Ben Stormer

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  • Ben Stormer commented on the blog post Progressive Groups Were Had on Foreclosure Fraud

    2012-04-11 13:03:53View | Delete

    If the government and state AGs have agreed not to pursue large scale foreclosure fraud cases as part of the settlement, what exactly is there for any task force to undertake?

    I appears that the administration has ignored the complaints and focused instead on clearing bad loans from the banks books through sales of swaths of homes to the banks so that they can rent them back to homeowners. Loan modifications have gone nowhere. The goal of all concerned is to clear these homes while taking the smallest hit, or alternatively, sticking the government with the lion’s share of the losses.

  • Ben Stormer commented on the blog post What Inevitability Looks Like

    2012-04-04 14:59:23View | Delete

    You don’t have to accept anything. You are free to vote for whomever appears on your ballot outside the Republican party without guilt of any kind. Heck, you could even write in Rocky Anderson if your state allows for it.

  • Ben Stormer commented on the blog post What Inevitability Looks Like

    2012-04-04 13:05:12View | Delete

    I agree. However, this target is a tad more elusive than a more pigeon holed idea of a war hero or a tax-and-spender. While Obama did back off many campaign promises, people have projected upon him promises he never made. Moreover, while not accomplishing many of his stated goals, he paid lip service to each. I hardly think Rove will attack him for not closing Guantanamo, for example. I do not join many progressives in believing that this election will be easy. I suspect Rove & Co. will manage to make it an election eve nail-biter.

  • Ben Stormer commented on the blog post What Inevitability Looks Like

    2012-04-04 13:00:37View | Delete

    If there were no one to lust over, who would drug companies hire to sell their wares?

    Somehow I don’t think that’s what Jimmy Carter had in mind.

  • Ben Stormer commented on the blog post What Inevitability Looks Like

    2012-04-04 12:38:24View | Delete

    Where is the like button:)

  • Ben Stormer commented on the blog post What Inevitability Looks Like

    2012-04-04 12:37:46View | Delete

    Let’s hope his campaign team is better than his governing team.

  • Ben Stormer commented on the blog post What Inevitability Looks Like

    2012-04-04 12:29:16View | Delete

    I actually believe that Rick will stick around as long as he possibly can in an effort to build a narrative that after Romney loses in 2012, that in 2016 a true red conservative must be the nominee. He fell just short in 2012, but focusing on so-called electability was a mistake. He will have to mend some fences with the establishment, but he’ll certainly try his damnedest to do so.

  • Ben Stormer commented on the blog post What Inevitability Looks Like

    2012-04-04 12:26:51View | Delete

    Lusting in your heart is as bad as actually lusting.

  • Ben Stormer commented on the blog post What Inevitability Looks Like

    2012-04-04 12:17:18View | Delete

    Grover Norquist has cornered the market on pledges. He’s a pledgeopolist.

  • Ben Stormer commented on the blog post What Inevitability Looks Like

    2012-04-04 12:15:55View | Delete
  • Apple could reach $1 trillion in market cap if they could write and release an App to disable law enforcement tracking of iPhones.

  • Ben Stormer commented on the blog post More JOBS Act Deregulatory Measures Found

    2012-04-02 14:48:28View | Delete

    The bill will be hailed by the administration as an important job creating effort with bipartisan support during the campaign. I am sure he is well aware of what the bill actually contains. But he couldn’t afford to be seen as firing year another round at the “job creators,” especially emerging and so-called small business job creators during an election year.

  • Didn’t Eisenhower warn of the Banking Gormandizing Complex?

  • For the love of God. It would be a surprise if any of this surprised me anymore. If he is reelected, he must replace each and every adviser and member of the finance cabinet: Geithner first and foremost. Each of the home programs was poorly structured: HAMP and HARP. Neither forces any bank to actually do anything, and allows the banks to set much of the terms. The UAW was raked over the coals in return for funding for GM and Chrysler, while the banks receive funding with no givebacks. Not a bad business model if you ask me.

  • While I disagree with many progressives that no compromise is ever acceptable in the face of intransigence, there simply can not be any compromise on Medicare and Social Security insofar as eligibility age and cost of living increases are concerned. First, most every impartial economist agrees that using the CPI-W more fairly adjusts SSI payments than other measures being proposed by either party’s leadership. Maintaining SSI and Medicare as is or improving its efficiency and underlying funding should be a priority for Democrats, but diminishing the safety net as an element of negotiation for something pushed solely by conservatives and not based upon sound economics is not acceptable.

    How about a conversation about balance of payment deficits, the real deficit 5000 pound elephant. The budget deficit is a complete fanciful straw man concocted by and exacerbated by conservatives who wish to cut funding for the very programs that Obama held out as concessions in an effort to engage in some ridiculous deficit slashing.

  • Ben Stormer commented on the blog post SEC, Citi Poised for Victory in Overturning Rakoff Ruling

    2012-03-16 23:16:20View | Delete

    Precisely, which is why the court is simply following accepted practice and precedent. The SEC and whomever is directing its actions are to blame. The court can not be asked to throw out the settlement because the SEC made a poor decision. At least not based upon that facts in this case.

  • I do indeed, but I also believe that it is important to know what exactly he would be defending with politispeak. Do you agree?

  • Ben Stormer commented on the blog post After Spending Big Romney Maintains Small Lead in Illinois

    2012-03-16 10:20:17View | Delete

    Here we have a fine illustration of a major problem with the Citizens United decision. While much ink is being spent discussing the financial drain on the Romney campaign created by Santorum and Gingrich remaining in the race, once Romney locks up the nomination, there will be no long term detriment to his general election expenditures against President Obama. The Koch Brothers and others will easily raise and contribute more money than the Obama campaign and its Super PAC will raise combined, distorting the natural order of things. Romney should feel free to bludgeon Santorum to his heart’s content without fear of cash shortfalls come September-November.The money story is a non-story.

  • The Obama administration could go a long way in assuaging progressives like myself by simply complying with many of the widely publicized FOIA requests and then backing up its legal reasoning in a public forum. If it has a sound albeit disturbing legal basis for much of its intelligence gathering under the Patriot Act and Section 215 specifically, it should harbor no fear in defending it.

  • Ben Stormer commented on the blog post Ally Comes Crawling Back to Massachusetts

    2012-03-15 15:18:22View | Delete

    Detroit makes a comeback again – well – sort of. It’s largest bank is open for business. Congratulations to Ally and a heartfelt thank you to all those who made it possible for insolvent banks to right themselves at our expense.

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