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There is a real crisis out there. It has existed for a while. It has been spreading slowly as factory after factory has shut down, as the gap between rich and poor ballooned, as the rich found ways to get richer betting on exotic financial instruments with all the economic substance of a roulette wheel, as the middle class found it harder to pay for college, for health care, for gasoline.
But most of the anger we see and hear comes from people who are paid to be angry, on cue, on cable television–as opposed to people with actual grievacnes. Suddenly, the White House press corps goes barking mad over the AIG Bonuses. It is said that the bonuses are an aspect of the bust that the “public” can understand; in truth, the bonuses are an aspect of the bust that reporters can understand. Suddenly, the Obama Administration has a “crisis.” The President has to go on television and act as if he’s angry, even though he knows these bonuses are the tiniest outcropping of outrageousness. (I mean, AIG insured mortgage-backed instruments that any qualified CPA could have seen were as solid as a soap bubble and thereby came close to bringing down the world’s financial system–that’s outrageous.)
Originally posted by burdman30ott6
Amazing thing here... if you disagree with a large group of people, you try to pass off their opinion as "populist rage" and any high profile person who supports their positions gets painted as an "opportunistic charlitain," but if you agree with some group (ie: Bush haters judging from the OP's avatar), then the opinion has merit and any high profile person publically agreeing with you is "brave," "pioneering," and speaks "the truth" in your opinion.
It's called being a hypocrite and using ad-hominem attacks to discredit points of view you don't adopt or believe in. We all do it, yet we all loudly deny that we fall into these narrow minded clusters of humanity. It's quite fascinating to watch, actually.