Morgenson And Rosner’s RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT: Totally Corrupt America

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    Paul Craig Roberts on October 23, 2011

    Last March I reviewed Matt Taibbi’s important book Griftopia, an entertaining account of the through-going financial fraud that gave us the financial crisis. Taibbi shows that the US “superpower” can match any third world backwater in the magnitude of greed and fraud that is endemic in business and government. I would not be surprised if Taibbi’s book motivated the more aware participants of Occupy Wall Street.

    Taibbi’s Griftopia was published last year. This year Henry Holt publishers have provided us with Gretchen Morgenson and Joshua Rosner’s Reckless Endangerment: How Outsized Ambition, Greed, and Corruption Led to Economic Armageddon.

    Morgenson and Rosner tell the story again, but with less drama and provocation. Possibly, it might be more acceptable to those gullible Americans who wrap themselves in the flag and refuse to believe that their country could ever knowingly do anything that is wrong.

    I am not suggesting that Morgenson and Rosner pull their punches. To the contrary, the authors deliver enough knockouts to be contenders with Taibbi as world champions in exposing the reckless fraud that the US financial sector and its regulators now epitomize.

    The financial crisis, which is very much still with us, did not result from accident or miscalculation; neither did it result because of a flaw in Alan Greenspan’s theory, as he told Congress when a feeble effort was made to hold him accountable. It was the intentional result of people motivated by short-term profits who wanted to get theirs and get out.

    As Reckless Endangerment shows, fraud characterized every stage of the process from the fraudulent borrower incomes and credit scores that mortgage issuers gave to unqualified buyers, through the securitization of the mortgages and their triple-A investment grade ratings by the rating agencies (Standard & Poor’s especially, but also Moody’s and Fitch) to the investment banks that sold what the banks knew was junk to investors around the world as investment grade securities. Indeed, Goldman Sachs was simultaneously betting against the mortgage derivatives that it was selling to clients.

    Investment banks, such as Goldman Sachs, which once considered it a matter of honor to represent the interests of customers, took advantage of the trust that had been built up in the past to commit fraud against customers in order to advance the banks’ short-term profits and the out-sized multi-million dollar managerial bonuses that these fraudulent profits produced.

    Morgenson and Rosner provide a number of unique accounts of how those benefitting from fraud were able to defeat laws that were passed that would have held them to account. For example, the state of Georgia passed perfect legislation that held predatory lending to account. William J. Brennan Jr. and Georgia Governor Roy E. Barnes got the Georgia Fair Lending Act through the state legislature. It was a model for other states. As the federal regulators had thrown in the towel, the state laws would have prevent the worst part of the financial crisis, it not prevented the crisis altogether.

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    How people cant see this from the facts on the ground is amazing.

    We were had by the very wealthy the republican party still protects with their every move.
     
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    Think about it. The banks are our friend. They lend us money when we need it and we agree to make payments. Banks don't make bad loans ....unless....government forces them to do so. During the Clinton years the democrat party forced banks to make bad loans or risk civil rights litigation. In a scam worthy of organized crime the government controlled loan industry through Fannie Mae laundered bad loans and packaged them with good loans and sold them back to mortgage companies. The scam worked for about a decade until a natural disaster. Meanwhile democrats and some republicans used Fannie Mae as a home for political payoffs. Look at the "board of directors". Nobody knew anything about the mortgage industry. They were no-show jobs financed by taxpayers. Fannie CEO Frank Raines is alleged to have cooked the books tied to his bonus salary while Fannie Mae was failing and showing a fake profit. He walked away with 90 MILLION for three years work when Fannie was failing. When democrats gained the majority in Bush's 2nd term the democrat banking chairman told America that Fannie Mae was doing fine when in fact is was in desperate trouble. Why did Barney Frank pretend Fannie was doing well? The point is that we need an investigation into the collapse of Fannie Mae but it ain't gonna happen today as long as fools like Morgenson and Rosner want to pass the buck back to the banks.
     
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    You are insane.

    Anyone who believes that right wing propaganda is a comeplete fool
     

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