Thursday, January 21, 2010

"CAPITALISM 201 GONE WILD” COMING SOON TO YOUR COUNTRY




I heard some ignoramus on CNN say that the government should not have rushed in to save Citigroup, Bank of America, etc. because most of their problems would have been corrected within the course of a normal business cycle.

I love to tell stories so here goes …

A Real or Fictional Story of Corporate Deceit and Fraud; and the United States Governments involvement to cover it up.

Here’s the story (fiction or non-fiction, you choose):

There were a bunch of parent companies that owned retail banks, commercial banks, investment banks, and insurance companies (compliments of Congress by repealing the Glass Steagall Act and passing the Gramm, Leach, Bliley Act - cooked up by Republicans who got a bunch of Democrats [and a Democratic White House] to go along with it).
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The investment banks engaged in questionable trades and bought shares of stock (for themselves and other investors) in certain assets and companies that they either knew didn’t exist, or at best, were extremely risky . They got investors (individual and institutional) to buy into their questionable dealings. They also bundled a bunch of risky mortgages from the parent companies retail banks and mortgage companies, and sold them to people all over the world, thereby engaging in a worldwide ponzi scheme.
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In addition to that scheme, they also used deposits from their retail banks and bought insurance from their own insurance companies or other insurance companies to hedge their bets. Many of these insurance companies they knew didn’t have enough reserves set aside if things went bad.
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In the meantime, executives were siphoning off profits through insanely outrageous salaries and bonuses. Some of the large shareholders (who consisted of company executives, board members, and the “Wall Street connected” extremely wealthy) consistently voted for and wooed certain board members who agreed with these outrageous executive compensation packages, and they recommended to the smaller shareholders that they go along with their choices.
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All these companies knew what the other was doing; and they were well aware that their schemes were built on a “house of cards” that could topple world economies; however, they didn’t really worry too much because they knew someone (a sheikh or two, the government, their retail bank depositors, corrupt insurance companies, the FED, etc) would bail them out.

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[In addition, these companies and the military contracting companies they bought shares in, encouraged (lobbied) members of Congress, who engaged in the politics of fear [of real and imagined enemies], to use these military contracting companies.]*****
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Anyway, when some of these companies “shit hit the fan”, and the stock market kept falling, and people started defaulting on their mortgages because they couldn’t increase their credit card
limits anymore or refinance their homes any more (property values that were over-valued had declined; many had lost their jobs because companies couldn’t compete with foreign imports and closed shop [compliments of
NAFTA and other government trade policies]; or companies continued offshore outsourcing jobs to cut labor costs starting not at the top, but with middle and bottom wage earners ).
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The small business owner lost business because various members of Congress (especially conservative members who championed deregulation), consistently engaged in policies and/or wrote laws that allowed large companies to get bigger (whereby small companies couldn’t compete).
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People began realizing that they were living in a fantasy world and they never made enough money to pay for their kids college, or invest for retirement, or buy furniture, or dress for success, or buy a house, etc. They were living on borrowed money, and their bank executives and investment brokers, and other people’s bank executives and investment brokers were living high on the hog with their money [that was eventually mostly gambled away].
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The government, to cover up their duplicity in the schemes, yelled the “sky is falling” and feigned gross ignorance. They allowed investment banks to become bank holding companies, and got other countries (debt), the FDIC and tax-payers to loan and bail out all their asses.

Finally (to put the icing on the cake), the (majority conservative) Supreme Court, used a case before it (under the guise of free speech), to allow corporations to further influence politics, thereby giving their blessing to the continuance of these schemes and cover-ups.
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If “Capitalism 201 Gone Wild” hasn’t infected your (especially European) country yet … the story above may become a reality for you.
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Beware
 
Update: September 10, 2012
Bill Clinton: The Great Deregulator, by Robert Scheer



Update: November 26, 2010


Update, October 29, 2010
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Update October 27, 2010:

CAPITALISM


Update: October 5, 2010


Update: March 2010
CHASING MADOFF, BY HARRY MARKOPOLOS



Update: February 13, 2010
Wall Street Helped to Mask Debts Shaking Europe February 13, 2010




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7 comments:

Anonymous said...

ALSO SEE YVES SMITH ON CNN 8/7/2010:
http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/294958-5

Elaine said...

**********You absolutely must read this:
"Why the U.S. Has Launched a New Financial World War -- and How the Rest of the World Will Fight Back"

http://www.alternet.org/story/148481/why_the_u.s._has_launched_a_new_financial_world_war_--_and_how_the_rest_of_the_world_will_fight_back_

Elaine said...

Great article at Alternet:

"Why Germany Has It So Good -- and Why America Is Going Down the Drain"

http://www.alternet.org/story/148501/why_germany_has_it_so_good_--_and_why_america_is_going_down_the_drain

Clevelands Secret Club said...

"DeVos Wages War On Public Education, But Meet His Brother In Law..."

http://www.talk2action.org/story/2007/3/27/8527/72512

Jeremy Scahill:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqM4tKPDlR8

BiPolObsessed said...

An article posted on Alternet is a must read:

"As the Country Falls Apart, It's Time for Our Revolution" by Ted Rall

http://www.alternet.org/story/148796/as_the_country_falls_apart%2C_it%27s_time_for_our_revolution

Clevelands Secret Club said...

"Business is Booming" by Harold Meyerson, January 28, 2011

http://www.prospect.org/cs/articles?article=business_is_booming

Anonymous said...

Read:
The Global Financial Crisis of 2008: The Role of Greed, Fear, and Oligarchs

https://mitsloan.mit.edu/MSTIR/world-economy/Crisis-2008-2009/Documents/09-093%20The%20Financial%20Crisis%20of%202008.Rev.pdf