The Company He Keeps


Major U.S. banks which instigated the financial crisis are set to pay out “record” bonuses and compensation — $145 billion by some estimates. State Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA), the Republican candidate running for the special U.S. Senate election next week, announced yesterday that he would oppose the recently announced financial crisis responsibility fee on large banks.

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(l to r:  Richard Gilder, Steve Forbes, Scott Brown, Dick Armey, Rudy Giuliani)

Brown’s defense of the financial industry has not been ignored by Wall Street. Wall Street’s two largest political enforcers are also out fighting to elect him:

The Wall Street front group FreedomWorks is mobilizing get out the vote efforts for Brown this weekend. FreedomWorks organized the very first tea party protests, and has used its extensive staff and resources to mobilize rallies and advocacy campaigns on behalf of corporate interests. Dick Armey, who as a corporate lobbyist represented AIG, Lehman Brothers, and Merrill Lynch during the bailout, is the leader of FreedomWorks. FreedomWorks is also funded and chaired by Steve Forbes and Frank Sands of Sands Capital Management.

The Wall Street front group Club for Growth is strongly “boosting” Brown and is expected to run ads in support for him. According to recent disclosures, the Club for Growth is funded by a $1.4 million dollar donation from investor Stephen Jacksons of Stephens Groups Inc, a $1.4 million dollar donation from broker Richard Gilder, and $210,000-$630,000 donations from at least 10 other investors and financial industry professionals. The Club is also supporting a slate of candidates to repeal health reform, while its other endorsed candidates have opposed a financial truth commission.

Wolves?  That means they have just one thing to fear…


From Slate (9/2/2008):

Sarah Palin, the governor of Alaska and John McCain’s vice presidential pick, is an enthusiastic hunter who has proposed legislation and cash incentives to encourage aerial wolf gunning, the controversial practice of shooting wolves from an aircraft.


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22 responses to “The Company He Keeps

  1. writechic

    A news friend of mine in Ohio says, Sen Voinovich will be targeted for 60th vote on health care reform bill if Brown wins in MA.

    But Democrats are asleep at the wheel.

    • this race is giving me a stomachache. i turn the volume down on the tv every time they talk about it. one of the retiring rethug senators should vote for the damned thing and go down in history as a hero. what do they have to lose?

      • maryyooch

        I’m a day late and a dollar short.
        The Urantian Sojourn has a great post up today about Brown and HCR. It could be the silver lining most of us are hoping for.
        A lot can be passes through reconciliation. If they get it started and Americans start to get relief, then there is no way the GOP will let it expire in five years. We all know they won’t cooperate or vote for it but they’ll take credit for it when people who get relief are thankful.
        There’s more than one way to go.
        Personally, I’d love to see the rethgs have to fillibuster it. What asses they wold make of themselves. Not that they’re not asses already. But I’d love to hear their excuses why it’s so bad for the Country. And Death Panels won’tfly anymore.

        • usojo is always one of my daily stops. i love the guys over there. from what i understand, they can pass the expansion of medicare to everyone 50 and up through reconciliation. they should do at least that. the rethugs will bitch and moan, but they will do so at their own peril, because it can happen immediately, and people will like it.

  2. ‘what do they have to lose?’

    An unblemished multiple-decade record of failure.


    This guy Brown sounds like a real piece of work.

    Why would a reasonably ‘Blue’ state even consider a throwback like this for anything other than shoveling elephant dung after the circus leaves town? Curious.


    • oh yeah, there’s that! 😉

      brown is a piece of work, and i can’t understand anyone voting for him, no matter how pissed off they are. from what i understand, even the hometown papers in the district he represents in the state senate are endorsing martha coakley. he’s on the wrong side of every issue.

      i’ll repeat what i’ve been saying pretty often lately–it’s time to disband the senate. just get rid of them. they accomplish very little and stand in the way of progress. if we can’t get rid of them, then the voting should be weighted so that a senator of a small state doesn’t have the same amount of power as one from a state with a large population.

      p.s. i hope everyone is clicking on your name so that they can see your awesome work at your site. then again, my work looks like crap compared to yours, so maybe they should just stay here.

      • Nonnie, I think you do splendid work. I always appreciate the attention to detail that you bring to your recontextualizations…It gives me hope for this racket that I have made a minor contribution to, over time.

        Frankly, I’m not very active right now, for a number of reasons – so those with an interest would do far better to remain within these environs and bask in the warmth that you provide.


        • you’re a sweetheart, darkblack, but if i would love to look over your shoulder as you’re working. of course, you’d probably smack me for my constant how’d you do that? how’d you do that? even if you’re not very active now, you’re pix are always a treat.

  3. We’ll know by this time tomorrow. Voter turnout will make it or break it. Would someone please get close enough to the Palin woman to check her sell-by date!

    • maybe we’ll know by tomorrow. if it’s close, there might have to be a recount. 😯 i don’t know if my nerves can take another one of those.

      as for princess, i’m not standing anywhere near her. what if the stoopit is catching?

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  5. If it’s Brown, flush it down!

  6. This is the election to fill Ted Kennedy’s seat?
    Are you kidding that this wingnut has a snowball’s chance in hell???

    I hope his pro Wall street stance turns out to be a nail in his political coffin.

    I love Neon Vincent’s slogan!

    Too bad it could not have been put on billboards & plastered on the TV ads.

    • i wish it was over with already. the good news is that there were long lines at the polling places. at least, i hope that’s good news. there’s so much bad about this guy, and the dems didn’t take advantage of everything about him that’s already on the record. i hope that this will be a lesson to dems everywhere else. don’t take anything for granted, and don’t let the rethugs define what any race is about.

  7. Strikes me as the short attention span culture that we’ve become falling prey to the lure of the noise machine’s sound bytes. People are pissed that Obama hasn’t built swimming pools in all their yards and given them CEO positions in one year. So teach him a lesson and go vote for Dick Cheney’s idealogical clone. This is yet another reason we need an Education Secretary who endorses critical thinking skills not test taking and union busting.

    • i think that the media had a hand in this, too. yes, coakley, from all reports, ran a lousy campaign. however, do people want someone who can come up with sound bytes and cute slogans or who has the right values? the media pounced on every coakley misstep and ignored scott brown until he started catching up. of course, he only caught up recently, so his bad press was too late to make a difference in the voting. the whole thing is giving me a friggin’ headache.

  8. Riddle:

    What’s the difference between Massachusetts and Texas?

    Nothing, anymore.

  9. maryyooch

    It seems as though Bush/Cheny/Rove and all the other fear mongers have dumbed down a majority of the country.
    Hopefully, they’ll pull themselves out of it. Shit, we’ve got a lot of work to do trying to educate the morons.

    • educate the morons reminds me of that robert heinlein quote:

      Never try to teach a pig to sing; it wastes your time and it annoys the pig.

      we should waste time. there are enough voters who don’t have to be reeducated, just motivated. dems are pissed off. we were promised the moon, and all we got is scott brown. 🙄