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Rep. Kaptur Sticks An IED Inside Paulson And Then Presses 'BOOM'

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  • "What Interests Me Is Whom You Helped And Whom You Didn't."
  • "History Will Show That You Knew About Wall Street's Growing Losses Long Before The Bank Of America, Merrill Lynch Merger."
  • "What Your Orchestration Yielded Was An Unprecedented Dumping Of Private Sector Losses On The Next Three Generations of taxpayers."

Here's a short list of topics covered in this clip:

  • Paulson's Goldman Sachs conflict of interest, the AIG-Goldman conduit, the Lehman decision that benefited GS, Hank's tenure under President Nixon and John Ehrlichman (supremely brilliant yet subtle implication from Kaptur--make sure to see that moment at 2:20), moral hazard, TARP warrant repayment, Treasury conflict and capture, Ken Lewis, Bank of America, playing politics, Wall Street influence and favoritism at Treasury, Countrywide, Wall Street losses hoisted onto the next 3-generations of taxpayers, and Warren Buffett's loan terms with Goldman versus those of the taxpayer.


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Elizabeth Warren, Neil Barofsky, Brad Sherman, Mike Capuano, Alan Grayson, Ron Paul, Dylan Ratigan, Jon Stewart, Barry Ritholtz, Chris Whalen, Joseph Stiglitz, and Jimmy Rogers.



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Gerald Celente, Max Keiser, Paul Craig Roberts and Wal$treepro2 come to mind as HOF-worthy.
Jul 22, 2009 at 4:52 PM | Unregistered CommenterEdward Teach Esq.
I am convinced Paulson is so deluded he actually believes what he is saying. The more I watch, the clearer it becomes that he has absolutely no sense of social contracts outside of his business associates. I question whether he has a moral compass at all and will likely die with a smile on his face despite the enormous suffering and destruction that he personally has caused. No sense of responsibility. No sense of decency. No sense of remorse. If there is a hell, the Ninth Circle has a space reserved for Hank Paulson. Utter and complete annihilation would be to good for him.
Jul 22, 2009 at 8:09 PM | Unregistered Commenterspideydouble
I'm listening to this for the first time right now (11:57pm ET) and right away Kaptur opines that Paulson knew about the problems long before September 2008. She didn't say, "Kashkari let the cat out of the bag on this," but I'm guessin' that's where it's coming from. Nice work, Marcy Kaptur (and staff). This is definite Hall of Fame material. And keep reading The Daily Bail.
Jul 23, 2009 at 12:00 AM | Unregistered CommenterJames H
Daily Bail,

The title for this post makes me happy. Chris Dodd-eating-ice-cream happy.
Jul 23, 2009 at 12:40 AM | Unregistered CommenterJames H
Other than Ron Paul, the rest of them, excepting maybe Kucinich and perhaps Saunders from VT., all should be hung by their necks untill their feet stop wiggling for selling this nation down this shithole. Don't buy into Kaptur is a heroine b.s., it's fantasy land and it's not truth. She's no more after this asshole than Elmer Fudd is. It's all a big blustery show, kind of like a FART IN A BOTTLE (another term for CONGRESS CRITTER).

don't get confused by smoke and mirrors. We've been sold out by Kaptur and the rest, excepting the two others I mentioned.

Jul 23, 2009 at 1:07 AM | Unregistered CommenterIt's all a show
@It's all a show,

We'll take what we can get from the useful idiots in Congress. Kaptur fought the Bailouts tooth and nail before they happened, so as far as Congress Critters go, that's real action, not just talk. Ditto Brad Sherman. I'm also guessing that one of the main reasons Goldman paid as much as they did to buy back their warrants is because of this exchange with Paulson, especially where she says that Warren Buffet got better terms than the taxpayer. Don't worry, though, there's no shortage of paranoia, suspicion and rage 'round these parts. Tell all your friends about The Daily Bail.
Jul 23, 2009 at 1:13 AM | Unregistered CommenterJames H
Another Nixonista psychopath.
Jul 23, 2009 at 1:15 AM | Unregistered CommenterAlberto
Where were these people when he was asking for the bailout? Why did they not challenge him then? What are they going to do now? Are they going to recoup the money? Are they going to take action against the excessive salaries and bonuses the clowns are being handed? Are they going to move toward prosecuting the rogues gallery of Wall Streeters including paulson, dimon, thain, lewis, pandit, blankfeln, etc. etc. ad nauseam? Or is it enough just to make henry paulson uncomfortable?

It is nice Ms. Kaptur said something, but when are she and the rest of these people going to DO something other than hand over more trillions to these thieves?
Jul 23, 2009 at 1:17 AM | Unregistered CommenterBRS
What a weasel Paulson is. He engineered the demise of Goldman-Sachs biggest competitors, made sure Goldman got a nice chunk from AIG which probably went immediately into "high-yield trading programs", (not available to the regular folks)gave his buddies like Buffet a windfall, that all have their money offshore and of course screwed the American taxpayer, but this is all ok because he sang Kol Nidre last Yom Kippur and asked God for forgiveness for all the sins he was about to commit this year. What a low-life piece of trash. I am enjoying to watch him squirm, but unfortunately these Neo-Cons never suffer any wrath. Let's hope the final Judge makes him pay.
Jul 23, 2009 at 1:22 AM | Unregistered Commenterbassman
Obama the Neo-Con?

"The president was to detail the administration's overhaul plan on Wednesday, recommending new powers for the Federal Reserve; a new consumer protection agency to govern lending and credit; and new rules that would reach into currently unregulated regions of the financial markets."

"Under Mr. Obama's plan, the Fed would gain power to supervise holding companies and large financial institutions considered so big that their failure could undermine the nation's financial system."

Jul 23, 2009 at 1:42 AM | Unregistered Commentergobias bluth
@ It's All A Show

James explained it but let me add a bit of color, because this criticism comes up all the time from passers-by, who don't know our story. We are fighting against the bailouts, plainly and simply. We will gladly take ANY and ALL supporters...WE do not discriminate based on how they stand on other issues. WE spotlight and highlight them for their words and deeds against the bailouts...and Marcy Kaptur has ACTUALLY been fighting them from day 1...she tried to stand up to Paulson last Fall but no one would listen to her...


You were right about Kashkari's comments...Spidey found them in his Charlie Rose interview...


Also I had the same thought about the GS Warrant repayment...after Kaptur's comments, they knew they had to be careful.

Glad you liked the title I used...oddly, a fact which most may not know...the URL for any story is based on the title for that story...so if you change even 1 letter of a title after it's first published, then the URL changes and any links coming to that story will arrive 'dead'. So I have to be absolutely sure of my titles BEFORE I publish...which is difficult because I always think of a better one afterward...this time I tried to get it right the first time.
Jul 23, 2009 at 3:21 AM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
@Edward Teach

Good suggestions...Max Keiser is brand new to us and though I love this video, he's not in the HOF yet:


And you were correct about WALSTREETPRO2...that was a glaring omission:

Warning Extreme Profanity (IF you have not seen these clips, settle in and enjoy yourself):



Jul 23, 2009 at 3:33 AM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Please, spare us the drama. God, I really can't bear to watch any more clips w/ Paulson. Kaptor gives a formidable performance but now it's time to end the spectacle - release him from the stocks and draw and quarter this retchid scallywag NOW!
Jul 23, 2009 at 7:55 AM | Unregistered CommenterJess
The Honorable Roscoe Bartlett voted against the bail out twice. Some people in the House, fought this bail out. The Senate is a problem, bc it is controlled by the corporate interests, and always has had an elitist insider level of publically accepted corruption. The executive and judicial branches have been taken over, and there is no oversight as to what this Treasury does, or what the Federal Reserve does. The bank boards are corrupt, to the man. The financial houses are ever more corrupted bc there is no oversight, not even of the stockholders or investors. This has what has fueled wars, as these same banks and money lenders have historically funded both sides of any war, and continue to fund wars w/o official declaration of war, and in violation of the US Constitution. Every President who has opposed this elite core has been murdered. Every senator is owned. Only a few brave individuals in the House have been allowed to be critical, and not been murdered. Some, like Cynthia McKinney have been targeted to be eliminated, and others have been ousted by blackmail and superficial sex scandals.
It's time to call it, as it is. We are now broke, and we are not the first nation to be thus victimized. This annon clique has fed on the blood of the peasants in Russia, in Germany, in G.B., Spain, Italy, and now they are here, in the USA, doing the exact same thing, with the exact same formula to the US citizen.
That is why they made up the expression: The last act of a failed government is to loot. At this point, when all the money is gone, the jobs are gone, and the taxes are ridiculous, no more money to be had, at this point, they will all move to another nation, and start over, leaving their scapegoats in place, to take their punishment.
Jul 23, 2009 at 9:39 AM | Unregistered Commenterkatz
the end was cut off. she responded to him ,"A crisis of your making."
Jul 23, 2009 at 10:30 AM | Unregistered Commentertwerp
I think one more hero should be the former regulator William K. Black, who among other places, was interviewed by Bill Moyers on 04-03-09, but he did also appear in other venues. He had a better that average idea of how we should be addressing the financial disaster.
Jul 23, 2009 at 11:11 AM | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous
Could you explain who annon clique is? I never heard of them.
Jul 23, 2009 at 11:28 AM | Unregistered Commentertony
@ katz

I like your style.

A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear. The traitor is the plague.

Marcus Tullius Cicero

To expose a 4.2 Trillion dollar ripoff of the American people
by the stockholders of the 1000 largest corporations over the last
one-hundred years will be a tall order of business."

Richard Buckminster Fuller
Jul 23, 2009 at 11:42 AM | Unregistered CommenterS. Gompers
@ Anonymous

I hear you regarding William K. Black. I love that guy. Add Harry Markopolos to the list of unsung heroes while you are at it.

@ katz and S.Gompers

Well said.
Jul 23, 2009 at 12:02 PM | Unregistered Commenterspideydouble
Its all very clear......how deep does the rabbit hole go?

Check out the book and find out.....
Jul 24, 2009 at 11:30 AM | Unregistered CommenterSteven Polederos
This is a partial post of a paper I wrote and circulated on yahoo stock boards in early 2007. I also sent this and many other items to my washington reps. Thought you all might be interested.

The following is my summarization taken from the book "The Causes of the
1929 Stock Market Crash" by Dr. Harold Bierman Jr., Professor of
Finance, Cornell University:


In 1929 the utility companies, among other things, were all the rage
in investing. Today it has been the housing market and mortgages, and
credit (as well as oil, gold, stocks etc.) In 29 the largest investors
bought up the utility stocks, driving them to extreme over valuations.
They were so expensive the average investor couldn't afford them.
These investors packaged these utility stocks into bundles (sorta like
a closed end mutual fund) then sold shares at a premium to what they
had already paid for them, driving the over valuation even further.
Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan bought these, sliced and diced and
packaged them, and sold them to the public at even higher prices,
pushing the over valuation even further. These were the early
mutual funds and derivitives, invented by GS and others, that ended up
owned by the public at 2-3 times what they were really worth. And at each level the purchases were made with borrowed money, leverage.

Due to existing market conditions the utilities were making windfall
profits of which there were already laws against ( and dont you think
the goldmans of the world knew this as they unloaded it on to an
unsuspecting public?.) That was what originally drove up those stock
prices, As word started to leak out to the public that they were
holding the bag, the people became enraged and the government cracked
down on the utilities, enforced the laws and their profits dropped.
This government action started a stampede out of utilities, that
spread to the rest of the market as investors lost faith.
My words from here.
The over priced assets this time were home prices. For a decade or two
realestate prices have gone parabolic, the banks made so much money in
fees that they got wreckless and couldn't loan enuff money. Along
comes goldman sachs 70 yrs after 1929, they start buying up all these
over priced mortgages, bundling them, slicing and dicing them and
selling them back to the public at even greater overvalued prices.
These are the CDO's and CMO's that you may have heard of lately. These
are derivitives, short term obligations, of the long term mortgages
and debt that back them. These are what are in America's money market funds, and at the root of the problem.
It is not by accident that most 401-k's do not have money mkt funds dedicated to short term treasuries.
Once again the plan is for the public to be head bag holder at the snipe hunt.
Sep 22, 2009 at 10:54 PM | Unregistered Commenterk jacobs

Fascinating stuff. Did you get any response from those reps?
Sep 22, 2009 at 11:03 PM | Unregistered CommenterJames H
After bringing back the first Paulson clip last night, we felt it was appropriate to see this great clip from Rep. Kaptur again...

And yes we are aware she was on PBS bill moyers last Friday and we will be presenting those clips shortly...
Oct 16, 2009 at 12:48 AM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
why are we repeating japan's mistakes? because of fear. the fix it number for the banks is between $4-8 trillion. barry is afraid to admit that. hence we get half measures. citi alone has $1 trillion in off balance sheet that is at par and not worth 55 cents. just like japan we are dealing with the crisis with half measures.
Oct 16, 2009 at 1:23 AM | Unregistered CommenterPanic.Room@Heaven.org
"Rep. Kaptur Sticks An IED Inside Paulson And Then Presses 'BOOM' "

LOL! That's GOT to be the best, most succinct and pleasant-to-envision title I've EVER seen in my life. If only we could, if only we could.
Oct 16, 2009 at 8:50 PM | Unregistered CommenterGoKaptur!
we like the passion...you should join the discussion more often...
Oct 19, 2009 at 7:04 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
I like the pot being stirred by congressmen/women such as Marcy Kaptur of Toledo OH. However, the TARP was needed to prevent a financial collapse and was necessary for the good of the economy. The Fed person who was testifying before Congress was not very well prepared. I suspect in written remarks to the record the details were more clear as to what the Fed is doing to be more responsive to the inquiry. I have no doubt there will be losses…but I question more the motivation of the Congressman by baiting the witness and drawing conclusions from only one person from the Fed. These congressional committee meetings more times are an opportunity for the member to try making a name for themselves by spinning and editorializing than in really probing the issue with questions that are asked following comprehensive research by staffers etc. before they are asked. The polarization especially by the GOP is very apparent…and while Marcy Kaptur from Toledo is a democrat…one has to remember that her constituency is the blue collar folks that have been hit hard by the auto industry demise….and In my view the auto industry tanked because of consistent lobbying to democrats to protect unions and the US auto industry at the expense of innovation, improved fuel standards, and short term profits. Combine that with the GOP support for the oil industry, and it was a recipe for disaster. Kaptur was pretty much catering to her base …and knows little or nothing about financial services. She in fact interceded on behalf of a denovo bank group that wanted a national bank charter when it was not warranted and used political influence to get it … on behalf of course for her well heeled constituents. There is lots of blame to go around by both parties….but we will never get to where we need to be until we carve out the influence peddled by special interests, lobbyists, and those that have an agenda that enriches whatever the “base” is vs. truly seeking a balance between the public good and the private sector.
Oct 26, 2009 at 8:14 PM | Unregistered Commenteryourbestfan
These Testifying before Congress charades are just that, charades. They serve no purpose other than giving elected officials an opportunity to feign "Concern©" or outrage - to show their voters they "are doing their jobs". And has scoundrels either pretending to squirm, pretending to show contrition or pretending not to know what they knew when they knew it.

After the hot air has dissipated, they all waltz off into the sunset, high-fiving their co-conspirators on the government side of the government/corporate revolving door with their $multimillion bonuses and ill gotten gains intact.
Sep 3, 2010 at 1:25 PM | Unregistered CommenterBol Locks
Excellent points from both of you...
Sep 5, 2010 at 12:19 AM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
One massive rip-off that has not yet been exposed is the money from the auctions conducted by the Treasury. It is claimed that the funds go to the government from the sale of the T-securities, but if that is the case, there would be no inflation because there would be no expansion of the monetary system. The money must go to the Fed since they are the entity that owns the T-securities given to them in exchange for a line-of-credit (the National Debt) that the US government can spend. That would expand the monetary base. Ref. http://www.scribd.com/doc/43482648/rip-off-by-the-FR , and; http://www.scribd.com/doc/43465593/QE2-Rational-Course-of-Action
Dec 16, 2010 at 7:18 PM | Unregistered Commenterolde reb
@olde rebel...thanks for those...
Dec 16, 2010 at 9:12 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
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