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Sep062011

Giuliani Tells Don Imus: 'I Wouldn't Lock Up Jamie Dimon, Huge Wall Street Bonuses Are Wonderful, They Helped Me Balance My Bloated Budget'

Video - Rudy Giuliani With Don Imus - January 12, 2011

Local governments are bloated and need to shrink.  Stupid Giuliani is part of the spending machine that grips politicians and is destroying the fiscal sanity of this country.

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From Think Progress

The reality that banks aren’t “taking immediate steps to reduce bonuses substantially” led former Citigroup CEO John Reed to slam the banks for learning nothing from the financial crisis:

Even some industry veterans warn that such paydays could further tarnish the financial industry’s sullied reputation. John S. Reed, a founder of Citigroup, said Wall Street would not fully regain the public’s trust until banks scaled back bonuses for good — something that, to many, seems a distant prospect.

  • “There is nothing I’ve seen that gives me the slightest feeling that these people have learned anything from the crisis,” Mr. Reed said. “They just don’t get it. They are off in a different world.”

But some prominent New Yorkers are defending Wall Street’s compensation packages. On Don Imus’ radio show this morning, former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani declared that from his point of view giant Wall Street bonuses are “wonderful”:

GIULIANI: I have to tell you. You’re going to get annoyed. I have a different view of bonuses than you do.

IMUS: Ok.

GIULIANI: And this comes from my experience as mayor of New York. They balance my budget. They were wonderful from the point of view of getting the money you need to run New York City. Particularly when they were paid in cash rather than stock because in stock you don’t get the benefit until somebody sells the stock. And but when they get it in cash, all of a sudden a deficit can turn into a surplus. So, I mean, I have somewhat of a warped view of this because it used to help me balance by big 30, 40 billion dollar budget.

Giuliani added that the big banks “should do a better job of explaining their compensation system and they should do a better job of explaining what they contribute, which is really the life blood that makes our economy work.”

This isn’t the first time Giuliani has made this argument. About this time last year, he defended Wall Streets practices by saying that “one of the ways in which you determined New York City’s budget, tax revenues, was Wall Street bonuses.” He added that it has “a reverse effect on the economy, if you somehow take that bonus out of the economy. It really will create unemployment.”

 

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Reader Comments (9)

Obviously bankers deserve it, and workers deserve nothing. That is pretty much the new American dream...
Sep 7, 2011 at 2:56 AM | Unregistered CommenterS. Gompers
Lots of Manhattanites talk like Rudy, and in the same breath bitch about paying $1700 a month for a 300 sf studio apartment. Laughable.
Sep 7, 2011 at 7:57 AM | Unregistered CommenterCheyenne
"...big banks “should do a better job of explaining their compensation system and they should do a better job of explaining what they contribute, which is really the life blood that makes our economy work.”...

Good luck with that. I'm not holding my breath for that explanation. Banking, as we now know, has fundamentally changed from allocating capital for a very small fee. Now it extracts a huge portion of the moving economy to the point where if it continues unabated on its present path, it will parasitically kill off its host (us).

Manufacturing used to be the top of the US economy pyramid; now it's the banks...

And oh, btw, Rudy and his lisp can suck it. Ever seen his son, Andrew (a fellow Duke grad, unfortunately)? What a D-bag. Says a bit about the dad, huh?...
Sep 7, 2011 at 1:06 PM | Unregistered CommenterJosie
Then rudy ghouliani would be in favor of raising wages for UAW workers to say 2 or 3 million a year and the same for carpenters and bricklayers and engineers and architects and auto mechanics. Sounds like a good idea to me. No need to restrict it to bank parasites.
Sep 7, 2011 at 2:31 PM | Unregistered CommenterHarry Johnson
And oh, btw, Rudy and his lisp can suck it. Ever seen his son, Andrew (a fellow Duke grad, unfortunately)? What a D-bag. Says a bit about the dad, huh?...

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I've seen him and I remember the crybaby lawsuit he filed against his college golf coach at Duke.
Sep 7, 2011 at 2:53 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Lots of Manhattanites talk like Rudy, and in the same breath bitch about paying $1700 a month for a 300 sf studio apartment.

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I lived in one of those expensive studio apartments for a Summer a long, long time ago during an internship on Wall Street during college. It was horrendous. I hated living in NYC. A nice place to occasionally visit, but that's it. A year later I was working for DB Alex Brown in Baltimore and got an apartment 5 times the size for the same money.
Sep 7, 2011 at 2:55 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Glad to see ya up an about DB.......That Flu is some "Shitty Stuff"......? Ha !
Sep 7, 2011 at 5:53 PM | Unregistered CommenterTexas Dar
Giuliani: Obama had ‘no success’ before politics, defends Romney’s Bain tenure

http://thehill.com/video/campaign/229679-giuliani-defends-romneys-bain-work-says-obama-had-no-success-before-politics
May 27, 2012 at 6:20 PM | Registered CommenterJohn

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