IPO craze. Biotechnology, on and on and on. The majority of these companies have never made any money and never will. It’s all about making a good show “dog and pony,” get the money and run. Been that way for some time now. Doesn’t matter what the auditor says, it’s a scam. Buyer beware. Cali government is running on the same principle, it’s not just wall street. It’s the new “American way.” On to the next boom, then we can blame it on something else.

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  10. Rex The Wonder Dog!
    Rex The Wonder Dog! 2 February, 2012, 22:03

    Ah, Rex, you’d screw up a two-car funeral! Hard to get agreement when you lie about my being a government employee

    LOL!

    Steve if you’re not a trough feeding gov employee then I am a monkeys uncle 🙂

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  11. Beelzebub
    Beelzebub 2 February, 2012, 22:38

    “You guys need to get over it, recognizing you have wall street envy”

    That’s really a stupid argument that makes no sense, David H. It’s sounding as if you promote fraudulent illegal activity. So if someone fraudulently misrepresents a product that he sells to you and profits from it to your demise, you think it’s fair game for him to do so??? If so, you are an anarchist, sir. Personally, I prefer not to live in a anarchist society and I believe most other Americans feel the same way that I do. If you purchased a box of wrapped chocolates from the candy store and when you got home you discovered that they were chocolate covered horseturds, how long would it take you to call the authorities and demand justice, David H? We have something called investment security laws in America that are supposed to protect the public from fraudulent investment scams.

    Besides, it was not only investors who were hurt by Wall Street. It was the common ordinary taxpayer who got screwed. Millions of people lost their homes, jobs and life savings due to the fraudulent financial activity on Wall Street.

    It’s amazing how some people try to justify criminal behavior. And aren’t you the one who purports to be a Christian???

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  12. Rex The Wonder Dog!
    Rex The Wonder Dog! 3 February, 2012, 08:42

    You guys need to get over it, recognizing you have wall street envy.
    Dude, you missed your calling, you should have been in stand up comedy 🙂

    Or maybe work in the circus or traveling carnival as a carnival barker.

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  13. queeg
    queeg 3 February, 2012, 08:49

    Let these these these demon-srate…..you coddle them in the media as CUTE modern hippies so misunderstood!!!

    Millions in damage in Oakland….the capital of dissent…..anger…hate….

    Add it all up….the ugly 1%…

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  14. David H
    David H 3 February, 2012, 09:34

    You are missing the point. The whole thing is a scam, a house of cards. Take a class or two in economics. Look at the price/earnings ratios, look at the debt to earnings ratio. The housing market has been largely stable for the entirety of my life until recently, because people who bought homes had value in their purchase and were not paying too much. You can not blame free markets or wall street trading on the fact that people ran like a herd off the cliff to make a quick buck. Almost everybody was doing it. It wasn’t just the derivative manager that bundled the mortgages and sold the junk off. If it had not imploded then you would be complaining about something else, like high housing prices. So now’s your time to get in if you want. Problem is you bet on the wrong horse and lost. I’m not a gambling man and didn’t fall for the hype or bet on any horse, but that doesn’t mean that capitalism doesn’t work. Buyer beware. Take responsibility for you own actions, and insist that others do the same. Our economic prosperity was not based on the housing market(though it seems that was the only thing the common man could manufacture anymore), there are greater elements leading to the decay. Many of them social.

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  15. David H
    David H 3 February, 2012, 09:38

    p.s. I agree that financial fraud should be punished, without exception. It is theft, plain and simple, no matter what the political affiliation or national status. But the culture of the whole system. It’s a moral dilemma.

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  16. Beelzebub
    Beelzebub 3 February, 2012, 09:41

    “Millions in damage in Oakland….the capital of dissent…..anger…hate…”

    And literally $TRILLIONS$ in financial damage to the nation caused by Wall Street criminals to which you turn a blind eye.

    I hope OWS comes back in full force in the spring. If we depend upon the Tea Party and the Libertarians to save us from the crony capitalists and financial oligarchs we’ll be totally screwed!

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  17. CalWatchdog
    CalWatchdog Author 3 February, 2012, 10:50

    We don’t just need OWS – we need people to pay attention to the issues and vote. Too many people do nothing but talk about how wrong all of this is, but then they do nothing. And they can’t be bothered to vote, or attend meetings. Most protests accomplish little or nothing. And the OWS protestors have done more to hurt small businesses than they ever will do to Wall Street.

    Our government is corrupt and will not prosecute white collar, financial criminals, who contribute to Republican and Democrat campaigns.

    And Beezlebub – of the millions of people who lost their homes, most were approved for home purchases that they could not qualify for – that was the scam. They didn’t lose any of their investment, because most made no investment, no down payment, and no improvements to the homes.

    Capitalism does work, but only when the government and politicians don’t mess with it. The free market works, and works well, when it is allowed. But with politicians in government trying to level the playing field, the free market is no longer free. And those who are not disciplined, hard workers, are elevated above their actual socioeconomic level, ultimately hurting them more than helping.

    People have to be inspired and self-motivated to lift themselves up, not given government subsidies. That helps no one in the long run.

    – Katy

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  18. Beelzebub
    Beelzebub 3 February, 2012, 11:55

    “We don’t just need OWS – we need people to pay attention to the issues and vote”

    You’re an idealist, eh? If people paid attention and voted we wouldn’t be in this mess, would we???

    Look at the Civil Rights movement and the Vietnam war. How did those matters get resolved??? Through paying attention and voting???

    90% of us were against TARP. How did that work out???

    You have lived in America long enough that you should know how things get changed. And it’s not through paying attention and voting either.

    And Beezlebub – of the millions of people who lost their homes, most were approved for home purchases that they could not qualify for – that was the scam. They didn’t lose any of their investment, because most made no investment, no down payment, and no improvements to the homes”

    Richard Bowen, the former chief financial risk manager of Citigroup, TESTIFIED UNDER OATH before Congress that in 2006 60% of that firm’s mortgages were FRAUDULENTLY UNDERWRITTEN. He said it increased to 70% in 2007. Bowen testified that he warned CEO Robert Ruben (familiar name?)about it and NOTHING was done to correct the problem. THE MORTGAGES WERE BEING FRAUDULENTLY UNDERWRITTEN BECAUSE THE BANKS WERE MAKING HUGE SHORT TERM PROFITS OFF IT!!! The system crash did not only impact those that the banks sold fraudulent mortgages to – it hurt everyone who owns a home in America – and it caused an economic tsunami that put millions of innocent people out of work and stole their life savings!!

    Maybe it’s time for you to report on the widespread fraud perpetrated by Wall Street instead of bashing the Occupy movement and those who were devastated by the economic fallout. Do any of you understand how stupid it sounds just to blame government for everything??? Sure, government was involved and are equally to blame. But why do you libertarian reporters always give Wall Street a big fat pass???

    “Capitalism does work, but only when the government and politicians don’t mess with it”

    When are you going to wake up??? It wasn’t just the government. It was government + WALL STREET and the corrupted banking industry!!! Those who refuse to accept that FACT have no credibility with me.

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  19. David H
    David H 3 February, 2012, 14:44

    Beezlebub, you come off as a kind of rioter. I’m not saying that to attack you, but you get stirred up and want everybody else to get stirred up. I haven’t heard you once say what you would do to remedy the situation, or what regulations you feel need passed to have kept the mortgage fraud from happening, or how wall street has personally ripped you off. If you bought a house and now it’s not worth what you paid for it join the crowd, you can’t singly blame wall street. I literally know dozens of people who could have kept there promise and contract by continuing to pay on their home, but because the value has gone down they don’t think it’s worth it, so they live in for a while(several for years) not making payments and then let the “evil” bank take it. I even know one couple who was paid $6000 to vacate the home so the bank could resell it. If you knew something was wrong then you had a responsibility to not take out the loan or to falsify documentation. You can’t allow no-doc loans and expect people to be moral, now can we? The government should have let the banks fail since they speculated on the garbage. These people in the streets rioting and burning flags are not the high moral crowd that refused to take part in the financial fraud.

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  20. queeg
    queeg 3 February, 2012, 20:52

    The tea party congress will caucus and it won’ t be pretty for Romney or Obama to spend….

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  21. Rex The Wonder Dog!
    Rex The Wonder Dog! 4 February, 2012, 16:40

    Beezlebub, you come off as a kind of rioter. I’m not saying that to attack you, but you get stirred up and want everybody else to get stirred up. I haven’t heard you once say what you would do to remedy the situation, or what regulations you feel need passed to have kept the mortgage fraud from happening, or how wall street has personally ripped you off.

    If you have not heard Beezl then you are new or have your ears covered. He has repeatedly stated the Wall Street scammers should be in prison and has given numerous ways the country could be fixed or remedied to fix our debt issues.

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  22. Beelzebub
    Beelzebub 5 February, 2012, 13:06

    “I haven’t heard you once say what you would do to remedy the situation, or what regulations you feel need passed to have kept the mortgage fraud from happening, or how wall street has personally ripped you off”

    1. I would have prohibited the repeal of Glass-Stegall

    2. I would have prohibited the investment banks (IB)from leveraging their holdings 40:1.

    3. I would have prohibited TARP/EESA.

    4. I would have indicted, prosecuted and jailed rating agency CEOs, CFO, COOs who gave AAA ratings to junk level investments.

    5. I would have indicted, prosecuted and jailed IB CEOs, CFOs, COOs who knowingly sold toxic investments to unsuspecting investors while shorting them out the back door.

    6. I would have indicted, prosecuted and jailed bank IB CEOs, CFOs, COOs who participated in the laundering of $billions$ of illicit proceeds for international drug cartels.

    How’s that for starters, David H?

    “These people in the streets rioting and burning flags are not the high moral crowd that refused to take part in the financial fraud”

    The people in the streets have every right to be pissed. What they are doing is no different from what the colonists did in 1773 when they boarded the ships in Boston Harbor and threw the crates of tea into the drink. But then you would call that a heroic, patriotic act, wouldn’t you???

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  23. CalWatchdog
    CalWatchdog Author 6 February, 2012, 09:27

    Get the government out of business – let the free market correct without government meddling and intervention. That’s what needs to happen. But the Occupy protestors don’t want a true free market; they want subsidies, entitlements, and someone to blame.

    Beezlebub, the colonists rioted and protested because of government control, and crony capitalism.

    – Katy

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  24. Beelzebub
    Beelzebub 6 February, 2012, 11:37

    “Get the government out of business – let the free market correct without government meddling and intervention”

    I’m sorry, but that is such a stupid misinformed statement.

    The reason Wall Street collapsed in 2008 was due to LACK OF PROPER GOVERNMENT REGULATION.

    You people who think the free market can regulate itself sound like mindless parrots.

    By the time the consumers feel the effect of massive fraud perpetrated upon them by the financial giants THE DAMAGE IS ALREADY DONE AND IS IRREVERSIBLE!

    That is the government’s job. To stop the fraud before it starts. And since the government was complicit with the Wall Street crooks – that’s what caused the meltdown in 2008.

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  25. Beelzebub
    Beelzebub 6 February, 2012, 12:07

    “Beezlebub, the colonists rioted and protested because of government control, and crony capitalism”

    And you don’t think the Wall Street banks are crony capitalists? You think they are victims? Is that it? I don’t quite understand where you’re coming from here. Do you seriously think JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, BofA, WF, Merrill Lynch, Moodys, Fitch, S&P were all innocent victims who were taken advantage of by the big bad government?

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  26. stevefromsacto
    stevefromsacto 6 February, 2012, 13:09

    Damn, I agree with Beelzebub and Rex. It will definitely snow in Vegas tomorrow.

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  27. Beelzebub
    Beelzebub 6 February, 2012, 13:47

    “Damn, I agree with Beelzebub and Rex. It will definitely snow in Vegas tomorrow”

    Speaking for myself the terms ‘Liberal’ and ‘Conservative’ are meaningless when I look at an issue and form an opinion.

    Partisanship is killing the country. Political ideologies have turned into religions. Even in the face of blatant and documented theft and financial fraud – the ideologue conservatives defend the very ones who stole trillions of dollars and financially ruined millions of innocent lives. Only blaming the government for what took place is a total denial of the facts. It’s an insidious mindset. No flexibility. The Tea Party and the Occupy movement actually have a great deal in common. But the conservative ideologues only attack the Occupy movement without one good word. It wasn’t long ago when the Occupy movement marched on the government offices and the Supreme Court in DC? Did you hear anything from the conservative ideologues? Nope. In Dec 2011 52 Occupiers were arrested while demonstrating in front of the Federal Reserve building in San Francisco. Did the conservative ideologues commend them? Nope. As long as the government and the fiscal oligarchs can successfully divide America into two inflexible factions – they will continue to financially rape us and turn us into serfs. 5% of the American population owns 60% of the nation’s wealth. The bottom 80% of the American population owns only about 12% of the nation’s wealth. That gives you an idea of how successful the government and the fiscal oligarchs have been.

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  28. CalWatchdog
    CalWatchdog Author 6 February, 2012, 14:51

    At least we agree that the other is making misinformed statements. You obviously distrust the free market. It is the elitists who distrust free markets, thinking they can run things better other people.

    Many people have little tolerance for economic uncertainty and ambiguity, and have come to expect that government institutions will bring a level of certainty to society. But the government only brings more uncertainty to individuals’ lives.

    As government grows, remember what Milton Friedman said about greed: “Well first of all tell me, is there some society you know that doesn’t run on greed? You think Russia doesn’t run on greed? You think China doesn’t run on greed? What is greed? Of course none of us are greedy. It’s only the other fella that’s greedy. The world runs on individuals pursuing their separate interests. The greatest achievements of civilization have not come from government bureaus. Einstein didn’t construct his theory under order from a bureaucrat. Henry Ford didn’t revolutionize the automobile industry that way. In the only cases in which the masses have escaped from the kind of grinding poverty that you are talking about, the only cases in recorded history are where they have had capitalism and largely free trade. If you want to know where the masses are worst off, it’s exactly in the kind of societies that depart from that. So that the record of history is absolutely crystal clear, there is no alternative way, so far discovered, of improving the lot of the ordinary people that can hold a candle to the productive activities that are unleashed by a free enterprise system.”

    – Katy

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  29. Beelzebub
    Beelzebub 6 February, 2012, 15:46

    I think you need to put down your libertarian playbook and try to think independently and logically, Katy.

    The reason the investment banks were able to package up poisoned toxic mortgage backed securities (mbs) – get them AAA rated – and sell them to unsuspecting investors as money making investment vehicles while shorting the mbs immediately after the sale was because there was no independent body watching over their activities. The government was in on it too! The ‘free market’ (with no intervention) as you call it – was the reason the Wall Street crooks were allowed to get away with it. And since the crime is not reported to the public until we begin to see the effects (Lehman collapse) the damage has already occurred. So your ‘free market’ failed. Your ‘free market’ was the very reason Wall Street collapsed. Nobody was watching over the ‘free market’. As a result millions of Americans lost their jobs and life savings.

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  30. Beelzebub
    Beelzebub 7 February, 2012, 10:32

    Btw, no one forced the Wall Street firms to engage in this financial fraud. In fact, they made direct payoffs to Capital Hill for the express purpose of having the privilege of committing this financial fraud without any worry of government intervention. It represents the ‘free market’ gone wild. ‘Free’ to do any damn thing you please without any fear of consequences.

    The analogy of a bank robbery works perfectly. You have the vault cracker (gov) and the actual thief (Wall Street) who runs in and fills the gunny sack full of crisp greenbacks. Katy blames only the vault cracker. I blame both. That’s where we differ.

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