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"It's a great moment. I'm proud to have been here. No one will know until this is actually in place how it works. But we believe we've done something that has been needed for a long time. It took a crisis to bring us to the point where we could actually get this job done."

That's a "teary" Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.), on the financial overhaul bill assembled by leaders in both houses this week. So Dodd, the chair of the committee with jurisdiction over the bill, has no idea how the bill work. Which also means he has no idea if it will work. Which also means he has no idea if the bill will do more harm than good. Nonetheless, he's certain it was needed, and is proud to have helped make it happen.

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  1. Fuck them

  2. Well it worked before. Nancy Pelosi said we need to pass Obamacare to see what’s in it. Why change it up now?

  3. It’s now become the new “I helped pass X laws” to say “I passed a law, don’t know if it will work, but I passed it”. I fucking hate politicians so very, very much.

    1. It’s beyond the capacity of the written word at this point for me.

      It honestly baffles me. I mean, are we here at Reason and a few other sites reading some alternate universe text that everyone else in America is not? How is there not overwhelming outrage to shit like this?

      1. I was just thinking that too. I mean, it’s like we’ve entered loony-land or something.

      2. Thanks. Glad to know it’s not just me. How can this be happening without any kind of push back from … someone! Anyone!

        1. I tweet my complaints directly to the guilty ratfuckers at cspanwj. Sometimes the Washington Journal host actually reads them, to which I almost always get no relevant response.

        2. I’ll give you some pushback.

    2. +10 Episiarch

  4. We have to do something is an attitude all too common amomg legislators. It usually leads to fucked up statutes that do more harm than good.

    Oh yead, Chriss Doddering is a fuckin’ poster boy for term limits.

    1. Please ignore my rage induced typos. Thanks.

      1. We’re used to them by now.

        … Hobbit

  5. Maybe he’s crying because he realizes his usefulness just ran out…

    1. He’s crying with joy over all the money he’s going to make as a lobbyist once he’s out of the congress. The main effect of this bill for Chris Dodd is that it drastically increases the demand for favors from the congress.

      -jcr

  6. Shame is nothing to be proud of. They might as well own their ignorance; it doesn’t seem to make a difference anyway. The shit’s gonna pass.

  7. How will it work? Firms – being far more adept and incentivized than the state – will find innumerable ways around it.

    1. It will work as intended, which is to guarantee plenty of attorney fees.

      1. It will work as intended, which is to guarantee plenty of attorney fees campaign donations.

  8. So Dodd…has no idea how the bill work

    At this point they’re not even pretending.

    1. He’s leaving the Senate after this term, no need to pretend any more.

    2. Exactly.

      The worse part is that the chance of the damage done being undone is incredibly low. We’ll likely just see what the Repubs can put up to out do the Dems if they come back in to power in November. Each go round seems to sink deeper and deeper in to stupidity and open corruption.

      I’m not going to cry DOOOOMMMMM!!! yet but things are actually worsening beyond the point of absurdity they are at now.

    3. Who’s Chris Dodd? What did he say?

      1. Huh? Pass the potatoes.

  9. Old and busted: Knowing what you are making law.

    New hotness: Just passing shit and hoping it works.

  10. He seems to think he’s being paid by the pound of legislation produced.

  11. In a sane world, Dodd and Frank would be bunkmates in federal prison.

    1. Which one is the bottom?

      1. They both are.

      2. Close investigation of the photo on Drudge once again shows Bwarney hitching up his drawers after serving once again as a willing receptacle for Dodds…um…legislative offering!

        Unfortunately we got it in the end as well!

    2. Thank God Sugarfree is busy.

      1. You know when SugarFree posts again his work will be great.

  12. Lawmakers pulled an all-nighter, wrapping up their work at 5:39 a.m. — more than 20 messy, mind-numbing hours after they began Thursday morning.

    …and is my ass sore.

    1. You forgot “boy.”

      and Poland

    2. You forgot “boy.”

      and Poland

  13. No one will know until this is actually in place how it works.

    Yours and B Frank’s biggest campaign contributor, Bank of America, having written it, knows exactly how it will fucking work. To their advantage!

  14. No one will know until this is actually in place how it works.

    Except of course for the congressional aides who are currently sending out their resumes to Wall Street firms.

  15. …and I might find some time to read it in the near future… we’ll see….

  16. No one will know until this is actually in place how it works.

    Oh, I can make a good guess: Exemptions will be granted in return for appropriate campaign contributions.

    1. We have a winner!

  17. Can’t believe elected leaders go on record admitting they don’t know how their stuff works… yadda yadda.

  18. No one will know until this is actually in place how it works.

    Hey, even you might let some honesty slip out after more than twenty fucking hours!

  19. No one will know until this is actually in place how it works.

    This is just unbridled arrogance, which is rather popular in DC these days. In other words, Team Blue is so awesome, everything they pass is great even if they don’t know what’s in it. I mean, how could it not be? Considering their awesomeness.

  20. Every. Incumbent. Out.

    1. I’ve voted that way (including votes on retaining local judges) the last two elections. Hasn’t made a dent so far, but I’m going to keep trying.

      1. Me, too. Except for the crazy chick who ran against Bill Nelson in 2006. That wasn’t going to do anything but swap an astronaut for a space cadet.

      2. I’ve been doing the same thing for 8 years.

  21. No one will know until this is actually in place how it works.

    I predict the following spin: Dodd actually said “well” after “how”, but the mic failed to pick it up, ala Neil Armstrong.

    Of course, that wouldn’t change a thing about this crap.

  22. I’m getting tired of these affairs where politicians stand around congratulating each other like they’re at some kind of Oscar ceremony. At least at the Oscars there’s probably a nice pair of tits lurking in the background–I can’t understand why they think anyone wants to see a bunch of old lawyers going down on each other, for god’s sake.

    Where the fuck is the Boston phone book when you need it.

    1. Politics: Entertainment for ugly people.

  23. OH my nuts.

  24. Chris Dodd,

    You are a wretched human being and you deserve to be stabbed in your fucking rotting gut.

  25. Hate Dodd. Hate Frank. Hate the whole stinking lot.

    BUT — It’s worth remembering that bank stocks skyrocketed today. They’re all in it together. The art and craft of special pleading (built on limitless federal power) has reached new and frightening heights.

    1. As in it together as BP, Obama and Barton. You’d think someone would blow the lid off of this shit.

      1. You’d think someone would blow the lid off of this shit.

        I’m working this just as hard as I can.

  26. We had to do the bailouts. We predicted the past, and have been vindicated.

    The days of entrepreneurship and individualism are almost over. Suck it up.

    1. Chad hasn’t read it and doesn’t know what’s in it, but if it helps suppress entrepreneurship and individualism, he’s all for it!

        1. Maybe I was fooled there… maybe none of the regular trolls can seriously defend this sort of thing….

          1. I hope it’s a sockpuppet anyway. Dodd’s actions and statements are completely indefensible. Why couldn’t they draft complete laypeople to vote on these intricate bills if the congresspeople have no idea what the bills’ effects will be?

    2. Individualism—GOOD
      Collectivism—BAD

      1. No, no, no… why do you libertarians always boil it down to black and white?

        Besides, you have it 100% backwards.

  27. Can I suck your cock, Chad?

    1. I thought you were through posting, Max?

      1. Just can’t stay away! And fuck you, right-winger!

  28. Time to resurrect my proposal:

    every bill submitted to Congress must be written out, in longhand, by the sponsor, without assistance from any other person (including aides, pages, etc.).

    1. On toilet paper.

      1. I like your proposal, Spartacus.

    2. You know there are doctors in Congress, right? Or is it a feature that no one knows what’s in the bill?

    3. Don’t worry, I’ve pledged that all bills will be posted online for three days before the vote, and I’m sure Nancy and Harry will be implementing that any day now.

    4. I’d rather we just deduct $1/word from their salary for anyone who votes in favor of a bill. No credit.

  29. Friday Balko post. Check.

    Kicking a senator in the balls. Hmm, that’s different.

  30. “Bill” = Fuck you goddamn peasants. STFU and pay your pennace. Accept the assraping, and lube up if you can afford it.

    1. That’s what I’ve been saying, wylie.

  31. Unfortunately, The WaPo (aka Pravda) scrubbed the Dodd quote from its article.

  32. How is Dodd so unself-aware to say something like that while weeping with pride about the thing?

    It’s like an architect beaming about the foundation of a 100-story skyscraper being laid and saying “I have no idea if it will stand up to a stiff breeze!”

  33. Does Chony have anything to write about this?

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