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September 17, 2014

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Letter to the editor:

Sen. Paul’s words lack ring of truth

I seldom agreed with Ron Paul, but I always knew what he was saying.

Certainly can’t say the same for his son. In his interview with the Sun, the senator from Kentucky blames the federal government (naturally) for the foreclosure crisis and the high unemployment rate.

When asked what the federal government can do to help with the economic recovery, he gives us this gem: “Another thing the federal government can do is make sure banks treat people honestly.”

I guess that passes for insight and fresh thinking in Mr. Paul’s mind. But there’s no doubt in my mind that he’d vote against any bill that the Senate tried to pass to “make sure banks treat people honestly.” Just another empty suit spouting cliches but wanting to be president. Please!

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  1. What does it say when a Senator like Rand Paul speaks the simple and obvious truth and has his words and motives impugned for doing so.

    Carmine D

  2. "What does it say when a Senator like Rand Paul speaks the simple and obvious truth"?

    I guess it is meant to appeal to simple and obvious listeners.

  3. Jim:

    Not quite, although funny in a simpleton way. It shows that Americans have been lied to so often in recent times by our elected leaders, that they [Americans] don't believe and accept the truth even when they hear it loud and clear. It's called distrust in and lack of credibility for Government. I can rattle off the recent list of high level scandals by Government, but since you post here daily you should know them all by heart now.

    Carmine D

  4. What some of our leaders will say and do to get elected or re-elected is amazing.The voter's are catching on to all the lies from both sides.The politicians will wake up one day ,or will they ever ?

  5. It's not the politicians who must wake up, it's the voters. They are the ones who vote them in without examining their experience, qualifications or intentions. That's one reason why we have a Commie-lite in the Oval Office. Others are black pride & white guilt. All have contributed the decline we see around us. As for Rand Paul, he is correct in putting the responsibility where it rightly belongs. The meltdown was largely caused by Chris Dodd, chairman of the Senate banking committe and his counterpart in the House, Barney Frank. They blackmailed financial institutions into makes spurious loans; loans that most knew could and would never be repaid. Now the two scumbags are retired and living high off the hog, financed by enormous pensions that we, the taxpayers and suckers, can only imagine. If there were justice, the two low-lives would be in jail for the extortion racket they pulled!

  6. You right wingers will forever blame progressives, liberals and Democrats while turning a blind eye to the "royal ruby rod" being inserted. Banks and corporations rely on your devisiveness, stupidity and ignorance to break down communications, disallowing any understanding to be sought. Chris Dodd and Barney Frank had nothing to do with banks on Wall St. putting the screws to us all when they jacked up interest rates on credit cards, student loans and sold bundled deals of garbage to other banks causing some of them to fail.

    It was unabated greed that caused every recession and depression this country experienced and I challenge any of you clowns to prove otherwise.

  7. rusty57 - "VB, Bwaney Frank declared Freddie and Fannie "fiscally sound" as late as spring of 2008."

    Future - "SO WHO WAS IT THAT WROTE AND PASSED DODD FRANK IF NOT YOU"

    And still you both deny banking GREED and Wall St. wasn't the cause our economy to collapse. It will happen again because people like yourselves ignore reality and the consequences of greed. True the repeal of Glass Steagall was enacted under Clinton. A law written by Phil Gramm and two other Republicans (Leach, Bliley) in a Congress divided by Newt Gingrich and the NeoCons. If people tried to reenact the Glass Steagall law and rein in greed you'd argue against that as government take over or some other assinine comment.

  8. It's sad that so many of us just will not see the 'whole' picture.

    Was greed by Wall Street, Banks, Mortgage Lenders, Escrow Companies, Realtors and others a part of the housing crisis? YES, YES and YES again...

    Were people running Freddie and Fanny also greedy and not doing their jobs? YES, YES and YES.

    Was the decision to end Glass Stegall, passed by Congress and signed by President Clinton a bad move? YES, YES and YES.

    Was the relaxation of lending standards pushed by Democrats in Congress and approved by a Republican President a bad idea? YES, YES and YES.

    Were the people in Congress that said the housing market was fine just before the crash just wrong? YES, YES and YES.

    Instead of foolishly 'picking' a side to blame, which almost all who write here do, try asking yourself 'why' Congress lowered lending standards, 'why' Glass Stegall was abolished, 'why' a deteriorating situation at Fanny and Freddie was ignored, 'why' the obvious greed by so many was allowed to continue...

    The answer is NOT.... it's the Democrats or it's the Republicans. THE ANSWER IS THAT ALL THIS AND MORE HAPPENS BECAUSE WE TIE BEING ELECTED AND RE-ELECTED IN CONGRESS TO A REQUIREMENT FOR BIG MONEY TO RUN CAMPAIGNS AND THEN WE MAKE SURE THE 'ONLY' PLACE FOR OUR REPRESENTATIVES TO GET THAT MONEY IS FROM THE WEALTHY AND POWERFUL INDIVIDUALS AND GROUPS THAT 'WANT' LEGISLATION THAT BENEFITS 'THEM' !

    WAKE UP! WE ARE BEING HAD! PUBLIC FINANCING OF CONGRESSIONAL CAMPAIGNS...

    Many of you state loudly that you are tired of hearing me write the same thing over and over again. Well, I'll just say to you that I am even more tired of hearing those of you on the left blaming the right and those of you on the right blaming the left. For crying out loud.... get a fricking clue...

    Michael

  9. TrueAmericanPatriot,

    Former President Bush and the Congresses of that time did and did not do many things that hurt the economy. That cannot be denied. Unfortunately, we still elect Congress the same old way.... by allowing the wealthy and powerful groups to fund Congressional campaigns and both parties to ensure they get the legislation they want passed. This will ensure a slow economy and a weak recovery, which is what we have. Both former President Bush and President Obama had and have to work with Congresses that are 'owned' by the wealthy and powerful. Until that changes, NO President will be able to make the changes that really need to be made. That also is just a fact.

    Michael