I see working Americans scrimp, sacrifice, and save each day by the sweat of their brows. But then I also see rapacious government (at all levels, mind you) along with a handful of well-connected robber-barons, hand-in-hand...partying like it's...well...1999.
So how do us working shlubs get that gig? Oh, right, we have to sell our souls to fascist Democrat government lifers.
Yeah, that's right Democrat neo-liberals (and all you Bushies too, while I'm at it)...YOU. ARE. FASCISTS.
If you have any soul, repent now. Actively renounce head fascist Barack Obama. He is nothing but a song-and-dance showman for the greediest, most vile elements of our society. You are suckers if you honestly can still support this reprehensible charlatan.
Anyhoo....back to Goldman Sachs...Steve (with some help from Nancy) has connected many dots in the travesty that is our nation's treasury in the clutches of this despicably self-dealing entity.
Steve overlooked one dot, which says it all :
By Fredreka Schouten, USA TODAY
WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner picked a former Goldman Sachs lobbyist as a top aide Tuesday, the same day he announced rules aimed at reducing the role of lobbyists in agency decisions.
Mark Patterson will serve as Geithner's chief of staff at Treasury, which oversees the government's $700 billion financial bailout program. Goldman Sachs received $10 billion of that money.
Treasury spokeswoman Stephanie Cutter said Patterson "brings significant expertise to the job." Patterson, who left the investment bank in April, signed the administration's ethics pledge, which requires him to recuse himself from issues "directly and substantially related to my former employer."
Melanie Sloan, executive director of the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, said President Obama was retreating from his own ethics rules barring lobbyists from working on the issues they lobbied about during the previous two years. "It makes it appear that they are saying one thing and doing another," she said.
The White House waived the rules Friday for William Lynn, who lobbied for a defense contractor last year, to serve as deputy Defense secretary.
Geithner issued rules Tuesday to restrict lobbyists from contacting Treasury about bailout issues.
A USA TODAY review of Obama hires shows that 21 have registered as federal lobbyists, although most have not done so within the past two years. They include White House aide Cecilia Muñoz, who lobbied last year for the National Council of La Raza, and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, who lobbied in 2007 for a national teachers union.
White House spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki said Obama is following through on his commitment to operate under strict ethical standards.
Dave Wenhold, of the American League of Lobbyists, said lobbyists bring expertise to the job. "Just because you are registered to lobby doesn't mean that you are evil, " he said.