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Triumph of the Money Party!!! Warren’s role downgraded, reports to Geithner

Michael Collins

The White House snatched back one of the few bones it’s thrown to the people outraged at the looting of the United States Treasury by failed financial concerns – the big banks and Wall Street. The promised appointment Elizabeth Warren as head of the new agency to protect consumers from the financial services industry has been seriously downgraded. Instead of running the Consumer Finance Protection Agency, Warren’s role has been diminished to that of special assistant to the president and adviser to Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner.

“President Obama, sidestepping a possibly heated confirmation battle, will appoint Harvard law professor Elizabeth Warren as a special advisor to the Treasury Department to launch the government’s powerful new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, according to two Democratic officials familiar with the decision.” LA Times, Sept 15

An interim appointment would have given the no-nonsense Warren the full authority to structure consumer bureau in the interests of the people. A special adviser role is defined in a New York Times article as follows: Continue reading

Corporate Tantrums – Can We Trust these Companies with Our Health?

gag dissent notears copyBy Michael Collins

When lobbyist bribery doesn’t work, the insurance industry deploys disrupter groups to shout down Town Halls. A leaked memo proves the strategy is deliberate. 

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The Forgotten Question in the Health Care Debate

By Michael Collins

We hear talk about health care rationing but one theme is missing from that dialog. Some of us who are the subjects of rationing will certainly suffer and some will clearly die well before our time as a result of health care denied.

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