Comments on: Barack Obama and the cost of doing nothing Wed, 16 Jul 2014 00:47:01 +0000 hourly 1 By: Woltmann Tue, 30 Aug 2011 00:07:59 +0000 Warren Buffett is a parasite for this reason – he has based his being on his insurance business. His insurance business is secondary and parasitic. His main source of income is sucking the life out of people who make money. If he tells you any different he is lying to you.

By: Woltmann Wed, 24 Aug 2011 16:22:09 +0000 Basil O’bama sold his soul for the Health Care Bill at the cost of all other social maladies. His jobs program is perpetual emergency unemployment benefits. If you think the major benefits of health care reform are going to be realized by the masses then you are destined the pathetic disappointment of altruistic idealism. The health care reform bill was passed to benefit the insurance and health care industries. O’bama’s legacy will be that of “the ultimate sell-out” ..

By: Acharn Wed, 24 Aug 2011 14:34:07 +0000 “This represents a serious violation of the spirit of the Rule of Law that is the basis of western society.” I think this is the central point, that has been obscured for over a decade. In fact I place the starting point as President Ford’s pardon of Richard Nixon. It’s been downhill ever since. The most egregious instance has been President Obama’s, “We must look forward, not back.” This is the ultimate source of the malaise that is growing everywhere and slowly increasing as people slowly become aware of the many instances of fraud perpetrated by the super used car salesmen who head the TBTF institutions.

By: linushuber Wed, 24 Aug 2011 12:46:50 +0000 SCARE 20.12.2012
(Stop Corruption And Repression Effective 20.12.2012)

Banks were given a very important privilege to create money in the form of extending credit. This function requires diligence and careful consideration in regard to individual credit risks as well as to overall credit levels in the system. The financial crisis revealed that the banks were operating at too high a leverage and with too much risk. They were used to be saved by the Central Banks and certain that in times of difficulties the Central Banks were there to save them. They were like trained dogs and their master Greenspan or Bernanke would always be there to rescue them when unforeseen difficulties arose.

That may be true but that does not absolve them from their obligation to monitor overall debt levels in the system as well as being diligent in evaluating the debtors ability to not only service a debt but to be able to repay it over time. The banks clearly failed in this function that is the core function of banking but focused mainly on their compensation packages. The way these bankers enriched themselves in the process of driving the financial system into a wall was appalling and the average income earner was never able to comprehend their schemes but preferred to simply ignore them. Of course, the bankers explained their outrages income levels with free market principles of supply and demand, where the best simply could be hired with those kinds of benefits only. In hindsight those superior managers seem to have missed their mark considerably. The most interesting aspect of all of this is the fact that, after we have been more than 3 years in this financial crisis, the bankers continue to loot the system as if nothing ever happened.

True to form the Central Banks “saved” the financial system by saving those great financial institutions without whom the system would have collapsed, as was argued. Hardly were we out of the danger of collapse, the banks immediately went back to their old ways and were certain that this was a problem that would occur just once in a lifetime and now all was clear again. The real problem, however, had not been addressed but had simply been muddied.
In actuality, the losses produced of extending unsustainable levels of credit by the banks have been transferred to the public. Different ways were chosen to achieve this task in the form of free money for the banks, injection of government funds into some institutions, increase of basic money supply and so on.

The threat of system collapse would have been labelled blackmail if it would have occurred in another setting. However the bankers were able to influence the media, the legislators and regulators in their favour with all the financial resources available to them. Nobody was made to take any responsibility and no one was taken to account.

This represents a serious violation of the spirit of the Rule of Law that is the basis of western society. It seems that now the new rule is Might is Right. This changes many parameters in the compass of the social system within the western world. No one can be sure on what level and when one will be subjected to the financial abuse of those elites. Presently, the people in charge are trying to enhance financial repression of which one form is to keep interest rates below the level of inflation which affects mainly those that lived within their means over the past many years; another clear violation of the spirit of the Rule of Law as it transfers losses from bad investments to the innocent and decent part of the population. In addition, the increased level of government debt puts in doubt all those benefits promised by governments the world over.

It is interesting how the banks were able to confuse the public who was/is unable to grasp the actual situation. But considering the banker’s great financial resources, it seems not that much of a miracle to influence the media and the legislator and having politicians do their bidding. The question is what the heck can WE, THE PEOPLE do about it.

Usually, we could address such things on a political level as we are a democracy, right? But it seems that the system has been corrupted by all the money sloshing around and it is extremely difficult to find any electable person that will act against those powerful interests. In addition, it will take many years until sufficient numbers of persons with the new thinking and with integrity not to be corrupted by those lobbying efforts will be elected to office that will implement the changes needed. So, what should we do? Start a revolution?

Well, the blackmail used by the banks may be the only way to address the injustices that have occurred over the past few years. They showed us how to leverage one’s limited resources to achieve one’s goal. Therefore the following proposal to start the movement “SCARE 20.12.2012” should be seen in this context. The idea is that if by that time (20.12.2012) some serious injustices have not been removed from the system, people will start to withdraw their money from all financial institutions driving them into default. And it might work, because those who hesitate to support this threat may be left with no money as the banks will have to close down before all has been paid out.
Now, what demands are made if that scenario is to be avoided.

1. Bankers and past Bankers (all those working in the financial industry that earned in excess of $500k plus annually for more than 2 years during the past 15 years and this without any downside risk i.e. risk of financial losses, except the possibility of losing their job) have to be made personally accountable for their past activities and be removed from any such position that might directly or indirectly have influence on the money creation and lending aspects of the economy (this includes regulating agencies and politics) before 20.12.2012.

2. Present and past regulators have to be made personally accountable for their past activities and be removed from any such position that might directly or indirectly have influence on the money creation and lending aspects of the economy (this includes financial institutions and politics) before 20.12.2012.

3. Politicians that accept any financial support from institutions that are involved in the money creation and lending aspects of the economy will have to face a jail term of no less than 2 years without the possibility of parole.

When these 3 points are implemented before 20.12.2012, we the public will not destroy the financial system but support the way to find back to the RULE OF LAW and away from the idea of MIGHT IS RIGHT.

By: lambertstrether Wed, 24 Aug 2011 12:32:20 +0000 Let’s not insult Herbert Hoover, who had a real record of accomplishment before he took office. And while Hoover also listened to calls for austerity during HIS Depression, worsening it, he also established the powerful and effective Reconstruction Finance Corporation. The closest parallel to the RFC for Obama would be the predatory HAMP, which actually made matters worse for the trusting souls who enmeshed themselves in it.

No, a more correct parallel for Obama would be Warren G. Harding — a pretty face who fronted for corrupt interests and whose campaign slogan, “return to normalcy,” was quite similar to, and just as vacuous as, Obama’s calls for unity, hopey change, and so forth.