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President Obama taking orders from Michael Moore? (Part 2 of series “What is the cause of the U.S. credit downgrade?”)

Still of Alan Alda, John Candy, Kevin Pollak, Rip Torn, Michael Moore and Rhea Perlman in Canadian Bacon

7 January 2011
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Still of Alan Alda, John Candy, Kevin Pollak, Rip Torn, Michael Moore and Rhea Perlman in Canadian Bacon

Michael Moore is a liberal movie director and his films have been pitiful. However, I did enjoy the movie “Canadian Bacon” which was very funny. Above is a clip from that movie.

Liberal firebrand Michael Moore called on President Obama to respond to the U.S. credit downgrade by arresting the leaders of the credit-ratings agencies.

On his Twitter feed Monday, the Oscar-winning film director also blamed the 2008 economic collapse on Standard & Poor’s — apparently because it and other credit-ratings agencies did not downgrade mortgage-based bonds, which encouraged the housing bubble and let it spread throughout the economy.

“Pres Obama, show some guts & arrest the CEO of Standard & Poors. These criminals brought down the economy in 2008& now they will do it again,” Mr. Moore wrote.

Standard & Poor’s, one of three key debt agencies, stripped the U.S. federal government of its AAA status Friday night and reduced it to AA+ for the first time in the nation’s history.

Now I read this story that just came out at 10:30pm CST on August 17th that evidently President Obama thinks that he better get to marching to Michael Moore’s orders!!!!

The Associated Press reported:

 The Justice Department is investigating whether the Standard & Poor’s credit ratings agency improperly rated dozens of mortgage securities in the years leading up to the financial crisis, The New York Times reported Wednesday.

The investigation began before Standard & Poor’s cut the United States’ AAA credit rating this month, but it’s likely to add to the political firestorm created by the downgrade, the newspaper said. Some government officials have since questioned the agency’s secretive process, its credibility and the competence of its analysts, claiming to have found an error in its debt calculations.

The Times cites two people interviewed by the government and another briefed on such interviews as its sources. According to people with knowledge of the interviews, the Justice Department has been asking about instances in which the company’s analysts wanted to award lower ratings on mortgage bonds but may have been overruled by other S&P business managers.

If the government finds enough evidence to support a case, it could undercut S&P’s longstanding claim that its analysts act independently from business concerns. The newspaper said it was unclear whether the Justice Department investigation involves the other two major ratings agencies, Moody’s and Fitch, or only S&P.

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I don’t think that Standard and Poors did anything wrong and I think they would have been wrong if they did not act because of all the political pressure they were receiving from the Obama administration. My views are much closer to those below.

Ron and Rand Paul say downgrade is fault of Washington, not Tea Party
CBS ^ | Lucy Madison

Posted on Monday, August 08, 2011 9:02:27 PM by dragnet2

Rep. Ron Paul, R-Tex., and his son, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., both blasted Tea Party critics on Monday for suggesting that the conservative movement with which they’re both linked may have had something to do with America’s recent credit downgrade by the ratings agency Standard & Poor’s.

The elder Paul, a longtime lawmaker, staunch libertarian, and presidential candidate, decried the allegations as an “attempt to scapegoat” Tea Party lawmakers. He pinned the downgrade on the Washington establishment.

“This attempt to scapegoat folks who recognize that our debt is out of control and that we must change course should not be tolerated,” he said in a Monday statement. “They are simply demanding that Washington do its job.”

He continued: “We were downgraded because of years of reckless spending, not because concerned Americans demanded we get our finances in order.

The Washington establishment has spent us into near default and now a downgrade, and here they are again trying to escape responsibility for their negligence in handling the economy.”

In a Sunday appearance on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod pinned responsibility for America’s recent downgrade – arguing that the group’s political “brinksmanship” during debt ceiling negotiations “brought us to the brink of a default.”

“The fact of the matter is that this is essentially a Tea Party downgrade,” Axelrod declared.

Former presidential candidate Howard Dean, also speaking on “Face the Nation,” argued that the “radical right” had essentially scared mainstream Republicans off of voting for a debt limit package that could have included tax increases – and staved off the ratings dip.

Dean said the American people are there, the Democrats are there, a lot of reasonable Republicans are there, but they are terrified of these right wing splinter groups, the radical right, because they are so powerful in the primaries.”

Rand Paul, the first-term Kentucky Senator who was elected in 2010 with the support of the Tea Party, argued that blaming the movement for America’s economic woes was like “blaming the fireman for fires “he said in a statement. “The Tea Party has been fighting for a serious solution that would rescue our finances through immediate spending cuts, spending caps and most importantly, a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution.”

“While Democrats would like to lay blame on the Tea Party for the current economic failure, it is their President who has failed in leadership, failed to lower unemployment, failed to rescue our economy, failed to prevent a downgrade of our debt, and failed to control spending,” he added.

The Dow Jones industrial fell 634.76 points on Monday, as anxiety plagued Wall Street on the first trading day since Standard & Poor’s downgraded American debt. The drop is the sixth worst point decline for the Dow in the last 112 years. Every stock in the S&P’s 500 index declined Monday.

Ron Paul: S&P Downgraded US Credit Rating… The Day Of Reckoning Is Coming

What is the cause of the U.S. credit downgrade? (Part 1)

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What is the cause of the U.S. credit downgrade? (Part 1)

 
Still of Alan Alda, John Candy, Kevin Pollak, Rip Torn, Michael Moore and Rhea Perlman in Canadian Bacon

7 January 2011
© 1995 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Still of Alan Alda, John Candy, Kevin Pollak, Rip Torn, Michael Moore and Rhea Perlman in Canadian Bacon

Michael Moore is a liberal movie director and his films have been pitiful. However, I did enjoy the movie “Canadian Bacon” which was very funny. Above is a clip from that movie.

Liberal firebrand Michael Moore called on President Obama to respond to the U.S. credit downgrade by arresting the leaders of the credit-ratings agencies.

On his Twitter feed Monday, the Oscar-winning film director also blamed the 2008 economic collapse on Standard & Poor’s — apparently because it and other credit-ratings agencies did not downgrade mortgage-based bonds, which encouraged the housing bubble and let it spread throughout the economy.

“Pres Obama, show some guts & arrest the CEO of Standard & Poors. These criminals brought down the economy in 2008& now they will do it again,” Mr. Moore wrote.

Standard & Poor’s, one of three key debt agencies, stripped the U.S. federal government of its AAA status Friday night and reduced it to AA+ for the first time in the nation’s history.

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I don’t think that Standard and Poors did anything wrong and I think they would have been wrong if they did not act because of all the political pressure they were receiving from the Obama administration. My views are much closer to those below.

GOPers Romney, Bachmann, Huntsman, Santorum blame President Obama on S&P credit downgrade

BY Aliyah Shahid
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER

Saturday, August 6th 2011, 12:10 PM

The GOP‘s cadre of anti-Obama presidential candidates are hammering their nemesis for the first credit downgrade in U.S. history.Late Friday night, following months of bruising, rancorous debate in Washington over the debt ceiling and America’s future deficit, the credit ratings agency Standard & Poor’s downgraded the country’s sterling AAA credit rating to AA+. The other two major ratings agencies — Moody’sand Fitch — maintained the nation’s AAA rating.”America’s creditworthiness just became the latest casualty in President Obama‘s failed record of leadership on the economy,” said former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in a statement.

“Standard & Poor’s rating downgrade is a deeply troubling indicator of our country’s decline under President Obama. His failed policies have led to high unemployment, skyrocketing deficits, and now, the unprecedented loss of our nation’s prized AAA credit rating.”

The Obama administration slammed the credibility of the analysis S&P used to downgrade the nation’s credit rating, insisting there was a $2 trillion error in S&P’s calculations. The ratings agency conceded the error, but did not alter its conclusion.

Tea Party darling Rep. Michele Bachmann — who voted against the debt-ceiling deal — also laid into Obama, declaring that the “President has destroyed the credit rating of the United States.”

She even went as far as calling for the resignation of Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner.

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman described the downgrade as a result of a “lack of leadership in Washington,” adding that “for far too long we have let reckless government spending go unchecked and the cancerous debt afflicting our nation has spread.”

And ex-Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum blamed Obama for not taking more responsibility.

“I understand the U.S. Treasury is going back to Standard and Poor’s to say that a two trillion dollar mathematical error by S&P contributed to the downgrade,” he said. “So, in addition to blaming President Bush for all of its problems, now the White Houseis blaming S&P – but this happened on the President’s watch – and he has to deal with it.”