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Monday, March 22, 2010

America Wasn't Ready

This Sunday, the U.S. health care bill was passed after a furious battle.

The center and left were virtually silent this week, giving the limelight to those who believe that Barack Hussein Obama is not working in their best interests, to say the least. In fact, the opposition united in what both looked and sounded like a religious crusade to save America.

“We have to deny the power of the devil and his disciples in our midst,” wrote one blogger. “Pray to the father God to wake up Congress,” pleaded another. References to “rebuke,” “wickedness,” and “righteousness” were everywhere.

Then there was the coming revolution. There were calls for “bloodshed” if the bill was passed, for “revolution in the streets,” and to “impeach the foreign born dictator.” Conservative talk-show host Rush Limbaugh said that Obama’s secret goal is to divide America before destroying it, while house Minority Leader John Boehner likened the bill to "Armageddon." An ad on the Washington Post's website offered free handguns and knives to those who enrol in a self-defense training course, to prepare you "for what's coming."

The conservative right says that their hatred of Obama is politically – not racially – motivated. Casual observation suggests otherwise. One commenter on a national news website called President Obama a “lying sack of Kenyan dog crap.” Another said that he “lies through purple lips.” Yet another said that the “monkey man will get beaten.”

Of course, the health care bill passed and will now become part of American life. Citizens will have health coverage, whether they like it or not.

For investors, the big question is “what to do now?” When propaganda is rampant & emotions high, what can investors expect? At the opening bell this Monday morning, the 22nd of May 2010, two possible scenarios could occur: A) The right will demonstrate its genuine belief that Obama has destroyed their economic future by selling off U.S. stocks like mad, creating one of the largest stock market crashes in history. Or B) nothing dramatic will happen, showing that it was all just crazy talk.

Personally, I’m hoping for “A.” If so, you will find me at my computer, happily buying underpriced stocks of great American companies, while everyone else loses their minds.

“Reactance – the urge to do the opposite of what someone wants you to do out of a need to resist a perceived attempt to constrain your freedom of choice.” Wikipedia, “List of Cognitive Biases”