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Jul262011

Yves Smith: Debt Ceiling Extortion Of The American People: "Prepare For TARP 2.0 - Baseless Fear Mongering Returns!"

Video - Yves Smith On The Real News Network - July 24, 2011

Excellent interview conducted this weekend.  Article inside from Yves spells out the details of the extortion from Geithner and the Obankster.  Henry Paulson even makes an appearance to complete the Kleptocratic triumvirate.  Give this one a few minutes.

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More Shades Of TARP In Latest Deficit Ceiling Plan

Snip from Yves:

We commented last night on the parallels between the pressure tactics used to railroad the passage of the TARP and our current contrived debt ceiling crisis. The similarities have increased in a predictably bad way. Even worse than the economic toll radical budget cutting will impose on ordinary Americans is the continued undermining of basic democratic processes.

As with the TARP, we have the drumroll of a purported threat to public safety, namely the possible Destruction of the Financial System as We Now Know It. John Boehner is stoking the panic by saying there needs to be a deal by the opening of trading in Asia or the Market Gods will take their vengeance. Turbo Timmie will no doubt warn of dire consequence of the failure to ink a deal by the supposed drop dead date of August 2 when he makes the rounds on Sunday TV.

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Get Ready for TARP 2.0

Snip from Yves:

Washington DC appears to be readying itself for a repeat of the TARP, namely, the passage of unpopular legislation to appease the Market Gods (and transfer even more income from ordinary Americans to the Masters of the Universe). It isn’t yet clear whether this drama will be played out via generating bona fide financial market upheaval or mere threat-mongering (the Treasury market seems pretty confident that well-trained Congresscritters will fall into line). But unlike the TARP, which was a classic example of well-placed interests finding opportunity in the midst of upheaval, this reprise is a far more calculated affair.

The latest episode of brinksmanship is the breakdown in talks between Obama and John Boehner Friday afternoon. Boehner claims Obama retraded the deal, asking for more tax increases; Obama, in an unusually incoherent press conference, says he bent over backwards and the Republicans just won’t be satisfied. Obama demanded talks resume on Saturday.

The presumed deadline for reaching the outline of a deal is Monday, given the need to finalize language. But that assumes that the shortfall hits August 2. Barclays and Normura reports claim that internal Treasury forecasts indicate the crunch probably does not start until the 9th or 10th.

Let’s review how we got here. Obama made it clear before he took office (hat tip reader Hugh) that he intended to go after Social Security and Medicare. As we discussed, shortly after he took office, Obama was privately reassuring conservatives that he’d curtail entitlements once the economy was on a better footing. Clearly, he’s been willing to settle for “better” being tantamount to “not in imminent danger of falling off a cliff.” And if you had any doubts, Obama made his intentions abundantly clear (to use that Nixonianism) by creating a Deficit Reduction Commission and staffing it with enemies of Social Security, former Clinton chief of staff Erskine Bowles and Senator Alan Simpson.

The second thing to keep in mind is that his deficit ceiling crisis is contrived. The Bush Administration bumped up against it multiple times and never used it as a basis for budgetary theatrics, even though it was also keen to cut Social Security. Obama could have taken action long ago, before the midterm elections, which were seen as putting the Democratic majority in the House at risk, to gain more headroom.

 

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Reader Comments (10)

Good post, DB. Did u find the Summers and Hoenig CNBC clips from last week? I think they are worthwhile, especially given this interview...
Jul 25, 2011 at 12:13 PM | Unregistered CommenterJosie
Kunstler's got me going
He talking about me in the title.

http://kunstler.com/blog/2011/07/nobody-knows-anything.html
Jul 25, 2011 at 1:07 PM | Unregistered CommenterTR
Bankruptcy for NYC eatery selling $175 burgers

http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20110706/SMALLBIZ/110709964
Jul 25, 2011 at 2:20 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
@josie...yes i found both clips...the hoenig video i decided not to post...it didn't include the sorkin smackdown that you mentioned...the larry summers clip is waiting to be posted...i've been a little busy today and will continue to be...taking care of a mortgage refinancing...trying to lock in the rate today on a 15 year fixed...i'm a bit leery of what mortgage rates might do in the next few weeks if the debt ceiling standoff continues...
Jul 25, 2011 at 2:22 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Yves is who should be the next treasure & Elizabeth Warren for President, in 2012. They can pick out any number of highly qualified candidates to fill the rest of the vacancies that will be available. All the looters, tax dodgers, wall street T.B.T.F., business conglomerates, Military/Industrial cartel members can sit it out in the federal prison system eating nothing but beans & rice, until the time for their trials.
Jul 25, 2011 at 4:40 PM | Unregistered CommenterNorman
I would love to see Ron Paul and E Warren in the White Haus, in 2012................
Jul 25, 2011 at 10:06 PM | Unregistered CommenterTexas Dar
Talk About "Cleannin-the Fuckin Haus".............these two would Rock the hill....?
Jul 25, 2011 at 10:08 PM | Unregistered CommenterTexas Dar
Elizabeth Warren looks to be exploring a run for the Senate against Scott Brown...that will be a very close race next Fall.
Jul 26, 2011 at 12:29 AM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Hmmm The debt "ceiling" is/was 14.3T. We are now at 14.9T. No lockup. The sky is falling. The sky is falling. Reminds me of Snidely Whiplash...if you don't give me the deed to the ranch, I'm gonna...
Jul 26, 2011 at 12:08 PM | Unregistered Commenterrobertsgt40
I find this artcle to be bullshit. Wages certainly have not kept up with inflation. Not by a long shot.
http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2016/02/explaining-why-federal-deficits-are-needed.html
Feb 4, 2016 at 1:03 PM | Unregistered Commenterskinflint

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