Neil Barofsky, former Special Inspector General in charge of oversight of TARP, has written a juicy new book about the bailout and how it was handled–mishandled, rather, which is where the juicy parts come in.
We got an advance copy of Bailout: An Inside Account of How Washington Abandoned Main Street While Rescuing Wall Street, hitting shelves July 24. So what have we learned about the little (not little) bailout that could (or couldn't)?
Neil Barofsky is kind of a dick. Barofsky's former boss, U.S. Attorney Mike Garcia, had this to say about his employee's appointment as SIGTARP: "You can be kind of a dick sometimes, and they needed someone who could be kind of a dick."
Tim Geithner is a dick. Here is a partial list of words and phrases Barofsky uses to describe Tim Geithner and/or Tim Geithner's actions: "brusque," "bizarre," "sweaty," "twitchy," "utterly dismissive." Alas, the world may never know how Neil Barofsky really feels about Tim Geithner.
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Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley on Obamacare…
"For us in the Congress, it would be a whole lot better if the whole law is determined unconstitutional because then you start with a clean slate."
And then also the whole law would be determined unconstitutional, so there'd be that, too.
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You might find this #igotthetweetslikegrassley Twitter hashtag relevant to your interests.
The Colbert Report airs Monday through Thursday at 11:30/10:30c.
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This weekend, bitter old codger Senator Charles Grassley took a break from his usual Twitter shtick of complaining about our grave national crisis of the dearth of history on the History Channel, which is matched only by the absence of news on Fox News. Instead, Iowa's senior senator mashed his thumbs on his iPhone to tell the world his deeply considered thoughts on Barack Obama's intelligence amid the president's criticism of judicial challenges to health care reform…
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The commentariat is naturally clutching its pearls at the "incivility" displayed by Grassley and David Axelrod, who tweeted in regards to Grassley, "I think a 6-year-old hijacked your account and is sending out foolish Tweets just to embarrass you!"
In fact, Chuck Grassley's Twitter feed was hijacked by none other than Chuck Grassley. And the problem isn't the lack of "statesmanship" but a fundamental violation of the rules of the playground: if you're going to call someone a poopy-pants, you had better be damned sure that your owns pants are pristine . See if you can spot the issue that arises from the author of Chuck Grassley's Twitter account questioning anyone's intelligence…
Tags: Barack Obama, Chuck Grassley, David Axelrod, Twitter
Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley shares many of the same concerns as other Americans in these troubling times. Not the least of which, obviously, is What the fuck is going on with The History Channel lately?
"No history," Grassley tweeted on Feb. 19. "I used to get history. Why do we h[a]v[e] such a channel when it doesn’t do history."
A week later, the senator turned to the History Channel and found, not black and white footage of Nazis, but "Mud Cats." Again Grassley took to Twitter to express his displeasure. "When wi[ll] they put history back on the channel," he tweeted…
"I love history," Grassley wrote. "A better understanding is going to strengthen our country. It's going to strengthen patriotism." Plus this non-history programming represents an unfulfilled promise by the network. "When I signed up for the History Channel on my satellite service, I expected to get history," he said. "Instead, all I see are people chopping wood or driving trucks on an icy road."
I doubt that Sen. Grassley fully understands the forces he's dealing with here. Somebody needs to shut him up now, or he's going to wake up one of these nights, strapped to a cold metal table as the latest subject of a History Channel "in-depth investigation."
By which I mean, alien anal probe.
But, you knew that, right. Well, if you've been watching The History Channel you did, at any rate.
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