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Wed Sept 3 2008 14:30:29

Ex-CEO of eBay Readies to Speak to Republicans

By: Ina Steiner

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eBay Director and former CEO Meg Whitman has been seen with eBay Public Relations expert Henry Gomez at her side at the Republican National Convention, so no surprise she made sure there was a feel-good story dominating news about eBay today as she prepares to give her speech tonight.

eBay issued a press release, "eBay Launches New Online Marketplace for Ethically Sourced and Eco-Friendly Products" at 12:01 am this morning trumpeting a site that's not new. The move is vintage Meg, who leaves nothing to chance and plans 2 steps ahead.

Tonight, she is slated to give a 10-minute speech to Republicans on a lineup that includes fellow Bain & Co alum Mitt Romney, former CEO of Hewlett-Packard Carly Fiorina, and Governor Palin.

Meg told her hometown newspaper her speech tonight would not be about her own political aspirations, but about McCain's theme of prosperity. "I'll be speaking about what the first 100 days of a McCain administration will look like and his economic plan for middle-class Americans, who are struggling,'' she said.

Meg has said she and McCain believe in lowering taxes to help small businesses. A commentor on this blog has asked, if Meg believes tax cuts are good for small businesses, why did she consistently raise fees for eBay sellers every year? It's a question not likely to occur to any political reporters, but it does seem like a curious contradiction.

The feel-good "news" story about the WorldofGood.com marketplace stayed at the top of Google's news page on eBay, keeping "Man Accused Of Selling 2000 Stolen Bras On Ebay" from the top spot on Meg's Very Important Day.

By the way, the caption of an AP photo of Meg and Henry attributed him as "staffer." Is Gomez an eBay staffer, a Meg staffer, or an RNC staffer?




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by: Lester

Wed Sep 3 15:47:04 2008

Stinking Republicans...We don't need 4 more years of the abuse we've taken for the past 8. Isn't it obvious why Meg is there? The Republicans cater to big business. Screw the little guy, the consumer. This makes we want to throw up.

Oh yea, and John, great choice for VP. She'd be the perfect President if something should happen to you. Very experienced lady. She's as qualified for that position as I am - which I am NOT. Gag me with a spoon.

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by: Patricia

Wed Sep 3 16:04:54 2008

I'm hoping for all I'm worth that the republicans will be defeated in November.  If we don't get them out of high places they're going to take this country to its knees!  Its almost there already with more debt then we've ever had in the history of this country plus our kids fighting and dying for OIL so the rich can get even richer!  Anybody who can't see that is just too stupid to live here in the first place!  So, speak on Meg - I hope you mess up your speech cause I sure would never wish you any luck!  How many of our auction dollars have you already given to those charletons?  Paying your way with our blood money!

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by: ozzievoodoo

Wed Sep 3 16:28:06 2008

Well I guess the Republicans and Ebay have something in common. THEY ARE BOTH CIRCLING THE DRAIN.

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by: Lester

Wed Sep 3 17:57:13 2008

'' Anybody who can't see that is just too stupid''

PAT---

Turn on your TV tonight, and watch all the stupid people. It makes me sick. That image of Bush on that giant screen last night. It reminded me of that Apple ''Big Brother'' commercial from the Super Bowl in the 1980's. Eeek.

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by: Gail

Wed Sep 3 18:17:26 2008

"Turn on your TV tonight, and watch..."

Good advice if you had stopped there. Open-minded people are willing to hear both sides.  I watched the DNC and I'm going to watch the RNC, too. There is always something to learn.

It's really sad to label people stupid because they may not agree with your views.

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by: Windsor Bear

Wed Sep 3 19:17:34 2008

I can see it now...

Instead of being the US of A,
We will become the US of ebAy.

Beam me up Scotty... there's no intelligent life here.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Ming the Merciless

Wed Sep 3 19:22:37 2008

From Ina's post:

"Meg told her hometown newspaper her speech tonight would not be about her own political aspirations, but about McCain's theme of prosperity. "

Indeed. The "prosperity" she's referring to, of course, is the Republican objective to increase "prosperity" by transforming more millionaires into billionaires.

Meg is the Mother of the Ebay Big Lie, and she finds old habits impossible to break apparently. OF COURSE she's not speaking at the Republican Convention to further any political ambitions. How could we have possibly thought otherwise?

Excuse me while I retch.

When I lived in Mexico several years ago, 90% of the wealth was controlled by 10% of the population.

In America today, 80% of the country's wealth is controlled by 10% of the population.

One more Republican administration, and we'll catch up with Mexico.

Which is EXACTLY what the Republicans mean by "prosperity."

And, BTW, isn't Gail the one who said not to count out good ole girl Meg for VP? LOL.

Ebay operates exactly like the Republican Party. It's probably one of the infinitesimally few things Meg Whitman ever told the truth about.


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by: BOWHUNTER

Wed Sep 3 19:40:26 2008

I AM AMAZED AT THE REPUBLICANS.I NEVER THOUGHT THAT I WOULD SEE THIS COUNTRY IN THE CONDITION AS IT IS IN TODAY.I HAVE BEEN WATCHING THE REPUBLICAN CONVENTION AS WELL AS THE DEMOCRAT CONVENTION.I ALWAYS LIKE TO HEAR BOTH SIDES BECAUSE I VOTE BOTH WAYS AT TIMES.LAST NIGHT I HEARD LIBERMAN STAND BEFORE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND MISREPRESENT THE TRUTH (LIE).NOW THEY HAVE EBAYS ADVISOR CEO TO SPEAK.I WONDER IF SHE WILL LET THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN DRAGGED THROUGH THE MUD BY EBAY KNOW WHY.I DON'T THINK SHE WILL SAY WHO ACTUALLY MADE EBAY (THE COMMON PERSON).THE RICH FOLKS ARE HAVING A FAMILY REUNION AND I AM WATCHING.SO FAR I HAVE SOLIDIFIED MY INTENTIONS TO VOTE DEMOCRATIC AND TO LEAVE EBAY.CHANEY FOUND A GOOD EXCUSE NOT TO SHOW UP AT THE CONVENTION.HE TAKES A VACATION TO GEORGIA AND TAKES A BILLION OF OUR TAX DOLLARS TO GIVE AWAY.IN MY OPINION THE ONES (RUSSIANS) WHO CAUSED ALL THE DESTRUCTION IN GEORGIA SHOULD HAVE TO FINANCE THEIR RECONSTRUCTION.MAYBE CHANEY WILL GO HUNTING WHILE OVER THERE.MCCAIN THINKS ALL WOMEN IN THE US WILL VOTE WITH HIS TICKET BECAUSE OF HIS VP PICK.I WOULD TELL HIM THAT IT'S HARD TO FLY A LEAD BALLON.THERE ARE MANY WISE WOMEN IN THE USA AND I DON'T THINK ALL OF THEM CAN BE FOOLED.MCCAIN PICKS EBAYS X CEO TO SPEAK ALSO A ''WISE'' DECISION.EBAY WILL SOON BE HISTORY WITH ME AS WELL AS THE REPUBLICAN PARTY--BOWHUNTER

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by: Lester

Wed Sep 3 19:54:51 2008

@Gail

''There is always something to learn.''

And I agree, but I have NOTHING to learn from the Republicans. They have spent the past 8 YEARS teaching me all I need to know thank you very much.

''It's really sad to label people stupid because they may not agree with your views.''

Apparently not just MY views...
Several other people also want to throw up.

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by: Daisy

Wed Sep 3 20:43:37 2008

After 8 years of Bush, I'd vote for Andy Dick if he was running.

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by: Herbert

Wed Sep 3 20:52:54 2008

I wonder if she is going to talk about totalitarian eBay ..... the evil empire.

Perhaps she is going to talk about what a success it was to increase fees or about how fun it was to limit the ability of sellers to give buyers negative or neutral feedback.  Or how they played a joke on sellers when it allowed neutrals to count as negatives.  Or how about this latest nonsense about how eBay stands for American ideals so much that it is limiting the forms of payment that can be accepted. Or maybe she is going to announce the mandatory free shipping rule that the reps have been whispering about for the holidays.  Now you can really call it the silly season.

Lets face it.  Even eBay's customer service employees know they are working for a fascist organization.  My service rep is even so disgusted that he wants to quit, but unfortunately lives somewhere in Colorado and cant find work with a REAL AMERICAN company.

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by: eBay Insider

Wed Sep 3 20:59:46 2008

Wow, Ina.  That's a ridiculous leap.  As an eBay insider, and someone familiar with the WorldofGood.com team, I can assure you that the last thing the team was concerned with when scheduling PR was the appearance of their ex-CEO at the RNC.  While many of us at eBay continue to adore Meg, her political views are her own and have no affiliation with eBay related press.  I'm guessing that most of us at eBay are Democrats.  I supported Hilary and will proudly support Obama in November.

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by: Steve

Wed Sep 3 21:10:52 2008

I believe it's rather naive to think that the previous 8 years are all George Bush's fault, and the previous 8 before that can be linked to Bill Clinton.  I'm a Democrat, however no matter who is elected, you must change you, if you want things to be better for your life 4 years from now.  If you wait on the federal government, you'll be waiting a long time.

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by: The Graduate

Wed Sep 3 21:27:29 2008

''I'm guessing that most of us at eBay are Democrats.''

I'm guessing the officers are Rupublicans getting fat as elephants on seller abusive policies while the lower level may be Democrats enforcing all of the jackassery.

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by: The Graduate

Wed Sep 3 22:16:34 2008

Meg really said a whole lot of nothing:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWuL_SgdQww

And any former or current eBay seller who is familiar with Meg knows all of her spiel about ''having worked long hours to earn your money, you should keep more of it'' is really just a bunch of bullshit.
To this day Meg continues to cash in on the backs of common Americans who worked long hours just to earn a modest living.
She personifies taxation at a non-governmental level. She's disgusting.
McCain must have known that her means of obtaining the massive amounts of money she's accumulated made her a bad choice for VP.  She is simply hated by too many users of one of the most used sites on the Internet.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Ming the Merciless

Wed Sep 3 22:26:20 2008

Another tenet of Meg and the Republican Party's definition of prosperity is to give tax breaks to the wealthiest Americans while crushing the middle class with taxes, artifically manipulated high energy prices (more welfare for the wealthy), and investment manipulation (more welfare for the wealthy at the expense of the middle class who are now losing their homes), and the infamous trickle down discredited economic theory promulgated under the Reagan administration.

Yessir, keep voting for Republicans and against your own self-interests and watch this country become a third world country in the next four years!

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This user has validated their user name. by: Ming the Merciless

Wed Sep 3 22:44:55 2008

@ Ebay Insider who wrote:

"As an eBay insider, and someone familiar with the WorldofGood.com team, I can assure you that the last thing the team was concerned with when scheduling PR was the appearance of their ex-CEO at the RNC."

Other true things I learned on ebay.

1. The moon is made of green cheese with the face Jesus or the Virgin Mary on it.
2. Ebay decreases fees by raising them.
3. Ebay defines neutral as negative.
4. Ebay disciplines members of their management team who misrepresent their products and and fail to pay for what they bought.
5. Ebay never takes credit for charitable contributions made by sellers such as the September 11 related outpouring in 2001-2002. Nope, the sellers got ALL the credit.
6. Ebay executives are never guilty of hypocrisy, lying, stealing, or other forms of cheating and don't tolerate those who do.
7. Customer service is nearly always helpful, constructive, relevant, and fair. They make a genuine effort to help sellers in any way they can and in a timely manner.

Shall I go on ebay insider?

Listen up: NONE of you has as much as a scintilla of credibility with most of us so peddle your PR spin elsewhere. Wall Street seems to swallow your PR swill by the bucket so go tell them about how most of your are Democrats and ebay's warm and fuzzy announcement today had absolutely nothing with Meg's paltry little speech tonight that people missed if they went to the bathroom.

I watched it and then had to go to the bathroom.

Ebafia: the world's most despicable corporation run by the most clueless and incompetent management and minions.

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by: GazLanNaThai

Thu Sep 4 07:00:55 2008

Ina

LOVE THE PHOTO OF MEG

In your photo for this story, Meg looks just like the Mom of the criminal gang in the movie "The Goonies"

Brilliant !

It also sums up the abilities of "the kids" she left in charge when she popped out to play politics.

Gaz

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by: Gail

Thu Sep 4 09:35:20 2008

@Steve 21:10:52
I couldn't have said it better myself.

@Ming
I'm no fan of Whitman.  I just knew that McCain had to choose a woman to have any chance in the election, and there were only three possibilities. Now, we'll have campaigns that will keep the American people engaged for the next two months.  There's no excitement in a sure thing.

@TheGraduate
That you for posting a link to Whitman's speech.  It wasn't carried on CNN, FOX, or MSNBC.  The commentators were much more interested in their own prognostications.

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by: Gail

Thu Sep 4 09:37:46 2008

That was 'thank you for.....'

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