Broken Bailout Promises -The Bailout Oversight Committee – The Positions Haven’t Been Filled

Remember the outrage when the Citizen’s found out that the Regulators at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were not only asleep at the switch but were actually fabricating accounting reports to make sure they made “bonus targets”? Where was the oversight?

Remember the outrage when the public was told that it would cost at least $1 Trillion Taxpayer Dollars to fix the mess and “buy” the “toxic mortgages”?

Remember the outrage when the Public found out that Congress had failed at its oversight responsibility? Remember how the Public was promised that the “Bailout” would be fully transparent, that like the Alaska Budget, all expenditures would be “on-line” and available for public view?  

Remember when the Public was promised that the “Bailout Money” wouldn’t be used to pay “Executive Bonuses” and “Dividends”?

Remember what you were promised?  

We were promised that the economy would colapse if the “toxic mortgage debt” was not “taken off the books.” Now we are told that the “bailout money” won’t be used to buy “toxic mortgage debt”.  http://kdka.com/national/paulson.bailout.meltdown.2.862368.html         http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2008-10-30-bush-banks_N.htm?csp=34

We were promised the “Bailout Cash” wouldn’t be used to pay “Bonuses” and “Dividends”. Banks and Wall Street Trading Houses are preparing to make year end Bonus & Didvidend Payments. Some Wall Street defenders claim that the Bonus and Dividend payments won’t come from ‘Bailout Funds”. These same defenders are silent when it is pointed out that the Banks and Wall Street Executives are taking “Bailout Cash” and putting in their “left pocket” while they take the “Dividend” and “Bonus Payments” out of their right pockets saying, “see – it is different cash”. Bottom line, without the “Bailout Cash” there would be no “Bonus” or “Dividends”.  http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2008-10-30-bush-banks_N.htm?csp=34         http://www.thestreet.com/story/10444961/1/new-york-ag-probing-bank-exec-payouts.html?puc  http://www.590klbj.com/news/article.aspx?id=481643

The promised transparency is nowhere to be found. There is nothing on-line, no one is working to put it on-line. The Fed has not made any of the activity available “on-line” and now refuses to disclose what it has done with the money. http://miami.indymedia.org/news/2008/11/12194.php                                          http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=aatlky_cH.tY&refer=home

We were promised that the “Bailout” would be subjected to extraordinary Oversight. http://www.wshu.org/news/story.php?ID=6103  – audio of Sen Dodd.

“Close federal oversight key to bailout’s success” “Most important, Congress will require more oversight for how the bailout funds are dispensed.” http://www.courierpostonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20081006/OPINION/810060306/1046

Bailout brings massive hiring, oversight challenges http://www.govexec.com/dailyfed/1008/101008nj1.htm

Candidates urge bailout oversight  http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/nation/story/BC1A1AC217680120862574CD00106C2D?OpenDocument

Barney Frank [of Fannie Mae notoriety] was joined by Rep. Christopher Shays, R-Conn., in telling “GMA” that they would insist that an oversight board be created to keep an eye on the country’s massive investment. “We will have a strong oversight board” that will report to Congress monthly, Frank said. http://abcnews.go.com/Business/Politics/Story?id=5855805&page=2

How then has almost 1/2 the “Bailout Money” been spent and Trillions in additional loans been made, without appointing a single member of the “oversight board” or hiring a single staff member. The only extraordinary thing, there is, literally and factually, no oversight.   

It is time to “SAY NO” to further “Bailout Money”.

Contact Your Congressperson & Senators here: http://www.congress.org/congressorg/home

Stop The Bailout Fiascos – The Plan Has Changed – The Promises Ignored

On September 29, 2008 the original “Bailout Bill” was defeated in the House of Representatives. After adding an amazing amount of additional spending the revised “bailout bill” passed four days later.

http://www.thestreet.com/story/10440683/1/sweetened-bailout-bill-sails-through-house.html

The Bailout was passed without “Congressional Hearings” because it was said that a “dire emergency” confronted the Nation and that Congress needed to purchase the “illiquid assets from the financial system” or as they were later called “The Toxic Mortgages” that may destroy the economy.

Now forgotten is the fact that a group of 400 internationally respected Economists warned the “Bailout” wouldn’t work. 

http://mcauleysworld.wordpress.com/2008/09/29/200-world-reknown-economists-speakout-against-bailout/  http://faculty.chicagogsb.edu/john.cochrane/research/Papers/mortgage_protest.htm http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=95215972 

These economists warned that an entirely different approach was needed to truly free up the credit markets. ‘At this point I cannot identify a single good reason to do the bailout,’ said Dean Baker, co-director of the Centre for Economic and Policy Research. ‘Much of the country’s political and economic leadership has been running around raising the prospect of the Great Depression and a breakdown in the banking system,’ Baker said. ‘These stories are absolutely not true,’ he added. http://ipsnorthamerica.net/news.php?idnews=1729

Current “Bailout” activities maybe having the same affect as “pouring gasoline on a fire”.

What few American’s know, not all Banks supported the Bailout, “Nine of the largest U.S. banks were essentially arm-twisted last week into signing on for the first $125 billion in capital infusions.” http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20081024/bs_nm/us_financial_usa_banks 

Note that “Capital Infusions” were forced on these Banks, the Banks did not sell “toxic mortgage debts” to the FED as advertised.

The Bailout has failed. Between October 4, 2008 and November 12, 2008 the Stock market has dropped 2000 of the 5000 points lost since November 2007. Forty percent of the economic dive has occurred in the 5 weeks since the “Bailout” was approved. (From 13,300 on 12/7/07 to 8,300 on 11/12/08)  

http://www.mahalo.com/Dow_Jones_Industrial_Average     http://www.nyse.tv/stocks/archive/2007_11_01_archive.htm                    http://money.cnn.com/data/premarket/  (DJIA 8313 at 7:15 Am  11/13/08)             http://cyberlaw.stanford.edu/node/5882

You might recall a promise by Congress that the ‘Bailout” spending would be posted on-line, providing the Taxpaying Public complete transparency and the ability to track where our tax dollars were being spent. Not only have we not received “complete transparency”, but the American public is being denied even the most basic information on where the money is being spent.

http://www.openthegovernment.org/article/articleview/342/1/115/?TopicID=  

One article noted, “The Federal Reserve is refusing to identify the recipients of almost $2 trillion of emergency loans from American taxpayers or the troubled assets the central bank is accepting as collateral. Fed Chairman Ben S. Bernanke and Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said in September they would comply with congressional demands for transparency in a $700 billion bailout of the banking system. Two months later, as the Fed lends far more than that in separate rescue programs that didn’t require approval by Congress, Americans have no idea where their money is going or what securities the banks are pledging in return.”                                                                        

http://josh-of-arc.newsvine.com/_news/2008/11/12/2104122-fed-loans-2-trillion-but-wont-say-to-who

In other words, the Congress and the Administration are not implementing any of the “protections” they promised the public for their tax dollars.

BLOOMBERG.COM describes it this way, “Fed Defies Transparency Aim in Refusal to Disclose”,  The Federal Reserve is refusing to identify the recipients of almost $2 trillion of emergency loans from American taxpayers or the troubled assets the central bank is accepting as collateral. Fed Chairman Ben S. Bernanke and Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said in September they would comply with congressional demands for transparency in a $700 billion bailout of the banking system. Two months later, as the Fed lends far more than that in separate rescue programs that didn’t require approval by Congress, Americans have no idea where their money is going or what securities the banks are pledging in return.                                                    http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=ahdVHk_Ccoeg&refer=home 

 

In addition, few in the American Public realize the “Bailout” money is being used to pay for items never approved by Congress and vehemently opposed by nearly all of the American public during the pre-vote debate. A recent article titled, “Bail-Outrage: Misuse of Funds, Lack of Transparency a National Disgrace”, noted, “Many Americans are understandably outraged by the bailout fever that has gripped Washington this year. But even those who believe the bailouts are a “necessary evil” would have a hard time defending some of the bailout-related items that have come to light in recent days, including:

  • Financial institutions using TARP bailout money to pay executive bonuses. The firms, of course, say it’s “different” money and bonuses are key to retaining top employees. But if you need to come to the government for a handout, shouldn’t your executives forgo a bonus? Or shouldn’t the government make canceling bonuses a condition of getting aid, as is the case in Europe?
  • The Fed refusing to reveal who received almost $2 trillion in non-TARP loans, or what collateral it has accepted from “emergency” loans made to struggling firms, as Bloomberg reports.
  • The Treasury Department providing a tax break to banks involved in acquisitions that could amount to $140 billion. The Washington Post reveals the change to the tax code was issued on Sept. 30, while Congress was debating the $700 billion TARP bill.

The bailouts are bad enough. But this kind of chicanery and lack of transparency makes me recall a line from another time when fear and deceit dominated Washington: Have they no shame, at long last?

http://finance.yahoo.com/tech-ticker/article/125352/Bail-Outrage-Misuse-of-Funds-Lack-of-Transparency-a-National-Disgrace?tickers=GS,MS,JPM,BAC,C,WFC,XLF             

http://www.dailyherald.com/story/?id=249779

The only relief seen by the American public has come from private efforts made by the Mortgage Companies. An example is the recent announcements made by Citigroup, “Citigroup to Modify Terms for U.S. Mortgages” as reported by the Wall Street Journal. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122636776229916053.html 

Citigroup’s actions are unrelated to any bailout activity. Why is Citigroup doing this? Because it makes good business sense for Citigroup, that is why. “The push by the New York Company’s Citi-Mortgage unit marks the latest effort by a financial institution to help ailing homeowners, which also can help lenders reduce loan losses.” [In other words, Citigroup doesn't lose money when homeowners can stay in their homes and make payments]. “The company ultimately expects to reach 500,000 customers whose mortgages it owns. Roughly 130,000 of those borrowers are likely to see a reduction in their monthly loan payments, Citi-Mortgage said.” Citigroup’s efforts have been matched by J.P. Morgan Chase & Bank of America. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122636776229916053.html

This is being done without the sale of “toxic debt” or “cash infusions”, it is being done by having the bank simply renegotiate its outstanding mortgages – it costs the taxpayer nothing

Contrary to what the public has been told, a very significant portion of Citigroup’s “bad mortgages” involve investment properties and not family residences. “Citi-Mortgage also is halting foreclosures for about 16,000 borrowers who are behind on their loan payments but are working with the company on a loan modification. About 10,000 of those borrowers live in their homes and are likely to get their mortgage terms reworked, while about 6,000 are investors, according to the company.” [Almost 40% of the mortgages in foreclosure are investment properties]. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122636776229916053.html

Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said Wednesday the $700 billion government rescue program will not be used to purchase troubled assets as originally planned …. He announced a new goal for the program to support financial markets, which supply consumer credit in such areas as credit card debt, auto loans and student loans……. The administration decided that using billions of dollars to buy troubled assets of financial institutions at the current time was “not the most effective way” to use the $700 billion bailout package, he said. ……. The announcement marked a major shift for the Administration which had talked only about purchasing troubled assets as it lobbied Congress to pass the massive bailout bill.”  http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/financial_meltdown

The Author of this article is showing their political bias when the fail to mention the roll of the Democratic Congress in this mess. 

The Democratic Congress is “leading the charge” for making the modifications.

The fact that the original legislation only allowed for, “H. R. 1424 As Amended; A bill to provide authority for the Federal Government to purchase and insure certain types of troubled assets” is not being discussed. The current change in direction was not authorized by the “Bailout Vote”.

The Washington Post was just one of the publications to confirm these facts, “Urgently shifting course …….  abandoning the centerpiece of its massive $700 billion economic rescue plan and exploring new ways to shore up not only banks but credit-card, auto-loan and other huge nonbank businesses. Democrats are pressing hard to include a multibillion-dollar bailout for faltering automakers, too, over Administration objections. Unimpressed by any of the talk on Wednesday, Wall Street dove ever lower.” http://washingtontimes.com/news/2008/nov/12/paulson-says-troubled-assets-will-not-be-purchased/

So now the “Bailout” money will go to pay bonuses not just for Wall Street Executives but for overpaid UAW & Auto Industry Executives too. Whether “credit card”, “auto loans” or “student loans” should be included in the “original bailout” was discussed by Congress and the Senate just 5 weeks ago. After consideration, the Congress and the Senate rejected proposals to include those items, after being added to the Administrations original “Bailout Proposal” by Democrats in Congress, the items were deleted in an attempt to obtain the necessary Republican support in the House.  The items were added back in by the Democratic Senate. They were not authorized in the original legislation.      

The proposed bailouts to what the Wall Street Journal refers to as “The Old American Industry” will cost taxpayers $375,000 per employee. A $75 Billion Dollar “Bailout” of the “Old” American auto industry will not save it. Chrysler LLC is not even a publicly owned company. It is a privately owned company. So how do we know who will really get the money the Government is being asked to give to Chrysler?

http://mcauleysworld.wordpress.com/2008/11/11/stop-the-detroit-3-bailout-375000-cost-per-employee-to-taxpayers/ 

http://mcauleysworld.wordpress.com/2008/11/07/obama-granholm-pelosi-waxman-dingell-the-death-of-american-automobile-manufacturing/

Given all the falsehoods about the first “Bailout” package, how can anyone be sure that the money will get to where they say they will spend it.

As to GM, Duetsche Bank stated a “bailout” would be needed to avert a collapse of GM and that even if GM received “bailout funds” and  “… GM succeeds in averting a bankruptcy, we believe that the company’s future path is likely to be bankruptcy-like,” analyst Rod Lache said in a research note, essentially calling the company’s shares worthless with a price target of $0, reduced from $4.”  

http://www.marketwatch.com/news/story/Deutsche-Bank-cuts-GM-sell/story.aspx?guid={CAFEF63F-017D-42E2-874A-14146A6D20A5}

As to Chrysler, it has been reported that, “In the Chrysler-like approach, potentially 98% of the  company’s equity would be transferred to the UAW, VEBA, existing GM debt holders and the government,” Barclays’ analysts noted. VEBA is short for Voluntary Employees Beneficiary Association, a trust set up for managing health-care benefits to be overseen by the United Auto Workers of America. That would leave little for shareholders.” http://www.marketwatch.com/news/story/Deutsche-Bank-cuts-GM-sell/story.aspx?guid={CAFEF63F-017D-42E2-874A-14146A6D20A5}

 

Without private investment, how many more “cash infusions” will taxpayers be asked to make to reward bad business management? 

 

According to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis motor vehicles, bodies, trailers, and parts represented less than 1% of the country’s entire gross domestic production in 2007. One half of that total is attributable to the “New Auto Industry” that isn’t asking for a “Bailout” nor is the “New Auto Industry” part of “Bailout” discussions.

http://www.marketwatch.com/news/story/Deutsche-Bank-cuts-GM-sell/story.aspx?guid={CAFEF63F-017D-42E2-874A-14146A6D20A5} . 

 

We are talking about Billions in bailouts for the “Old Auto Industry” that is responsible for less than 1/2 a percent of the Country’s Gross National Production. That is simply a bad bet for American consumers and the taxpaying public.

   

How many billions more will Congress throw at a problem they don’t know how to fix. Isn’t it time to stop “throwing good money after bad”. 

Is it time for the American taxpayer to say NO. Contact your Congressperson and Senator and demand that they schedule the hearings we should have had in the first place. CONGRESS IS NOT KEEPING THEIR PROMISES ABOUT THE BAILOUT. WHAT THEY ARE DOING IS NOT WORKING. WHAT THEY ARE DOING IS MAKING THINGS WORSE WHILE RUNNING UP YOUR TAX BILL.

Contact Your Congressperson & Senators here: http://www.congress.org/congressorg/home

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Why isn’t the bailout working? Because the Government has done nothing to correct what caused the financial collapse. What caused the financial collapse? A change in lending rules that gave money to people who could not pay it back. The loans (car, credit card and home mortgages) were then packaged and sold as securities in America and around the world. Mortgages were written at 140% of the “inflated value” of the homes. Individuals were encouraged to “roll over” credit card debt, auto and student loans into their “mortgages”. Now that the “pyramid scheme” has collapsed the Government has done nothing to prevent it from happening again. NINJA & LIAR Loans are still the “law of the land”. Why won’t banks loan, why won’t investors buy the securities? They don’t want to get stuck with another group of “bad loans” or “bad investments”. The bailouts are simply rewarding the bad actors and preventing the tough but necessary changes we need to get the Country back on the right track.

WHERE WILL THIS ALL END – CONSIDER THIS

AIG’S NEW BAILOUT – November 10, 2008

The U.S. government reached a deal Sunday night to scrap its original $123 billion bailout of American International Group Inc. and replace it with a new $150 billion package, according to people familiar with the matter. Under the terms ironed out late Sunday, the government would give AIG more money, including $40 billion from the U.S. Treasury’s $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program. The $150 billion in government aid consists of a $60 billion loan, a $40 billion preferred-stock investment and $50 billion in capital.  

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122627437470412029.html 

AND THIS

City Council: Detroit needs $10-billion bailout

 

The Detroit City Council passed a resolution today calling for a $10-billion bailout for the city of Detroit. The council passed the resolution today 7-1. Council President Pro Tem JoAnn Watson sponsored the resolution to use the money for public service employment, to fund mass transit plans and to place a moratorium on home foreclosures for two years. The resolution specifically requests the council meet with Mayor Ken Cockrel Jr., Gov. Jennifer Granholm, the state’s congressional delegation, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and officials from President George W. Bush’s office and President-Elect Barack Obama’s transition team. “No city needs a bailout more than Detroit,”  http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2008811120455

Mayors want part of auto bailout

The mayors of four large Metro Detroit communities on Monday called for a share of the federal bailout sought by Detroit’s Big Three automakers to help redevelop shuttered facilities and factories.

The mayors of Warren, Sterling Heights, Livonia and Dearborn met at the Sterling Heights Public Library for about an hour to discuss the proposal. The mayors were joined by representatives from Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s office, Michigan’s congressional delegation, the Michigan Economic Development Corp., the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments and the Michigan Municipal League.

http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2008811120455

What? Fannie And Freddie May Not Sell Bad Mortgagaes After All?

Regulator says Fannie, Freddie might sell bad assets

By John Poirier

Reuters
Sunday, October 5, 2008; 2:43 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Fannie Mae (FNM.N) and Freddie Mac (FRE.N) may sell some bad assets to the Treasury Department but a decision has not yet been made, the regulator of the two mortgage finance companies said on Sunday.

“They are financial institutions that could sell assets,” James Lockhart, director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, said during a C-SPAN television interview. “Whether they will or not certainly the decision has not been made.”

Lockhart estimated that between 2 percent and 4 percent of Fannie and Freddie’s assets are bad mortgages.

On Friday, President George W. Bush signed into law a $700 billion bailout package for the U.S. financial industry aimed at allowing Treasury to buy soured assets from institutions that have stopped lending to each other as well as individuals and businesses.

The two government-sponsored enterprises, which were seized by the government in early September, own or guarantee almost half of the country’s $12 trillion in outstanding home mortgage debt.

The first asset sale under the Treasury program is not expected to take place for at least four weeks, sources familiar with the financial rescue plan said on Friday.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/10/05/AR2008100501056.html

THE BAILOUT Parts B & C – Congress Wants More Money & They Haven’t Even Voted Yet

Well the Spin is already starting -

The Pundits are admitting that this plan simply won’t work ….. without more cash -

The Pundits are now saying the Bailout Plan will need to be “supplemented” with additional cash (100’s of Billions) to “Recapitalize the Banks” and then funding will be required to provide “mortgage assistance” to that group of troubled homeowners who might get assistance under the “bailout plan” – the Bailout will only assist 1/2 the homeowners in the Country – those who have a mortgage with a bank or institution participating in the bailout (healthy banks and institutions won’t be participating) ……..

This remonds me of an old saying – “In for a penny, in for a pound” (As in the British pound – Guess I should change the saying to “in for a penny, in for a dollar”). The point being, they’ll be back to us in less than a month for more money - telling us “you don’t want to waste your first ‘investment’ of a trillion dollars do you?”.  

There isn’t just one more shoe to drop – there are at least two ….. and we haven’t even been given a preliminary price for these new shoes.

Remember – there is no guarantee that the first portion of the  “Bailout” will work.

Contact your Congressperson and tell them to Vote NO today. 

Contact Your Senators Here:  http://www.emailyoursenator.com/senators.html  Click on your Senators, Select the Contact Folder and then  click on the email address.

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