The 2012 election comes down to one word: "Fraud." Who will be willing to say it?
Obama's proposal and the accompanying OMB releases do not mention the word or the concept of fraud. Despite an "epidemic" of fraud led by the bank CEOs (which caused the greatest crisis of his life), Obama cannot bring itself to use the "f" word. The administration wants the banks' senior officers to fund its reelection campaign. I've never raised political contributions, but I'm certain that pointing out that a large number of senior bank officers were frauds would make fundraising from them awkward.
And there you have it. Accounting control "fraud" by the banksters, from fraud by robosigners, fraud by their lawyers, fraud by MERS, fraud in selling the same mortgages over and over again to different clients, fraud by selling mortgage backed securities as if they were gold bricks when in fact they were The Big Shitpile (and then paying themselves bonuses), fraud by the bought-and-paid for economists who shill for all this: It's fraudsters all the way down, and the fraud is connived at, obfuscated, and completely supported by the leadership and the apparatus of both legacy parties, 100%, and without exception. How do you know that? They won't use the word.*
[RL calls, so more linky goodness later.]
So now there's a very simple litmus test that can be easily applied to all candidates in 2012, from His Oliness on down: Will they use the word "fraud," and apply it to the banksters?
If they will not, don't give them your vote, and, if possible, give your vote to any non-legacy party candidate. The current party system is like a frozen lava-flow that needs to be jackhammered apart. The word "fraud" is the jackhammer's chisel.
Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?