Tuesday Night Open Mic for March 9, 2010

Well, to say that I have found the discussions around unemployment to be interesting would be an understatement. I began with a simply premise, what can be done to fix unemployment insurance? I had hoped to get some input from folks on all sides of the issue. And I was not disappointed. Whta I have to now figure out how to refine is the way that it is all wrapped up and some conclusions are formed. There were several ideas out there and a lot of discussion around other parts. There were even some discussions around whether the system is broken in the first place. I look forward to any thoughts on how we might possibly be able to wrap any of it up or whether there is even a need to do so. But for now, we have open mic. Which means four random topics from me and others from you. First we touch on the madness that is Lindsay Lohan and frivolous lawsuits. Then some opinion on liberal mindsets, a democratic double standard on corporate money in politics, and finally bank regulation causing bank behavior which leads to more regulation….
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Too Big to Fail, or Too Easy to Control?

Uncle Sam ShhhI was reading an interesting article this evening on the Washington Post website. I had actually diverted there from another site, I don’t remember which, that was discussing the article and the facts around it. We all are fairly fed up with the bailouts that we have seen. The Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) was the only one that I even remotely understood as possibly being needed. That isn’t to say I approved, because I am not sure that it was needed (I would be interested in what some of our more economically inclined folks think about whether it was needed or even good). But, the government unfortunately does not seem to be too interested in my opinion about what they should or should not be doing these days (or the opinion of any other regular citizen for that matter). The bottom line is that they passed the TARP bill and President Bush signed it on into law. They blamed Bush for deregulating and allowing the madness to happen, despite the fact that both parties (and especially you Barney Frank) were fully responsible for what happened.
Nationalized Banks Happening the Round-About Way?