Jude's Threshold

A Tapestry Blog of Astrology, Politics, Art, and Social Concerns

Is Hank Paulsen a “national hero”?

Matt Taibbi doesn’t mince words in his reply to Evan Newmark’s call in the Wall Street Journal for the enshrinement of Hank Paulsen as a “national hero.”

(Be sure to read the second half.)

Mr. Newmark is a former managing director of Goldman-Sachs, so he may be a little – biased – and/or on the payroll.

No, “enshrinement” isn’t what I think Bush’s Treasury Secretary Paulsen deserves either for his role in TARP murkiness or for his role in the downfall of the US financial system.

But perhaps you disagree!


2 Responses

Subscribe to comments with RSS.

  1. Hi Jude:
    In my own thinking, if the USG had done comething to control gas prices last summer, this house of cards would not have collapsed. With so many people living on credit, you need to pay the car gas to get to work, to pay the mortgage (or at least some of it.) But small businesses could not take the shock and so fewer jobs, no money, no consumer/home owner debt repayment without an income. And without regulation, the Republican establishment, aided by the Dems under Clinton allowed many boundaries to be crossed in the insurance and financial industries. The assumption was that the economy was strong enough to withstand any shock. And now those of us around who can still pay taxes are stuck. While I am sure that the USG had to prop up the financial system, it would have been far better to regulate it.

    And then there was Madoff…even the local Jewish community center has money with him and has lost a big chunk of their reserves with both the drop in the market and his theivery. Most importantly, with the eclipses yet to come, anyone who is saying the financial crisis over is blowing smoke. We haven’t hit bottom yet. This is just the up loop of the roller coaster….



    June 22, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    • Excellent points, Eileen, and i agree with you: the bottom isn’t hit yet.

      For one thing, we’re only in the middle of the ‘Jupiter-Neptune = US natal Moon’ period which will be influencing markets (Jup-Nep = liquidity/grand imaginings and plans — they’re in conj in the NYSE natal chart of 1792 but in Libra) and The People (Moon) on into 2010 since their last conjunction isn’t until Dec 2009.

      Chiron’s transiting position amongst Jup-Nep only intensifies the ‘elusive money’ wounds, yet may also lift us spiritually, if we let it.

      Plus, the Jup-Nep-Chiron trio may represent the Jewish community’s charity losses and other religion-based projects now suffering thanks to faulty and fraudulent (Neptune) money and religious (Jupiter) dealings.

      Thanks for your comments, and hope you’re hangin’ in! jude



      June 23, 2009 at 1:13 am

Comments are closed.

Zeebra Designs & Destinations

An Artist's Eyes Never Rest


The official blog of NationalEclipse.com

The Coyle Clan

The History & Memories of Coyle Clan-folk & Kin

Princes, Paupers, Pilgrims & Pioneers: Our Predecessors & Me

“There are two lasting bequests we can give our children: One is roots, the other is wings.” Teaching children values and giving them the opportunity to excel are essential to good parenting. However, I feel I must also provide my children (and myself) insight into the ones who came before us: our ancestors whose lives and stories have shaped us into who we are. This is my journey; these are their stories…


Historical novels, films and TV programmes

Shaking the tree

musings on the journey towards knowing and sharing my family's stories

Lost Dudeist Astrology

An Exploration of the Shadow Side of Lost Dudeists Everywhere: Astrology, Tarot, Metaphysics, Tinfoil Hat Conspiracy Stuff, Other Weird Stuff, and sometimes Fertility Goddess Icons (Scantily Dressed Pinup Girls)

All On The Illuminati

For you see, the world is governed by very different personages from what is imagined by those who are not behind the scenes

Moore Genealogy

Fun With Genealogy

Tired and Bored With Myself

Another option for wasting time

The Bone Dresser

...or, Adventures in Genealogy

Mary's Monday Matinee

Discovering the joy of film

Blogala Maho


Chips Off the Old Block

A blog devoted to genealogical wanderings - dedicated to family near and far, through distance and time

Benjamin Studebaker

Yet Another Attempt to Make the World a Better Place by Writing Things

%d bloggers like this: