Cindy Sheehan makes statement on bailout failure

The following is a brief missive in its entirety from independent congressional candidate Cindy Sheehan on the failure of the financial industry bailout in House today:

As of this writing, the corporate welfare plan was rejected by the House of Reps.
It is a bad bill, and any of the amendments were only put there to try to pull the wool over our eyes.

Democrats: 141 voted “yea” and 94 voted “nay”
Republicans: 65 voted “yea” and 133 voted “nay”
So the bailout was rejected 227 to 206—-with Republicans killing it.

It is just “back to the drawing board” for the corporate elite: Pelosi, Reid, Hoyer, Boehner and Bush..we still need to push for a bottom-up bailout!

55 thoughts on “Cindy Sheehan makes statement on bailout failure

  1. Trent Hill

    No GE, it closed. They kept it open for quite a while after all votes were in and several Republicans switched from Nay to Yea–but we still blocked it.

    As GE said, God bless those House Republicans.

  2. Fred Church Ortiz Post author

    Yeah looks like the lead article there was written just a couple minutes before the actual gavel.

  3. G.E.

    Yahoo! is being extremely irresponsible for having that headline featured on their main page then: “House Rejects Bailout: Stocks Tumble but Vote Still Open” — it’s the “top story” (not “breaking news”)

  4. G.E.

    If you want to be sick to your stomach, read the comments in that article. There are people there who are actually saying the Congress was cowardly, voting to “save their jobs” instead of “saving the country.”

  5. G.E.

    A heroic day for me as a professional stock picker (my first on the job), I called ARD a short, and EZPW a buy. EZPW is one of the few stocks in the world up today. (URBN also a buy, has lost… But 2/3 ain’t bad).

  6. Ross Levin

    It’s kind of funny. The usually vehement DailyKOS is silent today. Their whole reputation and website is built upon supporting Democrats, not liberals just specifically Democrats, and now that the Republicans led the charge in stopping the bailout bill, they have nothing to say. The House GOP became more anti-establishment than the House Dems.

    Dennis Kucinich was on Democracy Now today, denouncing the bailout. Very interesting.

  7. G.E.

    Yes, this was an instance of the hardcore elite insiders vs. the less-so. It was reminiscent of the way things used to be, when there was an Old Right coalition across party lines.

    What this will really do is unmask the Federal Reserve as the unaccountable secret government it is: They will just inflate to achieve the desire effect. Watch.

  8. Trent Hill

    Also of interest:

    Tancredo votes FOR this, I suspect his support will plummet. I used to respect this guy too.

    Rohrabacher voted against, despite all of Lew Rockwell’s bad names for him–Rohrabacher is on the best side of most issues, was once a radical anarchist of the Lefevre variety, and voted against this piece of crap bill.

  9. G.E.

    It seems that the liberal Dems voted against, just as the conservative Republicans did.

    This is why third parties based on centrism are idiotic. The “center” is evil.

  10. Trent Hill


    Im going to remind you that you said “God Bless the Republican Party” =)

    Which reminds me (the God reference), have you read, “It Usually Starts With Ayn Rand”?

  11. Trent Hill

    “It seems that the liberal Dems voted against, just as the conservative Republicans did.”

    Not as many,but yes. It seems that it was basically the anti-elitists on both sides that voted against it. Anyone close to the House Leadership of either party,and everyone in the middle. Not to mention about 35 more Republicans than Democrats voted against it.

  12. G.E.

    No, but the author is a neocon libertine ahole, so I have no interest in the book.

    The Democrats who went against their party should be celebrated. Kucinich, Kaptur… It looks like pretty much the entire Black Caucus (I say Conyers, Kilpatrick, Jackson-Lee, Lee)

  13. G.E.

    If only Ron Paul were running for pres…. Barack Obama and McCain supported the bill.

    Of course, if Paul were running, neither probably would, and it wouldn’t have come this close to passage.

    Or if they had, it would have been HUGE for Paul.

  14. Trent Hill

    “No, but the author is a neocon libertine ahole, so I have no interest in the book.”

    Um, Tucille is an anarchist of the Rothbardian variety,not a Randian.

  15. MattSwartz

    This was awesome. Getting to see Michigan come back against Wisconsin and the Republicans stand up for limited government in one week is an embarrassment of riches!

    I was expecting maybe 100 to vote against it, at the most. I guess all those phone calls worked!

  16. Deran

    I’m pleased, and even surprised, the Democratic Left stood their ground. Kucinich and Lee have been denouncing this scam for a week or more. I bet Pelosi punishes them by with holding committee assignments.

    And Sheehan is right in her analysis of this giveaway to the multinationals.

  17. Trent Hill


    He used to be a Randian, then a Rothbardian Anarcho-capitalist, but doesn’t say anything in this video about what he actually is. He seems to be either a non-Rothbardian anarchist or minarchist. Nonetheless, the book chronicles his early travels and adventures with Rothbard, Walter Block, and Ayn Rand—so it still seems to be a pretty good read.

  18. G.E.

    He doesn’t seem to me to be any kind of anarchist, but a Stato/tReason libertine who wants a big government to defend his right to wear a beard.

  19. Trent Hill


    Hardly. He seems to be a libertine minarchist.

    Sometime, GE, you should make allies and build bridges. It is all fine and great to walk the pure dogmatic line, I walk mine too–but being a shrill advocate that pisses other people off is not a good way to convert them. This guy was once a Rothbardian, that is all im saying. And his book chronicles the birth of the Libertarian movement in the late 60s and 70s. Sheesh.

    As for calling them “State/tReason”–I dont agree with them on a great deal of things, but they’ve accomplished a great deal for Liberty. I know many minarchists and anarchists who came to be libertarian because of their introduction to Reason Magazine.

  20. G.E.

    I am all for coalitions with Constitution Party, Green Party, Naderites, etc. It’s the Stato/tReason/Outright/Barr campaign types that aren’t. They’re only interested in “coalition” with the Establishment.

  21. Brian Miller

    I am all for coalitions with Constitution Party, Green Party, Naderites, etc. It’s the Stato/tReason/Outright/Barr campaign types that aren’t.


    Jason, you truly are a laughable jackass. Only a first-class ideological segment-of-one could lump those various parties together as the Evil Other.

  22. Trent Hill


    I dont agree with the guy’s ideological leanings–I simply stated that im for coalition building, as we all should be. And I’d sooner build coalitions with small government types than with socialists. I like Naderites, but I’d not soon like to live under the government they want to create.

  23. Jeremy Young

    Oddly, some centrists voted against the bill too. This includes my Congressman (Blue Dog Baron Hill) and the entire delegation from Arizona (including centrists Ed Pastor and Gabrielle Giffords).

  24. Brian Miller

    The bailout bill is profoundly unpopular with everyday Americans. The feedback has been strongly negative across the board.

    The only people voting “yes” are those legislators who believe they’re “smarter than everyone else.” They position the Yes vote as “something they’re standing up for” rather than responding to constituent feedback.

    Regardless, the good guys won for a change.

  25. G.E.

    Brian – Those overlapping but in some ways distinct groups are united in the opposition to working with anti-Establishment non-libertarians.

  26. Brian Miller

    … says the guy whose personal political hero is a 20-year federal employee who has no notable accomplishments.


  27. Brian Miller

    PS, made any progress in eliminating that marriage license, GE?

    It is hilarious to watch individuals in licensed marriages, for whom a simple legal no-fault divorce would liberate them of that burden, rage against marriage licenses.

    Get divorcin’, son! Live liberated from the oppressive yoke of the state!

  28. AnthonyD

    GE says,

    “I am all for coalitions with Constitution Party, Green Party, Naderites, etc. It’s the Stato/Reason/Outright/Barr campaign types that aren’t. They’re only interested in “coalition” with the Establishment.”

    Hayek says,

    “It is true, of course, that in the struggle against the believers in the all-powerful state the true (classical) liberal must sometimes make common cause with the conservative, and in some circumstances, as in contemporary Britain, HE HAS HARDLY ANY OTHER WAY OF ACTIVELY WORKING FOR HIS IDEALS.”

    -preface to the 1956 paperback of “The Road to Serfdom.”

    Methinks I’ll go with Hayek’s advice on the issue of alliances over G.E.’s. Sorry, dude.

  29. AnthonyD


    The unfortunate thing is that it does not appear to be an issue of strategy for many purists. That would be a comparatively easy debate to have. For many of them, it appears to be a psychological issue, a deep-seated desire to be alone, to piss off as many voters as possible.

  30. Trent Hill


    GE is willing to work with me, a minarchist–so I dont think that applies to me. Although there was a time when he assumed I was dirt. Maybe still does, who knows. =)

  31. paulie cannoli

    Hayek’s advice may or may not have been the correct strategy in 1956. It got us where we are, anyway. GE is definitely correct in 2008.

    Libertarianism will start to be relevant in the real world when it is reunited with its roots on the anti-establishment left.

  32. darolew

    No reason why libertarians can’t form coalitions with both anti-establishment liberals and small-government conservatives. Both of those groups get it right some of the time, work with them whenever they do.

  33. G.E.

    Brian – ElfNinosMom advises me against the divorce. There are a bunch of interventionist legal regimes that will initiate force against me, based on the fact that my wife and I have a daughter. Sorry. But I support the repeal of all those laws.

    Anthony D – No comparison. Hayek is talking about the Establishment. I agree with him: No coalitions with the Establishment.

  34. G.E.

    Okay, Brian, how about this: I support gay marriage. I do and always have. I just think that libertarian energies should be devoted to repealing laws, not making new ones. So get off my back, bro.

  35. G.E.

    Trent, this one’s for you… From LRC:

    Tommy was the only Republican in the Colorado Congressional delegation that voted for the bailout. Even 50% of the Dems in the delegation voted against it.

    Is there anything good that can be said about this horrendous politician?

    This is a man who supported the nuking of women and children and all citizens of Mecca.

    When the Pope was in America and said that immigrants should be treated like human beings, Tancredo said that immigration is a Catholic conspiracy to destroy White Anglo Saxon Protestantism.

    This is a man who today voted for a bill that says the following:

    Decisions by the Secretary pursuant to the authority of this Act are non-reviewable and committed to agency discretion, and may not be reviewed by any court of law or any administrative agency

    Tancredo’s retirement this year will be a great victory for freedom and decency in America.

    I have nothing but contempt for all the incoherent and hysterical paleocons who held up Tancredo as some kind of a hero for his opposition to immigration. Tancredo, of course, never opposed immigration because he loves freedom. His hatred of freedom and the constitution is obvious in his voting record.

    Tancredo always just opposed immigration becaus he is a vicious bigot and xenophobe who hates foreigners. But he apparently loves spending 700 billion of our money on rich oligarchs.

  36. paulie cannoli


    Absolutely correct about Tancredo.

    Wrong about gay marriage.

    As long as regime marriage exists, it is no more tolerable to outlaw gay marriage than it would be to outlaw interracial marriage.

    If laws against interracial marriage were still on the books and being enforced, I would likewise agitate against those.

    Of course I’m for ending all regime involvement in marriage, but that is a much more long term goal.

    Opposing marriage equality because it involves some trivial expansion of the state is like opposing drug legalization because there will be a new bureaucracy to regulate legalized drugs.

    Yes, alcohol is regulated, but it is still far better than the way the regime handles other drugs. I would very much consider it an improvement if they created a new bureaucracy to handle other drugs the same way they do alcohol – wouldn’t you?

  37. G.E.

    I would very much consider it an improvement if they created a new bureaucracy to handle other drugs the same way they do alcohol – wouldn’t you?

    Yeah, but I wouldn’t fight for that.

    Once gay marriage exists within a state, then I’m obviously against repealing it without repealing state heterosexual marriage. But where it doesn’t exist, the principled stand is to abolish state marriage altogether.

  38. Trent Hill


    I long ago recanted my praise of Tancredo. For a while, he was a consistent opponent of illegal immigration and spoke about Constitutionalism. After a while, his votes on the war, his statements about muslims, and his general xenophobia soaked through—I no longer support him in the slightest.

  39. Trent Hill


    I’ll attempt to make this statement as one that appeals to an anti-statist leftist. Keep in mind I come from the right, I believe I have a pretty good feel for your views so I’ll do my best to create a meaningful metaphor.

    The State is bad, and all involvement with the State is a bad thing. The State cannot give benefits, it can only steal and displace money in other’s hands. If the state gave certain “benefits” to blacks and hispanics (Call it Affirmative Action)–these benefits actually harm them. Same with State-instituted marriage. Marriage is a great institution, and so is Colorblind-hiring–but neither should be forced of fed quotas. Would you want to extend Affirmative Action benefits to whites, asians, and semites too? No, this would be an expansion of that state and its welfare. You would agitate to eliminate the affirmative action program alltogether, not “make it equal”.

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