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NOTE: I started writing this post back in mid-December, but it’s been sitting in my Draft folder since then. I’m trying to clean out my Draft posts and blog bookmarks, so I’ll be posting some stuff that is a bit dated (but still relevant).
I used to have quite few friends who were Liberals. It seemed that, despite our political differences, we had enough other common interests, mutual respect and admiration to bridge that gap.
But that’s simply not true anymore. The very, very few remaining friends I have that are Liberals are really little more than acquaintances. And of those, I still consider them even that because I either 1) work with them and am thus am required to associated with them, or 2) I realize that they are such low-information voters, that they don’t really know what or why they believe they are Liberals, only that they think it’s the “right” or “cool” thing to do.
But I’m growing weary of even those in the later group.
The differences have simply become a gap much too wide to bridge.
And it’s not just that I don’t want to surround myself with “people with different opinions,” as I saw one of my Facebook acquaintances assert. Rather, I don’t want to surround myself with people with completely different moral and ethical values.
For instance — anybody who would vote for or support a corrupt imbecile like Maxine Waters being in the US Congress. Any party that would enable a woman like this to rise so high in political office…well, it’s beyond me. This woman, whom if it were not for the affirmative action, political correctness, and gerrymandered minority majority districts, would be an unemployed (and unemployable) welfare queen — is being handed the senior spot on the financial committee.
A woman who likely can’t balance a checkbook.
Via the Daily Beast:
This is really an extraordinary development. ‘Flabbergasting’ might be a more apt word. Leave aside the recent ethics investigation over whether she used her position on the committee to help a bank her husband was involved with (which ended with her chief of staff getting reprimanded). Maxine Waters reliably delivers the craziest questions and the most bizarre speeches on that committee, and tends to demonstrate a stunning lack of grasp of the committee’s core subject matter. Such as:
- Did you raise your credit card interest rates or cut credit limits after you received TARP money?
- Do you require people to be delinquent before you talk to them about modifying their mortgages?
- (To Ken Lewis of Bank of America): Have you offshored some of your loss mitigation specialists?
- Why did you pay yourself fees to accept TARP money?
The last question might arguably be relevant except that when Ken Lewis answered “I have no idea what you’re talking about”, it became fairly clear that Maxine Waters didn’t either; she seemed unable to rephrase the question or explain further. After an awkward moment where everyone, apparently including Maxine Waters, wondered what the hell Maxine Waters was trying to say, Vikram Pandit, the head of Citibank, had to offer a guess as to what she might be asking after: the underwriting fees that the banks had paid in order to issue some of the debt that they needed to boost their capital.
This is who the Democrats think should have the senior spot on the financial committee: someone who asks the head of State Street to raise his hand if they raised the interest rates on their consumer credit card business, of which they have none. Neither, of course, does Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, or Bank of New York.
One can never underestimate the value of a SOCIOLOGY degree from LA State college.