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Amy Goodman and Robert Scheer: Should Geithner Step Down?

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Posted on Mar 19, 2009
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Truthdig’s Robert Scheer appeared on “Democracy Now!” on Thursday to tell host Amy Goodman who exactly sent the U.S. into financial dire straits and to recommend some changes that could put the country on a better track. Here are some hints: One culpable party rhymes with “Shmoldman Shmacks,” and another is at the top of President Obama’s economic team.

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By why just geitner, March 21, 2009 at 5:50 pm Link to this comment
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the whole congress should step down, we’re sick of their dog and pony show. nobody’s buying it, and once we reach critical mass, they will all be arrested. so step down now or face charges later.

charges for what? everything. iraq, katrina, the phony bailout, the phony ‘war on terror’, the phony elections, the phony media, the dictatorial wiretapping, failing to uphold their oath of office and on and on

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By M. Currey, March 21, 2009 at 2:09 pm Link to this comment
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I’m with you Purple Girl.  I knew as soon as Bush appointed someone from Wall Street “the foxes were guarding the henhouse”.

Even the one appointed by Obama has blood on his hands but Paulson and Bernake should go.

In Portland Oregon Paulson son or relation is pushing for a soccor in our Rose City, last thing we need is the city council to put up money for these CEO’s the hype is allways it will bring jobs (maybe illegal) but in the long run if this recession continues people will have less time for sports.

Another thing they mention is good for tourists, well if we have a recession more people will be staying home.

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By Purple Girl, March 21, 2009 at 8:23 am Link to this comment

Step Down? Now that his intentions to deceive instead of resolve have been proven- He should be prosecuted. He, Summers and Bereneke are like Cats burying their shit in our kids Sand Boxes. They aren’t telling US where the bodies are buried, their burying more everyday. I had hoped they all had had a’Come to Jesus’ revelation, but it is apparent they are still working towards distruction- of the US and the global economy. Step Down?....Only if it’s into a Gas Chamber for Economic treason and the resulting death and despair they have inflicted on people all around the world.How many more have starved? died due to lack of healthcare? died from exposure this past winter? Were Murdered or committed suicide because of this well foreseen and avoidable global collapse? How much Blood Stains the hands of these men and those they enabled?
Start with the Embezzlement, money laundering and Extortion under RICO, Follow the logical consequences into Treason and the Results of Crimes against humanity- sounds like a open and shut case to me. funny thing will be the ‘jury of theri peers’ will be the Average citizens they were screwing for the last 30 yrs- would they prefer a 3rd world justice system instead? Step Down….I’m not feeling that Generous or merciful.

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By Xntrk, March 20, 2009 at 10:29 pm Link to this comment
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The problem is not the Sec’ty of Treasury, Timmy Baby, or Summers, or even Bernenke. Rather the problem is the Establishment in DC that pats us on the head and tells us we are too stupid to understand. You know, kind of like making jokes on Leno about the Special Olympics: all the ‘elite’ people will get it, and the rest don’t matter…

Is our President trying for an Emmy, or is he the head of the government? Hard to tell in today’s sick world. For really sick, just contemplate the headlines: Bailouts not stimulating enough - More to come; Executive bonuses necessary because we are a “government of laws, not men…”; States must be very careful not to waste the stimulus dollars [such as they are].

Does anyone else want to puke? Let me know where to show up with sharpened pitchfork in hand!

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By M. Currey, March 20, 2009 at 10:45 am Link to this comment
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I am sure that Libby knows that people when mad might say these things but will they actually do it.

Looks like he wants congress to believe that these people are in danger.

The danger should have been when they knew that the reason the banks gave mortgages and they knew the incomes on the applications did not match what the people really made, that is the fault of the banks doctoring the applications.  Like they did not know what they were doing.

I really believe that they thought the s*** was not going to hit the fan until after McCain was elected and it almost made to the end.  But then McCain put his own foot in his mouth.

Now our dear Republicans can just blame blame and blame until 2012.

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By samosamo, March 20, 2009 at 10:19 am Link to this comment

Doesn’t sound or appear anything was done except that I guess the secret service will now have to protect those rotten apples for some very unnecessary reason from what they claim are threats to their lives. So why protect them when you consider the harm, up to and including death, they have inflicted on the people from their criminal behavior. Next thing I guess I will see is the AIG flag flying over the capital building with the almost worthless american flag fluttering beneath it. And taxing those receiving bonus money should be taxed 99.9%, but that won’t happen, reid in the senate will cover that up as soon as it gets to to the senate, which I would expect that news to come by tonight or noon tomorrow for sure.
The most basic thing I still see is that corporate america is running the government and the people will have to wait for pronounment of our punishment from aig. I totally understand why a citizen of this country would issue a threat such that the crime boss liddy claims was made but no way will I ever have compassion for a fuck up like aig and liddy, both are the lowest of the low lifes on this planet. When will congress regulate corporations?

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By jr., March 20, 2009 at 10:13 am Link to this comment

Great interview!

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By NYCartist, March 20, 2009 at 8:20 am Link to this comment

I heard Robert Scheer yesterday, Dem.Now, on WBAI http://www.wbai.org; a daily ritual: listening to Dem.Now on WBAI 99.5FM.  Often, I read the transcript of a segment, http://www.democracynow.org later.  I just reread the transcript.  R. Scheer is good at “de-mystifying” or “unmisting” the fog many have been putting out to us, the general public, since at least last Fall, 2008.  My recurring thought since the bail-out media discussion started:if it’s so confusing no one can explain it, there’s some BS going on.  So, what do we do?  Moderately well educated people, folks who pay attention, want a way to push the Congress to make some real corrections:oversight and regulation of these corporations(House and Senate members who were either stupid, cynical or “shady” when they voted, those who voted “yes” for no oversight, etc. and the bad bail-out bills.  Kucinch and Mary Kaptur, “NO” votes, among others, were right). The Obama Administration needs to talk to better economics advisers than they have. (I’m good at understatement.)  Worst of all:the folks who are at the bottom of the economy, those hurt the most, have got to be helped and should have been helped first.

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By optipessi mist, March 20, 2009 at 4:43 am Link to this comment

We have almost reached the kindling point for exercising the (LCD)Lowest Common Denominator.

One of the ways that LCD will be expressed physically is by angry mobs wielding pitchforks.

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