Did you honestly think that someone who has a dissenting opinion would be left to speak without being mocked and ridiculed or otherwise criticized by the Obama White House and their Socialist policy supporters?
We are in a new age people.
You are not allowed a dissenting opinion, especially if it is a public outburst.
I guess Rick Santelli, of the Chicago Board of Trades (CBOT) and Mercantile Exchange, will be given a stern talking to for what the Leftists call the "rant heard 'round the world"
The White House has invited him over for a cup of coffee to "clarify" their policies to Mr. Santelli. Perhaps they are going to "re-educate" Mr. Santelli.
So while CT Senator Chris Dodd can speak of nationalizing banks, and end up moving Citibank and Bank of America investors to a giant sell off which probably vaporized a couple of billion dollars of net wealth today - Press Secretary Robert Gibbs can attack Santelli and say:
"I also think it's tremendously important that for people who rant on cable television to be responsible and understand what it is they're talking about. I feel assured that Mr. Santelli doesn't know what he's talking about...The video shows that Gibbs waved a copy of a fact sheet about Obama’s plan and chided Santelli to read it. “Download it, hit print, and begin to read it,” Gibbs said.
“Mr. Santelli has argued, I think quite wrongly, that this plan won’t help everyone,”
“This plan helps people who have been playing by the rules. ... I would encouraged him to read the president’s plan. ... I’d be more than happy to have him come here to read it. I’d be happy to buy him a cup of coffee — decaf”.
Sorry - but I will wager that Robert Gibbs hasn't read much of the new mortgage plan himself, or even a few pages of the "Stimulus bill".
It is so typical of the Left to marginalize and mock a dissenting voice (especially calling it a "rant").
As for Steve Liesman and Jim Cramer of CNBC, they ought to stop trying to artificially bolster the market and just be straight with everyone. The fact is that we cannot spend our way out of this problem.
I just hope Santelli doesn't back down just because his Cable TV comrades are drinking the Obama Kool-Aid or because the White House wants to give him a talking to.
Santelli happens to be right.
He has also tapped into what the everyday American taxpayer is feeling.
He is especially right that honest hardworking taxpayers in this country who have been responsible and playing by the rules are sick of handing their hard earned money over to an inept government that is busy spending wildly and making our children and their children into debtors for life.
The Stimulus bill had little to do with stimulus and the Mortgage bailout bill will reward bad behavior. Investments are risky. That includes owning a home. Folks are now expecting to to get their losses back from somewhere. That somewhere is turning out to be the pockets of the rich and middle class, or the government printing presses.
I'd like you to also try this at Foxwoods (or your local casino establishment) - go gambling - and then asking for your money back when you lose. See what happens. You'll probably be tossed out on your buttocks. Those nasty rich casino owners.... someone ought to regulate them for doing that to innocent unsuspecting patrons. Better yet, just collect more money from the local taxpayers to reimburse you for your loss.