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Comments on the details of the rescue plan, with Neel Kashkari, Treasury Dept. assistant secretary
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Kashkari Leaps From Obscurity to Lead Role in U.S. Bank Rescue
Robert Schmidt and Rebecca Christie
Bloomberg, Oct. 14 2008
Treasury to Invest in `Healthy’ Banks, Kashkari Says
Rebecca Christie and Robert Schmidt
Bloomberg, Oct. 13 2008
U.S. Investing $250 Billion in Banks
NYT, October 13, 2008
The Country is Fundamentally Sound; ‘Don’t Panic, Stocks are Safe!’
Economist Professor Irving Fischer explains that the stock market crashed due to high expectations- not high stock prices. Too many speculators were playing the stocks with borrowed money, resulting in a run on the banks. 80 years later, the banks are speculating with borrowed money and investors are running away from them.
Did You Ever Lose a Million Bucks?
Take a tip from Margaret Shotwell who dispenses advice after losing 1 million dollars in the Wall Street stock market crash on Black Friday, October 28, 1929. Her only possessions are her piano and chinchilla fur
Regulation Will Destroy Capitalism
Richard Whitney, President of the New York Stock Exchange, warns of the risks both to country and to capitalism posed by government regulators in the form of the the National Securities Exchange Act. This almost four full years before he was sent to Sing Sing Prison for embezzlement
Fascinating, long form discussion between Charlie Rose and Paul Volcker. Yet another example of using television to elucidiate ideas, rather than yelling and bumper sticker foolishness.
Hat tip Paul
Paul Volcker on Charlie Rose
October 9, 2008 2008
Bill Moyers talks with George Soros about the global capital meltdown, how he saw it coming, and what can be done now.
This is a fascinating, long form discussion between two smart people. It is a great example if using television to elucidiate ideas,
discuss fact, ideas, opinions in an intelligent fashion.
I’ve been finding that Bill Moyers and Charlie Rose are an antidote for the usual bensteinery on business television…
Bill Moyers Journal
PBS, October 10, 2008
Market Fundamentalism and the Madness of Crowds
October 10, 2008 12:45 PM
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transcript after the jump
On Friday Congress finally passed – and President Bush signed into law – a financial rescue package in which the taxpayers will buy up Wall Street’s bad investments.
The numbers are staggering, but they don’t begin to explain the greed and incompetence that created this mess.
It began with a terrible bet that was magnified by reckless borrowing, complex securities, and a vast, unregulated shadow market worth nearly $60 trillion that hid the risks until it was too late to do anything about them.
And as correspondent Steve Kroft reports, it’s far from being over.
A Look At Wall Street’s Shadow Market: How Some Arcane Wall Street Financial Instruments Magnified Economic Crisis
CBS 60 Minutes, Oct. 5, 2008
Georgetown University’s legal and finance scholar Emma Coleman Jordan, and Bill Moyers look at the noise machine, which seems to be operating at full tilt:
BILL MOYERS: There’ve been a lot of voices on cable channels recently blaming this bubble, this crisis, the cause of all of this catastrophe we’re in right now, on poor people who took out mortgages that they couldn’t afford to buy home they wanted. They shouldn’t have. Watch these clippings and tell me what you think about them.
LAURA INGRAHAM: 1995 when Bill Clinton decided to tell, you know, Robert Rubin to rewrite the rules that govern the Community Reinvestment Act and push all these institutions to lend to minority communities, many very risky loans, that was a noble idea, perhaps, but that certainly wasn’t following free-market principles.
NEIL CAVUTO: I don`t remember a clarion call that said, Fannie and Freddie are a disaster. Loaning to minorities and risky folks is a disaster.
LARRY KUDLOW: It’s time for the Congress, Republicans and Democrats, to stop encouraging, exhorting, and forcing banks to make low income loans with no documentation. Stop that. The community reinvestment act which was passed in the mid nineties, which was extended in the early 2000s, literally pushed these lenders to make low income loans.
BILL MOYERS: Lending to minorities and risky people. Do you see this, are they seeing this as issues of race and class?
EMMA COLEMAN JORDAN: Absolutely. And it’s a cynical manipulation. It’s reprehensible. And, in the worse tradition of Lee Atwater and the Willie Horton ad, to use race as a wedge issue to make people who pay their mortgages believe that the people who are getting the benefit of the 700 billion dollars, that we’re being asked to pay, are poor, minority people who caused the crisis.
This is unconscionable. This problem is not a problem that was caused by the Community Reinvestment Act. The data is very clear that the Community Reinvestment Act loans were being offered in a way to people that were much more responsible and had none of the characteristics of default that are being attributed in this discussion. And what this does is to say, this problem is a problem that was caused by black people.
And it means that it gives an opportunity to bring up that old wedge. But I think the people in the country are smarter today. I just don’t think it’s going to fly. I think that people understand that the enemy is not a person who got a home loan and was tricked into getting that loan by a fast-talking broker who originated the loan but that the problem was the securitization process, the high leveraging that Wall Street was doing, the lack of regulation.
Emma Coleman Jordan
October 3, 2008
Amid the chaos and chatter about this week’s financial bailout, one clear theme emerged in some quarters: The era of free-market fundamentalism is over. But is it, really?
The End Of Free-Market Fundamentalism?
American News Project, Sep 25, 2008