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Facing the worst worldwide economic crisis since The Great Depression, US President Barack Obama has sought help from Twitter, the micro-bogging outfit that boasts 6 million navel-gazing users but no obvious source of revenue. Today, the White House will discuss the ongoing economic meltdown with twenty "young business leaders …


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hindsight is stupendous? (<140 characters observed)

make the finance sector pay

have a jubilee year stock write off

directors, senior managers and hi bonus earners in finance sector to have assets seized


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"Bell Canada says it now has an SMS "revenue-sharing" deal with Twitter. But an SMS deal will not save the Western economy."

You obviously haven't seen how much Canadian carriers extort from us for things like SMS.

Anonymous Coward


I hope he succeeds, but if it took Bush 8 years to do that damage, it will take twice that to undo it. It is always much more difficult to make real growth than to destroy it.

IMHO, he should first get rid of Bernanke and the Fed, put someone calmer, more steady with a longer term view into the Fed, or better still nationalize it, there should be no private bank in charge of the economy. End the games with the currency, end the secrecy of the bailout, let the bad banks die, let the bad companies consolidate, plot a longer fix rather than this panic spending.

Trouble with all of these panic spending is they won't save a single company. Everyone of those companies can't survive and they know it, so all that happens is they'll milk the cash out and then walk away, perhaps driving a competitor or two out of business in the process.

Bernanke and his endless programs, new day, new stupid idea, new panic change of direction to bail out some other industry that his previous interventions have put under threat.

Paris Hilton


Collapses of an economy this size do not happen over night, nor over the course of "eight years," as the fanbois are so fond of reporting. Over and over we have seen individual sectors fall and either subsequently resurrect themselves or give rise to new sectors, generally with a certain zeal and rapidity. But this fall has taken a good decade and a-half to realize, and the roots for it go much, much deeper. Rome was not built in a day, and it most certainly did not fall as quickly.

Stick to your rhetoric if it helps you sleep at night. It most assuredly will provide you with a target for your vitriol, and whatever other angst onto which you still hold. Meanwhile, there are plenty of Americans who refuse to participate in this over-inflated, perception-driven down-turn.

Why do I say that? Simply put, before, during, and after Obama's handy work I can look around my adopted home town and see plenty of indicators of continuing economic flow. Shopping centers are still coursing with patrons, buildings are still being built, work is still being done, money is still exchanging hands. Were it not for the daily brow-beating, I think few frugal folk would be aware of this down-turn.

But we HAVE lost something, most definitely. Jobs truly are being lost, spending really has gone down, belts have tightened. But perhaps if we look closer we can see what we have truly lost: excess. Buying, selling, trading, lavishing, luxuries; the excess of all of which have come to a near end. We built up an excess which could not sustain itself, and now we are back to roots. This time, hopefully, we will carry with us the wisdom to build up an economy which does not rely on unsustainable excess, but instead builds upon a solid base to raise our standard of living without relying upon artificial means.

Paris, I got nothing here.

Gates Horns

laissez faire

There's something to be said for the "do nothing" comment. Like any complex dynamic system the economy is resilient to change, so no amount of prodding it will have a long term effect. It goes through occasional bouts of depression and like one's brain or the weather the best method of dealing with it is to PREPARE for it as an inevitability and try to not let it disrupt one's life.

I guess there's also an element of "get-out-of-jail-for-free" where companies blame the 'ession on creating the jobless which the government could address.

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Cut taxes, don't raise them. Cut regulations, don't increase them. Let Fannie and Freddie die -- the Marxist horse is dead.


Well under 140 characters, including spaces and punctuation with no funny spellings.


Toilet humour?

"...before linking to a (full-sized) bog post ..."

Better than a medium sized bog I guess.

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