Just a heads up on the new “villain”

I heard this term used three times today.  Once meant nothing, twice, maybe a coincidence, but three times, from three different speakers, begins to sound like a new “talking point”.

After Standard & Poor’s lowered our government’s credit rating Friday, the blame was pointed directly at Standard & Poor’s.  When that didn’t seem to fly, the blame shifted to the Tea Party.

Oh, sure.  Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D. Ca.) called the Tea Party, not a grass roots movement, but AstroTurf.  AstroTurf caused the downgrade?  I must have missed the part in the Constitution giving AstroTurf the power to borrow and spend money.

Now that this concept doesn’t seem to be getting much traction, the new villain is…”the robber barons”.

When that won’t work, and it won’t, perhaps those in Washington will figure out what Pogo(c) did…”we have met the enemy, and he is us”. 

Once that happens, we will get real “hope and change” in this country. 

The problem, pure and simple, is Washington.


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The Sound Off Sister was an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and special trial attorney for the Department of Justice, Criminal Division; a partner in the Florida law firm of Shutts & Bowen, and an adjunct professor at the University of Miami, School of Law. The Sound Off Sister offers frequent commentary concerning legislation making its way through Congress, including the health reform legislation passed in early 2010.


  1. Tim-in-Alabama on August 8, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    Wow, robber barons. Who would have thought the Democrat fat cats on Wall Street would be blamed by their fellow Democrats?

    • PatRiot on August 8, 2011 at 9:56 pm

      There are those of us who realize that there are fats cats of both parties, but not many.? Pelosi is pandering to whom she considers to be her uneducated constituents.? Hoping they will believe she is talking about those rich?Republicans.
      She has no qualms about throwing anyone under the bus so that she can win – even those devout big benefactors.?
      And that speaks loudly about how she, and most of DC, feels about the American public.
      This attitude is the root of the problem.

  2. Shock and Awe on August 8, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    SOS I got news that should be an honor to you. ?I posted your article about that small town going bankrupt (https://radioviceonline.com/government-employees-think-about-this/) along with Dims’ post on who is responsible for the debt, and this comment (https://radioviceonline.com/responsibility-for-the-national-debt-part-deux-control-of-the-purse-strings-of-congress-is-the-real-determinant/) and with this comment, “As this story clearly explains, SPENDING and ENTITLEMENTS are the problem, not revenue. When S&P downgraded us, they talked about the inability to make cuts, and the inability to reform entitlements as reason for the downgrade. They barely mentioned anything about revenue. It was stated as a thing that was going on, not a cause for the downgrade?<span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #333333; font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 11px;…

  3. Dimsdale on August 8, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    ?I thought Rush’s “Obamageddon” and “Barackalypse Now” were far more catchy.
    And apropos.

  4. PatRiot on August 8, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    AMEN SOS !!
    And I do pray they will see the error of their ways.?
    Yet an addict is reluctant to admit they have a problem.??Especially when their enablers keep DC’s?spending habit fed with tax dollars.?
    And yet I wonder – If DC had shown some guts,?resolved to fix the problem and had their spin machine sate that we were taking a stong stance? – would the market have responded positively??
    OR?? Is the market trying to manipulate the US gov’t and following a script REGARDLESS of how the US handled the debt ceiling?
    I mean – Jefferson did tell us not to let the?bankers take over.

  5. crystal4 on August 9, 2011 at 7:09 am

    Just got the tweet of the day: “This congress has secured it’s place as the worst in history”.

    • Dimsdale on August 9, 2011 at 8:58 am

      “This Congress” is composed of the House and the Senate.? Don’t get all tweety over this!
      When does the tweet saying “?bama has secured his place as the worst president alive or dead” come?? It shouldn’t be long….

    • crystal4 on August 9, 2011 at 11:50 am

      Yep, a pox on both their houses (for caving to the threats of a handful of nutjobs).!

    • GdavidH on August 9, 2011 at 12:14 pm

      This is for Crystal….

      ?You reluctantly give your credit card to your crazy uncle to buy milk for the kids and medicine for your mom. Your uncle goes to the store, buys those things plus some lottery tickets for the neighborhood homeless folks. On the way home he stops at the casino and runs?your credit card up to it’s limit, so he decides to leave. When he gets home, he gives you the milk and medicine?and asks for another credit card.

      ? You tell him no way and scold him for using the card?in a manner you?don’t approve of. You are a “nutjob”.?

    • Dimsdale on August 9, 2011 at 3:21 pm

      As noted, the left caved to their “nutjobs” as well.? The “handful” of nutjobs is an increasingly large majority of the voters, unfortunately for the pols.

  6. TomL on August 9, 2011 at 8:21 am

    Crystal then I guess what?your saying is that?with” Barackalypse Now” and this do nothing Senate they are in the “Halls of Shame”

  7. Political Entropy on August 9, 2011 at 10:42 am

    I hate rhetoric, and that’s all the Dem’s ever spout.

  8. sammy22 on August 9, 2011 at 11:53 am

    The House and the Senate blew it TOGETHER. They passed the legislation. They could have put together a long term solution, but they simply kicked the can down the road.

    • Dimsdale on August 9, 2011 at 3:24 pm

      And the Dems blew it BY THEMSELVES when they had absolute control of Congress.? If the left is so economically skilled, why did the relatively small recession that ?bama was handed (see Democrat control of Congress starting in Jan 2007) explode into the monstrosity we see today?? They had a PERFECT opportunity to show us how well their ideas could work.
      Waitaminnit, maybe they did show us….

  9. GdavidH on August 9, 2011 at 11:53 am

    Robber Baron= a person who shells out $36,000 or $70,000 for a dinner with a wealth redistributor.

  10. sammy22 on August 9, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    Hey Dims, the Repubs blew it all by THEMSELVES when they control of Congress AND the WH. So, take that! It really helps to re-hash the past!

    • Dimsdale on August 9, 2011 at 7:37 pm

      Compare and contrast: they lost because of that, and deservedly so.? Now you are complaining because they aren’t repeating past mistakes?? Did anything the Republicans do measure up (really down) to the enormous hole the Dems have dug in a mere 4+ years?
      In this case, it certainly does behoove them to “rehash the past”, as your own post demonstrates.

  11. sammy22 on August 10, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    The Repubs, Dims, were the architects of the debt ceiling measure just past. Check the hole created in the market, that is a loss in the capitalization of the company stocks.

    • Dimsdale on August 10, 2011 at 6:45 pm

      And I repeat: why didn’t the Dems get this done back in December?? Also, the Dems had to sign off on this debt ceiling measure, didn’t they?? That includes the president.
      My other questions stand.

  12. crystal4 on August 11, 2011 at 10:29 am

    Dimsdale:? “The ?handful? of nutjobs is an increasingly large majority of the voters, unfortunately for the pols.”
    Where are you getting this?? The tea party comprises 15 to 17% of the population and has now caused the GOp to suffer 59% disapproval ratings.

  13. sammy22 on August 11, 2011 at 11:49 am

    I said several times that the Dems, the President (and the Repubs) blew it. I do not recall people on this blog acknowledge that the Repubs blew it too. And I have even seen people beat up on CK: he made sense to me.

  14. Lynn on August 11, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    SOS, to your post, Agreed.


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