October 30, 2009

Confirmed: Prosperity Montage Returns!
— Ace

Sadly, I don't have a clip of it yet (those Newsbusters are slacking), but ArthurK. saw it last night.

Just as predicted -- including a substitution for the printing-presses-rolling-off-currency part.

Watched ABC network news. They had a mini-montage.

1) Cash registers beeping and cash register drawers popping open, filled with cash.

They showed cash being counted - twice.

2) The ding-ding-ding at day's end on Wall Street, to the cheers of traders.

Check.

3) Government printing presses rolling off millions of dollars in $100 bills.


Housing, for sale signs. Happy people in car showrooms.

Actually that's not a mini-montage, that's the full montage. The Prosperity Montage only lasts, like, five or six seconds as they read a couple of sentences about the super-duper growth numbers meaning that we're all rich.

I'll keep looking for the clip.

Ah. Hello again, old chum.

Posted by: Ace at 05:58 AM | Comments (86)
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1 I am not first!

Posted by: OregonMuse at October 30, 2009 05:59 AM (eR37w)

2
Happy days are here again!

And look, there's Fonzie Media jumpin' the shark!

Posted by: Tweet beats dead horses at October 30, 2009 06:00 AM (z37MR)

3 Also, I thought the prosperity montage also showed fade-in/out cuts of official-looking graphs that all pointed upwards (or bar graphs that increased to the right, like a cell phone signal meter).

Posted by: OregonMuse at October 30, 2009 06:02 AM (eR37w)

4

"Actually that's not a mini-montage, that's the full montage."

More like a Full Monty, I'd say. 

Posted by: wws at October 30, 2009 06:02 AM (T1boi)

5 Let's go buy a new car and a new house! The government gives me money to help me do it! I'd never be able to afford it on my McDonald's salary otherwise!

Posted by: Alex at October 30, 2009 06:02 AM (udP2l)

6

We want video!

Best montage of all time, of course, is the one-day relationship set to Herman's Hermits in The Naked Gun!

Posted by: logprof at October 30, 2009 06:03 AM (I3Udb)

7 I suddenly feel my confidence in the economy returning!

Posted by: kefka at October 30, 2009 06:03 AM (n1uMU)

8 They already jumped the shark they simply do not care anymore. They figure for good reason around 35% of the country can be spun anyway they want. Sad thing is they are right.

Posted by: Mr. Pink at October 30, 2009 06:03 AM (SqAkN)

Posted by: logprof at October 30, 2009 06:04 AM (I3Udb)

10 Please, the best montage ever is The Karate Kid montage to "You're the Best Around."

Posted by: kefka at October 30, 2009 06:05 AM (n1uMU)

11 Happy Days are here again !

Thats great news ! I think I'll dust off my smoking jacket and fire up the yacht.

Posted by: Blazer at October 30, 2009 06:05 AM (+FzLa)

12

10

I agree. "Put him in a body bag Johnny!"

Posted by: Mr. Pink at October 30, 2009 06:06 AM (SqAkN)

13 6

We want video!

Best montage of all time, of course, is the one-day relationship set to Herman's Hermits in The Naked Gun!

Posted by: logprof at October 30, 2009 11:03 AM (I3Udb)

D*MN!  Now that's gonna be stuck in my head all week-end!

Posted by: Nighthawk at October 30, 2009 06:07 AM (OtQXp)

14
It's just going to make people look around at the destruction and wonder "what the HELL are they talking about?!"  It's not just the emperor with no clothes, its also his fluffers in the SRM.

Posted by: Dang Straights at October 30, 2009 06:07 AM (Haq+B)

15

Okay, I guess I was wrong about the Wall Street bit. 

Who wants to be right all the time? It must get dull.

Posted by: Some Guy at October 30, 2009 06:07 AM (lPxkl)

16

Who wants to be right all the time? It must get dull.

Posted by: Some Guy at October 30, 2009 11:07 AM (lPxkl)

--That's why I make the big bucks, sucka!

Posted by: 0bama at October 30, 2009 06:08 AM (I3Udb)

17

The hours approaching, to give it your best
You've got to reach your prime.
That’s when you need to put yourself to the test
And show us a passage of time
Were going to need a montage (montage)
Ooh it takes a montage (montage)

Sure a lot of things happing at once,
Remind everyone what’s going on (what’s going on)
And when every shot you show a little improvement
Just show it all or it will take to long
That’s called a montage (montage)
Ooh we want montage (montage)

And anything that we want to know
From just a beginner to a pro,
You want a montage (montage)
Even rocky had a montage (montage)

(Montage...montage)

Anything that we want to know
From just a beginner to a pro,
You need a montage (montage)
Ooh it takes a montage (montage)

Always fade out in a montage,
If you fade out
It seem like more time has passed in a montage
Montage

 

-Team America

Posted by: brak at October 30, 2009 06:09 AM (1Y3Fy)

18 Did it show any Goldman Sachs employees in the Hamptons?  How about Henry Paulson with a nightstick?  Were there any shots of Barney Frank?  Dammit man, we need details!

Posted by: Herr Morgenholz at October 30, 2009 06:11 AM (5aa4z)

19

The rolling printing presses and the notes counting machine were part of a montage used on Fox News, can't remember whether it was Bret Baier's program or Bill O'Reilly, I was busy with something else at the time and looked up to see it. 

It just goes to show that some media memes are now hard wired and have become cliches.  So much for the much vaunted media practioners' creativity, j-schools are worthless turning out journalist less capable than the newsrooms of old where you started at sixteen and worked your way up to an editorship.

Posted by: Decaf at October 30, 2009 06:11 AM (BoFBr)

20

Considering the dollar is worth a dime, ok 12 cents, from before, crank those printing presses.  We can all feel good about the pretty, green paper.

This will not end well.

Posted by: MarkD at October 30, 2009 06:12 AM (MMy4A)

21

They already jumped the shark they simply do not care anymore. They figure for good reason around 35% of the country can be spun anyway they want. Sad thing is they are right.

I live in a community with a concentration of Slavic immigrants. We joke that MSNBC and CNN now are like Pravda and Izvestia were then.

What a strange world when the english-language versions of Pravda online now have better news than the LameSM of the USA. It is as if the roles have reversed.

Posted by: Curmudgeon at October 30, 2009 06:12 AM (ujg0T)

22 The rolling printing presses and the notes counting machine Obama's Stash were part of a montage used on Fox News

FIFY

Posted by: Herr Morgenholz at October 30, 2009 06:13 AM (5aa4z)

23
This will not end well.

Oh, we know how it ends.

Posted by: Dang Straights at October 30, 2009 06:15 AM (Haq+B)

24 I feel like I am in the montage from Groundhog Day.

Posted by: Mr. Pink at October 30, 2009 06:16 AM (SqAkN)

25

This will not end well.

Since the beginning and middle also blow, I believe the word for today is "anticlimatic."

Posted by: Circa (Insert Year Here) at October 30, 2009 06:18 AM (B+qrE)

26 Come on down and pick up the keys to your new car!

Posted by: Monty Hall at October 30, 2009 06:18 AM (KOkrW)

27

I feel like I am in the montage from Groundhog Day.

You know, that's a perfect analogy for the 2010 Congress elections--our lives won't change until we get rid of Pelosi, Reid, Frank, et. al.

Posted by: Curmudgeon at October 30, 2009 06:18 AM (ujg0T)

28

I do not understand how all the disparate reports about job losses, more housing market woes, the start (continuation) of the commercial real estate market woes, the drops in retails sales all add up to everything is better now.

I guess they assume, and probably rightly, that most Americans are not paying attention and putting 2 and 2 together. Or, they are hoping that they can convince America, finally, that 2+2 = 5.

Posted by: ParanoidGirlInSeattle at October 30, 2009 06:18 AM (RZ8pf)

29

I feel like I am in the montage from Groundhog Day.

At least Groundhog Day does end well.  I feel much more hopeful now.

Posted by: Decaf at October 30, 2009 06:19 AM (BoFBr)

30 Obama's giving money from his stash!

WE LOVE HIM!!

Posted by: Obama! Obama! Obama! at October 30, 2009 06:19 AM (PD1tk)

31

Posted by: brak at October 30, 2009 11:09 AM (1Y3Fy)

--It has ben five years since I saw Team America.  Is it from that movie?

I know it was in the South Park Aspen episode parodying 80s movies.

Posted by: logprof at October 30, 2009 06:19 AM (I3Udb)

32

Ooohhh, stacks and stacks of that sweet Obama money! Can't you just smell the prosperity?

What's that you say? The manufacturing job you lost last year isn't coming back and your unemployment has run out? You wonder how cat food tastes because you're tired of dog food?

But just look at all that money!

Posted by: BackwardsBoy at October 30, 2009 06:20 AM (ZGhSv)

33 I feel like I am in the montage from Groundhog Day.

Nailing Andie MacDowell makes it worthwhile.

Posted by: Herr Morgenholz at October 30, 2009 06:20 AM (5aa4z)

34 For some strange reason after watching last night's news, I'm feeling quite bullish on our economy. I guess I can now go cruising for spicy mustard in my Bentley again.

Posted by: The Grey Poupon Guy at October 30, 2009 06:21 AM (SPSOE)

35 Wouldn't surprise me a bit if a rainbow somehow shows up in the montage.

Posted by: KelliD at October 30, 2009 06:21 AM (JMwaV)

36

Yesterday I posted a link to the video; today the chorus lyrics

 

Happy days are here again
The skies above are clear again
Let us sing a song of cheer again
Happy days are here again
Altogether shout it now!
There's no one who can doubt it now
So let's tell the world about it now
Happy days are here again
Your cares and troubles are gone;
There'll be no more from now on
Happy days are here again
The skies above are clear again
Let us sing a song of cheer again
Happy days are here again

Posted by: Vic at October 30, 2009 06:22 AM (CDUiN)

37
I'mmmmm Back !

Posted by: Robin Leach at October 30, 2009 06:23 AM (+FzLa)

38

Sod off, Yanks.

My investments are going gangbusters!

Posted by: poot at October 30, 2009 06:23 AM (I3Udb)

39 If I'm not mistaken the belief that saying something will make it come true is called "magical thinking."

You know, it's not Kool Aid that the MSM is drinking. It's spiked with Lithium.

Posted by: shibumi at October 30, 2009 06:23 AM (OKZrE)

40

Housing, for sale signs.

Details, please. Was the cameraman holding his camera on his shoulder or down at knee level? Was the For Sale sign on a lush green, well-tended lawn, or was it yellowish-green and spotty?

If it's the former for each, then the visuals convey the American dream of home ownership -- that is, you the viewer are the potential buyer. The latter mean you're the frustrated would-be seller, unable to sell your house for what little cash you might get for it but which you're desperate for.

Posted by: FireHorse at October 30, 2009 06:23 AM (Vl5GH)

41 Cyclical Economy? Never heard of it. Isn't Obama a miracle worker!?

Posted by: Charlie Gibson at October 30, 2009 06:24 AM (SPSOE)

42 36

Yesterday I posted a link to the video; today the chorus lyrics


Makes ya want to run right out and vote for FDR, doesn't it?



Posted by: Nighthawk at October 30, 2009 06:25 AM (OtQXp)

43 Evil Never Sleeps, Ban The Box.

You could have been blissfully unaware that the prosperity montage had been put on ice for nine years, but no, you continue to torment yourself and most of you actually PAY to have communist BS pumped into your house.

Posted by: John Galt at October 30, 2009 06:25 AM (F/4zf)

44

Sorry guys but in the montage on Groundhog Day he just kills himself 40 times. The rest of the movie has all the good parts.

Posted by: Mr. Pink at October 30, 2009 06:25 AM (SqAkN)

45 Hey, and there's an election about a week away! Hmmm

Posted by: Bob at October 30, 2009 06:27 AM (RsriB)

46 So, I guess we can expect the media to retire the phrase "In these tough economic times" (ITTET)? I wonder how the 10% unemployed are going to feel about that?

Posted by: Che Pizza at October 30, 2009 06:27 AM (SPSOE)

Posted by: dan-O at October 30, 2009 06:29 AM (+9Rf8)

48

Posted by: logprof at October 30, 2009 11:04 AM (I3Udb)

Heh! Heh, thanks logprof!  Did that line make it into last night's ONT?

"Can I interest you in a nightcap?"

"No thanks, I don't wear them." 

Heh!

Posted by: runningrn at October 30, 2009 06:30 AM (qP2BK)

49

More like a Full Monty, I'd say. 

We heart the Full Monty--he's a fan favorite around here!

Posted by: runningrn at October 30, 2009 06:31 AM (qP2BK)

50

Please, the best montage ever is The Karate Kid montage to "You're the Best Around."

Ha!  I always think of Mary Katherine Ham when I hear that song. 

Posted by: runningrn at October 30, 2009 06:32 AM (qP2BK)

51

Part of me thinks its just fine for the economic illiterates to convince themselves that all is well and jump right back into the equities markets and ignore looming inflation and dollar devaluation.  Might cause hard asset prices to fall (thinking gold) a bit and become even more profitable in the coming couple of years.

In other words, I'm trying to think of ways to profit from the 52%'ers that brought us Carter II, rather than just shake my head ruefully.  Are others thinking similar thoughts, and if so, where are the real profit centers going to be in the next couple of years, given the anti-growth and inflationary policies of this Administration?

Posted by: Fred at October 30, 2009 06:33 AM (kOVZm)

52

Sod off, Yanks.

My investments are going gangbusters!

Well, yes, given that even your NuLabour government didn't go on an orgy of "stimulus" and didn't screw with the pound... maybe I should open a UK Bank account instead of a Swiss one.

Posted by: Curmudgeon at October 30, 2009 06:34 AM (ujg0T)

53

Part of me thinks its just fine for the economic illiterates to convince themselves that all is well and jump right back into the equities markets and ignore looming inflation and dollar devaluation.  Might cause hard asset prices to fall (thinking gold) a bit and become even more profitable in the coming couple of years.

In other words, I'm trying to think of ways to profit from the 52%'ers that brought us Carter II, rather than just shake my head ruefully.  Are others thinking similar thoughts, and if so, where are the real profit centers going to be in the next couple of years, given the anti-growth and inflationary policies of this Administration?

I think the gold train has already left the station two years ago. When Pelosi and Reid took over in late 2006, we should have jumped on it then.

What to buy? Real Estate. Yes, the Affirmative Action Lending Subprime bubble is still deflating, but that's almost over, and Real Estate is still a hard asset.

Posted by: Curmudgeon at October 30, 2009 06:38 AM (ujg0T)

54 >>>If I'm not mistaken the belief that saying something will make it come true is called "magical thinking." In the case of macroeconomics, that's not magical thinking, it's correct thinking. If most have confidence in the economy, the economy *will* grow, at least more than it would have absent that confidence. And the leftwing media knows this, so every dem gets the prosperity montage, and bush got 8 years of (as someone just said) "In these tough economic times."

Posted by: ace at October 30, 2009 06:47 AM (ti/0H)

55

Dow's currently lost half of its gains from yesterday--looks like Goldman Sachs will have to get an after-lunch ramp going before Bank Failure Friday sets in.

Posted by: David Axelrod's Combover at October 30, 2009 06:49 AM (/Pw+r)

56

Dow's currently lost half of its gains from yesterday--looks like Goldman Sachs will have to get an after-lunch ramp going before Bank Failure Friday sets in.

And what "gains" the Dow has had are in devalued currency. Sure, stocks go "up" in dollars per share when the dollar turns into mush.

Posted by: Curmudgeon at October 30, 2009 06:50 AM (ujg0T)

57

Heh! Heh, thanks logprof!  Did that line make it into last night's ONT?

Posted by: runningrn at October 30, 2009 11:30 AM (qP2BK)

--Alas, no. My entry from that mvoies was the "Cuban?" exchange.;-)

Off to the Holloween party at work!

Posted by: poot at October 30, 2009 06:54 AM (I3Udb)

58

What to buy? Real Estate. Yes, the Affirmative Action Lending Subprime bubble is still deflating, but that's almost over, and Real Estate is still a hard asset.

The problem is that the government will be extending Cash 4 Home Clunkers out beyond its original expiration date, and will now include second-time buyers as well.  In other words, by this action they are showing that the housing market will act like the auto industry once the Chinese-bought debt spigot stops flowing--pulled-forward demand followed by a huge drop in sales.

Government money is the only thing preventing real estate prices from falling to their appropriate market levels right now, and thus preventing banks from being shut down and sold off like they should be.  Fortunately, as we saw last year, they can't pull this Ponzi scheme off forever, and the public will be in torch-and-pitchfork mode if banks get any more huge bailouts.  There's already a lot of rumbling about GMAC, and relatively speaking, their bailout is not nearly as high as the Big 4 or 5 recieved from TARP.

Posted by: David Axelrod's Combover at October 30, 2009 06:56 AM (/Pw+r)

59

Yeah, I had the same reservations about gold.  How much higher can it really go, given that its more than doubled since 2001?

I like the real estate idea.

Posted by: Fred at October 30, 2009 06:57 AM (5Ig1V)

60

And what "gains" the Dow has had are in devalued currency. Sure, stocks go "up" in dollars per share when the dollar turns into mush.

Bingo--the Dow's been acting in inverse proportion to the DXY for roughly the last year now; it's so obvious even Jon Stewart commented on this in one of his segments recently.

Dollar is up to 76.3 right now, incidentally--I wonder if Bernanke will get pulled out of a meeting to give it a Hulk Hogan leg drop this afternoon?

Posted by: David Axelrod's Combover at October 30, 2009 06:59 AM (/Pw+r)

61

The problem is that the government will be extending Cash 4 Home Clunkers out beyond its original expiration date, and will now include second-time buyers as well.  In other words, by this action they are showing that the housing market will act like the auto industry once the Chinese-bought debt spigot stops flowing--pulled-forward demand followed by a huge drop in sales.

That is a very good point. I guess timing will be key. The undeniable trend is still good for Real Estate, as Jimmuh Carter in mulattoface (I denounce myself n advance, so you don't have to) sets off a wave of inflation and paper assets turn into excrement.

Posted by: Curmudgeon at October 30, 2009 07:00 AM (ujg0T)

62

The undeniable trend is still good for Real Estate, as Jimmuh Carter in mulattoface (I denounce myself n advance, so you don't have to) sets off a wave of inflation and paper assets turn into excrement.

Good point--I guess owning a 65-acre spread in Idaho (with plenty of ammo stocks, of course) would be a wise investment in such a scenario.

Posted by: David Axelrod's Combover at October 30, 2009 07:04 AM (/Pw+r)

63 http://www.southparkstudios.com/clips/153324


Posted by: Lemmiwinks at October 30, 2009 07:16 AM (IqfKc)

64

We're going to need a bigger montage.

Posted by: Martin Brody at October 30, 2009 07:16 AM (P33XN)

65 Since this is the second time they have announced the Obama administration has saved the economy (Mission Accomplished!), are we allowed to blame the Obama administration when commercial real estate collapses and the second dip of this recession begins?

Posted by: Darth Daver at October 30, 2009 07:31 AM (lN6u3)

66

Prosperity montage? But we're only 9 months into the "trading."

 

/quotation marks denote "secret code words."

Posted by: Duke & Duke at October 30, 2009 07:32 AM (GwPRU)

67

I live in a small town and work for a large public university, and we're furloughed today (and 5 more, later)  which will compute into a 3% pay cut by the end of the year. I'm told to be grateful that I have a job. But it just pisses me off.

Rush is on right now saying yes, the situation  (economy) is dire. No kidding.  I'm so tired of these liberal @ssholes and their lies. Especially since I knew it would come to this if  Obama was elected. It's so frustrating to have seen it coming, now it's here, and now we're stuck with it. 

Then on top of that, these freaks in the media are trying to shove this prosperity lie in our faces. It's infuriating.

 

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I don't know.  Maybe people buying shit 'n stuff.
Did the cameraman shoot anything fresh?
No, it was pretty quiet.  You'll have to use file vision.  Try that story I did last month on green shoots.
That one I used file vision for?
That's the one.

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