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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at Peterson ...

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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, foreground, loses her shoe as she is greeted by French President Nicolas Sarkozy on the steps of the Elysee palace upon her arrival Friday, Jan. 29, 2010, in Paris. Clinton flew to Paris on Friday for talks with French officials and to give a speech on European security. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, foreground, loses her shoe as she is greeted by French President Nicolas Sarkozy on the steps of the Elysee palace upon her arrival Friday, Jan. 29, 2010, in Paris. Clinton flew to Paris on Friday for talks with French officials and to give a speech on European security.(AP Photo/Christophe Ena)




U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton disembarks from her ...

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton disembarks from her ...


. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton disembarks from her plane as she arrives at Stansted Airport in Stansted, England, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010. Clinton arrived in Britain ahead of a major conference on Afghanistan, scheduled for Jan. 28, which will be co-hosted by British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Afghan President Karzai and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.(AP Photo/Matt Dunham)




U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks as British Foreign ...

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks as British Foreign Secretary David Miliband looks on during a news conference at the Department of State in Washington January 21, 2010. Major powers are united in working toward pressuring Iran over its nuclear program, Clinton said on Thursday, despite many signals that China is reluctant to impose more sanctions.REUTERS/Hyungwon Kang (UNITED STATES -






Former U.S. President Bill Clinton shakes hands with a woman ...

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton shakes hands with a woman in the crowd as he walks down to the court for a special appearance held to raise aid for the Haiti relief effort during half time of the NBA basketball game between the New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers at Madison Square Garden in New York January 22, 2010.REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL POLITICS)




US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton(R) speaks during a press ...

 Secretary of State Hillary Clinton(R) speaks during a press conference with EU Foreign Affairs chief Catherine Ashton in the Treaty Room of the State Department in Washington, DC. Clinton said Thursday the international community is "unified in its resolve" to put pressure on Iran over its disputed nuclear program, and will not back down.(AFP/Mandel Ngan)


Scott Brown Nude Picture in Cosmo

Massachusetts Senator-elect Scott Brown is seen here posing semi-naked for Cosmo in 1982.
I can understand why women voted for him !


Scott Brown posant presque nu pour le magazine Cosmo en 1982...

Je comprends pourquoi les femmes ont voté pour lui !


Massachusetts State Sen. Scott Brown, R-Wrentham, holds up a ...

Massachusetts State Sen. Scott Brown, R-Wrentham, holds up a copy of the Boston Herald as celebrates in Boston, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010, after winning a special election held to fill the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by the death of Sen. Edward Kennedy. Brown defeated Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, a Democrat, and Joseph L. Kennedy, a Libertarian running as an independent and not related to the late Sen. Kennedy.(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)


Former president and U.N. special envoy for Haiti Bill Clinton, ...

Former president and U.N. special envoy for Haiti Bill Clinton, second from left, shakes hands with soldiers of the Joint Task Force-Haiti in Port-au-Prince, Monday, Jan. 18, 2010. Clinton promised that his foundation would provide medicine and a generator to the capital's General Hospital in order to doctors there can work through the night. At left, Clinton's daughter Chelsea Clinton.(AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Former president and U.N. special envoy for Haiti Bill Clinton, ...

Former president and U.N. special envoy for Haiti Bill Clinton, right, unloads supplies while touring the General Hospital in Port-au-Prince, Haiti Monday, Jan. 18, 2010. Clinton has joined former President George W. Bush in leading a campaign for donations to help the country recover from the powerful earthquake that hit it last week. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky



Former U.S. President Bill Clinton (C) helps unload a cargo ...


Former U.S. President Bill Clinton (C) helps unload a cargo plane at Port-au-Prince airport in Haiti January 18, 2010.REUTERS/Hans Deryk (HAITI - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT)

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L) speaks beside Haiti President ...


Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L) speaks beside Haiti President Rene Preval (R) during her visit to Port-au-Prince January 16, 2010. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz








US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, pictured on January 13, ...

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, pictured on January 13, flew to Haiti on Saturday highlighting an urgent bid to clear logistics hurdles and find creative ways to deliver aid to quake-hit Haitians.(AFP/File/Mandel Ngan)





President Barack Obama shakes hands with President Bill Clinton, ...

From L: Former US President George W. Bush and Bill Clinton ...



From L: Former US President George W. Bush and Bill Clinton stand as US President Barack Obama speaks about relief efforts following the earthquake in Haiti during a statement in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC. Obama issued a joint pledge with Clinton and Bush that the US "stands united" with the Haitian people following this week's devastating earthquake.(AFP/Saul Loeb)






Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, talks with Egyptian ...

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, talks with Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Ali Aboul Gheit, Friday, Jan. 8, 2010, at the State Department in Washington.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks on January 6. The ...

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks on January 6. The United States on Thursday announced a flurry of high-level talks aimed at restarting Palestinian-Israeli peace talks, which a top US envoy says should yield a settlement within two years.
(AFP/Getty Images/File/Mark Wilson)

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Jeudi 14 janvier 4 14 /01 /Jan 11:44

 Barack Obama is going to make a speech about bank bonuses, and announce his plan to raise a levy to pay for the cost of the US bank bail-out.

President Barack Obama at a roundtable discussion on healthcare ...
President Barack Obama at a roundtable discussion on healthcare during a visit to the Children's National Medical Center in Washington, DC in July. A new sheaf of opinion polls shows Americans sharply divided on Obama's first year in office, as his ratings on key issues like health care and the economy hit new lows.(AFP/File/Saul Loeb)







He plans to announce a new fee Thursday on the country's biggest financial firms to recover up to $120 billion in taxpayers' money used to prop up corporations during the economic crisis, a senior administration official said.



President Barack Obama, accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden, ...

President Barack Obama, accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden, finishes a statement about the earthquake in Haiti, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010, at the White House in Washington.





According to me, this will be "Much ado about nothing".

Banks once threatened by the undertow of a Wall Street collapse are now posting profits and proposing robust bonuses for their executives.

The proposed levy could put Obama on the popular side of public opinion that is decidedly against Wall Street and angry over shortfalls in a $700 billion bank bailout fund.With public anger over the bailout still strong, Obama has embraced populist rhetoric in an effort to shame bank executives into paying back the government more quickly and their executives less lavishly.
But there have been only words, no deeds.








U.S. President Barack Obama makes remarks about the devastation ...

. President Barack Obama makes remarks about the devastation caused by the earthquake in Haiti as Vice President Joe Biden listens at the White House in Washington, January 13, 2010.REUTERS/Jim Young (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS DISASTER)




Another news event has obliged Mister O. to react :
the earthquake in Haiti.
Of course, he must pretend that he is shocked by the tragedy, and he must announce a large US relief effort for Haiti.



But be sure that Mister O. will do his best to protect the interests of the big financial groups and bankers who got him elected, and who have told him what to do since he was elected.

 

There is nothing to hope about his speech today : he will talk a lot, as usual, will use lofty words reading his teleprompter, but will take no concrete measure, as usual.

Obama's announcement would come one day after the nation's top bankers testify before the congressionally created Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission. The hearings come at an ultra-sensitive time for the banking industry. In addition to Obama's fee proposal, Congress is writing a full-scale overhaul of financial regulations.

The bankers' demeanor before the commission, the tone of the commission's questions and the continuing inquiry could affect public perceptions and influence how lawmakers and the White House deal with the industry.


The bankers have recognised they may have made some mistakes, but as everybody knows each of them will get almost 200 million dollars in bonuses, thanks to the money given by American taxpayers.









 U.S. President Barack Obama (2nd R) meets with CEOs of several ...



. President Barack Obama (2nd R) meets with CEOs of several small and community banks in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington December 22, 2009.REUTERS/Jim Young (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)



Obama may be grieving for Haiti, but at the same time he is himself at the top of Citygroup (as president of the USA, because Citygroup is 40 % government owned !). Citbank gave what Obama calls "obscene" bonuses to its traders in 2009 (indeed,  billions of dollars !), so what does he complain about now ?

Speaking about Haiti, let's compare the figures :
an inhabitant of Haiti earns a little more than one euro a day ; American bank executives got about more than 200 000 dollars  in bonuses last year thanks to the government bail-out fund financed by the American taxpayers !

 

 

So please, Mister O., stop shedding crocodile tears when you speak about the Haitian population, or when you denounce banks bonuses, calling bankers "fat cats" !
 Everybody is waiting for concrete actions, and you could do something to change the world if you really wanted to. But you don't, you are only a puppet in the hands of the world top bankers and financial interests.












 

 

I'm fed up with your hypocrisy, your empty words which do not mean anything.

Record bonuses in 2009, your first year as president.

The American population is freezing and starving, unemployement has never been so high, thousands of people have just died not far from you, and you, and all your friends the bankers continue to behave selfishly, thinking about yourselves and not giving a damn about the world's misery. You are the one who is obscene !








 

The recent fiasco in Copenhagen showed that the environment is not a real priority, and what happened in Haiti reminds us that Nature is sometimes taking a revenge, alas.
What we are actually seeing in Florida (tropical climate under the cold) or in the French region "la Bretagne" -Brittany- (oceanic climate, and yet some snow falling like never before), is another proof that there is something wrong with our planet.

But, once again, don't believe what presidents will say :
Obama will promise he is determined to lead his country in a fight against climate change. He will do his best to convince Congress, this is what he says...

But what actually worries him is not the climate, it's the promise he made to his friends, the bankers. Everybody knows that green jobs and green energies will develop in the future, and the economy will largely depend on them, so bankers and big companies have understood they must invest in this field. So Obama is only here to defend their interests for the future, and to help them make big profits on the Co2 market...



Communication...
Now presidents do not govern, they communicate, in France, it's exactly the same with Sarkozy, who always talks, but never acts. 
Enough is enough !

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Mardi 12 janvier 2 12 /01 /Jan 22:12
A message from France : We're freezing here too !

And the political and economic situation in our country, like yours, does not help to warm our hearts...


Petit message de France : On gèle, ici, aussi !

Et la situation politique et économique dans notre pays, comme la vôtre, ne nous aide pas à nous réchauffer le coeur...













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