Saturday, October 4, 2008

Bank Bailout or a Federal Money Laundering Operation?

I fear all reality will hit after the bailout approval. Down, down, down, we go; where we will stop nobody knows. We will be slaves if we are healthy and dead if we are not.
Clearly what is going on here has nothing to do with kick starting the credit markets or stabilising the equity markets or restoring depositor confidence in banks. (Treasury official: “No provision in the legislation that mandates re-lending.”) What is going on here is a blatant attempt to provide government funds to a select cadre of firms (not all banks) which are chosen to be the survivors feasting off the carcasses of their less fortunate and less well-connected brethren as the downturn intensifies in the years to come.
The crash in equities will still happen. The debt deflation of the economy leading to mass commercial and consumer credit defaults will still happen. The collapse of many national, regional and local financial institutions will still happen. The bankruptcy of many municipalities and shortfalls in state budgets will still happen.
The basic plan is to set up a federal money laundering operation. Bad assets come in, get laundered by the
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