Posts Tagged ‘Glass-Steagall’

Quick Hit: “Dimon or Rust?”

Dimon’s JP Morgan announces $2 billion in trading losses!

An outspoken opponent of the Volcker Rule and other banking and financial regulations, Jaime Dimon, CEO of the nation’s biggest bank, discloses the huge losses and proves the need for more comprehensive banking oversight.

Touted as the brilliant banking executive who avoided the ravages of the financial crisis, has Dimon now become the poster boy for stronger regulation?

The scandalous nature of this trading loss, which may grow to over $4 billion, has undeniably tarnished Dimon’s star.

But this isn’t the first scandal at JP Morgan!

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“Bank Foreclosures Take A Holiday!”

Until Friday there had been no foreclosures in over a month.

On Friday the FDIC closed three banks, the first to be closed in 2012.

Notably, the three banks seized on Friday included number 75 in Georgia and number 54 in Florida. The First State Bank in Georgia cost the Deposit Insurance Fund $216 million. The cost of the other two were of little significance comparatively.

The year ended with the loss of 92 banks, less than each of the previous two years. Since the crisis began in January, 2008, 417 banks have fallen including the three new ones on Friday.

But the question is, as we start a new year of foreclosures, how many banks can Georgia and Florida lose before it becomes an extreme crisis in each state? How much money should be poured into these failed banking systems from the Fund, and eventually taxpayers, before the bleeding is stopped.

Another question is where would we be if there were no FDIC; a government created safety net established by the Glass Steagall Act in 1933? The legislation separated the banks into two types — commercial banks (safe depositories) and investment banks (risk elevated) which protected the banking system and responsible Americans for more than 68 years.

The third question — why haven’t any of these shady bank executives gone to prison?

These are questions the American people should be asking.

Maybe the time has come to Occupy the FDIC?

I’m just saying.

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“Where Would We Be If…”

This article has been accepted by The Huffington Post for publication.

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…we didn’t have the safety nets established years ago?

As Republicans strive to strip the programs that prevented us from falling into another Great Depression their arguments are devised to distract us from the truth.

Programs like Social Security and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, put into place after the financial collapse in the 1930’s, were borne of the pain and suffering millions of hard-working people endured throughout the thirties.

Where would we be today without them?

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Quick Hit: “Move Your Money”

Are small banks and credit unions safer than big banks?

Big banks and Wall Street caused the financial meltdown, were bailed out by the taxpayers, and are operating under the same destructive model that caused our financial problems. By remaining with any one of the top 20 banks you are helping create another financial crash that will be even worse for the global economy.

Occupy Wall Street has brought the collusion of  big banks and Wall Street into focus as the main cause of our declining economy. It has served, in growing numbers, to expose their collusion and calls for Congressional action.

But, the next move can be yours!

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“Overcoming the Stigma of Bankruptcy!”

Millions of hard-working Americans are filing bankruptcy every year.

In 2010 more than a million and a half individuals and families filed for bankruptcy — exceeded only in 2003 and 2005.

It’s predicted that bankruptcies could decrease in 2011 after returning to the pre-2005 levels the past two years. But, if the economy slows bankruptcies will climb. More than 3.7 million Americans have filed for bankruptcy in the last five years.

With so many Americans in financial trouble bankruptcy no longer carries the stigma it once did. The need to file bankruptcy has touched not only the poor, but a wide spectrum of Americans who are struggling to make ends meet.

When will the financial struggle for hard-working American’s end?

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“Financial Ruin: A Republican Legacy!”

The right continues to push U.S. into a deep financial abyss!

Holding Republicans responsible for the damage they’ve caused over the past three decades should be our first priority. And the damage is unprecedented.

The mid-term elections and the rise of the Tea Party has again changed the political landscape so it is even more imperative that the American people start paying attention to the reasons we’re in this incredible mess and why we’re sliding back into recession.

In the second article in the Republican Crises Series, “Financial Crisis: Made in America by Republicans,” eleven different events that have caused pain and suffering for the American people are listed.

Have Republican policies ruined America?

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“SuperCommittee? Or SuperFluous?”

Congressional leaders selected 12 members to the new Super Committee!

A committee of eleven men and one woman have been chosen to fix the deficit; a deficit that was set in motion 30 years ago.

They begin work this week, charged with the daunting task — given the current partisanship in Congress — of reversing the spiraling deficit. They already have many obstacles to overcome.

Others have introduced proposals to rein in congressional spending, but each has been rejected for varying reasons.

Can this group find success when others have failed?

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UnAmerican Activities: “RePatriation 101”

Corporations want a tax break to repatriate foreign profits—again!

Republicans, global corporations, the Chamber of Commerce, and Republican lawmakers are claiming that a tax rate of 5% for corporations to repatriate their foreign profits will create jobs, stimulate capital investment, and grow the economy.

We’ve heard that song before—the same pathetic rhetoric—in 2004. But the corporations did not use the billions they repatriated from the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004, to create jobs or grow the economy.

In fact, the biggest recipients—some of the biggest multi-national corporations in the world—laid-off thousands of employees after receiving this gift from the government.

Why on earth would we consider it again?

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“Stimulating a Dead Economy”

My newest article is now available on The Huffington Post. Click on the HuffPo linke to read it there.

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The U.S. economy is surviving only because of over-stimulation.

We’re living on fumes in this country, and the pursuit of happiness has come to an end for millions of families!

Main Street is still suffering. But, the Market is on Viagra, shored up by QE2, the Fed program to buy hundreds of billions of dollars in U.S. Treasury Bonds. As QE2 winds down, and the economy falters, the discussion turns to the possibility of QE3.

A tremendous number of band aids have been administered to keep the U.S. economy from hemorrhaging; to prevent not only a domestic collapse, but a global one.

Each attempt to divert a financial disaster has had varying levels of success; many failing to achieve their intended goals.

Why have we needed so much stimulus?

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“A Missive to Senator Coburn…and Others!”

Senator Coburn’s appearance on The Kudlow Report prompted a response!

As I watched Senator Coburn on the “Almost Fox” Kudlow Report I realized that though he was being asked directed questions there were holes in the Senator’s responses regarding the causes, the stagnation, and solutions of our current financial situation.

There were many causes, and some signs of improvement, but not for everyone. Solutions are varied and some have better ideas than others.

The following is the letter I sent to the Senator today, 7/24/2010:

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Senator Coburn,

I watched and listened to you on The Kudlow Report last Friday, talking about the economy and financial regulation, with extreme interest.

I’ve been impressed in recent months with some of your positions and a few of your statements and comments. CNBC loves using your clip stating that Congress is incompetent. And, like you, I wonder who the 18% are that think otherwise. You see, it has dropped since your original declaration.

There are a lot of reasons for Congress’s declining approval rating and recent legislations are a big part of that decline. In your segment on Kudlow you were right about a few things, but clearly not all. Read the rest of this entry »

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