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MUST SEE - Bernanke's Stealth Bailout For Wall Street Kept Secret From Congress

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The comments from Barney Frank and Judd Gregg are telling.  Bernanke runs his own private dictatorship.  You'll be glad to know that Fear Mongering 101 is alive and well, and has not been removed from the Winter Term Selection Guide at your local university.


Nov. 28 (Bloomberg) -- Bloomberg Markets magazine's January issue examines how the Federal Reserve and big banks fought for more than two years to keep details of the largest bailout in U.S. history a secret. And how bankers failed to mention that they took tens of billions of dollars in emergency loans at the same time they were assuring investors their firms were healthy.


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The financial sector "came out the other side"...classic...it sure did. Ate our money and shit it out. We were left with the excrement...
Nov 28, 2011 at 5:11 PM | Unregistered CommenterJosie
Help an ignoramus out here, DB.

The Bloomberg piece states:

"The six biggest U.S. banks, which received $160 billion of TARP funds, borrowed as much as $460 billion from the Fed, measured by peak daily debt calculated by Bloomberg using data obtained from the central bank."


But yet a year ago, the Federal Reserve itself disclosed massively greater (20X) lending to the big bailout banks:

"most loan and other aid for U.S. institutions over time went to Citigroup ($2.2 trillion), followed by Merrill Lynch ($2.1 trillion), Morgan Stanley ($2 trillion), Bank of America ($1.1 trillion), Bear Stearns ($960 billion), Goldman Sachs ($620 billion), JPMorgan Chase ($260 billion) and Wells Fargo ($150 billion). "


If anything, doesn't the Bloomberg piece on the disgorged Fed documents call into question the Fed's compliance with the FOIA request? Or is the Bloomberg piece implicitly limited to TAF?
Nov 29, 2011 at 1:31 PM | Unregistered CommenterCheyenne
Cheyenne, it's often hard to tell what writers on a deadline are trying to say, but in the first case it seems to refer to the highest amount outstanding at any one point in time, whereas the much bigger numbers are the total value of all loans made over a period of time.
Nov 29, 2011 at 8:33 PM | Registered CommenterDr. Pitchfork
Guy's, its great having "The Daily Bail" back again. I dident know what to do all day other than go downtown and play pool and drink "Tap Beer"............Do you know how much they charge for Nickel-Taps, today......$.75 for a 5 cent glass of tap beer......

I was down to 5 Quarters and starting to pannic........
Nov 30, 2011 at 12:46 PM | Unregistered CommenterTexas Dar
If you love our country, this is a must read, then vote Ron Paul..................Tex !

"Grab a Beer"........
Downward Wisconsin
We used to make things here in Wisconsin.
We made machine tools in Milwaukee, cars in Kenosha and ships in Sheboygan. We mined iron in the north and lead in the south. We made cheese, we made brats, we made beer, and we even made napkins to clean up what we spilled. And we made money.
The original war on poverty was a private, mercenary affair. Men like Harnishfeger, Allis, Chalmers, Kohler, Kearney, Trecker, Modine, Case, Mead, Falk, Allen, Bradley, Cutler, Hammer, Bucyrus, Harley, Davidson, Pabst, and Miller lifted millions up from subsistence living to middle class comfort. They did it - not “Fighting Bob” La Follette or any of the politicians who came along later to take the credit and rake a piece of the action through the steepest progressive scheme in the nation.
Those old geezers with the beards cured poverty by putting people to work. Generations of Wisconsinites learned trades and mastered them in the factories, breweries, mills, foundries, and shipyards those capitalists built with their hands. Thousands of small businesses supplied these industrial giants, and tens of thousands of proprietors and professionals provided all of the services that all those other families needed to live well. The wealth got spread around plenty.
The profits generated by our great industrialists funded charities, the arts, education, libraries, museums, parks, and community development associations. Taxes on their profits, property, and payrolls built our schools, roads, bridges, and the safety net that Wisconsin’s progressives are still taking credit for, as if the money came from their council meetings. The offering plates in churches of every denomination were filled with money left over from company paychecks that were made possible because a few bold young men risked it all and got rich. Don’t thank God for them; thank them that you learned about God.
Their wealth pales in comparison to the wealth they created for millions and millions of other Wisconsin families. Those with an appreciation for the immeasurable contributions of Wisconsin’s industrial icons of 1910 will find the list of Wisconsin’s top ten employers of 2010 appalling:
Walmart, University of Wisconsin–Madison, Milwaukee Public Schools, U.S. Postal Service, Wisconsin Department of Corrections, Menards, Marshfield Clinic, Aurora Health Care, City of Milwaukee, and Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs.
This is what a century of progressivism will get you. Wisconsin is the birthplace of the progressive movement, the home of the Socialist Party, the first state to allow public sector unions, the cradle of environmental activism, a liberal fortress walled off against common sense for decades. Their motto, Forward Wisconsin, should be changed to Downward Wisconsin if truth in advertising applies to slogans.
There is no shortage of activists, advocates, and agitators in this State. If government were the answer to our problems, we would have no problems. The very same people – or people just like them – who picketed, struck, sued, taxed, and regulated our great companies out of this state are now complaining about the unemployment and poverty that they have brought upon themselves. They got rid of those old rich white guys and replaced them with…nothing.
Wisconsin ranks 47th in the rate of new business formation. We are one of the worst states for native college graduate exodus; our brightest and most ambitions graduates leave to seek their fortunes elsewhere. Why shouldn’t they? Our tax rates are among the worst in the nation and our business climate, perpetually in the bottom of the rankings, has only recently moved up thanks to a Governor who now faces a recall for his trouble.
In 1970, the new environmental movement joined unions and socialists in a coordinated effort to demonize industry. When I was in college, the ranting against “polluting profiteers” was like white noise – always there. They won, and here is the price of their victory: in 1970, manufacturers paid 18.2% of Wisconsin’s property taxes – the major source of school funding - and in 2010 those who remained paid 3.7%.
So who is it that caused the funding crisis in our schools and the skyrocketing tax rates on our homes? It is the same ignoramuses who are sitting on bridges, pooping on things, and passing around recall petitions. The unemployed 26-year old in the hemp hat looking for sympathy might look instead for some inspiration from Jerome I. Case, who started his agricultural equipment business at the age of 21, miraculously without an iPhone 4s.
Mr. Case got rich by asking people what they want and making it for them. He did not get rich by telling people what he wanted and waiting for them to do something about it. If you want to declare war on your own poverty, memorize that.
In the last decade alone we have lost 150,000 manufacturing jobs in this state – over 25%. And it’s not just jobs that have been lost; the companies that provided them are gone. Those jobs are not coming back, no matter how long we extend unemployment benefits pretending they are. The 450,000 people who still work in manufacturing in Wisconsin are damn good it at, but we are now outnumbered by people who work for government. A significant number of the latter are tasked with taxing, regulating, and generally harassing the former. While it is true that many manufacturers chased low-wage opportunities on their own, many more were driven out of the state by the increasing cost of doing business here.
It is a myth that unions improve wages. If you consider only the 1,000 jobs in a closed shop, you might think an average union wage is, say, $30/hr. But if you add in the zero wages of the 10,000 jobs lost in companies chased out by union harassment, the average of all 11,000 union workers is reduced to $2.72/hr. Do you know the average wage of union iron miners in this state? Zero. And the left is fighting hard to keep it that way in Northern Wisconsin - looking out for the working man, they call it.
It is also a myth that free trade causes job losses. Over the past three years, U.S. manufacturers sold $70 billion more goods to our Free Trade Agreement (FTA) partners than we bought from them. Conversely, we suffered a $1.3 trillion trade deficit with countries where no FTA’s exist. I doubt that kids are going to learn that in our government-union monopoly schools – it doesn’t fit the narrative.
No one wants to see another person suffer in poverty, and liberty is the best economic policy there is. The great industrialists of Wisconsin took less than a generation to lift millions up to a life of dignity, pride, prosperity and good will. When enterprise was free and government was limited, we all prospered.
Those great men of industry were not anointed at birth to be rich; they rose from nothing to great wealth through their own hard work and the value they added to their employees and their customers through choice, competition, and voluntary exchange. That is the only sure path to real prosperity; the debt economy is a temporary illusion.
Look again at the list of our famous industrialists and the list of our current employers. Who would you wish your child or grandchild to grow up to be? Who do you think will do more good on this earth – Jerome I Case and his tractors, or the Coordinator of Supplier Diversity at MPS.
If you chose MPS, then apply now – that job is open, and it pays up to $72,000 plus benefits and early retirement. Go in peace and save the world. Me, I'm going with the tractor guy.
Moment Of Clarity” is a weekly commentary by Libertarian writer and speaker Tim Nerenz, Ph.D. Visit Tim’s website www.timnerenz.com to find your moment.
Nov 30, 2011 at 5:37 PM | Unregistered CommenterTexas Dar
Tex, your grasp of US history and economics seems both limited and just plain wrong. I advise you to study the history of depressions in the nineteenth and twentieth century and the role large corporations, especially financial organizations, played in causing these. And GATT and the FTAs have been good for no one but the large corporations which have preyed on average people. Read this chapter from WEB OF DEBT as a good start:
Ross Perot tried to warn Americans what the result of NAFTA would be. It is a shame more people didn't listen. Our manufacturing went to sweat shops in so-called free enterprise zones where corporations could pollute and pay no taxes, hiring the desperate at slave wages. These people came largely from farms that had been bankrupted by American agriculture from Govt. subsidized factory farms and from local industries destroyed by our financial sector, as happened in Mexico. In the process, they managed to destroy most of the labor movement in the US.
I've worked hard all my life, and never expected or got anything for free, and had to pay taxes. A great many corporations and the wealthy elite can not say the same. Your governor created a deficit problem by giving more tax breaks to corporations, then went after the unions claiming they created the problem. Corporations and the wealthy elite are paying lower rates than they have in decades, and still they say it is too much, and find ways to avoid paying any. They are destroying the middle class, and all the wealth is accumulating at the top. These people are not the job creators. The middle class has long been responsible for creating jobs in this country, as they were the ones who bought the products that were the engine of the economy. As the middle class is decimated, few can afford the goods that society needs and that drove the economy. The greed of the elite few will destroy us all in the end unless we do something about it now
Dec 1, 2011 at 3:20 AM | Unregistered CommenterTom Joad
The ultra wealthy, and corporate elite have destroyed the American Dream. The politicians who pushed NAFTA through should have been recalled, impeached, or charged with treason, and the companies that took advantage of it should be paying 50% tariffs when they import their products back into the U.S. or at least the same rates the country where they are located is charging for products imported from the USA.

This fair trade bullshit is just that, ABSOLUTE BULLSHIT!!

Too much government is not the the problem.
Too much criminally corrupt government is the problem, along with a two party system that has been obsolete for decades and is incapable of accomplishing anything that benefits the majority of the American People.

Their only thing that exceeds their greed and corruption is their incompetence.
Dec 1, 2011 at 1:53 PM | Unregistered CommenterSagebrush
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