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Coups d’état, Bail Outs And Bail Ins:  Clio’s Diary/Chronology.  Oh, And Happy Constitution Day! (September 17, 2018)

Posted in Bailout/Bribe, Banks and Banking System on September 17, 2018 by e-commentary.org

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K          “September 15 is the ten year anniversary of the Great Financial Coup d’état of 2018.”

J          “We. Just. Will. Not. Learn.”

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Recent Coups d’état:

2000:  Political coup d’état – by the Republican judicial branch / Supreme Court, Inc. when it rejected the franchise / election and counting of votes by citizens, appointed Bush, Jr. as President, set in place subsequent coups d’état and cemented the dominion of the Kleptocracy to supplant a democracy.

1999 – 2008:  “Pogo” participation by the populace in the Economic coup d’état – by the ordinary people who lost their senses, judgment and perspective with considerable encouragement by the powers that be that be very powerful.  The populace invested money in companies that could not even promise blue sky, pursued returns that were inconceivable and “rented” homes they could never afford.  The people unwittingly participated in and ratified the insanity and criminality.  Blame is everywhere.

2008:  Economic coup d’état – by the Democrats and Republicans in the executive and legislative branches who cooperated in looting the public fisc for the benefit of the few / 1 % / Kleptocrats at a devastating cost to the public and in particular innocent and uninvolved future generations who must finance the at least 4.2 Trillion dollar ($4,200,000,000,000.00) giveaway.  Give or take.  Probably give another 1 Trillion dollars to the number that was given away.

2016:  Populist coup d’état – by a demagogue Republican President / executive branch buffoon and charlatan who fooled a genuinely angry, frightened and desperate public to vote for him and installed an oligarch and his oligarchy to run the Kleptocracy.

2017:  Judicial coup d’état – the Supreme Court, Inc. is now a wholly owned subsidiary of the Republican Party, Inc. occupied by Five Red Rich Republican “Catholic” Corporatist “White” Boys . . . And All By-Products Of The S.I.C.

2018:  Judicial coup d’état – the coup de grace in the making.

Recent And Projected Bail Outs And “Bail Ins”:

1998:  Banks/Wall Street bail out Long Term Capital Management

2008, September and October:  Federal Reserve bails out Banks/Wall Street.  See above.                                        

20__:  International Monetary Fund (IMF) bails out Federal Reserve; Taxpayers bail out or “bail in” the Banks/Wall Street.

20__:  God bails out the International Monetary Fund (IMF); No one bails out Taxpayers.

20__:  God files Chapter 11 Reorganization; Taxpayers file Chapter 7 Liquidation.

. . .

[See “In 2008, America Stopped Believing in the American Dream” in “New York” Magazine by Frank Rich dated August 6, 2018.]

[See the e-commentary at “Futile Efforts (September 29, 2008)”, “A Bleak Day:  The Trillion Dollar Tragedy (October 6, 2008)”, “Bailouts: Out; Bail Ins: In; Slowly Boilin’ The Frog (April 15, 2013)”, “Globalizing The Bail In (July 8, 2013)”, “September 15, 2008 – The Date That Should Live In Infamy (September 16, 2013)”,“‘Bail Ins’ Are Globalized; ‘Bail Outs’ Are Bailed Back In; No Bail For Bankers (December 29, 2014)”, “Punt, Pass And Kick:  The End Is Far (February 24, 2014)” and “They Can Print Money (November 2, 2015)”.]

Bumper sticker of the week:

So, help us God, so help us God.

They Can Print Money (November 2, 2015)

Posted in Bail In, Bailout/Bribe, Bankruptcy, Banks and Banking System, FDIC, Federal Reserve, Kleptocracy, TARP, Wall Street on November 2, 2015 by e-commentary.org

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Q          “The FDIC can simply print money.”

B          “Maybe.  However, the response to the Big Jolt may be . . . nuanced?  By the government?  Let me explain.  Or at least confuse the issue.”

. . .

Q          “By any metric – economically, morally, psychologically, ethically, metaphysically, generationally – TARP was a grand fraud perpetrated on the American people.  And the central message is crystal clear – everyone in power knows that there are no limits or restraints of any kind to government criminality at the top.  They can simply print money.”

B          “Maybe.  During what I call the Financial Crime of 2008, the government could have nationalized the banks, but those in power allowed the banks to nationalize the government, in particular the Federal Reserve and the Treasury Department.  The Fed and Treasury now have carte blanc to do anything that serves the interests of their Owners on Wall Street and with the Big Banks.  However, the FDIC may not have that absolute freedom and immunity from liability and accountability.  The bureaucrats in the bureaucracy at the FDIC bureaucracy may behave like bureaucrats.  Some risk-averse bureaucrat may seize up and say that she or he will not make the decision to commit the agency to exceed its authority because he or she may not have enough stroke to obtain immunity.”

Q          “The most risk-averse course of action still is to print money or create electrons.”

B          “Maybe.  The Owners have agreed that ‘bail ins’ are the answer to their self-created problem.  At some point, however, even J. Q. Public may say ‘bastante’ and swing by the bank and demand his or her deposits.” 

Q          “They will hand out a plastic card in lieu of physical cash.  Print money or produce plastic.  There is no difference.”

. . .

B          “Maybe.  Except that the fundamental problem today is not liquidity, it is solvency.  The system is insolvent.  Printing more money is akin to distributing cigarette butts.  The bucks, like butts, soon will not be cherished.”

Q          “At that point, we may be bartering cigarettes.”

B          “Maybe.  If they are available.”

. . .

[See the e-commentary at (M)End The Fed (July 11, 2011).]

Bumper sticker of the week:

Give a man a gun and he can rob a bank; give a man a bank and he can rob the world

USA, FDIC, Or NCUA? LCU? SPCU? (October 19, 2015)

Posted in Bail In, Bailout/Bribe, Banks and Banking System, Boycott Series, Collapse, Credit Unions, Debt/Deficits, Depression, Dollar - World's Reserve Currency, Federal Reserve, Gold, International Finance, Kleptocracy, Money, SDR - Special Drawing Rights, Silver on October 19, 2015 by e-commentary.org

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B          “I want out of the Racket – the stock market Racket.  I want to hold my deferred compensation in the form of dollars, for what they are worth.  As I see it, Treasury Bills and Treasury Bonds are allegedly protected by the ‘full faith and credit’ of the United States.  What is that worth?  When the Big Jolt hits, what is Uncle Sam’s telephone number?  Or e-mail address?  unclesam@unclesam.gov?  A general promise by the Uncle when I have full faith that the credit of the United States is sketchy, provisional and conditional at best.  I won’t touch Treasury Bills or Treasury Bonds.”

C          “Another hollow and worthless promise.  I won’t touch Treasuries and refuse to deposit money in a bank.  The FDIC (Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation) allegedly provides insurance for banks, yet the agency is ‘stressed’ to put it mildly and will not pay all claims in the event of a significant bank run.  The NCUA (National Credit Union Association) allegedly provides insurance for credit unions and may provide some insurance protection for some time for some depositors.  I am willing to make a tentative commitment to the system and keep some of my funds in my Local Credit Union (LCU).”

B          “Depositing a healthy chunk of money in the Sealy Posturepedic Credit Union (SPCU) involves little counterparty risk and allows me to sleep peacefully at night.  When the Big Jolt hits, there will not be enough physical dollars.  Regular folks may accept regular dollars for two related reasons – inertia and habit – until the shock triggers them to do something and change their habits.  Regular folks will accept the few available physical dollars for four or six or eight weeks for transactions as long as other citizens accept dollars for transactions.  Then regular folks will only accept Sacagawea dollars and some coins for a few weeks, although coins like dollars of any kind are in short supply today.  After a few more weeks, some informed folks will accept silver coins minted before 1964 at a premium.”

C          “In the end, the Depression is our guide.  Twelve gauge shot gun shells may be another medium of exchange and twenty-two rounds may be used as change to support the emerging barter economy.  Cash of any kind is the threat to the those who run System.  The government now requires banks to obtain and record the identity of anyone making a cash deposit and are refusing to accept cash for some payments.”

B          “Banks do not need deposits to be able to loan money.  Yet today many banks are offering gimmicks and gewgaws to attract funds that they will be able to retain during a ‘bail in’ without any obligation to the depositor.”

. . .

C          “Junior’s paper route money stored in his piggy bank may be our only available liquid asset.”

B          “She may not stand for us withdrawing some of the Standing Liberty quarters from the collection she has accumulated with her baby sitting money.”

C          “We may need a bushel basket of Wheat Pennies to buy a pocketful of wheat.”

B          “When the banks are maneuvering to avoid a haircut, we may be required to go to our Barbers.”

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[See the e-commentary at Preserve Cash; Preserve (Some) Privacy (May 4, 2015), “Bail Ins” Are Globalized; “Bail Outs” Are Bailed Back In; No Bail For Bankers (December 29, 2014), Globalizing The Bail In (July 8, 2013), Bailouts: Out; Bail Ins: In; Slowly Boilin’ The Frog (April 15, 2013), Money “In The Bank” Or “Under The Mattress” (October 8, 2012), Boycott Big Banks – Vote Your Dollars (November 21, 2011), and Boycott Big Banks (February 1, 2010).]

Bumper stickers of the week:

The U.S. government is pursuing an international currency war and a domestic war on currency.

SPCU/You > LCU/NCUA > Bank/FDIC > Uncle Sam/FF&C

Prepping: Public And Private Perspectives (April 27, 2015)

Posted in Bail In, Bailout/Bribe, Bankruptcy, Banks and Banking System, Collapse, Debt/Deficits, Depression, Economics, Global Climate Change, Guns, Population, Recession on April 27, 2015 by e-commentary.org

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C          “A system that cannot go on forever will not go on forever.  The System in its current incarnation cannot go on forever.  Thus, the debate shifts fundamentally from ‘if’ to ‘when.’  The syllogism suggests that fundamental change is in store.  Do we have the stores?”

D          “‘When’ not ‘if’ and also ‘what.’  Plan B is by definition less desirable than Plan A or presumably it would be Plan A.  The most desirable plan is failing.  What is Plan B?”

C          “The other systemic challenge is weather.  That problem like the financial machinations is also substantially man-made and man-modified.  Mother Nature allocates every region a specially-tailored natural catastrophe.  Florida and the Southeast get hurricanes, the Midwest gets tornadoes, the West Coast gets earthquakes, other regions get typhoons and cyclones.  And Mother Nature is shifting the script so that some areas get floods and some get drought.  The jet streams and the gulf streams are working in tandem to change things on the ground.”

D          “Leaves you wondering what is Plan B?”

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C          “The script never varies.  The public Emergency Preparedness offices provide detailed lists of necessary supplies and valuable advice yet always unfailingly avoid even hinting that a gun, even one for hunting squirrels or pigeons, is a wise and prudent investment.  Some of them are reluctant even to mention acquiring a knife other than a pocket knife or perhaps a scalpel.”

D          “And the private sector prepper sites go to the other extreme and focus the entire discussion around guns and ammo and ammo and guns and guns and ammo.  The alpha, the bravo, the charlie and the delta of preparation for the Great Omega.”

C          “Get a gun.  We have a moral duty to protect our family and friends.  And get an LED flashlight.  And extra batteries.”

D          “And beans and bullets.  My personal Plan B combines public and private sector suggestions.”

. . .

C          “Going it alone is a failure from the start, yet desperately few humans have the intellectual and emotional software to engage others cooperatively.  Finding others who have resources, skills and tools is not promising.”

D          “At heart, the most prudent preparation is to restrain the dragons in our soul to free our mind.”

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[And this past weekend, earthquakes in Nepal.]

[National PrepareAthon! Day on April 30 is a grassroots campaign for action to increase community preparedness and resilience.]

[See the e-commentary at Beans and Bullets (April 6, 2009), We Ain’t Ants; We Are Grasshoppers (April 9, 2012), On Community (June 3, 2013) and On Roiling And Rolling Collapse (March 9, 2015).]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Get a garden rake, get a gun, get a grip

“If you want to awaken all of humanity, then awaken all of yourself; if you want to eliminate the suffering in the world, then eliminate all that is dark and negative in yourself. Truly, the greatest gift you have to give is that of your own self-transformation.” Attributed by some to Lao Tzu, but who knows.

“Bail Ins” Are Globalized; “Bail Outs” Are Bailed Back In; No Bail For Bankers (December 29, 2014)

Posted in Bail In, Bailout/Bribe, Bankruptcy, Banks and Banking System, Congress, Dodd-Frank, National Defense Authorization Act / FY 2012, Volker on December 29, 2014 by e-commentary.org

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J          “Dodd-Frank (July, 2010) said ‘no’ to more ‘bail outs’ by the public for the ‘too-big-to-fail-and-too-big-to-jail’ Banks and then the Federal Reserve (December, 2012) said ‘yes’ to ‘bail ins’ by the depositors and then the G20 Nations (November, 2014) said ‘heck yes’ to ‘bail ins’ by the depositors and then Citicorp-Congress (December, 2014) said ‘hell yes’ to more ‘bail outs’ by the public for derivatives and other junk.  So many Christmas gifts, so little time.”

K          “Back to a ‘bail out’ of the Wall Street Bankers including all the junk bonds . . . that fuel the American shale oil boom.  That did not take long to cover them for their exposure in the Great Gas War.  The people, the pensioners and the depositors will suffer existential losses when the derivatives collapse.”  

J          “Citicorp-Congress also delayed implementation of the ‘Volker Rule’ that would provide for increased capital ratios and mark-to-market valuations.  Citicorp-Congress gave the ‘one-two punch’ to the public.”

K          “K.O.’d for Christmas.  All I got for Christmas is my two front teeth.  Knocked out.  By Congress.”

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J          “The plaque proclaims that your deposit is insured up to $250,000 by the FDIC.  Everyone is fooled, yet no one is protected by the plaque in a serious financial plague.  When the Big Banks and their partners in crime on Wall Street fail, the FDIC will not be able to provide insurance for the depositors who are now on the hook.  Line and sinker.  Now on the line, the bottom line is that the depositors must ‘bail in’ the Big Banks and the public must ’bail out’ Wall Street.”

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[See the e-commentary at Bailouts: Out; Bail Ins: In; Slowly Boilin’ The Frog (April 15, 2013) and Globalizing The Bail In (July 8, 2013).]

Bumper stickers of the week:

We should be doing something to make the bankers worry about getting bailed out.

18 T Debt; 18 K Dow

Plus 4 T “Federal Reserve Debt” = 22 T “Federal Debt”

Plus 9 G (Gazillion) in Derivatives = some trouble

The Capitol Building on Jenkins Hill is now renamed the “Citicorp Dome”

And then take a look at the National Defense Authorization Acts of 2012 and 2014. 

Financial History:

1998:            Banks/Wall Street bail out Long Term Capital Management

2008:           Federal Reserve bails out Banks/Wall Street

201_:            International Monetary Fund bails out Federal Reserve; Taxpayers bail out Banks/Wall Street

201_:            God bails out the International Monetary Fund; No one bails out Taxpayers

201_:            God files Chapter 11 Reorganization; Taxpayers file Chapter 7 Liquidation

So, help us God, so help us God.

Punt, Pass And Kick: The End Is Far (February 24, 2014)

Posted in Bail In, Bailout/Bribe, Banks and Banking System, Gold Standard, Kleptocracy, Money on February 24, 2014 by e-commentary.org

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C2        “An unsustainable system is sustaining itself.  Somehow.  Yet, in the end, an unsustainable system is unsustainable.”

C1        “Everyone is engaged in a grand ‘punt, pass and kick’ game to punt his or her personal or professional responsibility, pass the buck, and kick the 55 gallon rusty drum down the pot-holed road and over a structurally unsound bridge, yet the system is stumbling and bumbling along.  They continue to build ‘bridges to nowhere’ and allow existing ‘bridges to somewhere’ to decline and decay.”

C2        “To build a sustainable bridge, we must do something as simple and foresighted as using stainless steel rebar to support the structure so that it does not rust and rot from within.”

C1        “When the 55 gallon oil drum is empty, it will be much heavier and harder to kick down the road.  We may not make the bridge.  Will time expire on the ‘punt, pass and kick’ game without a possibility of overtime.”

C2        “We may get ‘sudden death’ overtime, although we may be deceased.  We cannot argue with success.”

C1        “As long as you succeed.”

C2        “Some folks will argue with failure, but it may be too late.”

. . .

C1        “We cannot peer behind drawn curtains or peak behind closed doors.  At best, we may observe some developments while trying to assemble a puzzle with only a few random pieces operating in the dark with one hand tied behind our back.”

C2        “On a good day.  We interpolate and extrapolate with little information and confront an active effort by a variety of folks to mislead and deceive.  A conspiracy requires too much cooperation, but a confluence of powerful interests responding to the same incentives and acting in concert to acquire lucre and power can cause mischief.”

C1        “What is today’s exchange rate between lucre and power?  A desperate cabal trying to stave off a large creditor or interest could loot the Treasury.  When there was some chatter about the United States not returning all the gold in the Federal Reserve vaults to Germany because the gold had been sold, little was said.  Big players do not air their tainted laundry in public.  What if the gold is not there?”

C2        “You could craft a movie around a discovery that all the gold in Fort Knox will not buy a twenty-five cent cup of coffee.”

C1        “Gold has mesmerized men through the ages, although it does not taste particularly tasty.”

C2        “Even with golden mustard.  And it does not wear well.”

C1        “If ‘He who has the gold makes the rules,’ what if there is no gold?” 

. . .

C1        “The Big Jolt may come when ordinary folks are spooked by something, rational or irrational, and try to withdraw their deposits from financial institutions.  When it first senses a possible problem, the Federal Reserve will send a directive in seconds to all financial institutions limiting withdrawals to a small sum and then, if that does not work, allowing financial institutions to print script of some kind on site to give to depositors seeking to withdraw their funds.” 

C2        “That script may not be acceptable.  At that point, the script would be backed by the half faith and hollow credit of the United States.”

C1        “An old banker reflecting on the start of the Great Slide looked out the window at depositors who demanded their money and felt an overwhelming sense of terror.  Their terrified look triggered his terrified look.”

C2        “Their terrified look may trigger more than a terrified look.”

C1        “Look out.”

. . .

C2        “A ‘Bail In’ is likely to trigger the same reaction unless it is done very slowly with little publicity so that no one notices.”

. . .

C1         “Something may be done or may happen to jeopardize the dollar’s position as the world’s reserve currency.  That will have a bad ending.  Try to explain what has happened and will happen to the ordinary citizen.”

. . .

C1        “I am convinced that the clearest lesson in American history is the absolute conviction that no one in the banking and financial industry who loots and robs the public will ever be convicted let alone even indicted for a crime.”

C2        “We might as well enshrine it in a constitutional amendment – the Kleptocracy Amendment.”

C1        “Because of our actions and inaction, we are fundamentally in worse economic shape now than we were in September of 2008.  What do you think, three more years or ten more years or could the ‘punt, pass and kick’ game sustain for thirty more years.”

C2        “A riot could become a rebellion and then an insurrection.  Enough people and places are festering and percolating to spark and provide the tinder.”

C1        “The catalyst may not be economic or financial.  A computer virus could go viral or a virus could go viral.”

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[See the “e-ssays” titled Beans and Bullets (April 6, 2009) and Bailouts: Out; Bail Ins: In; Slowly Boilin’ The Frog (April 15, 2013) and those collected under https://e-commentary.org/category/gold-standard/.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

You can argue with failure

Crime pays in America, but only big crime

Something that cannot go on forever will not go on forever

Federal Reserve Note legends on dollars, 1928 and 1934 and 1953 and 2014 and ____:

REDEEMABLE IN GOLD ON DEMAND AT THE UNITED STATES TREASURY, OR IN GOLD OR LAWFUL MONEY AT ANY FEDERAL RESERVE BANK

THIS NOTE IS LEGAL TENDER FOR ALL DEBTS, PUBLIC AND PRIVATE, AND IS REDEEMABLE IN LAWFUL MONEY AT THE UNITED STATES TREASURY, OR AT ANY FEDERAL RESERVE BANK

THIS NOTE IS A LEGAL TENDER AT ITS FACE FOR ALL DEBTS PUBLIC AND PRIVATE

THIS NOTE IS LEGAL TENDER FOR ALL DEBTS, PUBLIC AND PRIVATE

THIS NOTE IS . . .

The Fed at 100 (December 23, 2013)

Posted in Bailout/Bribe, Banks and Banking System, Bernanke, Federal Reserve, Kleptocracy, Stock Market on December 23, 2013 by e-commentary.org

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A          “We celebrate the birthday of our financial savior today and of our spiritual savior on Wednesday.”

B          “Birthday cards and candles are flying off the shelf.” 

A          “Congress passed the Federal Reserve Act on December 23, 1913 a few seconds before heading home for the holidays and a few minutes before President Wilson signed the legislation.  You wonder if they had a clue.”

B          “Most folks don’t have a clue, but what do you do.  Most folks look uncomfortably bewildered if you even allude to the Fed.  Someone who is uncomfortable with a topic does not readily come around.”

A          “They are more comfortable talking about the Football League than about the Federal Reserve.”

B          “The great debate on a national bank was lost a hundred years ago.  We need a great debate today.”

A          “The Fed is really out of control, but the wealthy are getting wealthier, so no one cares.”

B          “Congress provided some policy direction when it required to Fed to consider the level of employment in its calculus.  The Fed’s policies and decisions over the last decade have done nothing to improve employment, yet there is no sanction or penalty in the Congressional legislation.”

A          “The Fed has done more to promote the greatest transfer of wealth to the already wealthy than at any other time or in any other place in history.”

B          “The money is collecting in the Swiss bank accounts of the wealthy.  When and as the money slips from the virtual into the real economy, measured inflation will go up.”

A          “Seems to me that inflation will be exacerbated by a reduction in the supply of goods brought about by a breakdown in production and distribution.”

. . .

A          “The Fed is not the fourth branch of government, it is the first branch.”

B          “The To-Big-To-Fail-Or-Jail Banks are the first branch of government and they own the Fed and the government.”

. . .

A/B       “What will blow out the candles?”

. . .

[See the “e-ssays” collected in the Category “Federal Reserve” at https://e-commentary.org/category/federal-reserve/.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Now that the banks have privatized the government, the government will never nationalize the banks.

If one person amassed 99.999999999999999999999999 percent of the income and wealth in America, would anyone notice?

Capitalize the gains; socialize the losses.

Kleptocracy, Inc.: Rebranding America (November 18, 2013)

Posted in Awards / Incentives, Bailout/Bribe, Banks and Banking System, Bernanke, Economics, Economics Nobel, Federal Reserve, Kleptocracy, Stock Market on November 18, 2013 by e-commentary.org

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A          “‘Go Kleptocracy, Inc. Go’ doesn’t have the same ring as ‘Go U.S.A. Go.’”

B          “You could replace the stars with dollar signs and the stripes with universal product codes to reflect the monetization of America.  Rally ‘round the ‘Dollar Signs and Bar Codes’ does not alliterate the way rally ‘round the ‘Stars and Stripes’ does.”

A          “And doesn’t sound right, does it.”

B          “To say that everything is a lie and a fraud is an understatement.”

A          “Almost everything is a lie.”

B          “That may be closer to the truth.”

. . .

B          “A kleptocracy is an oligarchy that no longer is even vaguely concerned about even the pretense of evenhandedness or equality.”

A          “That’s it; that’s us.”

. . .

B          “And yet so many commentators point to the Dow that topped 16 Grand for a time today.”

A          “It’s over the top.  The rise is so tightly correlated with the monthly eighty-five billion dollar ($85,000,000,000.00) bribe paid by the Federal Reserve to the Big Banks.”

B          “What if they doubled the bribe to one hundred and seventy billion dollars ($170,000,000,000.00) each month paid to the Big Banks.  Why not.  Everything is a fraud and a lie and a fraud.”

A          “The crash will be even more epic.”

. . .

A          “One of the former Federal Reserve officials confessed and apologized for the program known as ‘quantitative easing’ as the ‘greatest backdoor Wall Street bailout of all time’ with little real economic expansion.  Bernanke* is a nice guy who has really done little more than dispense bribes to Big Banks.”

B          “Like Bernanke*, Jellen may be the best this talent-starved kleptocracy can produce.  She will continue the official Federal Reserve policy of dispensing bribes to Big Banks.”

A          “In her testimony, she assured Wall Street and the Big Banks that she will maintain their primacy and hegemony.”

B          “Congress charged the Federal Reserve with considering employment.”

A          “The Fed is mindful of the impact of its bribes on employment on Wall Street.”

. . .

A          “What if he went out like former President Eisenhower and delivered a warning about the perniciousness of the financial industrial complex?”

. . .

A          “The answer is so obvious and so easy.  Preclude any bank from holding more than one hundred billion dollars ($100,000,000,000.00) in assets.”

B          “The Big Banks will never approve that action by the Federal Reserve.”

. . .

A          “The Norwegians do not help when they dispense their trophy to the cheer leaders who put a cheery façade on the fraud.”

B          “And the e-con-omics departments oblige by providing a steady pipeline of obedient sycophants.”

. . .

[See the article titled “Andrew Huszar: Confessions of a Quantitative Easer” at http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303763804579183680751473884.].

[See the “e-ssays” titled Greenspan’s Legacy – Apres moi, Le Meltdown (January 30, 2006), The Dow Jones (the Murdoch ?) Hits 14 K In A Hollow Economy (July 23, 2007), A Bleak Day: The Trillion Dollar Tragedy (October 6, 2008), The TARP Is A Trap (January 19, 2009), The Bush Grand Slam (February 14, 2011) and (M)End The Fed (July 11, 2011) concluding with a draft Federal Reserve Enforcement Order that Janet Jellen could issue in her first few weeks on the job.]

Bumper sticker of the week:

In Greed We Trust

September 15, 2008 – The Date That Should Live In Infamy (September 16, 2013)

Posted in Bailout/Bribe, Banks and Banking System, Economics, Federal Reserve, Kleptocracy, Occupy Movement on September 16, 2013 by e-commentary.org

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C          “Five years ago in the morn, Senator McCain, the pundits and the powerful proclaimed that the fundamentals of the economy were sound.”

D          “Didn’t seem that way to me then.  Doesn’t seem that way to me now.”

C          “Didn’t seem that way even to them in the afternoon.  Those running the game realized that the hollow economy could not be propped up with lies and smoke and mirrors.  September 15 is the date that should live in infamy.”

D          “If market forces had been allowed to continue without the TARP and other interventions, the current generation would have endured its excesses rather than heaping them on the younger generations.”

. . .

C          “And two years since the emergence of the Occupy movement.  The folks shared a concern that something is wrong with the economic and political game even if they could not explain the problems or advance the solutions.”

. . .

D          “No one has ever audited the Federal Reserve.”

C          “Some companies claim to have paid back some of the government loans, but who really knows.”

D          “No one has ever been prosecuted except a few unconnected fools and Madoff who made the mistake of purloining from the powerful.”

. . .

C          “The Dow’s new highs are a sign of peril not of promise.  As long as the Federal Reserve keeps fabricating phony funds, the Dow will keep providing phony figures.”

. . .

C          “All the counterparty agreements are essentially insurance policies.  An insurance company is required by law to provide adequate reserves to satisfy possible claims.  Every concerned citizen should have reservations about an insurance scheme with no regulation or even reserves.”

D          “Insurance companies have historically been regulated by states.  The most likely state to regulate the financial industry – New York – has no incentive to regulate and every incentive to allow unregulated criminality.  New York is profiting handsomely from the criminality,”

C          “Laissez faire, they say.  Those in power are too lazy to create a fair economic system.”

D          “The same old same old.”

C          “The same old same old.”

D          “The same old same old is getting old.”

. . .

[See the “e-ssays” under the Category “TARP” at https://e-commentary.org/category/tarp/ and any of a few dozen “e-ssays” presented in the last nine years on the economy.  See the “e-ssays” under the Category “Occupy Movement” at https://e-commentary.org/category/occupy-movement/.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

A system that cannot go on forever will not go on forever.

“Twenty-five years ago, I worked there during the summers for $7 an hour and now my son works there part-time for $7.75 an hour.”

Proposition H8 And The Enduring Appeal Of Fear And Hate (February 13, 2012)

Posted in Abortion, Antitrust, Bailout/Bribe, Banks and Banking System, Civil Rights/Civil Liberties, Congress, Constitution, Courts, Crime/Punishment, Gay Politics, Judges, Less Government Regulation Series, Miscegenation, Supreme Court on February 13, 2012 by e-commentary.org

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K          “In the early 1960s, a constitutional law textbook included a lengthy chapter collecting pivotal decisions challenging Jim Crow laws.  A library in this state, a grammar school in that state, a swimming pool in this state, a drinking fountain in that state.  The campaign was undertaken one institution, one jurisdiction, one decision at a time.  There were successes; there were failures; there were more successes than failures.  The Civil Rights Act of 1964 (CRA) changed the ground rules.  These outdated cases are of interest to historians today; they are moot asides for lawyers.  The whole chapter was expunged and a new chapter unfolded to detail the legal dispute du jour.”

J          “The unfolding chapter is reading like the old one.  America is gasping its way through the same spasms regarding gay marriages and gay rights.  The long-run outcome is clear, but the path is rocky.  Gay marriages and gay rights will be the norm and the law in thirty years.”

K          “Gay rights are the civil rights issue of this generation.  Instead of passing laws to protect civil rights such as the CRA, however, Congress passes unconstitutional screeds such as the Defense of Marriage Act of 1996 (DoMA).  Perverse group, the gang that legislates congress.”

J          “In thirty years, the kids will dismiss the dispute as ‘weird’ or ‘bizarre’ or whatever the patois is at the time.  Until then, prejudice, hate and fear drives the fight.  The Ninth Circuit decision is another step in the long slog.  And now the outcome likely turns on Kennedy.  Someone observed that Kennedy observed that his gay clerks were . . . human.  He decided that they should be treated that way.”

K          “In Lawrence v. Texas.  Contrast the development of the law regarding gay rights with the development of the law involving abortion.  Last month marked thirty-nine years since the Supreme Court addressed abortion in Roe v. Wade.  Curious circumstances and decision.  The matter was decided not by the Warren Court but by the Burger Court.  Warren retired to go bass fishing or something in 1969.  The seven vote majority opinion was written by a Republican-appointed Justice (Blackmun) and was joined by three Nixon appointees (Burger, Powell, Blackmun), two Eisenhower (Stewart, Brennan), one FDR (Douglas), and one LBJ (Marshall) appointees.  Even with no Democratic-appointed justices at all, Roe would have become the law of the land solely on the votes of Republican-appointed justices.”

J          “Even with a clear precedent, challenges to abortion will still be caroming around the courts in thirty years.  Gay rights will be resolved.”

K          “We would all be better off if the government got out of the bedroom.”

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[See the Ninth Circuit decision in Perry v. Brown at http://www.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/opinions/2012/02/07/1016696com.pdf.]

[See the “e-ssay” titled Less Government Regulation Series: Love and Marriage (May 19, 2008).]

[See the “e-ssay” titled Fire Your Attorney General (November 7, 2011) and review http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2012/02/mortgage-settlement-as-attorney-general-sellout-deal-is-not-done-and-final-version-guaranteed-to-be-worse-than-advertised.html.  The bankers murdered the body politic (and economic) with malice aforethought and all we could offer them is an overdue book fine.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

“All that Proposition 8 accomplished was to take away from same-sex couples the right to be granted marriage licenses and thus legally to use the designation of ‘marriage,’ which symbolizes state legitimization and societal recognition of their committed relationships.  Proposition 8 serves no purpose, and has no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California, and to officially reclassify their relationships and families as inferior to those of opposite-sex couples.  The Constitution simply does not allow for ‘laws of this sort.’”

Let freedom ring; let love rule

Good to have loved and lost; better to have loved and won

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