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Rand Paul – Audit the Fed!

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Fed fires back at Rand Paul

The Federal Reserve is lashing out at Sen. Rand Paul’s plan to give Congress more oversight over the central bank, a proposal that could gain traction in the new Republican-led Congress.

The Kentucky Republican reintroduced his “Audit the Fed” legislation last month with 30 co-sponsors, including other potential 2016 GOP hopefuls, Sens. Ted Cruz (Texas) and Marco Rubio (Fla.).

The proposal — once championed by his father, former Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) —would subject the central bank to an audit by the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

Regional bank presidents from around the country are decrying the plan, which they argue could damage the economy.

“Who in their right mind would ask the Congress of the United States — who can’t cobble together a fiscal policy — to assume control of monetary policy?” Richard Fisher, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, said during an interview with The Hill.

Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen has already vowed to fight the legislation, and President Obama would likely veto it.

Still, Fed watchers note that Paul has become emboldened by the new Republican majority in Congress. And he possesses an ever louder national microphone, as he moves closer to a 2016 presidential run.

Together, those factors could elevate the issue in the coming months, a prospect that has spurred strong words from bank officials.

Philadelphia Fed President Charles Plosser told The Hill that financial auditing “already exists” for the Fed, and warned that Paul’s plan would empower Congress “to audit and question monetary policy decisions in real time.”

“This runs the risk of monetary policy decisions being based on short-term political considerations instead of the longer-term health of the economy,” Plosser said.

Paul pushed back against the criticism, saying Fed officials “will say and do anything to keep their business hidden from the American people.”

For Paul, the legislation allows him to burnish his Republican-libertarian credentials.

And he appears to want to make it part of his early presidential campaigning. On Friday, Paul will hold an Audit the Fed rally in Des Moines, Iowa, as part of a weekend trip to the early presidential caucus state.

The issue could give Paul an opening to tap into the public’s mistrust of the government, more than six years after the federal bailouts that followed the 2008 economic crisis.

“This secretive government-run bureaucracy promotes policies that have impacted the lives of all Americans,” Paul said. “Citizens have the right to know why the Fed’s policies have resulted in a stagnant economy and record numbers of people dropping out of the workforce.”

Fisher said lawmakers are looking to shift blame, having proven “unable to get together with their own colleagues on a working fiscal policy or construct a regulatory regime that incentivizes investment and job creation.”

“So they simply find it convenient to create a boogeyman out of an entity that does its job efficiently — the Federal Reserve,” Fisher said. “To some outsiders the Fed appears to be some kind of combination of Hogwarts, the Death Star, and Ebenezer Scrooge — especially to those who don’t take the time to read the copious amounts of reports and speeches and explanations we emit.”

The twelve presidents of the Fed’s regional banks are well connected, their boards of directors stacked with influential business leaders. They are likely to intensify their opposition to Paul’s proposal.

On Wednesday, Cleveland Fed President Loretta Mester criticized the legislation as “misguided” during public remarks in Columbus, Ohio.

“They really are about allowing political considerations to influence monetary policy decisions,” Mester said in her speech. “This would be a tremendous mistake, because it would ultimately lead to poorer economic performance.”

Yellen, who met with Senate Democrats last week on Capitol Hill, is scheduled to testify before Congress later this month. The appearance will be her first since Republicans seized control of the Senate, and she will likely face questions on the legislation.

Senate Banking Committee Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), whose panel has jurisdiction on the bill, has also said he is interested in holding hearings on the issue.

http://thehill.com/policy/finance/231822-fed-fires-back

Rand Paul Slams Federal Reserve’s Secrecy, Reintroduces Bill to ‘Audit the Fed’

Sen. Rand Paul is reviving his push to audit the Federal Reserve.

The Kentucky Republican and presumptive 2016 presidential candidate said he wants to bring several of the Fed’s monetary activities under congressional oversight.

In a statement released Monday, Paul said it was time to end the secrecy behind the Fed. He believes an audit is the best way to do it.

“[An] audit of the Fed will finally allow the American people to know exactly how their money is being spent by Washington.” Paul said.
He slammed the Fed’s current operating practices, saying it works “under a cloak of secrecy and it has gone on for too long.”

Paul concluded that “the American people have a right to know what the Federal Reserve is doing with our nation’s money supply.”

>>> Much More to Friedman Than Rule-Based Monetary Policy

Calls for a Fed audit increased after the 2008 financial crisis. The ensuing collapse in the housing market and financial industry sparked an ongoing effort to bring more sunlight to the agency.

Norbert Michel, a research fellow in financial regulations at The Heritage Foundation, told The Daily Signal he agreed with the senator.

“There is no justification for secrecy,” Michel said. “They should have a full policy audit and the Federal Open Market Committee’s full transcript, not just the minutes, should be released.”

Although the main goal of Paul’s legislation is to have a full audit of the Fed, completed within six months, there are several other reforms he’d like to implement. They include eliminating restrictions on the Government Accountability Office’s ability to conduct oversight and giving Congress oversight of Fed policies like quantitative easing.

>>> House Republicans Attempt to Lift ‘Veil of Secrecy’ From Federal Reserve

The bill has already gained popularity in the Republican caucus with 30 co-sponsors, including Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Marco Rubio, R-Fla., potential presidential rivals in 2016.

“The Fed has expanded its balance sheet fivefold, yet economic growth is still tepid, businesses are sitting on cash, and median income and household wealth are depressed,” Cruz noted in a statement.

Cruz also slammed the Fed for its secrecy.

“Enough is enough,” Cruz said. “The Federal Reserve needs to fully open its books so Congress and the American people can see what has been going on. This is a crucial first step to getting back to a more stable dollar and a healthy economy for the long term.”

http://dailysignal.com/2015/01/29/rand-paul-slams-federal-reserves-secrecy-reintroduces-bill-audit-fed/

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Bailed Out Bank Trillion Dollar Derivative Exposure

Posted on April 11, 2009. Filed under: Blogroll, Economics, Employment, Investments, Law, Links, Politics, Rants, Regulations, Resources, Security, Taxes, Video | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

 

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“…Over 93.7% ($188 Trillion) of this gross exposure was held by only four bank s, J. P. Morgan Chase, Bank of America, Citibank and Goldman Sachs.  One institution, J. P. Morgan Chase, accounted for $87 Trillion of the total exposure or approximately 140% of Gross World Product. …”

~OCC’s Quarterly Report on Bank Trading and Derivatives Activities: Fourth Quarter 2008

While President Obama is in firing mode, how about asking all his campaign contributors to resign as board members and executives of banks that bet trillions of dollars on mortage derivative securities and are now being bailed out by the American people to cover their massive losses from derivative securities trading.

The loss exposure from these derivative  securities, mainly credit default swaps, is over a trillion dollars!

Time for the Federal Government to stop the bailouts, fire the management of these banks, and close this mess down.

Enough is enough.

Wall Street made billions of dollars on this business and should bear the losses.

The American people and the Federal Government should not bail these greedy, arrogant, stupid bastards out.

If the Federal Govenment continues to bailout these bastards, we know who the bought and paid for corrupt politicians are of both political parties.

The American people will be coming after them soon.

Massive theft of the American people  are high crimes–crimes of the century!

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OCC Reports Fourth Quarter Bank Trading Loss

“…The report also noted that:

  • Derivatives contracts are concentrated in a small number of institutions. The largest five banks hold 96 percent of the total notional amount of derivatives, while the largest 25 banks hold nearly 100 percent.
  • Credit default swaps are the dominant product in the credit derivatives market, representing 98 percent of total credit derivatives.
  • The number of commercial banks holding derivatives increased by 33 in the quarter to 1,010.

A copy of the OCC’s Quarterly Report on Bank Trading and Derivatives Activities: Fourth Quarter 2008 is available on the OCC’s Web site at: http://www.occ.gov/ftp/release/2009-34a.pdf.  

http://www.occ.treas.gov/ftp/release/2009-34.htm 

 

How Much Risk is the Treasury Really Assuming from the Financial Institutions?

Posted by John Slater on April 7, 2009

“…Last week the Comptroller of the Currency – Administrator of National Banks issued its quarterly report on Bank Trading and Derivatives Activities – Fourth Quarter 2008.  In reviewing the report, several things become quickly apparent.

1.    Derivatives Trading is a really big business; the notional amount of all derivatives positions at all U. S. commercial banks and trust companies that participate in this business was slightly more than $200 Trillion on December 31, 2008.  That’s more than three times Gross World Product which the CIA estimates to have been a little over $62 Trillion in 2008.

2.    Over 93.7% ($188 Trillion) of this gross exposure was held by only four bank s, J. P. Morgan Chase, Bank of America, Citibank and Goldman Sachs.  One institution, J. P. Morgan Chase, accounted for $87 Trillion of the total exposure or approximately 140% of Gross World Product.

3.    While the bulk of the exposure ($181 Trillion) was in the “traditional” derivatives markets, interest rate and FOREX swaps, almost $16 Trillion was in Credit Default Swaps, up from $1 Trillion in such transactions five years earlier.

4.    What had once been a very profitable business for the major banks, turned decidedly sour in 2008, with net reported trading losses of $836 million for the year as compared with profits of $5.5 Billion in 2007 and $18.8 Billion in 2006.  Drilling down to the details, Credit Default Swaps generated losses for the banks in 2008 of $12.6 Billion, more than offsetting gains for the year in Interest Rate and Foreign Exchange trading. …”

“…The OCC report provides a lengthy explanation as to why the notional amounts dramatically overstate the risk posed to the system by these contracts.  First, the real credit exposure is not the notional amount of the contract, but the amount that the market has moved from the strike price of the swap: i.e. the net amount the counterparty would be obligated to pay to true up the contract based on current market conditions.  This is referred to as the Gross Positive Value (GPV) of the contracts.  Since this GPV is in effect an unsecured claim against another financial institution, it represents a credit risk to the holder of the claims.  At yearend total GPV held by U. S. commercial banks was $7.1 Trillion.  Actual credit exposure was much lower, however, as the holders have the legal right to set off this exposure against certain of their counter exposures to the obligor institutions (Gross Negative Fair Values).

The netted credit exposure was estimated to be only $800 billion.  Added to this was Potential Future Exposure of $782 Billion based upon the amount by which the contracts could move in favor of the obligee banks to generate a Total Credit Exposure of $1.58 Trillion.  For the top five derivatives trading banks (the four above plus the U. S. operations of HSBC) total credit exposure averaged 489% of the institutions’ Risk Based Capital at the end of the fourth quarter.  At one bank, Goldman Sachs, credit exposure was more than 1000% of Risk Based Capital.  To be fair this calculation does not take into account pledged collateral backing a portion of the credit risks, which the OCC estimates as typical averaging 30-40% of the exposure amounts, so actual credit exposure was presumably somewhat lower. …”

http://mergers.com/toughtimes/2009/how-much-risk-is-the-treasury-really-assuming-from-the-financial-institutions/

How Much Risk is the Treasury Really Assuming from the Financial Institutions? (Part 2)

“… Our previous post raised the question of just how much risk is being assumed by the U. S. Treasury with its apparent implied guaranty of the unsecured obligations of the major financial institutions.  We asked whether the $188 Trillion (notional amount) of derivatives transactions on the books of four major banks (J. P. Morgan Chase, Bank of America, Citibank and Goldman Sachs) could potentially pose risks not fully understood by the banks or their regulators. 

In evaluating the potential risks inherent in the derivatives positions of the banks (and more particularly at the risks of the Credit Default Swaps (“CDS”)), it is necessary to look at the one situation where similar risks have been converted to real losses: i.e. AIG Financial Products (AIG FP).   Chris Whalen of Institutional Risk Analytics has done so in depth in a recent article posted here. 

Mr. Whalen paints a picture of financial instruments created for the purpose of enabling financial as well as non-financial companies to falsify their earnings through the issuance of insurance contracts calculated to remove certain assets and liabilities from companies’ books and by doing so to bring them into compliance with regulatory capital requirements or shift earnings and losses between reporting period, with the presumed intent of manipulating the equity prices of the counterparties.  He further asserts that these ostensibly “economic” transactions were converted to blatant fraud through side letters never disclosed to company management, auditors or regulators that absolved the writers of these contracts from responsibility for honoring their commitments.  These activities are further described as the essence of the SEC’s charges against AIG in a Complaint brought against AIG in 2004. …”

http://seekingalpha.com/instablog/274498-john-slater/358-how-much-risk-is-the-treasury-really-assuming-from-the-financial-institutions-part-2

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The American people are outraged by the corruption in Washington.

The American people are opposed to any bailout of Fannie Mae, Fannie Mac, AIG, investment, commerical, security and mortage bankers that profited from the home subprime mortgage scam –the crime of the century. 

The American people want the politicians of either party that aided and abetted this crime to be exposed for what they are–corrupt criminals that should not be in Congress nor the Whitehouse but in prison.

The Democratic Party fought against more regulation and oversight for both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac recommended and proposed by both President Bush and Senator McCain.

The Democratic Party insisted and required by law, the Community Reinvestment Act, that banks make loans to people that were clearly unqualified to receive them.

The Democratic Party made sure that the executives running both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac supported their efforts to fund undocumented loans for home mortages.

The Democratic Party is responsible for starting this crisis by their meddling and government intervention in the mortage market.

The former executives who ran both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac should be in prison and not advising Barack Obama.

Reform yes. Cover up no!

Prison yes. Bailout no! 

Only you can prevent socialism in America! 

 Ron Paul Blasts Secret Government Running Economy


 

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http://townhall.com/columnists/ThomasSowell/2008/10/03/do_facts_matter

Do Facts Matter?

by Thomas Sowell

 

“…The current financial bailout crisis has propelled Barack Obama back into a substantial lead over John McCain– which is astonishing in view of which man and which party has had the most to do with bringing on this crisis.

It raises the question: Do facts matter? Or is Obama’s rhetoric and the media’s spin enough to make facts irrelevant?

Fact Number One: It was liberal Democrats, led by Senator Christopher Dodd and Congressman Barney Frank, who for years– including the present year– denied that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were taking big risks that could lead to a financial crisis.

It was Senator Dodd, Congressman Frank and other liberal Democrats who for years refused requests from the Bush administration to set up an agency to regulate Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

It was liberal Democrats, again led by Dodd and Frank, who for years pushed for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to go even further in promoting subprime mortgage loans, which are at the heart of today’s financial crisis.

Alan Greenspan warned them four years ago. So did the Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers to the President. So did Bush’s Secretary of the Treasury, five years ago.

Yet, today, what are we hearing? That it was the Bush administration “right-wing ideology” of “de-regulation” that set the stage for the financial crisis. Do facts matter?  …”

 

 

Bank Mess Started With Gov’t Intervention

By THOMAS SOWELL

“…Blaming the lenders is the party line of congressional Democrats as well. What we need is more government regulation of lenders, they say, to protect the innocent borrowers from “predatory” lending practices.

Before going further down that road, it may be useful to look back at what got us into this mess in the first place.

It was not that many years ago when there was moral outrage ringing throughout the media because lenders were reluctant to lend in certain neighborhoods and because banks did not approve mortgage loan applications from blacks as often as they approved mortgage loan applications from whites.

All this was an opening salvo in a campaign to get Congress to pass laws forcing lenders to lend to people they would not otherwise lend to and in places where they would not otherwise put their money.

Banks’ Dilemma

The practice of not lending in some neighborhoods was demonized as “redlining” and the fact that minority applicants were approved for mortgages only 72% of the time, while whites were approved 89%, was called “overwhelming” evidence of discrimination by the Washington Post. …”

“…Laws and regulations pressured lending institutions to lend to people that they were not lending to, given the economic realities.

Forced Lending

The Community Reinvestment Act forced them to lend in places where they didn’t want to send money, and where neither they nor politicians wanted to walk.

Now that this whole situation has blown up in everybody’s face, the government intervention that brought on this disaster in is supposed to save the day.

Politics is largely the process of taking credit and putting the blame on others — regardless of what the facts may be. Politicians get away with this to the extent that we gullibly accept their words and look to them as political messiahs.”

http://www.ibdeditorials.com/IBDArticles.aspx?id=301532605156669

 

Inside Obama’s Acorn
By their fruits ye shall know them.

By Stanley Kurtz

“What if Barack Obama’s most important radical connection has been hiding in plain sight all along? Obama has had an intimate and long-term association with the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (Acorn), the largest radical group in America. If I told you Obama had close ties with MoveOn.org or Code Pink, you’d know what I was talking about. Acorn is at least as radical as these better-known groups, arguably more so. Yet because Acorn works locally, in carefully selected urban areas, its national profile is lower. Acorn likes it that way. And so, I’d wager, does Barack Obama.

This is a story we’ve largely missed. While Obama’s Acorn connection has not gone entirely unreported, its depth, extent, and significance have been poorly understood. Typically, media background pieces note that, on behalf of Acorn, Obama and a team of Chicago attorneys won a 1995 suit forcing the state of Illinois to implement the federal “motor-voter” bill. In fact, Obama’s Acorn connection is far more extensive. In the few stories where Obama’s role as an Acorn “leadership trainer” is noted, or his seats on the boards of foundations that may have supported Acorn are discussed, there is little follow-up. Even these more extensive reports miss many aspects of Obama’s ties to Acorn. …”

http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=NDZiMjkwMDczZWI5ODdjOWYxZTIzZGIyNzEyMjE0ODI=&w=MA==

 

Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now 

ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, a community organization of low- and moderate-income families that addresses housing, schools, neighborhood safety, health care, job conditions, and other social issues that affect its members. With a membership of over 350,000, ACORN is organized into more than 850 neighborhood chapters in over 100 cities across the United States, as well as in Argentina, Canada, Mexico, and Peru. The organization was born out of the American Civil Rights Movement. ACORN was founded in 1970 by Wade Rathke, George Wiley, and Gary Delgado.[1] Maude Hurd has been National President of ACORN since 1990.

ACORN groups work through direct action, negotiations, and with public officials.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Association_of_Community_Organizations_for_Reform_Now

 

ACORN

 

ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, is the nation’s largest community organization of low- and moderate-income families, working together for social justice and stronger communities.

http://www.acorn.org/

OBAMA’S ACORN EXPOSED PART 1 OF 2

 

OBAMA’S ACORN EXPOSED PART 2 OF 2

 

Rep. Waters Speaks About Obama at ACORN

 

What is a Community Organizer?

 

Lou Dobbs – Electoral Fraud Threat to Democracy

 

Obama complicit in voter fraud? — Obama’s ACORN connection

 

Acorn / Voter Fraud / Obama and Community Organizers

 

More ACORN Allegations

 

ACORN Vote Fraud

 

Representative from ACORN

 

ACORN Convention Member Speak Out

 

ACORN National Convention 2008, Detroit

 

ACORN Grassroots Democracy Campaign

 

Advocacy Group Partners With Countrywide

 

Shocking!—Democrats Trying to Give Bailout Money to Obama’s Owner ACORN


 

Community Reinvestment Act   

“The Community Reinvestment Act (or CRA, Pub.L. 95-128, title VIII, 91 Stat. 1147, 12 U.S.C. § 2901 et seq.) is a United States federal law that requires banks and thrifts to offer credit throughout their entire market area and prohibits them from targeting only wealthier neighborhoods with their services, a practice known as “redlining.” The purpose of the CRA is to provide credit, including home ownership opportunities to underserved populations and commercial loans to small businesses. It has been subjected to important regulatory revisions. …” 

“…Criticism 

“…Critics claim that government policy encouraged risky lending[7] and the development of the subprime debacle through legislation like the CRA. Economics professor Stan Liebowitz writes that banks were forced to loan to un-credit worthy consumers with “no verification of income or assets; little consideration of the applicant’s ability to make payments; no down payment.” The chief executive of Countrywide Financial, the nation’s largest mortgage lender, is said to have “bragged” that to approve minority applications “lenders have had to stretch the rules a bit.”[8] Robert Gordon of the Center for American Progress disagrees, and quotes statistics that he claims show “independent mortgage companies, which are not covered by CRA, made high-priced loans at more than twice the rate of the banks and thrifts.” He faults then-Federal Reserve chair Alan Greenspan for “cheering the subprime boom” in the banking industry.[9] Economics professor Thomas DiLorenzo counters Gordon, stating that independent mortgage companies are “middlemen” between banks, including those regulated by the CRA, and consumers and that in any case the CRA had caused tens of billions in defaults on mortgages by unqualified borrowers.[10] Economist Yaron Brook concluded succinctly, “The Government Did It:” through the stick of the CRA [and] the carrot of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the fed created the mortgage market debacle. [11] …” 

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Community_Reinvestment_Act

 

Subprime Pols

 

Government has been the principal factor preventing the “affordable housing” that politicians talk about so much.

By Thomas Sowell 

“…In short, government has been the principal factor preventing the “affordable housing” that politicians talk about so much.Politicians have also been a key factor behind pushing lenders to lend to borrowers with lower prospects of being able to repay their loans.The Community Reinvestment Act lets politicians pressure lenders to lend to people they might not lend to otherwise — and the same politicians are quick to cry “exploitation” when the interest charged to high-risk borrowers reflects that risk.

 

The huge losses of sub-prime lenders, some of whom have gone bankrupt, demonstrate again the consequences of letting politicians try to micromanage the economy.

Yet with all the fingerpointing in the media and in government, seldom is a finger pointed at the politicians at local, state, and national levels who have played a key role in setting up the conditions that led to financial disasters for individual home buyers and for those who lent to them.

While financial markets are painfully adjusting and both lenders and borrowers are becoming less likely to take on so much risky “creative” financing in the future, politicians show no sign of changing.

Why should they, when they have largely escaped blame for the disasters that their policies fostered? …”

http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=YjgwYzI4Njg3OWMxOGUzYmY0ZDMwYzYwNzkzYjc1NDI=

 

The Right Stuff…

By INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY | Posted Friday, September 19, 2008 4:20 PM PT

Subprime Crisis: President Bush’s financial team is now proving its mettle — and its expertise. Led by Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, it crafted a reasonable, workable response to the subprime meltdown.

“…Like so many others, we believe that government should largely remove itself from functioning markets. But in a case such as this, where a market has been seriously damaged due to regulatory excess, an obligation exists to help undo the damage.

That’s the case now with the subprime crisis and housing collapse, both largely due to decades of congressional incompetence.

With world credit markets seized up and little to show for piecemeal U.S. efforts to deal with the growing financial panic, Paulson and others on the Bush financial team late last week shifted course, crafting a systematic answer to the markets’ meltdown.

This was leadership writ large. Paulson spent decades on Wall Street as a trader and top executive at one of its flagship firms, Goldman Sachs, and his experience and market wisdom showed.

His controversial decision to create a new financial entity, modeled broadly on the 1980s-era Resolution Trust Corp., may just spell an end to this financial crisis. Congress, which has mostly sat on the sidelines during this crisis, should approve it right away.

Unlike the RTC, which owned actual properties, the new agency that Paulson’s Treasury is creating will buy up the impaired mortgage-backed securities and hold them for resale when the market turns favorable again.

For ailing financial markets, this was welcome tonic. At this point they care less about details of the agency than limiting the contagion of the subprime crisis so it will no longer contaminate global banks and investors’ balance sheets. Mission accomplished. …”

http://www.ibdeditorials.com/IBDArticles.aspx?id=306716096379423

 

Dispelling The ‘Deregulation’ Myth

By INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY | Posted Friday, September 19, 2008 4:20 PM PT

Politics: A dubious and dangerous idea seems to be gaining strength — that government caused the financial crisis by giving capitalism free rein. If anything, it hasn’t done enough of that.

“So why did banks and investment houses get into so much trouble? It will take a long and exhaustive post-mortem to answer that question fully, but one point is already clear: They made mistakes that had nothing to do with the 1999 law.

Commercial banks threw lending standards out the window in their rush to get new business. Like S&Ls of the 1980s, they would have gone wild without Gramm-Leach-Bliley. Washington, if anything, egged them on, but not because of free-market dogma. Banks and mortgage brokers were pumping up the homeownership numbers in America, and politicians were eager to take credit for that.

Wall Street, meanwhile, became a victim of its own innovation. It created new classes of derivative investments that spread — and, through leverage, amplified — the risk from the subprime mortgages produced by the banks. A new multitrillion-dollar market emerged almost overnight, lacking in transparency and reliable price signals. With their asset values in doubt, investment banks lurched toward insolvency.

If regulators failed here, it wasn’t because of policies adopted years before. It was more of the same story that has played itself out over and over in modern finance: Innovation races ahead of the rules. Crises tend to take almost everyone by surprise — including the major players as well as the regulators.

Careful study in the aftermath can lead to smart policies that cushion the blows of future shocks, but it doesn’t prevent them entirely. Nor should it. Capitalism needs some room for trial and error, bringing out new ideas and testing them in adversity.

In this respect, Gramm-Leach-Bliley has turned out to be smart policy indeed. By repealing the rule against banks owning investment firms, it has led to at least two crucial mergers — JPMorgan Chase absorbing Bear Stearns and Bank of America merging with Merrill Lynch. Morgan Stanley may be the next investment house to find shelter in a well-capitalized commercial bank.

You can spot the theme here: By taking down an outmoded firewall, the law is helping the financial industry cope with a once-in-a-lifetime crisis. Far from being the cause, this instance of deregulation, or whatever you call it, is part of the cure.”

http://www.ibdeditorials.com/IBDArticles.aspx?id=306716557967194

 

Congress Lies Low To Avoid Bailout Blame

INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY

Posted 9/18/2008

“…Until now, Congress has been surprisingly passive. As Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid put it, “no one knows what to do” right now.

Funny, since it was a Democrat-led Congress that helped cause the problems in the first place.

When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi recently barked “no” at reporters for daring to ask if Democrats deserved any blame for the meltdown, you saw denial in action.

Pelosi and her followers would have you believe this all happened because of President Bush and his loyal Senate lapdog, John McCain. Or that big, bad predatory Wall Street banks deserve all the blame.

“The American people are not protected from the risk-taking and the greed of these financial institutions,” Pelosi said recently, as she vowed congressional hearings.

Only one problem: It’s untrue.

Yes, banks did overleverage and take risks they shouldn’t have.

But the fact is, President Bush in 2003 tried desperately to stop Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac from metastasizing into the problem they have since become.

Here’s the lead of a New York Times story on Sept. 11, 2003: “The Bush administration today recommended the most significant regulatory overhaul in the housing finance industry since the savings and loan crisis a decade ago.”

Bush tried to act. Who stopped him? Congress, especially Democrats with their deep financial and patronage ties to the two government-sponsored enterprises, Fannie and Freddie. …”

“…In the name of diversity, banks began making huge numbers of loans that they previously would not have. They opened branches in poor areas to lift their CRA ratings.

Meanwhile, Congress gave Fannie and Freddie the go-ahead to finance it all by buying loans from banks, then repackaging and securitizing them for resale on the open market.

That’s how the contagion began.

With those changes, the subprime market took off. From a mere $35 billion in loans in 1994, it soared to $1 trillion by 2008.

Wall Street eagerly sold the new mortgage-backed securities. Not only were they pooled investments, mixing good and bad, but they were backed with the implicit guarantee of government.

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac grew to become monsters, accounting for nearly half of all U.S. mortgage loans. At the time of their bailouts this month, they held $5.4 trillion in loans on their books. About $1.4 trillion of those were subprime.

As they grew, Fannie and Freddie grew heavily involved in “community development,” giving money to local housing rights groups and “empowering” the groups, such as ACORN, for whom Barack Obama once worked in Chicago.

Warning signals were everywhere. Yet at every turn, Democrats in Congress halted attempts to stop the madness. It happened in 1992, again in 2000, in 2003 and in 2005. It may happen this year, too.

Since 1989, Fannie and Freddie have spent an estimated $140 million on lobbying Washington. They contributed millions to politicians, mostly Democrats, including Senator Chris Dodd (No. 1 recipient) and Barack Obama (No. 3 recipient, despite only three years in office).

The Clinton White House used Fannie and Freddie as a patronage job bank. Former executives and board members read like a who’s who of the Clinton-era Democratic Party, including Franklin Raines, Jamie Gorelick, Jim Johnson and current Rep. Rahm Emanuel.

Collectively, they and others made well more than $100 million from Fannie and Freddie, whose books were cooked Enron-style during the late 1990s and early 2000s to ensure executives got their massive bonuses.

They got the bonuses. You get the bill.”

http://www.investors.com/editorial/IBDArticles.asp?artsec=16&artnum=1&issue=20080918

 

Analysis: Washington’s Trillion Dollar Wall Street Bailout

James Pethokoukis

“…Is a bailout necessary?
Look, the financial system probably couldn’t take another week like the one we just went through. Stocks plunging, credit markets freezing. As economist Robert Brusca puts it, “The proposed US government rescue plan comes at the end of a week of almost unprecedented turmoil on world financial markets amid a crisis of confidence in banks.”

The government had to get ahead of the curve and quit reacting on a case-by-case basis. If you look at banking crises in Japan and Sweden, for instance, all roads eventually led to a government bailout with taxpayer money at risk. The rule in these cases seems to be the sooner, the better. If you want more evidence, markets around the world and here in the United States are soaring on this news. Strategist Richard Bernstein of Merrill Lynch, in a research note, says the bailout plan is “an opportunity for the government to solve the on-going problems through one system-wide solution.” …”

“…As long as we have markets and humans there will be bubbles, whether in stocks, homes, Beanie Babies, tulips, or whatever. But as far as the housing/credit bubbles go, I think it could have been avoided. Alan Greenspan cut rates too low and left them there for too long, creating an extreme financial situation that Wall Street tried to profit from. Uncle Sam also fed into that market distortion by making greater homeownership a national goal, using both tax policy and the regulation like the Community Reinvestment Act to, essentially, push capital into homes. And were regulators as tough as they could have been? Obviously not. …”

http://www.usnews.com/blogs/capital-commerce/2008/9/19/analysis-washingtons-trillion-dollar-wall-street-bailout.html

 

More on the diversity racket and the home loan debacle

By Michelle Malkin  

 

“…Referencing my column yesterday on illegal immigration and the mortgage mess, Hans Bader at Open Market shares his experience. I’ve been getting a lot of e-mails with similar stories. Tip of the iceberg:

When I and my wife, a legal alien, bought our house, the mortgage company told me that if my wife were an illegal alien, rather than legal, we would have qualified for certain loan programs with big banks. But because she was a legal alien waiting for her green-card (which she had recently applied for), we didn’t qualify.

Mark Krikorian, an activist against illegal immigration, argues that “we’re in this mess, ultimately, because our political elites thought it was good social policy to encourage banks to give mortgages to uncreditworthy people, resulting in what Sailer months ago called the “Diversity Recession” (if this doesn’t work, make that the Diversity Depression). In other words, if poor people in general, or blacks or Hispanics in particular, were less likely to be approved for a mortgage, the only possible reason was racism or classism or whatever. Thus ‘creditworthiness’ was an illegitimate, dead-white-male concept, like middleclassness. Because, after all, isn’t everyone entitled to credit?” …”

 

The Mother of All Bailouts = The Death of Fiscal Conservatism 

“…Bush Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson just wrapped up his press conference announcing the Mother of All Bailouts. He said a “bold” approach was needed to achieve “stability” in the market.

Let me translate that.

“Bold” = Massively massive, taxpayer-funded rescue.

“Stability” = Privatizing profits and socializing losses on a scale we have never seen before in our lifetimes.

I have had it with Pollyanna conservatives who continue to parrot the “fundamentals of the market are great!” line.

The fundamentals of the market suck. The fundamentals of capitalism have been sabotaged.

Yes, yes, crony Democrats are to blame for much of how we got here. You don’t need to recite all the talking points back to me. I’ve been writing about the Fannie/Freddie debacle for years.

But it is September 19, 2008. And this is a Republican White House presiding over the Mother of All Bailouts. Every step along the way since stimuluspalooza began last summer, we’ve heard that every bailout step was just a one-off. Each step was supposed to calm the markets. Each new government intervention and allocation of taxpayer dollars was supposed to achieve “stability.” Each new package of goodies rewarding irresponsible behavior and bad financial decisions was supposed to prevent new ones. …”

http://michellemalkin.com/2008/09/19/the-mother-of-all-bailouts-the-death-of-fiscal-conservatism/

Chain of Blame: How Wall Street Caused the Mortgage Crisis.

 

Deconstructing the Subprime Crisis

 

Joseph Gyourko on Fannie, Freddie, and the Housing Bust

 

Franklin Allen on Past Crises

 

Franklin Allen on Lessons from the Subprime Crisis

 

Jeremy Siegel on the Resilience of American Finance

 

Richard Herring on Mortgage-backed Securities

Susan Wachter on Securitizations and Deregulation

 

Wall Street’s Day of Reckoning: The Fannie & Freddie Bailout

 

Housing Bailout For Deadbeats Gamblers Liars Thieves

 

 

Part 1 – Exposing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac: Origins

New York Investing meetup organizer Daryl Montgomery discusses the origins of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in the first episode of a multi-part series. The New York Investing meetup is an organization of 1800 independent traders and investors that provides unbiased stock market education and analysis. We also have a blog,”The Helicopter Economics Investing Guide” which can be found at:

http://nyinvestingmeetup.blogspot.com

 

Part 2 – Exposing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac: Origins

 

Part 3 – Exposing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac: Origins

 

Part 4 – Exposing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac: Origins

 

Part 5 – Exposing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac: Origins

 

The Big Lie – The U.S. GDP Figures

 

Patrick Byrne and Don Harrold – Part One

 

Patrick Byrne and Don Harrold – Part Two

 

Patrick Byrne on Naked Short Selling

 

Bud Burrell on FSN about short selling, hedgefunds …P1

 

Bud Burrell on FSN about short selling, hedgefunds …P2

 

Bud Burrell on FSN about short selling, hedgefunds …P3

 

Bud Burrell on FSN about short selling, hedgefunds …P4

 

Bud Burrell on FSN about short selling, hedgefunds …P5

 

Bud Burrell on FSN about short selling, hedgefunds …P6

 

Rush On Franklin Raines

 

Hey Barack, Who’s Franklin Raines

 

LOL

Solution to Our Economic Problems…

 

Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Bill Clinton… 

 

Barack Obama is a freaking Socialist…

 

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