Hey Bernanke, the FED hit snooze instead of putting out that ‘neighbors fire’ and now my house is burned too!

From Michelle Caruso-Cabrera:

Fed Chief Ben Bernanke used an analogy to justify President Obama’s housing plan even if it does promote “moral hazard” and reward people for poor behavior. He compared it with a neighbor whose house is on fire because he was smoking in bed.

Yes, smoking in bed is wrong, but you need to put out the fire, because if you don’t the whole neighborhood may go because the fire will spread.

I take issue with that analogy and so does a viewer, Kevin in Wilmington, Mass., who sent us this e-mail:

Problem: My neighbor was smoking in bed, his house did burn down, and half of my house was destroyed with it. The Fire Department hit the snooze button on the fire alarm several times, showed up late (house was fully engulfed and ready to collapse) and, had a squirt gun to fight the fire.

February 24, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , . Economy, Finance, Foreclosures, Housing, Obama Administration, Politics, Popular Culture, TARP, Uncategorized. 1 comment.

Video Update: Jindal responds to Obama ‘Cable Chatter’ comment..Scenes from the WH ‘Fiscal Responsibility Summit’…




rant on/ here we go: I agree with everything I have heard Barbour and Jindal say about the money they are rejecting in the stimulus.  It is unsustainable growth at a time when we need to get our fiscal act together. And spending billions expanding entitlements and rolling back the reforms in welfare Big Dawg made, then calling a lofty ‘summit’ on responsibility is just hypocrisy to the infinite power, but as a Hillary supporter, that doesn’t surprise me coming from Team Obama…

Haley Barbour and Bobby Jindal listen to speeches at Monday WH 'summit' AP Photo

Haley Barbour and Bobby Jindal listen to speeches at Monday WH 'summit' AP Photo

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February 23, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Economy, Finance, Foreclosures, Housing, Obama Administration, Politics, Popular Culture, Uncategorized. 2 comments.

Update: GOP Rep. turns down the WH….Monday: ‘Fiscal Responsibility’ Summit at WH…Social Security ‘reform’ and UHC on the menu….

The RSVPs aren’t all in the affirmative, not everyone wants their fingerprints on what Team Obama will no doubt later refer to as bipartisan work on the budget…
From Glen Thrush:

New York Republican Rep. John McHugh, the ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, has turned down Barack Obama’s invite to Monday’s fiscal responsibility summit, his office tells my colleague Alex Isenstadt.

The New York congressman emerged as a tough critic of the economic stimulus package passed by Congress last week.

What will Americans lose at the Summit?? Social Security benefits, retirement age? Health Care Treatment Choices?? Place your bets and takes yer chances!!

What will Americans lose at the Summit?? Social Security benefits, retirement age? Health Care Treatment Choices?? Place your bets and takes yer chances!!

Ain’t it grand?! After spending more money in less time than anyone in history, they hold a ‘Summit’ on Fiscal Responsibility!! Summit to sound like they climbed a mountain and are having a global meeting I guess, even though this isn’t the G20..It’s a bunch of ‘propeller heads’ who plan to tell US, the PEOPLE, how to live responsibly on what THEY give BACK after they TAKE our money …GRRRRRRRR…Stay away from my Social Security you ‘pragmatic’ number crunching Team of Zeroes…

Via Ben Smith:

The event is to include about 100 guests, and will begin with addresses by President Obama and Vice President Biden. It’s set to include members of both houses of Congress from both parties.

The opening session will be followed by “breakout” sessions of five topics: health, tax policy, Social Security, contracting and procurement, and the budget, each led by senior officials.

The budget director, Peter Orszag, will be leading the health breakout — a policy area on which he’s long focused, and one expected to be front and center in the budget.

Christina Romer and Larry Summers will lead the Social Security session; despite fears on the left, entitlement reform advocate Pete Peterson appears to have no formal role in the gathering. (MiM here no ‘formal’; role but he IS THERE RIGHT??? RIGHT!)

Pete Peterson already has an ad to push his SS ‘reform’ guess HE thinks he has input somehow huh? HOW LONG WILL HE TRY TO KILL SS?!?!?:

CIA director Leon Panetta will be present to — to talk about the budget, however, which he ran in the Clinton years, not about his current portfolio.

Full schedule after the jump.

WHAT: The White House Fiscal Summit

WHEN: Monday, February 23rd, 2009

12:30 PM – Event Call Time

1:00 PM – Program Begins

4:30 PM – Event Concludes

WHERE: The White House

The State Dining Room

*Specific information on arrival gates will be provided shortly.

FORMAT: Approximately 100 guests will gather at the White House to participate in a summit on fiscal issues. The group will be composed of the President and Vice President, Members of Congress, members of the Cabinet and senior Administration officials, and various other experts in the field. The group of Members will be bipartisan and bicameral.

Session 1: The President and Vice President will each deliver remarks in an opening session in the State Dining Room. Open press.

Session 2: Breakout discussion groups led by members of the Cabinet and senior Administration officials on key fiscal issues. Pooled press.

Session 3: Plenary discussion led by the President regarding results of the five breakout groups. Pooled press.

Breakout sessions.

Health: Orszag, Melody Barnes, Sec. Shinseki

Tax: Geithner, Volcker

Social Security: Romer, Summers

Contracting & Procurement: LaHood, Napolitano, Bill Lynn

Budget: Nabors, Panetta

February 20, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Cabinet, Economy, Finance, Healthcare, Obama Administration, Politics, Wall St. 3 comments.

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