Comments on: No Laughing Matter Insights behind the investment headlines Wed, 16 Nov 2016 21:43:49 +0000 hourly 1 By: Dave Thu, 02 Oct 2008 01:30:29 +0000 I read his comments. It takes a lot more Guts than ego to publish the truth, when most of the World would rather bury their heads in the sand. The two major parties in the U.S. had better get theirs out of the sand, and correct the mess they’ve made. History has shown what can happen… Remember the Flag with the phrase “Don’t Tread on Me”.

By: Matthew Thu, 02 Oct 2008 00:36:32 +0000 Does OK Jack actually think that anybody is going to read his contribution? I wish I had a bank balance as big as his ego…

By: OK Jack Wed, 01 Oct 2008 20:48:45 +0000 A brief 5-minute non-laughing survey of the stock market (NYSE) reveals that American wealth (as measured by the Dow Jones Industrial Average, i.e., “the Dow”) grew 147% during the 8 years of the Reagan administration (1981-1989).

Wow, you may say.

During the Clinton administration’s 8 years (1993-2001), however, the growth in the Dow was an incredible 227%, Mr. & Mrs. Reader!

Now, let’s look at the two Bush administrations, i.e., the father’s 4 years (1989-1993) and the son’s almost 8 years (2001 to 10-1-2008 at this very moment in history).

Mr. Bush the father presided over a modest 40% growth in the Dow up until the day Mr. Clinton was inaugurated in January 1993. So, if one were to combine the Reagan and Bush years…the growth in the Dow was 246%. In other words, Mr. Reagan (president) and Mr. Bush (VP & then Mr. Reagan’s successor) presided over a mere 19% more growth in the Dow than did Mr. Clinton (i.e., 246% Reagan/Bush over 12 years – 227% Clinton during 8 years = 19%).

As for Mr. Bush the son…well…he has managed to write himself into Dow History, and just about every other history book as well!

Between his inauguration in January 2001 (having inherited an annual budget surplus from Mr. Clinton)…the Harvard MBA holder, Mr. George Walker Bush, presided over 0% (yes, zero percent) growth in the Dow over 8 years until today!

Not only that, Mr. Bush (the son) managed to preside over a 23% decline in the Dow just over the past 12 months alone!

Do you remember the annual budget surplus that Mr. Bush inherited from Mr. Clinton?

After the much discussed $700 Billion bailout is passed and signed into law by Mr. Bush tomorrow or Friday (the Senate vote is tonight)…the federal budget SUPER DEFICIT for Fiscal Year 2009 (which begins today) will be somewhere in the neighborhood of some $1.5 TRILLION…$1 Trillion of that red ink consisting of Wall Street & Banking bailouts for American & foreign Privileged Class $Millionaires & Super Privileged Class $Billionaires!

Yes of course, if you have a 401(k), IRA or a pension fund invested on Wall Street, you have been suffering large losses. However, it is $Millionaires & $Billionaires (& Pennsylvania Avenue Non-Regulators) who have caused your losses, not Wall Street in and of itself…and certainly NOT you. Manipulating your investments in stock & bond mutual funds, and trading in extremely high risk mortgage backed securities by greedy American and foreign $Millionaires & $Billionaires…well…that is not your fault! So don’t go on the guilt trip these extremely wealthy people would like for you to engage in.

$1.5 Trillion is the largest annual budget deficit in global history!

Think about that for a moment, Mr. & Mrs. Middle Class & Working Class Reader & Taxpayer.

However, think about this more. There is an extremely important provision missing from the Wall Street & Banking bailout bill about to be enacted into law by the $Millionaire members of the House of Representatives, the Senate and a $Millionaire president.

That missing provision is a federal tax SURCHARGE and top marginal federal tax rate INCREASE(personal/corporate/capital gains) on $Millionaires & $Billionaires to pay back to YOU the $700 Billion (and the other $300 Billion that has also been expended from the U.S. Treasury & Federal Reserve Bank for Wall Street & Banking bailouts during the last month or so).

OK Jack

P.S. In addition to the Clinton budget surplus…do you also remember Vice President Gore…who would have continued a good thing, i.e., the Clinton economic policies of 1) pay-as-you-go 2) paying down the national debt & 3) no longer borrowing from the Social Security trust fund? Yes, that Mr. Gore…the guy who both won & then somehow lost the 2000 presidential election by a mere 4 electoral votes. You may recall that Mr. Gore was denied Florida’s 25 electoral votes (21 more than he needed to win) by 1 single, solitary U.S. Supreme Court judge in a 5-to-4 decision that also denied the Florida Supreme Court and Florida’s Legislature the Constitutional right to establish and interpret Florida’s election laws. When Messrs. Bush/Cheney didn’t like the way things were going, Mr. Bush’s legal team went directly to a U.S. Supreme Court that was stacked in his favor, thereby thumbing his nose at the Constitutional rights of the people of the state of Florida.