Friday, February 20, 2009

Obama's Flip Flopping Needs to Stop

Good Afternoon Folks!

Stocks continued their slide today during a volatile session that saw the DOW briefly drop below the 2002 lows before bouncing slightly on the close.

Stocks rallied of the lows when The White House came out and announced that the banks would not be nationalized:

"WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House on Friday insisted it's not trying to take over two ailing financial institutions, even as stocks tumbled again. On Wall Street, talk of nationalization of Citigroup Inc., and Bank of America Corp., prompted investors to continue to balk, worried that the government would have to take control and wipe out shareholders in the process.

Citigroup fell 20 percent, while Bank of America fell 12 percent in afternoon trading but also came off their lowest levels.

"This administration continues to strongly believe that a privately held banking system is the correct way to go, ensuring that they are regulated sufficiently by this government," White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said when asked about nationalizing the banks.

"That's been our belief for quite some time, and we continue to have that," Gibbs said.
Investors have shown decreasing confidence that U.S. banks can right themselves. Citigroup and Bank of America have already received significant help from taxpayers as the government has rushed in to try to save the financial sector, which has been choked by bad assets and seen the flow of credit shrink."

My Take:

This was quite a change from what Senator Dodd said earlier in the day:

"Feb. 20 (Bloomberg) -- Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd said banks may have to be nationalized for “a short time” to help lenders such as Citigroup Inc. and Bank of America Corp. survive the worst economic slump in 75 years.

“I don’t welcome that at all, but I could see how it’s possible it may happen,” Dodd said on Bloomberg Television’s “Political Capital with Al Hunt” to be broadcast today. “I’m concerned that we may end up having to do that, at least for a short time.”

Bank of America and Citigroup, which received $90 billion in U.S. aid in four months, tumbled as much as 36 percent today on concern they may be nationalized. The Obama administration today said a “privately held” banking system is the “correct way to go” and House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank said nationalization ought “to be avoided.”

I gotta say it: WTF!

What a total cluster****! Whats it gonna be guys? The White House needs to at least have all of their own party on the same page as they try and fix the banking crisis.

Hellloooo....This confusion is not instilling confidence fellas!!!! This whole monstrosity has become a complete PR disaster for Obama.

One thing is clearly obvious here folks: THEY HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO DO!

I have a brilliant idea: Stay the hell out of it! Perhaps doing nothing is what needs to be done. If these clowns refuse to nationalize the banks then they better at least clean them up:

The criminals who created this mess MUST be swept up and either fired or put in jail. There will be no confidence in the banking system until this is done. PERIOD. The current group of pigs on Wall St have lost all credibility. If Obama doesn't watch himself he is going to see his approval rating plummet to George Bush levels.

Folks, we need a leader right now. We need a guy who will make tough decisions and stand by them. WE CAN'T AFFORD A PRESIDENTIAL FLIP FLOPPER AT THIS POINT!

Where is Abraham Lincoln when you need him? He knew how to make tough decisions. Without him this nation never would have survived the Civil War. Presidents make tough decisions! We are seeing nothing that resembles this coming out of Washington.

Obama is looking more and more lost with each passing day. I like him and I am pulling for him, but man he is royally screwing up. He needs to start acting presidential or this economy is toast. Its time for him to grow a pair and pull the plug on this group of pigmen on Wall St.

The market has sent a clear message to Obama and his flip flopping by plummeting over 11% in less than two weeks! We will find ourselves down another 11% if he continues these ridiculous policies that provide no clarity.

Bottom Line:

This lack of transparency is getting real old. The "hide the losses" approach is no longer acceptable to investors.

We need to face a grim reality as a nation here folks: Hundreds of banks and perhaps thousands of businesses need to go under. There is no stopping it because we simply don't have the money to contain it anymore!

How many times does this socialistic whimpy approach have to fail until we accept the obvious? The government can'tt replace the consumption of the consumer over the long haul. Eventually the government stimulus will have to be yanked and when it does LOOK OUT if we continue down this path.

The only way our economy will prosper is by creating an environment in which people can be successful. Keeping millions in homes that they cannot afford in order to stabilize home prices is not the way to go!


The longer we wait the more painful its going to be.


Minton Mckarkquey said...

Jeff, I think you're overlooking the fact that Obama was busy in Canada yesterday. It's all about getting your priorities right. :-) Seriously, at this point, I'm 100% out of the market in every respect - I have no confidence in any of these guys. I agree with you that Obama is looking pretty ineffective at the moment.

The Gartman letter, btw, mentioned today:

AGAIN, and we are becoming very, very concerned
that the public is on the brink of abandoning their share
holdings en masse, facilitating a literal “Crash” in
prices. Bombarded daily and almost hourly by the
bleak news of the day, and bombarded each day by
the fact that his/her stock portfolio or 401K has been
decimated, the retail buyer of stocks is on the verge of
dumping everything for his/her share holdings are the
only things her or she still believes they’ve control over."

jeff said...


I really like Gartman

Thanks for the read. I think we are about to see another leg down as well.

Talked to a friend who is a financial planner today and he said that people are terrified.

It may be time for an old school capitulation panic!

Complacent Panda said...


Your rants rival Rick Santelli's =)

Jeff said...

Thanks Complacent

I try!

Joey said...


I believe this is the first time I disagree with you. : )

IMO, Obama is trying to throw everything he can at the problem knowing the alternative is just too nightmarish.

Who knows, maybe the admin. is delaying so they can solidify substitute factions to handle the oncoming economic destruction.

Everyday I'm constantly seeing more and more anger. I dare say we're sitting on a powder keg of serious social unrest, that at this point would take very little to ignite.

Again, imo, I think everyone needs to just chill out. All it takes is one crazy F&*% (an as you know in America we are clearly not lacking in that department) to go "postal" and the whole thing goes BOOM.

Joey said...

p.s As for the flip flopping: He's stuck between a rock and well, a rock.

Besides, I have little sympathy for people who have NOT pulled all their money from the market (aside from traders). If they haven't seen the writing on the wall at this point.....What else could it possibly take.

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jeff said...


I certianly understand your view.

I guess my point is does delaying the pain make the stock market go to 3k?

I undertand Obama's dilemma but the market wants answers.

If the pain is inevitable then doesn't it make sense to get it out of the way?

I think the civil unrest is going to happen regardless.

It is a tough situation and I am glad I am not prez.

However, I think we are making things worse by continuing to kick the can down the road.

You bring up some excellent points.

Jason said...

I have zero confidence in any of our politician. I love how the news keeps saying "we are all in the same boat". No we are not!! we were financially responsible we bought a house we knew we could afford!! We bought cars we could afford!! didn't run up a lot of credit card debt!! Oh yea and we are not on the verge of bankruptcy and foreclosure either.

Maybe we should teach more financial literacy in our public school?

I agree this is going to be a PR nightmare for obama. Huge mistake in my opinion.

Jeff said...


Couldn't agree more. This problem was created by people who were consumed with greed.

The citizens who lived within their means should not have to bailout people who made bad choices.

Your idea about teaching our future generations about the value of a dollar in school is a great idea!

Perhaps this would prevent us from ever doing this again.

Joey said...

Jeff & Jason,

I couldn't agree more.

Anonymous said...

Personally I think this country has to suffer the 2nd Great Depression. Only then the young and future generation of Americans will truly learn the value of money, saving and smart spending.


Jeff said...


I agree.

Hopefully we learn from our mistakes never and see this again in our lifetimes.

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure we will learn from our mistakes. My concern is that we are creating a whole new generation of people who believe it is okay to lie (look at the number of politicians who have lied on TV), cheat (look at all the tax cheats who have made it big in this administration, and/or run a huge personal financial deficeit. Our countries integrity is going down the toilet.