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Comment Archives: stories: News & Opinion: The Skinny

Re: “The Skinny

Dodd Frank? The two so named really say it all. Dodd received sweetheart loan deals from his friend at Countrywide.

http://www.nbcnews.com/id/25140560/ns/politics-capitol_hill/t/sens-conrad-dodd-got-special-mortgage-deals/#.WTnfsKrQe70

And Barney Frank?

"The reality is that Frank, the powerful chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, has been embroiled in two of the largest financial scandals in recent history. The first is the collapse of government-sponsored Fannie Mae and Freddie Mack, which triggered the nations financial crisis. Judicial Watch obtained internal government documents proving that members of Congress, including and perhaps especially Frank, were well aware that Fannie and Freddie were in deep trouble due to corruption and incompetence and yet they did nothing to stop it.

Judicial Watch also obtained internal documents from the Treasury Department that prove Frank helped steer $12 million in federal bailout funds to a Boston bank (OneUnited) that eventually got shut down by the government. Frank intervened on behalf of his equally corrupt friend, California Congresswoman Maxine Waters, who held shares in the failing bank that also listed her husband (Sidney Williams) as a board member."

http://www.judicialwatch.org/blog/2011/11/corruption-scandals-caught-barney-frank/

These are your " protectors?" How did this come to be?

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Posted by Dan Hyde on 06/08/2017 at 4:38 PM

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Wow, I didn't think I could detest this McSally creature even more, but after her "oh poor me" routine, I do. Yes Trump is an infantile imbecile who shouldn't be within light years of the WH, and we are now, to our detriment, seeing exactly why.....but this McSally creature lays all of the blame for her fear over her re-election at his feet.....never mind her "let's get this fucking thing done" attitude towards lopping tens of millions of people off of health insurance, and her overall general bs right wing stand on the issues.....such as with Dodd Frank. She is going down to defeat next year, along with scores of other scum bag Republicans, and yes some of that can be attributed to having an R after her name and standing by a very unpopular treasonous lunatic President, but much of it is because, well, she's just being her bitch self.

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Posted by Greg on 06/08/2017 at 2:51 PM

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Let's see how McSally votes on this: For those who don't know, the SPLC is the Southern Poverty Law Center

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FIGHTING HATE // TEACHING TOLERANCE // SEEKING JUSTICE
JUNE 7, 2017
Dear
This week the U.S. House of Representatives will likely vote on a bill that would strip away safeguards needed to stop predatory lenders from trapping low-income people in an endless cycle of poverty and debt.
The House is expected to pass this outrageous legislation.
But that doesnt mean the fight is over. Were monitoring this bill as it moves through Congress and will need your help.
The Financial CHOICE Act eliminates vital consumer protections in the Dodd-Frank law that was enacted after the 2008 financial crisis sent the country spiraling into one of the worst recessions ever.
Tucked inside the bill is a provision that short-circuits pending rules needed to rein in lenders who offer payday and car title loans. It even prohibits the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) from ever regulating this industry.
These loans trap millions of poor people across America in a nightmare of debt. Often, theyre people who just need a little money to buy food or pay a water bill. In some states, lenders get away with anything and are allowed to charge crippling interest rates like in Alabama, where interest on a payday loan is 456%.
Last year many of you submitted comments to the CFPB about these payday practices and urged the agency to enact commonsense regulations to protect the most vulnerable consumers. Now, the Financial CHOICE Act would prohibit the CFPB from regulating payday lenders. Its a giveaway to an industry that profits from the desperation of the poorest Americans.
Were not going to give up on this and neither should you.
Read more about the CHOICE Act and its implications for low-income communities, and get ready to take action with us against this bill.
The fight isnt over yet.
Sincerely,
Your friends at the SPLC"

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Posted by tiredofpc on 06/08/2017 at 1:03 PM

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A retired Army 18Z dear friend of mine died recently. Today would have been his birthday. He & others of his team worked with my old medical USAR unit here in Tucson, challenging us, convincing us to do things we might never have tried, showed us how to better take care of our troops and be better officers.
If he'd heard me whining like you, Col McSally, he'd have respectfully reminded me of the big picture, of what my job was & entailed, and "encouraged" me to get on with it. If that hadn't worked he'd have not so respectfully asked me to find my backbone, and get on with doing my job, stop whining, or get the hell out of the way and let someone willing to actually do the job get it done. Apparently you never had any great NCO's that helped "raise you" or you've forgotten their lessons! It's time you grew a spine again, & started representing your constituents, not just the "R" after your name.

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Posted by tiredofpc on 06/08/2017 at 12:54 PM

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McSally owes it to her constituents to state her positions on issues coming up for her vote, and to respect our opinions and input. These bankers are not her bosses -- we are. Although I'm not sure she believes that.

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Posted by Tres Chuchos on 06/08/2017 at 12:45 PM

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McSally sounds like a true introvert to me, like she really doesn't like the back and forth with constituents, "political theater" as she called it. However this is a big part of her job! This morning I noticed approvingly that she co-sponsored a bill against animal testing with Don Beyer of Virginia. Don Beyer was my Congressman in another life and he is fantastic at it! Maybe she could talk to him and get some tips on how to effectively communicate her positions to those of us who really want to know. Even if her constituents do not all agree, and she knows they won't, if she expresses her opinion lucidly and not just parroting the GOP talking points, she will gain the respect of her constituents.

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Posted by Alice C on 06/08/2017 at 12:44 PM

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I've voted for Democrats and Republicans. I voted for and supported Gabby Giffords even though we sometimes disagreed. I respected her because she would meet with her constituents, take our calls, discuss our issues, and explain her positions in advance of her votes. I'm stunned Rep. McSally doesn't think her positions on issues are open to public discussion! I was disappointed that she wouldn't even own up to her vote for Trump. She doesn't seem to have any convictions except that she will do anything she can to hold on to her seat, and certainly no courage of convictions. And she will not get a big lobbying job when she loses because she has proven herself to be both inarticulate and unconvincing.

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Posted by BuffCrone on 06/08/2017 at 12:29 PM

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Time to retire McSilly. Then you can spin some false reason you had to leave so you save fake credibility when you go to work for some lobbyist group. Think about it.

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Posted by OhNoKrazy6 on 06/08/2017 at 12:25 PM

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"There's just an element out there that's just, like, so against the president. Like they just can't see straight. And all of a sudden on January 20, I'm like his twin sister to them. And I'm, like, responsible for everything he does, and tweets and says."

Like, learn to, you know, like, use adult word to, like, explain yourself and, like, your total disregard and, like, contempt for all your constituents not just, like, you know, the R ones.

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Posted by sgsmith on 06/08/2017 at 11:46 AM

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I totally agree that as our representative Martha McSally should state her position, give the reasons for her position, and, if constituents are still concerned, address why she feels the concerns are unjustified or how the concerns will be addressed. Her district includes voters who are both liberal and conservative, her job is to give all of us her assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of legislation, so we can understand her position, even if in the end we may not agree. I expect a dialogue, information and honest communication from my representative. I'm not getting any of that from her, but there are others offering to do a better job.

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Posted by Independent in Cd2 on 06/08/2017 at 11:30 AM

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To blame the So-Called President for her lack of responsibility to her constituents is one reason she should not be in office. Even when she did have one town hall, she would argue with us about our concerns. She didn't really listen to us, she just thought we were being "mean" to her. We were frustrated and showed our frustration by continually asking her to answer our questions. She told out-of-district bankers Dodd-Frank is bad. Does she not understand it was put in place to protect her constituents? It appears not. And, it seemed she was indicating to the bankers that she will be voting to remove Dodd-Frank. What am I to conclude as a constituent? Well, my conclusion is that she cares only about her donors and nothing about her constituents, which is her job! Guess she needs a new job since she doesn't appear to like this one. I plan to help her out in 2018 by not voting for her.

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Posted by Bonnie H on 06/08/2017 at 10:20 AM

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I don't mean to be hyperbolic, but McSally and the Republicans want people like me to die. I have a pre-existing condition, and Obamacare saved my life. McSally is working to make sure me and people like me can't get insurance or lifesaving treatment -- all so millionaires and billionaires can get more tax cuts.

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Posted by Matt in AZ on 06/08/2017 at 10:19 AM

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Though I am liberal I understand that I live in a moderate area in a red state...I expect to compromise my ideals for the sake of representative democracy. We have THE most controversial President ever, and McSally chooses party over actual representation every day. Martha, we don't expect you to vote blue. We expect you to explain your position and vote what is best for your district. Charlie Verdin said it well last night at the RepresentMeAz forum, to the effect of "the representative's job is one of advocacy and communication both in Washington and at home." Leaders communicate where and why we are going. Politicians in the pocket of others act like McSally.

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Posted by Kodachrome on 06/08/2017 at 9:51 AM

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I need a different health care plan. Obama destroyed mine. And in case none of you have noticed, he left office with the world on fire and Iran monetarily enriched. Try a different news source.

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Posted by Patty G on 06/08/2017 at 9:43 AM

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How does McSally define her job? To "support and defend the Constitution," which she swore to do by her oath of office? Apparently not. To represent the interests of her constituents? Doesn't look like it. Maybe she could say she votes in her constituents' best interest whether they or not they realize what their best interest is? Not when she joins the rush to replace Obamacare before the CBO has a chance to evaluate the effect of the Republican bill on her constituents. Maybe . . . to survive the next primary?

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Posted by Ann Davis on 06/08/2017 at 9:26 AM

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So to test my understanding here: Martha McSally believes a congressional representative's job isn't to share her legislative views and a banker's job isn't to fill out paperwork.

Not big on reading job descriptions, is she?

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Posted by Janni on 06/08/2017 at 8:58 AM

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WRONG, B-: this has everything to do with you - take it personally. You are in trouble for your complete lack of a spine, lack of compassion, and total FAILURE to REPRESENT (or even meet with) your constituents. You are toast in 2018 and it's all on YOU!

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Posted by LaSyd on 06/08/2017 at 8:56 AM

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Why would Rep. McSally expect that the environment would NOT change on January 20th? President Obama, whatever anyone might think of his policies, did not flout the Constitution, ignore established ethics rules, and behave so as to make the U.S. a worldwide laughingstock. President Trump has already done all this and worse. For McSally to imply that January 20th would not be seen as a turning point is naive to an extreme, an extreme that renders it unbelievable in the context of her education and intelligence. In other words, her rhetoric here embodies a level of disingenuousness that's unbecoming and inappropriate for someone in her position.

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Posted by Steve Diamond on 06/08/2017 at 8:56 AM

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Who do the Democrats have to run against McSally? If there's nobody on the Democratic side with any credibility to run against her then this entire charade is moot.

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Posted by Beneal Good on 06/08/2017 at 8:52 AM

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Martha McSally has no one to blame but herself for her political collapse. Her constituents did not force her to walk the plank for Trump (in fact, we begged her not to). She treats her district like enemy territory. It is time to replace her and find someone who will truly represent us.

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Posted by Liz Oglesby on 06/08/2017 at 8:30 AM

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