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Levin: Where the Blame Truly Lies In The Financial Meltdown This Past Week

I do not think I have heard or read a more cogent explanation of the collapse into Fascism we witnessed this week than Talk Show host and Constitutional Lawyer Mark Levin.

On Friday evening’s show, Mark outlined in vivid detail the chronology of where all these risky loans and bad debt that crashed the big investment banks on Wall Street originated.  Mark then goes on to showcase that the very people who created the mess are LYING THROUGH THEIR TEETH to blame Capitalism or Bush for their dirty work.

The show was so informative that I spent most of last night transcribing most of the first hour for readers.

This is informative to know, so that when you read these Leftists in Congress blame you and me and Bush and the GOP – for this mess that THEY helped create, we might someday hold these vermin accountable.

Thank you Mark!

 

Where the Blame Truly Lies In The Financial Meltdown This Past Week 

Transcript

MARK LEVIN SHOW

Friday September 19, 2008:

September 2008 will be remembered as the time when Socialism really, really took hold in this country.

Unfortunately these politicians are running for the hills because they do not want to take responsibility for what is going on, and I mean BIG TIME.

So I want to tell you a little story about your government; I want to tell you a little story about how it works and doesn’t work. I want to tell you a little story about how things go on in the shadows in this country and the massive bureaucracies of this country that you don’t know about, and yet they affect your lives every single day.

We have a massive Administrative State….and we have this massive bureaucracy, that’s utterly unelected, and unaffected by what you want or what you believe. It’s part of the Washington elite management system that controls so much of what goes on in this country.

…And I want to tell you a little bit about how the liberals in government whether they be elected or appointed, whether they be bureaucrats or politicians, how they work together and bring us to this point. And then tell YOU the problem is free markets, the problem is Capitalism, the problem is greed.

They lie.

The Community Reinvestment Act, or CRA – is a federal law that requires banks and thrifts to offer credit throughout their entire market area. And it prohibits them from NOT giving loans to poorer areas within the reach of their communities. They call this redlining. They call violations of this redlining.

The purpose of this Act is to provide credit, including home ownership opportunities to what they call “under-served populations” and commercial loans to small businesses.

The law was passed by Congress in 1977 under Carter as a result of national grassroots pressure from groups like ACORN (an ultra-Left wing criminal enterprise in my humble opinion) which brought pressure for affordable housing for the poor. It was opposed significantly and aggressively by the banking community. But they had no choice. It became law 31 years ago.

The law mandates that “each banking institution be evaluated to determine if it has met the credit needs of it’s entire community” – that is, if it has given loans to enough poor people, or people who can’t really afford them.

And then that record is taken into account by the federal government when it considers an institution’s application for mergers and acquisitions. 

And so the law is enforced by the federal government and in 1995, as a result of interest from Bill Clinton’s Administration – particularly Janet Reno and the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the implementing regulations for the law were strengthened by focusing the financial regulator’s attention on institution’s performance in helping to meet community credit needs.

So they really, really pushed them. They used the FORCE OF LAW to compel these private institutions to make bad loans.

These changes were very controversial. 

…The Clinton Administration’s regulatory revisions with an effective starting date of January 31 1995, were credited with substantially increasing the number and aggregate amount of loans to small businesses and to low and moderate income borrowers for home loans. Clinton used to brag about this.

Part of the increase in home loans was due to increased efficiency in the genesis of lenders like Countrywide that DID NOT mitigate loan risk with savings deposits, which traditional banks do. They were using the new SUBPRIME AUTHORIZATION, of 1995. Are you listening to me? This is known as the secondary market for mortgage loans. The revisions in the law allowed the securitization of CRA loans containing subprime mortgages. In other words, they had to figure out how to give loans to people who do not qualify for the loans under traditional procedures. So they changed the procedures.

The loans were not capitalized. So you have No Down Payment loans, No Interest loans, Low Interest loans that turn into higher interest loans over time (ARMs), and on and on. They were trying to be creative in what they could do, and they HAD TO BE under the threat of losing business practices and activities as compelled by the Federal Government.

The Federal Government compelled this activity and compelled this behavior.

The first securitization of CRA loans, started in 1997 with Bear Stearns (remember them?) 

Now in 2003, The Bush Administration recommended what the New York Slimes (Times) called “The most significant regulatory overhaul in the Housing Financial Industry since the Savings and Loan crisis a decade ago”. This change was to move governmental supervision of two of the primary agents guaranteeing subprime loans; Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, under a wholly new agency created within the Department of Justice, which would give it more oversight power and more auditing power. It would require these two so-called “companies” to better capitalize their debt.

Even so, what remained was the implied guarantee that the American taxpayer, should anything go wrong, would back-up these loans.

But that legislation to strengthen these programs, to move the oversight to an independent separate agency WAS BLOCKED in 2003 by Congress. And it was blocked by the Democrats, because the Democrats were in bed with ACORN and these other “community activists grassroots groups”, of whom Barrack The Hussein Obama is quite familiar.
These are the constituents of the Democrat party – that is these Left wing groups like ACORN.

(Barney) Frank (D-MA) was in bed with them; Chris Dodd (D-CT) was in bed with them; the Clinton Administration was in bed with them; and so they blocked the reforms the Bush Administration proposed in 2003.

Barney Frank said at the time “These two entities Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, are NOT FACING ANY KIND OF FINANCIAL CRISIS. The more people exaggerate these problems…the more pressure there is on these companies, the less we will see in terms of affordable housing”.

So basically, the Socialists FORCED the private sector to behave in ways the private sector didn’t want to behave but was forced to behave under threat of law. That is to give loans to people who were bad risks.

The two government run companies; Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, when the Bush Administration said in ’03 “Look we got a problem here. They don’t have enough capital, they’re running wild over there. We don’t have enough oversight and auditing activity. We want to break out that activity – make it independent so they can oversee it. Force them to capitalize against their loans better”. They were BLOCKED.

Now I don’t know about people who say we can’t talk about party (blame) – We HAVE TO TALK ABOUT PARTY HERE because the only way you have accountability, and the only way you fix this situation, is to know WHO and WHAT is responsible, and what policies got us here!

Now these policies encouraged the development of the sub-prime debacle, through this CRA legislation, which forced banks to lend to uncreditworthy customers. Which they are now being criticized for having done. Before this debacle, while they are now attacking these huge financial institutions – they would praise them for all the uncreditworthy risky loans they were giving to ‘certain’ citizens (and non-citizens) in this country!

In 2003, the NY Slimes said of the Bush Administration’s plan “The plan is an acknowledgment by the Administration that oversight of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which together have issued more than 1.5 trillion in outstanding debt, is broken”. 

2003.

Former Treasury Secretary John Snowe from the Bush Administration, 2003 – “There is a general recognition, that the supervisory system for housing-related government-sponsored enterprise neither has the tools nor the stature, to deal effectively with the current size, complexity and importance of these enterprises.”

Michael Oxley, Republican from Ohio, former House Finance Services Committee Chairman, he said: “The current regulator does not have the tools or the mandate to adequately regulate these enterprises. In recent months, we have seen the mismanagement and questionable accounting practices went largely unnoticed”.

The Senate Republican Policy Committee, the Conservatives warned in 2003, that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac threatened the U.S. economy and taxpayer “Although both firms seem to be performing well at the moment, it is far better for Congress to take pre-emptive action, instead of facing an enormously expensive corrective action after a destabilizing crisis strikes. Given how large these government companies have grown, and how much interest rate risk they retain, the risks posed by their current operations, should move Congress to increase their disclosure requirements, improve safety and soundness regulations, and examine how best to extricate the Federal Government from their operations. And through such steps, Congress could give regulators and investors a better sense of the risks that Fannie and Freddie’s operations pose and reduce the likelihood of a bailout.”

That was the Conservative Republican Policy Committee, Conservative Republican Senators.

What did the Democrats say? What did they say in 2003?

When the Bush Administration in 2003 was in fact, ringing the alarm bells, and did in-fact draft proposed legislation to address this, Republicans supported it and Democrats blocked it.

“These two entities Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, are NOT FACING ANY KIND OF FINANCIAL CRISIS. The more people exaggerate these problems…the more pressure there is on these companies, the less we will see in terms of affordable housing”. – Barney Frank, 2003 (D-MA)

He told the AP a few weeks later: “I don’t think we face a crisis. I don’t think we have an impending disaster.”

In 2004 Frank said “I think Wall Street will get over it”, referring to the possible collapse of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

In 2005, the Republicans in Congress offered legislation to basically do what the Bush Administration had proposed two years earlier, and here’s what the Democrat Minority Leader in the Senate Harry Reid had to say: “The legislation from the Senate Banking Committee passed today on a party-line vote by the Republican majority, includes measures that could cripple the ability of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to carry out their mission of expanding home ownership. While I favor approving oversight by our federal housing regulators, to ensure safety and soundness, we cannot pass legislation that could limit Americans from owning homes and potentially harm our economy in the process”. That was UPI quoting Harry Reid in July ’05.

This by the way is the same reason they won’t address the other looming disasters like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. They just won’t do it. Until we’re on the brink.

As recently as August 16, 2007 – a little over a year ago – Schumer and Dodd, the Chairman of the Banking Committee, called on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac regulators TO LIFT THE PORTFOLIO CAPS SO THEY COULD GIVE OUT MORE LOANS, to MORE people. They argued that allowing the two firms to buy more mortgages, and we’re talking about these sub-prime mortgages, “at least temporarily” they said, “would inject much liquidity into the market and calm the financial markets.” 

That’s what we’re talking about.

In November 2006, Schumer in an Op-Ed in the Wall Street Journal with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg“With the benefit of hindsight, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, which imposed a new regulatory framework on all public companies doing business in the U.S., also needs to be re-examined. Since its passage, auditing expenses for companies doing business in the U.S. have grown far beyond anything Congress had anticipated. Of course, we must not in any way diminish our ability to detect corporate fraud and protect investors. But there appears to be a worrisome trend of corporate leaders focusing inordinate time on compliance minutiae rather than innovative strategies for growth, for fear of facing personal financial penalties from overzealous regulators.”

They were arguing for REDUCING the regulations that had been passed after Enron!!!!

…We will be paying for all of this now and down the road because of Socialism. That’s what I am trying to explain. That’s why I am taking the time to slog though this. Because it all sounds so foreign – because it has all been going on, behind the curtain. So we really haven’t been aware of it. It’s like Illegal Immigration, been going on for 45 years, they have been passing these laws, and we really haven;t been aware of it. We’re aware of it now, because we are on the hook for it. 

What Chuck Schumer wrote in the WSJ Op-Ed in November 2006, is not what Chuck Schumer says today. Here’s what he said on the senate floor 

“8 years of de-regulatory zeal by the Bush Administration, an attitude of “The market can do no wrong” have led us down the short path to economic recession. From the unregulated mortgage brokers, to the opaque credit default swaps market, to aggressive Short Sellers who were driving down the price of even healthy financial institutions based on innuendo, this Administration has failed to take the steps necessary to protect both Main Street and Wall Street”.

There may not be a silver bullet to fix what is currently dragging down the economy, but we can take steps to mitigate the costs and make sure that the impact of this crisis will be short-term. ” – Schumer, (D-NY)

See, our nation would be far better off without charlatans like Chuck Schumer. We have you dead to rights here Chuck. We have you in writing where you demanded LESS regulation and less oversight. So the fact you go to the senate floor and spew your talking points doesn’t work here.

We have you Barney – we have you dead to rights too. You’re a liar. You fought the reforms the Administration tried to put in place in 2005.

Yet Frank had this to say today:

“The fundamental issue is we have got to put an end to this situation in which there is no sensible regulation, and irresponsible individuals in the private market, or unwise individuals in the private market can incur the kind of risks that put us in a threatening situation,” said House Financial Services Committee Chairman, Barney Frank.

He’s a liar.

Now Barrack Obama, Obama is allied with radical groups like ACORN. These radical Left wing front groups like ACORN which pushed hard for the legislation that Carter put in place – the CRA forcing private financial institutions to make the riskiest of loans.

We have the Clinton Administration dead to rights – including Janet Reno, who insisted that these banks and financial institutions would not be able to survive and expand unless they took a certain amount of their assets and applied them to the riskiest of loans. That’s what they created in 1995 with this sub-prime market – of zero down loans. They were trying to come up with packages so they could meet their federal requirements. And they did.

Then step in the two government-run entities, Fannie and Freddie – and they are buying up these loans from the private sector as far as they can. Now that doesn’t promote home ownership, yet that is what they were in existence to do. So why were they buying up these risky loans?? Because they appeared as assets on their books, even though they weren’t. And the more assets they had, the bigger the bonuses for Franklin Raines, and Jamie Gorelick, and Jim Johnson – these three who are Obama’s ECONOMIC ADVISORS – that’s why they bought them up. It was in their OWN self-interest!!

This corrosive cronyism, has spread throughout the financial institutions in this country. That’s why they are hustling to fix it! Their fingerprints are all over this dammit! Don’t you see???!!! This wasn’t the private sector that did this, this wasn’t any individual company that did this, this is institutionalized corruption – we call it Socialism!!! Every effort to address it by the Bush Administration in ’03, by the Republicans in ’05, was rejected. Rejected by Chris Dodd, rejected by Chuck Schumer, rejected Barney Frank, rejected by Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. This is why I rail against this! This is why I rail against the Left and the Socialists.

This isn’t a joke! This is real life!

And now, over the weekend, the Treasury Secretary – who is a Liberal Democrat, and a Friend of Schumer’s – has a plan that sticks us with a bill of over 1 TRILLION dollars!

We’re nationalizing businesses, we’re subsidizing businesses, now we’re going to create a 1 trillion dollar trust??

I tell you what; Socialism Sucks.

Paulson plan could cost $1 trillion

Look what your government has done!!!!!! They have dragged us to the precipice!

You and I weren’t overseeing Freddie and Fannie – you and I had nothing to do with this CRA law – with all these Left Wing grassroots groups – or forcing banks and thrifts to cough up money for risky loans – we had nothing to do with this!

This is what goes on behind the scenes.

“Oh it’s Capitalism and Free Markets that are the cause” – no it’s not – THAT’S the problem!

What kind of a businessman gives a loan to someone who cannot pay it back unless they have a gun to their head???

…So all this crap that is out there – all these bad loans that are out there – they are going to pass them off into this fund, so every business out there that is loaded with these is going to dump them on you and me – the American taxpayer. To save those businesses. And by the way, those businesses – in many cases were forced to make these crap loans by the very people who are going to save us!!!

Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) said on ABC’s “Good Morning America” said lawmakers were told last night “that we’re literally maybe days away from a complete meltdown of our financial system, with all the implications, here at home and globally.” 


Why is Chris Dodd still chairman of the banking Committee?? Why isn’t he spooning out slop at some federal prison? Why isn’t he in charge of the soap at some Federal prison? 

“What you heard last evening is one of those rare moments — certainly rare in my experience here — was that Democrats and Republicans decided we needed to work together, quickly,” Dodd said.

Funny how they want to work quickly to fix it now – but refused to do so in 2003 and 2005 BEFORE this collapse was triggered.

Congressional leaders tell Politico that to expedite the rescue, Treasury plans to seek additional authority rather than creating a new entity. The plan involves buying up hundreds of billions of dollars in bad mortgages to take them off the books of financial institutions that otherwise might fail”. 

…Yeah let’s hurry up (and fix this) let’s set this thing up before the American people figure out what’s going on. Let’s set it up – because as all the experts keep telling us, “this is just too big to fail!” That’s too big and this is too big – we have to nationalize everything! That’ll fix it! That’s because we know that whatever the government does is okay and whatever the private sector does is horrific.

I’m sick of these Socialists.

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The Economy of Broken Glass

 

BROKEN GLASS

By John Galt

The photo of the JP Morgan Chase building in Houston, TX with all of the broken windows thanks to Hurricane Ike is the perfect metaphor for our shattered financial system. The symbolism of the fractured chunk of a window in the photo above is the ultimate image for describing what is happening to our economy and worse an indication of the destroyed solvency of the Federal Reserve banking concept. The irony is that it was good old J.P. Morgan who concocted and promoted the very system which is now at risk.

The transparency that glass is supposed to provide for those on the outside and inside is often smoked over or tinted by these financial towers so Joe Q. Public can not look in to see what is happening inside. This same discoloration of the glass to diffuse or block the ability of the public to see what is happening also obstructs these “Masters of the Universe” and their view of Main Street, U.S.A.  These “giants” of our financial industry have absolutely zero perception or understanding of how the average man or woman lives in this nation. To make matters worse, the majority of them have little if any empathy for the small or mid-sized entrepreneurial businessman or the jobs their enterprises create. Now, after a disaster of such monumental economic proportions, we are not asked, but told it is our duty to trust what is happening behind these darkened buildings and pay for their mistakes.

Today, that window is broken, as is our banking and financial system.

Jagged glass falling from a damaged skyscraper can cut or kill a person or in this case, an economy. The destruction of the credit establishment and expansionist enterprises in our banking sector will eventually result in a deflationary depression unless action is taken to expunge the bad paper or debts immediately. The question is the path that will be chosen to reach this final result. The logical solution would be for the central banksters of these United States, our Federal Reserve, and their partners in crime, the politicians, to protect their Ponzi scheme and inflate their way out of this mess, passing badly devalued dollars off between each other and foreign powers to eliminate the overhanging corporate sector and government debt. This action would cause great distress domestically and internationally but who cares about the citizens of these nations and the pain they would suffer? The main thing in the eyes of the politicians and banksters is to protect the system, not the nations involved in this system.

The alternative path which in their eyes protects their fiefdoms, is to deflate and unwind the overhanging issues, eliminating competition and contracting the size of the banking system, once again inflicting unmentionable pain on citizens not just in the United States, but worldwide. Unfortunately for these Princes and Lords, the world political situation and level of civility is far different than in years past. America is no longer an overwhelmingly dominant geopolitical power with unending military resources to plant the flag and push or persuade our friends and enemies into a desired outcome. The theory that our money is the greatest thing since gold no longer holds true. The purity of our motives when our military is used can no longer be trusted. And sadly, the arrogance of our political class has soured some alliances while encouraging old enemies of the once discounted Marxist bloc to re-establish new alliances to counteract our hegemony.

A deflationary decline and depression this time would not be another Ma and Pa Kettle version of The Grapes of Wrath  with Americans pulling together in every corner of the nation and living off of the resources of the land. The technocrats who have distributed our bounty and manufacturing capabilities world wide have seen to that outcome being null and void. The ideal by these theoretical heretics who figured that giving America’s dominance in economic affairs to our friends and enemies alike to maintain world peace and allow economic expansion to defeat the natural business cycle now comes with a price. When the fraud the government and Federal Reserve foisted on the world in 1973 with Nixon’s closing of the gold window allowed the acceptance that our paper was as good as gold and we would never issue a fiat currency scheme that was inflationary nor manipulative (heaven forbid), some who studied economics for decades realized the risk that would be taken with our future.

That future is now.

After thirty-five years of irresponsible economic policy by our government and the associated managers of the economy, the Federal Reserve, the failure to maintain a stable currency along with an inability to control the urge to spend money on any project or concept that lines the Imperial Senate’s pockets will have a major consequence. The full faith and credit ideal is about to see just how much faith the world has in our leadership and how much more credit they are willing to extend.

Thus the most dangerous idea, a deflationary unwind, might carry much more risk than the banking class is ready to endure. The societal instability it would create in America’s major cities is something the political class will not stand for, thus creating the final and over due conflict between the neo-capitalist class and the quasi-socialist elected officials. The instability this conflict is going to create as we migrate from a post-1970’s inflationary solution to a Franco-Chinese hybrid socialist-corporatist model will last at least one decade.

Japan experienced the “Lost Decade” as their never ending recession thanks to corporate fraud and government deceit destroyed the model Americans were told we should emulate. Then the Chinese who were willing to sacrifice everything for a better life, mainly because if they did not they could be shot, adopted a modified corporatist model where the political elite retained ultimate control via the fixed bayonet.

Thanks to the “We are the World” bunch and their perverted globalist economic theories, America will now have to restructure its entire economic model, configure a solution to replace a rapidly aging workforce, create a new economic growth model under government supervision, and fight off societal instability all while facing a revival of Marxism thanks to the re-emergence of Latin American classical revolutionary movements and the Russian Bear. The largest obstacle to our future, besides millions of furious and soon to be bankrupt retirees and investors who will open their statements and see “$0.00″ or worse “X,000,000,000,000,000.00″ like they do it in Rhodesia proper (Zimbabwe for the politically correct), will be the regionalized instability an American collapse will create. When, not if, we fall into a depression death spiral our neighbors to the south will probably have to deal with a full blown Civil War. This means our border states and those states with large “immigrant” and “illegal immigrant” populations will be directly or indirectly involved in the fighting.

Think I’m crazy? Think again. The vacuum created when a nation’s economic system collapses is one thing; when an Empire’s system collapses the void brings forth destructive forces that have been bubbling for years as the masses within the imperial borders enjoyed bread and circus, all the while dismissing problems in other nations as regionalized issues of little concern. The only logical outcome will be the one imposed by the political class to declare direct oversight of every aspect of our financial system and the liquidation of another U.S. Central Bank, the Federal Reserve, and the creation of some sort of modified European Union type regional banking system with direct political control of every aspect of its function and scope. The prospects of losing that type of control could motivate the Federal Reserve to begin monetizing the debts to prevent such an evolution in thinking, especially if a leftist regime seizes power in D.C., a given should economic conditions continue to accelerate over the next fifty something days.

Although I fear the risk of a deflationary depression does exist, the actual demand on raw commodities worldwide due to basic demographics in addition to the risk of major domestic and regional instability will ultimately lead to the Great Reflation which will lead to a monetization of debts and corporate structured instruments in an effort to buy more time and implement greater societal changes. In the eyes of the powers controlling our banking system, ten years of little or no economic expansion is a much more palatable outcome than to having their system replaced with a new financial and economic management model. The prospect of maintaining some leverage or control of the system’s future in cooperation with a new political regime is far more acceptable than losing a century of control. Power sharing and negotiation is the key thing to watch for and the one thing all of us will have to monitor to get some clue as to just how great a currency devaluation and redesign will be endeavored upon.

The people will be willing to tolerate a revision of our society’s structure or sacrifice of freedoms to maintain the illusion of wealth and security. That is the sad statement of fact that our  Founding Fathers worried about when an undisciplined people elected scoundrels to office and bandits to run their finances. The only hope for our society now is that enough people will prepare themselves financially and spiritually to endure the hard times and take a leadership role to rebuild our system devoid of Lenin’s ideals and conniving leaders like Senator Nelson Aldrich. There will be a purge one day, but for now, the creators, the producers should consider the idea that the time to go on strike is near.

Just as the namesake of this editorial articulated in Atlas Shrugged.

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