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whyduyouask 47 posts  |  Last Activity: Jan 26, 2016 4:24 PM Member since: May 4, 2013
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  • "Quote of the day:
    "I suppose
    Old Man Trump knows
    Just how much
    Racial Hate
    he stirred up
    In the bloodpot of human hearts
    When he drawed
    That color line
    Here at his
    Eighteen hundred family project."
    -- Folksinger Woody Guthrie, 1953 (in a song about Fred Trump, Donald’s father, who, according to Guthrie, wouldn’t rent to African-Americans).

    "Beach Haven ain’t my home!
    I just can’t pay this rent!
    My money’s down the drain!
    And my soul is badly bent!
    Beach Haven looks like heaven
    Where no black ones come to roam!
    No, no, no! Old Man Trump!
    Old Beach Haven ain’t my home."
    -- Woody Guthrie, 1959 (in another song referring to Fred Trump)"

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • "If you?re one of the tens of millions of Americans who are working harder than ever but getting nowhere, and who understand that the political-economic system is rigged against you and in favor of the rich and powerful, what are you going to do? You?re going to be attracted either to:

    "(1) an authoritarian son-of-a#$%$ who promises to make America great again by keeping out people different from you and creating ?great? jobs in America, who sounds like he won?t let anything or anybody get in his way, and who?s so rich he can?t be bought off, or

    "(2) a political activist who tells it like it is, who has lived by his convictions for fifty years, who won?t take a dime of money from big corporations or Wall Street or the very rich, and who is leading a grass-roots ?political revolution? to regain control over our democracy and economy.

    "In other words, either a dictator who promises to wrest power back to the people, or a movement leader who asks us to join together to wrest power back to the people.

    "Does this explain what's happening?"

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • whyduyouask whyduyouask Jan 22, 2016 1:55 PM Flag

    Actually I say he is most likely the best president we have had since FDR.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • "Last night on Chris Hayes MSNBC show, Chris asked me if there’s a “Democratic establishment.” Of course there is. It’s comprised of current and former Wall Street executives who make massive campaign donations to Democrats (some of whom have served in the Clinton and Obama administrations and then returned to the Street); hedge-fund partners who make even larger contributions; moguls from large high-tech corporations and entertainment companies who both contribute directly and also “bundle” contributions from their friends; and major Washington lobbyists and lawyers who focus their bundling and their political activities on Democrats (half of all retired Democratic members of Congress in recent years have become Washington lobbyists).

    "The Democratic establishment is slightly more liberal than the Republican establishment, but their world views are not wildly dissimilar. After all, they have similar large homes in Westchester or Bethesda; they frequent the same vacation spots in the Hamptons or the Vineyard; attend many of the same charitable balls and dinners; serve on many of the same corporate and nonprofit boards; go to the same conclaves, such as Davos; travel in similar private jets; and are invited by presidents (Republican or Democratic, depending on who they’ve supported) to attend similar White House parties and receptions, and to serve on similar presidential commissions and advisory boards.

    "So the Democratic establishment sees the world much as the Republican establishment sees it: a system of privilege and power, to which they’re entitled because of their superior intelligence and ambition. And they view the vast and widening inequities of income, wealth, and power in America as natural and inevitable and, ultimately, just.

    "What do you think? Am I being too harsh?"

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • whyduyouask whyduyouask Jan 20, 2016 8:47 PM Flag

    Most con-artists are a bit more intelligent than their suckers. But not smart enough to run a country.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • whyduyouask whyduyouask Jan 20, 2016 8:43 PM Flag

    This is the best opportunity to buy you will have in the next five years!

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • Reply to

    If (BAC) does not start moving soon im out

    by abbylundeenjihg Jan 9, 2016 11:38 AM
    whyduyouask whyduyouask Jan 9, 2016 9:39 PM Flag

    Time to buy when everyone is throwing in the towel.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • "The State of Texas now allows guns in state-run psychiatric hospitals, according to the Statesman. I am genuinely lost for words."

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • whyduyouask whyduyouask Jan 7, 2016 1:23 AM Flag

    Sorry, false information or a lie. Take your pick.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • "Last Saturday, armed men took over the offices of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, in Harney County, Oregon. Ammon Bundy, leader of this group, and his father, the Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, style themselves as part of a Western movement to take land back for the people from the federal government. But that’s not what’s really going on. (After all, most of these lands once belonged to Native Americans.) The real fight is over how much the rest of us will continue to subsidize the Bundys and other privateers -- private logging contractors who are allowed to cut vast tracts of federal forest at subsidized rates, ranchers who pay grazing fees on some 300 acres of public lands at rates far below the market rate, private mining companies that now extract about a billion dollars a year of minerals from public lands without paying royalties, and farmers who benefit from the federal Bureau of Reclamation’s irrigation systems that make arid land capable of producing crops.

    "The Bundys and their allies oppose efforts to protect the environment because they want even more of these subsidized benefits. I’d rather protect what’s left of the environment.

    "What do you think?"

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • "Jihadists would like nothing better than to recruit more Muslims into their ranks by convincing them the West thinks it’s already at war with Islam. That’s one reason why Donald Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric, and his call for "a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States" is dangerous – as evidenced by a clip of him proposing the ban appearing in a video produced by al-Shabab, a group linked to the Islamic State and al-Qaeda. Yesterday, on CBS News’ “Face the Nation,” Trump defended his role as a jihadist recruiter by declaring "I have to say what I have to say.”

    "That’s the reasoning we’ve come to expect from the leading Republican candidate for President of the United States, and many of his Republican competitors – egocentric, tautological assertions devoid of fact or logic. The truth is, Trump doesn’t have to say what he has to say. And the media don't always have to report what he has to say.

    "What do you think?"

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • "As we slouch toward a critically -important election year, Democrats are expressing a degree of confidence bordering on smugness, and that makes me worry. This morning I got an email from a key Democratic operative. “The Republicans are showing America how nuts they are,” he writes. “With Trump, Cruz, or even Rubio they can’t possibly win the presidency. They’ve turned off Latinos, women, blacks, young people, older people. Odds are they’ll also lose the Senate. Maybe even the House.”

    "This is dangerous hubris. In 2014, Republicans won their biggest House majority in Congress in almost a century, and most of the winners are every bit as conservative as the current candidates for president. Republicans also control 32 governorships, including deep-blue states like Maryland, Illinois, and Massachusetts. Under President Obama, Democrats have also lost more than 900 state legislative seats. Not to mention the current right-wing Republican majority on the Supreme Court.

    "Anyone who thinks the next election is going to be easy for Democrats and progressives is kidding themselves. Republicans are digging in -- with gerrymandered districts, voter ID laws, and every other possible means of keeping their congressional and state majorities, and taking the presidency. Even if Donald Trump gets the nomination, it’s going to be an uphill fight. Which means you and I and everyone we know who understands the damage being done by the extreme right -- and by the growing concentration of income, wealth, and political power in the hands of a very few -- will have to work like hell.

    "What do you think?"

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • Who else is voting for Hillary? Would like to take a poll here.

    Don't need any explanations. Just 'Yes, I'm voting for her" or "No, I'm not".

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • "Buried in the 2,000-page $1.8 trillion omnibus spending bill Congress just passed are two measures designed to stop campaign reform. (I've been keeping an eye on the bill, and the two were buried so deep I missed them completely. But you can bet Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell knew they were there):

    "(1) One prevents the Internal Revenue Service from moving ahead on new rules to curb the activities of nonprofit advocacy groups (so-called “social welfare organizations”) that don’t have to disclose their donors. This loophole is big enough for billionaires and big businesses to hide behind.

    "(2) The other measure stops the Securities and Exchange Commission from requiring corporations to disclose their campaign activities and spending to their own shareholders. Millions of investors and shareholder advocates have been pushing the SEC to take this step, on the grounds that shareholders have a right to know how their money is being spent on politics.

    "In light of these new restrictions, President Obama should issue an executive order requiring all corporations holding federal contracts to disclose their campaign activities. At the least, this would force about 20 percent of big businesses to reveal their political spending.

    "What do you think?"

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • "What current world leader displays the same bravado, bellicosity, exaggeration, xenophobia, disrespect for democratic values, and cult of personal strength as Donald Trump?

    "Vladimir Putin, of course.

    "So it didn’t surprise me to learn that Putin this morning offered high praise for Trump, during Putin’s annual news conference with reporters. "He is an outstanding and talented personality," said Putin, adding (with Trumpish flair) that Trump is "the absolute leader of the presidential race."

    "The warm feelings are apparently mutual. Trump has said that he would "get along very well" with Putin.
    And Americans would no doubt benefit from a Trump presidency about as much as Russians are benefitting from Putin’s.

    "What do you think?"

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • "Martin Shkreli -- the 32-year-old former hedge-fund manager and CEO of Turning Pharmaceuticals, who bought and then jacked up the price of 62-year-old critical drug used for newborns and HIV patients by more than 4,000 percent -- was arrested this morning. Not because of this greedy deal but because he allegedly defrauded investors at his hedge fund.

    "For such a young man, Shkreli has a long history of screwing other people. He lost all the money he managed at another hedge fund. He also owed Lehman Brothers $2.3 million related to his trading activities there. And just before he became CEO of Turning he was CEO of Retrophin Pharmaceuticals, whose board removed him because of misconduct and even filed suit against him, calling him “the paradigm faithless servant” by “using his control over Retrophin to enrich himself, and to pay off claims of hedge-fund investors (who he had defrauded).”
    Shkreli has always used the free market to justify himself. He defended his decision to raise the price of that old drug by saying “our shareholders expect us to make as much as money as possible.” But in reality he's always sought to make as much money as possible only for himself, no matter whom he harmed. Martin Shkreli is exactly where the new logic of greed and self-dealing leads.

    "What do you think?"

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • "A friend called this morning, apoplectic about Trump’s and Cruz’s rise in the polls. “Can you believe how dumb and bigoted the American people are?” he almost yelled over the phone.

    "I told him to calm down. “Most of the polls are of registered Republicans,” I explained. “Only 23 percent of American voters are registered Republicans, while 32 percent are Democrats, and almost everyone else describes themselves as Independent. As of yesterday, Trump was favored by 38 percent of registered Republicans, and Cruz by 14 percent. This means that only 8.7 percent of Americans favor Trump and 3.2 percent favor Cruz. Maybe they’re dumb and bigoted but this is hardly a sample of the American people.”

    “Thanks,” he said. “I needed that."

    "What do you think?"

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • Reply to

    Hillary Clinton

    by l82nite Dec 13, 2015 9:14 PM
    whyduyouask whyduyouask Dec 13, 2015 9:36 PM Flag

    The Jewelry was turned over to the government as required.

    Why are you lying and leaving out important information? To try to make Hillary look bad?

    Trying to blame Hillary Clinton isn't working.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • "An investigation by Pro Publica’ s Michael Gravell reveals the lengths Tyson Foods – one of the world’s largest chicken processors, whose workers are all-too-often hurt on the job – has gone to shred America’s system for compensating injured workers.

    "For example, the corporation decided Chris Godrey, the chief judge of the court that decides workplace injury disputes in Iowa, was too lenient in his rulings. So it backed Republican Terry Branstad for governor in 2010, hosting an event for him at its headquarters and arranging for him to garner the support of other large corporations. Within weeks of his victory, Branstad demanded Godfrey’s resignation. When Godfrey refused, Branstad cut Godfrey’s salary more than 30 percent.

    "Tyson Food’s strategy, pieced together from depositions and documents in a lawsuit Godfrey filed, is hardly limited to Iowa. Over the past 25 years, Tyson Foods has taken a lead in slashing workers’ comp around the nation.

    "In my view, Tyson Foods joins Walmart, Pfizer, Koch Industries, McDonalds, JPMorgan, AIG, and Monsanto in the Corporate Hall of Shame.

    "What do you think?"

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • "Dow Chemical Co. and DuPont Co. just announced they’re merging -- the largest merger ever in the chemicals industry, creating a giant that (along with Monsanto) will dominate herbicides and genetically modified seeds, and (along with Koch industries) will dominate plastics and specialty chemicals. The result will be higher profits, higher pay for top executives (Dow CEO Andrew Liveris becomes executive chairman of the new company, and DuPont CEO Ed Breen becomes CEO, both pictured below), and more political power.

    "The merger also means higher prices for you for food and a variety of other products. Crop prices continue to drop, so the only way these giant companies can increase earnings is by increasing their market power to raise prices (Monsanto is also on the prowl to buy a big ag or chemical company). That means more of your paycheck will be going to them, directly or indirectly.

    "Similar upward distributions are occurring all over the economy – pharmaceuticals, finance, Internet service, health insurance. If antitrust laws were still enforced, such mergers wouldn’t be allowed. But big corporations now have enough political power to squelch antitrust. The upward distributions from the bottom 99 percent to the top are far greater than the downward redistributions, through taxes and transfers, from the top 1 percent to the bottom 99 percent. But the upward distributions are hidden inside the market. We must bring back antitrust, break up concentrations of economic power, and reclaim our democracy.

    "What do you think?"

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

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