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Secret and Lies of the Bailout


By Patrick   Follow   Sun, 6 Jan 2013, 10:08am PST   922 views   12 comments
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http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/secret-and-lies-of-the-bailout-20130104?print=true

Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, committed $700 billion in taxpayer money to rescue Wall Street from its own chicanery and greed. To listen to the bankers and their allies in Washington tell it, you'd think the bailout was the best thing to hit the American economy since the invention of the assembly line. Not only did it prevent another Great Depression, we've been told, but the money has all been paid back, and the government even made a profit. No harm, no foul – right? Wrong. It was all a lie – one of the biggest and most elaborate falsehoods ever...

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The Professor   Sun, 6 Jan 2013, 1:02pm PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 1

Can anyone say that the banks are not criminal?

Kevin   Sun, 6 Jan 2013, 1:24pm PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (1)   Dislike     Comment 2

The Professor says

Can anyone say that the banks are not criminal?

Courts.

The Professor   Sun, 6 Jan 2013, 1:35pm PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (1)   Dislike     Comment 3

Kevin says

The Professor says



Can anyone say that the banks are not criminal?


Courts.

All the way to the supreme court which consist solely of Harvard and Yale graduates.

Though they occasionally sacrifice a scapegoat, the oligarchy takes care of their own.

Kevin   Sun, 6 Jan 2013, 1:44pm PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 4

Just because something is immoral and despicable doesn't make it illegal.

We should be outraged that we haven't made laws making what happened here illegal in the first place (i.e. the real wall street reform that Senator Warren wanted), but instead we're doing exactly what wall street wants: bemoaning how evil what they did was.

The Professor   Sun, 6 Jan 2013, 1:47pm PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 5

Kevin says

Just because something is immoral and despicable doesn't make it illegal.

Sounds like what the lawyers would say IF the bankers were ever indicted.

mell   Sun, 6 Jan 2013, 1:54pm PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (1)   Dislike     Comment 6

Kevin says

Just because something is immoral and despicable doesn't make it illegal.

We should be outraged that we haven't made laws making what happened here illegal in the first place (i.e. the real wall street reform that Senator Warren wanted), but instead we're doing exactly what wall street wants: bemoaning how evil what they did was.

There were plenty of crimes, no new regulations needed - just apply the rule of law and you could arrest thousands of banksters and politicians. Peddling and selling junk to investors - knowing that it's crap - while betting against them is blatantly illegal. Defrauding customer funds north of 500 million is illegal. Not to mention the war-crimes of the current and former administrations. This has turned into a banana republic a long time ago. On that note, the EUrisotcracy (or EUSSR) isn't really much better. Good times ;)

Kevin   Sun, 6 Jan 2013, 2:24pm PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 7

mell says

Kevin says

Just because something is immoral and despicable doesn't make it illegal.

We should be outraged that we haven't made laws making what happened here illegal in the first place (i.e. the real wall street reform that Senator Warren wanted), but instead we're doing exactly what wall street wants: bemoaning how evil what they did was.

There were plenty of crimes, no new regulations needed - just apply the rule of law and you could arrest thousands of banksters and politicians. Peddling and selling junk to investors - knowing that it's crap - while betting against them is blatantly illegal. Defrauding customer funds north of 500 million is illegal. Not to mention the war-crimes of the current and former administrations. This has turned into a banana republic a long time ago. On that note, the EUrisotcracy (or EUSSR) isn't really much better. Good times ;)

You haven't actually listed anything that is illegal. Which law was broken and by whom? If you're so sure it happened, it shouldn't be hard to identify one.

Large publicly traded companies have many, many lawyers. They are always sure to try to do things that are technically legal, even if they shouldn't be. The frequency of Bernie Madoffs is incredibly low.

I can list off the top of my head 3 common corporate practices that should be illegal, but aren't.

JodyChunder   Sun, 6 Jan 2013, 5:35pm PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (5)   Dislike     Comment 8

Kevin says

Just because something is immoral and despicable doesn't make it illegal.

Oh shit. The just-because-it's-unethical-doesn't-mean-it's-illegal-meme just won't die. Kevin, I bet you're a big David Brooks fan.

Off the top of my tired head: insider trading; robosigning; corrupt accounting (RE: Repo 105 abuses); FOA; and most recently, money laundering on a massive scale.

If you wanted to make the argument that *criminal intent* would be tough to prove, you might have a point, but there's no question that massive criminal fraud was committed by Wall St. with what has turned out to be relative impunity. Suggesting otherwise is just preposterous.

tatupu70   Sun, 6 Jan 2013, 8:52pm PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 9

mell says

Peddling and selling junk to investors - knowing that it's crap - while betting
against them is blatantly illegal.

Why? Junk bonds are sold all the time--as long as the risks are outlined there's no crime.

mell   Mon, 7 Jan 2013, 1:29am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 10

tatupu70 says

mell says

Peddling and selling junk to investors - knowing that it's crap - while betting

against them is blatantly illegal.

Why? Junk bonds are sold all the time--as long as the risks are outlined there's no crime.

True if they were sold as junk bonds But those were AAA bonds sold as super-safe investments while they were circulating internal emails about how they got rid of this "crap" If you start selling junky goods marketed as in perfect condition and they can prove that you know about their junk condition (emails. witness etc.) you'll find yourself in jail in no-time. Even if you have some sort of report that states the good is in great condition (equivalent to the rating agency fraudsters they try to hide behind) you will still go to jail if you KNEW about the actual junk state of the good you peddled.

Goran_K   Mon, 7 Jan 2013, 4:10am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (1)   Dislike     Comment 11

mell says

True if they were sold as junk bonds But those were AAA bonds sold as super-safe investments while they were circulating internal emails about how they got rid of this "crap"

I have tatupu on ignore, but it's funny that he fails to acknowledge that the most toxic MBS and CDOs were given AAA ratings and ultimately lead to billions of dollars in write-downs and losses.

I mean, this has been a thorn in the U.S economy for nearly a decade.

Credit ratings are a complete myth.

uomo_senza_nome   Mon, 7 Jan 2013, 4:47am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (2)   Dislike     Comment 12

Kevin,

JodyChunder has a fair point.

For your reading pleasure:

http://jessescrossroadscafe.blogspot.com/2012/12/hsbc-criminal-activity-above-law.html

The problem is that the private entities have captured the regulatory system itself.

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