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March 20, 2010

Barack Obama: The People Are Speaking

Dodd Calls For Probe Into Lehman Accounting
Brothers, testifies before before the U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on October 6, 2008. Fuld told the committee, "I take full responsibility for the decisions that I made and for the actions that I took." He defended his actions as "prudent and appropriate." (Getty file photo)
BO666 Editor's Note:  There were 1155 comments to this story.  WOW. 

Too Big to Succeed: Dodd's Proposal Creates a Cumbersome Bureaucracy
When President Obama asked a group of senior executives for suggestions on streamlining government, it's unlikely that any of them suggested layers of new bureaucracy, vague marching orders, or management by committee. Yet Sen. Dodd's 'compromise' financial reform proposal does all these things

The likely result? Banks and other financial institutions will still be tightly-run aggressive organizations that can develop and sell complicated and risky new products in a heartbeat. But the agencies tasked with their oversight will be complicated and slow, encumbered by hard-to-follow rules and divided lines of authority. Guess who comes out ahead in that scenario?

A Thousand Philly Marchers Tell BofA: It’s Time to Pay
More than a 1,000 Pennsylvania union members, laid-off workers and community allies rallied outside a downtown Philadelphia Bank America office, hundreds streamed through the bank lobby along with a delegation carrying a $145 billion check. Shouting, “No jobs, no future,” they demanded BofA endorse the check and help finance creation of the 11 million jobs Wall Street gambled away.
BO666 Editors Note: This is a new blog from the AFL-CIO.  In a related story earlier in the week, they announced over 200 planned rallies against Goldman Sachs.  This is the first time in a long time that I have seen them act so aggressively and so rightly against an establishment that is endangering not only their members but our nation at large.  I was worried about them when the Supreme Court gave their ruling on campaign contributions knowing that with their might and influence they could and would influence elections.  That being said, if they use this new influence in this manner they may be doing us all a favor.  They could actually help vote out the bums that side with the banksters, insurance companies and now the health care industry.  "The people are speaking".

new deal 2.0America to Big Banks: ‘See Ya!’
They’re fed up. And they’re not going to take it anymore.
In today’s Wall Street Journal, Ruth Simon reports on the growing movement among state and local governments to funnel more money into small financial institutions. It seems that Americans are finally doing the simple math of putting two and two together. If big banks aren’t lending, why should they get our money? Why not move it to community-based banks that support local businesses, community organizations and civic groups?

The Market Oracle  The Next Big Bank Bailout is on the Way Prepare To Get Reamed! Housing is on the rocks and prices are headed lower. That's not the consensus view, but it's a reasonably safe assumption. Master illusionist Ben Bernanke managed to engineer a modest 7-month uptick in sales, but the fairydust will wear off later this month when the Fed stops purchasing mortgage-backed securities and long-term interest rates begin to creep higher.

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  1. This isn't comedy, it's reality....

    Jon Stewart Pretends to be a Corporation
    March 21, 2010

    Jon Stewart mocks Washington and then acts as if he’s a corporation as only Jon Stewart can.

  2. March 17, 2010

    The Offshored Economy

    The American economic and political leadership has used its power to serve its own interests at the expense of the American people and their economic prospects. By enriching themselves in the short-run, banksters and politicians have driven the U.S. economy into the ground. The U.S. is on a path to becoming a Third World economy.

  3. Why things never change...

    March 23, 2010

    1:11PM Greenlight Capital comments on SEC-OIG report regarding failed investigation of Allied Capital (GLRE) 4.74 +0.11 : The following is a statement issued by Greenlight Capital: The recent SEC-OIG report substantiates our account of events as told in Fooling Some of the People All of the Time. Allied Capital (ALD) used its political influence to corrupt law enforcement efforts. The SEC's failure to act, despite its own investigation pointing to fraud, enabled Allied to go on to raise over $1 billion of fresh equity causing investors additional harm. Yet, even though Allied's shareholders have lost billions, Allied management received extraordinary compensation and made millions of dollars from insider sales of Allied stock and options without any legal consequences. This is the second time in as many weeks that an official report has substantiated claims made by Greenlight Capital. The SEC seems more interested in needlessly investigating market participants rather than uncovering corporate malfeasance and protecting investors. While the SEC-OIG report sheds light on troubling behavior, it is heavily redacted. Given the dubious behavior of the regulators, we call upon the SEC to immediately release the non-redacted version of the report. The government sanctioned culture of lawlessness that allowed this fraud to occur cannot continue. Even at this late date, it is not too late for the government to hold Allied and its management perpetrators to full account for their conduct.

  4. MARCH 23, 2010, 10:31 P.M. ET.Inspector General Slams Obama Foreclosure-Prevention Drive

    A government watchdog agency criticized the Obama administration's $50 billion campaign to avert foreclosures by reducing mortgage payments for millions of distressed borrowers.

    A report by the inspector general of the federal Troubled Asset Relief Program, or TARP, said results of the loan-modification program so far have been disappointing. The report, released Tuesday evening, also said that the U.S. Treasury has failed to measure results properly for the Home Affordable Modification Program, known as HAMP, and that it may merely delay foreclosures in too many cases.