Up for Debate: Senate confirms Lew

Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 12:37am

What are your thoughts on the U.S. Senate's confirmation of Jack Lew as Treasury secretary?

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94 Comments on this post:

By: gdiafante on 2/28/13 at 6:02

He's no Alexander Hamilton...

By: Loner on 2/28/13 at 6:05

Good morning, Nashville.

The confirmation vote on Chuck Hagel is more newsworthy than Lew's confirmation...in my humble opinion....Lew's confirmation was never in serious doubt...he's got the right stuff....backed by the right people.

By: yogiman on 2/28/13 at 6:20

Alexander and Corker voted for Hagel after they said he wasn't "the man" for the job. Wonder what changed their minds.

By: gdiafante on 2/28/13 at 6:36

I stopped trying to understand why Washington does what it does, Loner. Of course that would infer that they were actually doing something, which is technically incorrect.

By: govskeptic on 2/28/13 at 6:46

Lew was the President's man in drawing up the current Sequestration plan that
they now want to blame on just the Republicans in Congress. Not a heavy weight
by any means, but the one the President wanted. As to Hagel, of course Lamar
and Corker joined a very few Republicans that voted for him. They are both over
50% in supporting the President, unlike the few opposing press releases to the "folks"
back home. 500+ phonies all portraying themselves as Statesmen.

By: gdiafante on 2/28/13 at 7:04

Gov, that plant was intended to "motivate" Congress to get a deal done. If there's any fault to them, it's that they assumed Congress would actually get off their ass and do their job.

I completely agree with your last sentence.

By: Kosh III on 2/28/13 at 7:05

Lew is just like Geithner and Paulson: foxes guarding the hen house--Wall Street crooks.

By: yogiman on 2/28/13 at 7:45

Well, Kosh III, if we can have such a crooked usurper in the White House, what's wrong with having other crooks equal to him in there with him?

And,govskeptic, Alexander and Corker are RINOs only. I've never voted for Alexander and Corker only once.

By: Kosh III on 2/28/13 at 7:56

If you have nothing pertinent to say, just your tired old erroneous delusions about the President, don't address me. In other words "I don't wanna talk to you no more you empty-headed animal food trough waterer."

Ni ni ni

By: Loner on 2/28/13 at 8:14

Jacob "Jack" Lew's confirmation is being joyfully greeted in his ancestral homeland, a place that historically is the greatest recipient of US Treasury generosity...check out the tribal celebration here:

Headline: "U.S. Senate confirms Jack Lew, an Orthodox Jew, as Treasury secretary
Lew, who had served as Obama's chief of staff, will replace Timothy Geithner, according to a source; Lew has close working relationships with Israeli envoy to the U.S. and Deputy FM Danny Ayalon and Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz. "

Source: http://www.haaretz.com/jewish-world/jewish-world-news/u-s-senate-confirms-jack-lew-an-orthodox-jew-as-treasury-secretary-1.506274

Notice how US media leave out the "Orthodox Jew" and Israeli toadie elements of this story....the fear of being labelled an "anti-Semite" is that powerful here....Lew's religious fundamentalism is simply not mentioned in the US media....just in the Israeli media....it's the Helen Thomas effect, once again.

By: budlight on 2/28/13 at 8:19

Gee Kosh, tell us how you really feel? And by the way, people are judged by the company they keep. So Obama does keep company with some pretty shady people, ie, Geithner and Paulson - as you so aptly put it.

And by the way, are you a mouth breather Kosh? I don't know, so I won't call you one. But please stop calling Yogi names. You'll be lucky if you live as long as he has. You young 'uns surely do not respect your elders. Lighten up on him. Show a little respect. You don't have to respond to him, if you don't like what he says. You could actually ignore it. BUT NO, you and others stir the pot - like a challenge of some type.

OK, have a nice day.

By: Loner on 2/28/13 at 8:29

I'll boldly go where the US media fear to tread:

Rabbi-wannabe Lew will probably figure out a way to get more US treasure into the Israeli treasury....some new shell game....the Jewish lobby is already trying to get US aid to Israel moved from the transparent US State Dept's foreign aid budget to the more secretive US Defense Dept's foreign aid budget..this will help to increase and conceal the massive amounts of economic and military aid that we US taxpayers are paying, so that Israel can maintain its brutal occupation of the territories it grabbed in 1967...and to pick up the tab for some 50,000 Israeli abortions annually...and to keep the nuclear scofflaw's nuclear arsenal on hair-trigger setting.....and to keep the stateless Palestinians in a state of utter frustration and hopelessness.....yeah, we gotta keep funding those efforts, otherwise, Armageddon may never materialize....come on, Jack, turn up the volume.

By: Kosh III on 2/28/13 at 8:49

I'm hardly a spring chicken and one doesn't get respect just for being old--earn it by being old and wise which yogi clearly isn't.
Yogi peddles the same birther lies and can't make a comment without that nonsense.
Plus, I guess you failed to see the quotation marks?

By: gdiafante on 2/28/13 at 8:55

Wow Bud, what does it matter to you whether someone wants to dismiss the old fool or not? Do you have a crush going? Aw...

yuck...I think I just threw up in my mouth

By: Loner on 2/28/13 at 9:10

Yogi admits to having had his "ass whupped" on a regular basis, as he was growing up...since his head was always up his ass, the poor kid suffered permanent brain damage from the repeated beatings....we could pity the poor bastard....but his boring and annoying birther BS is a racist screed and indefensible....Yogi's not just a redneck idiot, he's a full-blown A-hole...so, finding sympathy for the man is very difficult.

By: Loner on 2/28/13 at 9:26

Ten thousand New York gunners are descending on the state capital in Albany this morning....they are protesting the recent decree issued by the Emperor of the Empire State....a 7-round maximum magazine capacity is one of their biggest bitches....local right-wing businesses are kicking in money to fund the bus trips for these hopped-up gunners.

Poetic justice might happen...an errant firecracker, a jack-boot crushing a paper cup on the sidewalk, or a backfiring exhaust could set those angry gunners off...a huge circular firing squad could result.... the streets of Albany could run red with the blood of the believers....the smell of gunpowder would linger in the air for days.

From a local paper:


By: gdiafante on 2/28/13 at 9:39

Loner, I was watching our local news last night and not only is there a "guns in trunks" bill pending here, there's one that would legalize certain switchblades. Apparently times are so bad, guns aren't enough anymore.

By: yogiman on 2/28/13 at 9:44

I hate to tell you, Kosh III, but I think you should get a little better education on your man Barry. That is unless you're a fellow communist with him.

I've offered all kinds of information (mostly from Barry) proving he isn't eligible for that office, but none of you have given me any information proving he is. I wonder why.

And I see where the Senate is considering ceding power to Barry... which will be his next move into dictatorship. I'm sure you'll enjoy that. You'll deserve it. I just hate it for your heirs down the line.

By: Loner on 2/28/13 at 9:46

Speaking of the news, after today, the hopeless will be Popeless. Vatican intrigue is already clouding up the smokey process of Pontiff Replacement...it's Democracy Ultra-lite....with pompous celibacy on public display... and with a homosexual-pedophilia twist....high hypocrisy, empty spiritualism....the Papal selection process is theater of the macabre? It's creepy, but fascinating.

By: yogiman on 2/28/13 at 9:50


These Barry fans can call me anything they wish. I just consider the source and ignore it understanding where it's coming from. As I've noted before, I've offered proof of my argument but none of them have offered me any proof of their arguments "their man" is in that office legally.

As I've posted several times; prove me wrong and I'll shut up. Its simple, fellows.

PS, I hope your surgery goes well for you. I'll keep you in my prayers.

By: yogiman on 2/28/13 at 9:54

Tell me, Loner; why should the US give 'handouts' to nations we know as enemies but shouldn't give aid to a nation we know as friends?

By: Loner on 2/28/13 at 9:56

Gd: A switchblade is nice, but Crocodile Dundee showed us what a knife should look like...the TN legislature should legalize and promote the open-carrying of the venerable Bowie Knife...a Coonskin Cap & Buckskin Tradition.

Personally, I prefer to carry a Roman short sword...the gladius....that and a Roman shield, the scutum, whenever I step out....totally legal....the boyz in da hood scurry away, like rats, when I enter their turf....I go by the ghetto-name of "Brutus".

By: gdiafante on 2/28/13 at 10:04

I carry my wallet and cell phone. Usually a good book too. Perhaps my MP3 player if I might end up going on a run. Maybe a bottle of water too. That's about it.

By: yogiman on 2/28/13 at 10:11

I wish I was as brilliant as you think you are, Loner; but alas, I'm just me with the brain God gave me. I believe half of my original brain seems to be better than your whole pile sh!t in your skull.

Hell, you seem to know me better than I know myself... and you've never met me. WOW! What an intelligent man you think you are to prove your idiocy.

I'll make my offer one more time: Unlike you, prove me wrong and I'll admit it. I've offered proof given by Barry himself but you haven't offered any proof from any source.

So tell me, how do you know that man is in office legally; simply because you think he is?

Did you check out the First and Third Congress (1790 and 1795) sessions to understand what they determined to be a natural born citizen? Didn't think so.

By: Loner on 2/28/13 at 10:16

Normally, I ignore the birther troll; but I must address his question...he wrote, "Tell me, Loner; why should the US give 'handouts' to nations we know as enemies but shouldn't give aid to a nation we know as friends?"

Yogi, you are a Navy veteran, right? Please read what your fellow Navy combat vets have posted here:


With friends like the Israelis, who needs enemies?

And then there is the Jonathan Pollard case...an American Jew who spied for Israel...in prison, he renounced his US citizenship and he is now an Israeli citizen; the Israelis accepted the traitor as a citizen, Pollard is a national hero in Israel...but he's still rotting in a US federal prison...the back-stabbing Israelis named a public square in Jerusalem after this traitor....any nation that would so honor a traitor to its "closest ally" is not a friend and not an ally. Again, with friends like Israel, who needs enemies?

Check it out, Yogi:


There's plenty more evidence that exposes Israel's perfidy; but those two items should get you started. Don't get fooled again....those folks know that what is good for Israel may not be good for the USA and vice versa...Americans, on the other hand, believe that whatever is good for Israel is good for the USA....we are being played for fools, in a game of nuclear roulette.

By: slacker on 2/28/13 at 10:16

Loner.. you've gotta have good legs to wear that Roman war skirt.

By: gdiafante on 2/28/13 at 10:22

Unlike you, prove me wrong and I'll admit it.


By: Loner on 2/28/13 at 10:26

So tell me, how do you know that man is in office legally; simply because you think he is?

Yogi, I believe that Obama is in office legally, because the Republican Party, the international media, the Clintons, Donald Trump, the Koch brothers, Sheldon Adelsen and other powerful people with unlimited resources could not prove that the man was ineligible to run for the office of POTUS...He was always eligible for the job, and he won both elections handily....and the Chief Justice of the USSC swore the man in....twice....the guy is legit, Yogi...give the birther BS a rest....thanks.

By: Loner on 2/28/13 at 10:37

I got great legs, Slack....I wear a steel-toed Roman sandal and over-the-calf, chain mail socks....like I say, I get respect in da hood...nobody messin' wid Brutus...the gangstas admire the purple plume...the galea cristam adverse...on my polished brass helmet....my galeam bellum...but it's the gladius that gets the most respect.

By: Loner on 2/28/13 at 10:44

I speak the Latin tongue when in da hood..."Operor vos habere CANNABIS?" That's about all the Latin one needs to know. They answer, "Et tu, Brute?

By: Loner on 2/28/13 at 10:58

OK, Slack...."Pope Emeritus ambulates into a gay piano bar...."

By: slacker on 2/28/13 at 11:02

Loner.. I believe I saw you in a Russell Crowe movie.. who knew we had a thespian on the C.P. board. ''ET tu, Lew''

By: slacker on 2/28/13 at 11:07

Orders up a ''Three Wise Men'' as bartender hits restart on pacemaker..

By: slacker on 2/28/13 at 11:09

''My name is Lew... how do you do...

By: yogiman on 2/28/13 at 11:23


There is no way in hell Barack Obama could be constitutionally eligible for that office, Loner; simply going by his autobiography. If he was in that office legally, don't you think he would have saved 2 million (the last I've read) by throwing his birth certificate on the table like John McCain did when he was questioned? Why has he spent millions to keep his identity under lock and key? Why did he refuse to be questioned in that session?

A bigger question: Why did the Senate not demand he answer questions in that session? The only one in that session that didn't vote "yes" for McCain was McCain himself. The reason they gave for their decision was because both of McCain's parents were American citizens. According to Obama, only his mother was an American citizen but it takes two to tango, Loner.

What you don't seem to be able to understand; the communist party has a helluva gang in the US. If you're "one of their boys", hang in there. If you like the freedoms our founder gave us, you had better start looking over your shoulder.

I believe it will all be "put on the table" in the next 2 years, if not sooner. I hope I'm still living when it happens. I haven't had a good laugh lately.

So I'll ask again: Prove me wrong. Not just by the way you think, prove you're right.

By: Loner on 2/28/13 at 11:24

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By: Loner on 2/28/13 at 11:27

He's back to being just "Ratzinger"....the Germanic alcoholic ingredients in the recipe indicate he's going back... to ze old vays....ze alt tagen, ya.

By: slacker on 2/28/13 at 11:30

Didn't the ''Ratzingers'' invent a better mousetrap?

By: Loner on 2/28/13 at 11:32

The guy's name is a sloganeer's dream, Slack:

''My name is Lew... how do you do..." "Lack a Jew? Call Jack Lew."

Back to you, Slack....

By: slacker on 2/28/13 at 11:33



By: slacker on 2/28/13 at 11:36

''Jumpin' Jack Lew''

By: Loner on 2/28/13 at 11:40

No, I think you are confused, Slack...the Ronco Ratzapper is what you may be thinking of...according to urban legend, some hillbilly invented that in his "shop"....he got swindled out of the royalties....he ate the lawyer's bait....ran outside and ate yellow snow....they claimed it was simple diarrhea...his rich widow married the lawyer.

By: Loner on 2/28/13 at 11:41

If you don't know Lew, you don't know Jack.

By: slacker on 2/28/13 at 11:49

Yeah.. believe that's correct Loner. The Ronco model featured the patented.. add on ''instagrill'' accessory...
If you ordered before 9pm!

By: Loner on 2/28/13 at 11:49

Nobody suggested anybody In lieu of Lew.

By: Loner on 2/28/13 at 11:53

Slack, the feds shut down the whole operation, the Instagrill accessory was being used to cook meth...they say it worked great....very safe too, no sparks or flames to ignite the fumes....Ronco could not keep up with the demand.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/28/13 at 11:55

Things must be better for bud. She is back being her old nasty self.

By: Loner on 2/28/13 at 11:57

BHO sez:

Lew, Lew, skip to my Lew...Lew, Lew, skip to my Lew.....Lew, Lew, skip to my Lew,
Skip to ma Lew ma darlin's....

By: slacker on 2/28/13 at 11:57

A shame indeed. The Instagrill had some parts.. that were interchangeable with ''The Pocket Fisherman''

By: Loner on 2/28/13 at 12:09

Boatswain, blow your call pipe, Pipe Aboard Captain Nemo...