Tom the Dancing Bug by Ruben Bolling for January 16, 2010
Tom the Dancing Bug by Ruben Bolling The White House, West Wing Man: We need to return to heavy regulation of the financial industry NOW! Man #2: Yes! Secretary Geithner: Hey, slow down there. Secretary Geithner: Wouldn't it be smarter to just extend the TARP program, ensuring the flow of capital into the banks? Man #2: Absolutely not! Secretary Geithner: Look, we need to continue to support banks in this very critical time! It's best for ALL of us! Man #2: No, we've been under the banks' thumb for too long! BONK Man: Secretary Geithner! Man #2: Are you okay? Man: He was merely a dreamwalker! An AVATAR! Man #2: A BANKER in a REGULAR PERSON'S body! Man: Tim, welcome back to Wall Street! How did it go? Tim: It was horrible! Tim: There's nothing we can give them that they want! Man: Then it's all-out war! Tim: They keep their money here, here, and here. Man: The fools are just sitting on top of a mother lode of capital! Man #2: Go in there and get it. Man: Let's see how the other 246 banker avatars in Obama's administration are doing. Tim: Yes... Next: Tim: Although..they're such a simple, noble people. And there's something about that Secretary of State...
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Doug Dean…bought into the Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac blame game hook, line and sinker, didn’t ya? Next you’ll blame them minorities for, say, bankrupting Iceland.
“Federal Reserve Board data show that more than 84 percent of the subprime mortgages in 2006 were issued by private lending institutions…” http://www.mcclatchydc.com/251/story/53802.html
The “hapless banks” were entirely in on the scheme. What’s more, they pushed it hard - making serious $ from charging points on bad mortgages, and then selling them as “mortgage-backed securities,” which was essentially bad paper that they got rated as high yield, low-risk investments through some hocus pocus.
Freddie/Fannie may be somewhat questionable, but their mission was to increase home ownership, not to perpetrate actual, criminal, Enron-style outright FRAUD on the world’s markets.