Every last penny

 Posted by at 15:18  economy, Politics
Jan 142010

President Obama proposes the Financial Crisis Responsibility Fee:

“My commitment is to recover every single dime the American people are owed. And my determination to achieve this goal is only heightened when I see reports of massive profits and obscene bonuses at some of the very firms who owe their continued existence to the American people — folks who have not been made whole, and who continue to face real hardship in this recession.

We want our money back, and we’re going to get it. And that’s why I’m proposing a Financial Crisis Responsibility Fee to be imposed on major financial firms until the American people are fully compensated for the extraordinary assistance they provided to Wall Street. If these companies are in good enough shape to afford massive bonuses, they are surely in good enough shape to afford paying back every penny to taxpayers.”

Complete transcript following the break.

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The Devil in Pat

 Posted by at 10:47  Religion
Jan 142010

Pat Robertson is the billionaire televangelist (host of The 700 Club) who stated that God allowed the attacks of September 11, 2001 to happen in the United States because of a decline in morality in this country. He specifically blamed it on gays and prostitutes. He also said that God sent Hurricane Katrina to wipe the city of New Orleans clean of sin. Now he is claiming that the devastating earthquake in Haiti this week occurred because the early Haitians made a pact with Satan to free them from the French. Watch:

PAT ROBERTSON: And, you know, Kristi, something happened a long time ago in Haiti, and people might not want to talk about it. They were under the heel of the French. You know, Napoleon III and whatever. And they got together and swore a pact to the devil. They said, “We will serve you if you will get us free from the French.” True story. And so, the devil said, “OK, it’s a deal.”

And they kicked the French out. You know, the Haitians revolted and got themselves free. But ever since, they have been cursed by one thing after the other. Desperately poor. That island of Hispaniola is one island. It’s cut down the middle. On the one side is Haiti; on the other side is the Dominican Republic. Dominican Republic is prosperous, healthy, full of resorts, et cetera. Haiti is in desperate poverty. Same island. They need to have and we need to pray for them a great turning to God. And out of this tragedy, I’m optimistic something good may come. But right now, we’re helping the suffering people, and the suffering is unimaginable.

KRISTI WATTS (co-host): Absolutely, Pat.

If you are in any way supporting this madman (donations, sponsorship of his programs, whatever) you need to stop now. Right now. This very instant. This type of insanity has to cease in the United States of America. It simply has to.