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Fundamentals Of The Economy Are Solid...Remember?

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Rand Clifford

September, 2008, a month that will live in infamy. A month where official purring about our economy’s solid fundamentals have erupted into official bayings about economic collapse. Financial markets are suddenly so choked with "toxic debt" that only a hasty trillion-dollar taxpayer Heimlich Maneuver "might" get credit flowing again.

Taxpayers just bled about $300 billion into the maw of the "the mess", bailing out Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, American International Group...and at week’s end the FDIC seized "The Friend of the Family", Washington Mutual (largest failure ever of a U.S. bank). All just drops in the bucket. But now, our Corporate Government wants to get it right with $700 billion more. Does the bucket even have a bottom?

Our budding High Priestess of Christian Fascism, Sarah Palin, told Katie Couric, anchor of CBS Evening News, that Senator John McCain would take the lead in reforming Wall Street—"...or we’ll find ourselves in another Great Depression." Of course Palin’s chief expertise is in international affairs (she HAS lived for years just across the Bering Strait from Russia), so she glazed over when asked for examples of how McCain would reform the banking industry—but rallied with, "I’ll try to find some and I’ll bring them to you." This was on Wednesday, an interview virtually ignored by mainstream corporate media because Palin came across so crudely like Sarah Palin, and it’s time to work even harder at hiding her.

After Congress proved what a very large problem we have by working right through weekend of the 20th and 21st on The Bailout, the week of headlines, and quotes in addition to Palin’s drove a lot of ink, if nothing else.

Some of last weeks choice headlines (reproduced as printed):

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Monday...Capitol Hill wants limits Draft bill targets CEO salaries

Tuesday...TALKS PROGRESS AMID ANXIETY MARKET PLUNGES AS ADMINISTRATION, CONGRESS TACKLE DETAILS OF BAILOUT

—ON MAIN STREET, LITTLE SYMPATHY FOR WALL STREET

Wednesday...Bailout proposal runs into outrage Cheney, others find bipartisan resistance

Thursday...Bush makes case for bailout President warns of "financial panic"

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Friday...Bailout talks break down Republicans rebel against price tag

Some of the week’s finer quotes include—remember, many of these people are barely weaned from the "...fundamentals of the economy are solid" mantra:

President Bush: "We’re in the midst of a serious financial crisis. Our entire economy is in danger. America could slip into a financial panic."

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Rand Clifford lives in Spokane, Washington. His novels and earlier essays can be found at http://www.starchiefpress.com/

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