Monday, March 31, 2008

New Deal, Sarbanes Oxley (SOX), Homeland Security, Resolution Trust Corporation (RTC) Recidivism: Financial Regulation Stupidity Roundup

Putting the government in charge of financial accounting is like putting the streetcorner wh*re in charge of public morals.

Brace yourself for the onslaught of misguided New Deal II, Sarbanes-Oxley (SarbOx or SOX) II, Resolution Trust Corporation (RTC) II, or Homeland Security II:

All these grandiose schemes for New Deal II, Sarbanes-Oxley (SarbOx or SOX) II, Resolution Trust Corporation (RTC) II, or Homeland Security II are stupid and dangerous for the same reasons that all the decades of prior programs FAILED TO PREVENT THE CURRENT CRISIS (When will we learn?):
Just say no.

One-year anniversary of my warning: Remember the Alamo.


Friday, March 28, 2008

Ex-Soviet Lectures Bernanke on Free Markets

Russia has a pro-market flat tax while the United States clings to a Marxist progressive income tax.

Former Kazakhstan central bank Governor Grigori Marchenko criticized the interventionist US Federal Reserve:

Look at the last 20 years, said Marchenko, a former central bank governor of Kazakhstan, as he ticked off the bailouts in which the U.S. central bank played a role: Continental Illinois in the 1980s; the banks involved in the Latin American debt crisis; Long-Term Capital Management; the injection of liquidity after the Internet stock bubble burst in 2000.

"Those guys who have the wrong strategies get bailed out with taxpayers' money," Marchenko said, shaking his head. "It is not fair."

(International Herald Tribune, Karina Robinson, "Kazakh banker criticizes Fed's help of troubled banks," 3/28/08)

Tell Obama, Hillary, McCain, Bush, Bernanke, Paulson, Dodd, Schumer, etc. that America should be freer than the former Soviet Union:

No bailouts, mortgage-laundering, "transfers," "transitions," "assistance," "guarantees," or any other back-door euphemism to obstruct the free-market solutions.

Financial Homeland Security: Obama Tries Nationalizing Power Grab, Dodd Tries To Profit from Credit Crisis

“I hope we make money off of this.”--Senator Christopher Dodd (D-CT), Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, speaking of the Federal Reserve's Bear Stearns bailout (National Public Radio (NPR) interview, 3/26/08)

Faustian Bargain Bailouts from Obama, Bush, and Dodd

Dodd, Obama, and Bush administration Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson all agreed to use the housing/mortgage crash and credit crisis as an excuse to expand government control over the economy:

“If an investment bank is going to start acting like a bank and get backups, then I think it begs the question, obviously, then shouldn’t there be some regulation of that, American taxpayer’s money is on the line, to what extent, how are you conducting your affairs and your business.” (Dodd)

"First, if you can borrow from the government, you should be subject to government oversight and supervision." (Obama)

On the current centralizing regulation orgy in Washington DC: "This is tectonic . . . We no longer want to have a balkanized response to a national crisis." (former SEC General Counsel Ralph Ferrara, Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP)

Financial Homeland Security: Politicians are making another power grab to control your life under the guise of compassion, protection, and "stability."

An Offer You Can't Refuse

Dodd-Bush-Obama's mafia-like "favors" require life-long subjugation worse than any mortgage loanshark. Read the fine print of government "help" to see the strings attached. Government "assistance" often takes advantage of travails to prey on the weak under the guise of compassion.

Obama's national and international centralization of financial control subjects you to more, intrusive, Big Brother "supervision" even if you DO NOT borrow but rather simply because you CAN borrow--and the government might unilaterally declare you able to borrow even if you do not want the credit line.

Obama copied his cousin Bush by claiming only to "update" or "modernize" for the "21st Century."

Dodd laughably tried to claim that government action did not cause the economic problems by saying, “No one can make a case here that this happened because of overregulation," even though Not One Cent provides numerous examples of government regulation causing the current problems.

To summarize, the government tries to run the economy, creates a disaster, blames the disaster on you, claims that the disaster proves that the government wasn't running your life enough, demands that you surrender more rights to qualify for "help," and uses your misery to increase its profit and power over you.

Given that the credit bubble was government policy in the first place, when will Financial Homeland Security's Global War on Savings declare saving to be a terrorist act?

Update 10/15/08: Bailout Mafia force companies to take bailout.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

"Too Big To Fail" Financial Suicide Terrorism

The Bear Stearns bailout by the Federal Reserve with its $29 billion loan and guarantee is one more example of the "too big too fail" bluff perpetrated on us.

The spoiled sense of entitlement to other people's money is matched by Bernanke's and the Fed's gullibility or complicity in the extortion.

Reject "The System" Trick

Bernanke and the Fed talk in circles about how the Fed does not intend to bailout certain investors but it does bailout "the system" and it might bailout certain investors while bailing out the system but that does not count as a bailout of certain investors:

"It is not the responsibility of the Federal Reserve--nor would it be appropriate--to protect lenders and investors from the consequences of their financial decisions. But developments in financial markets can have broad economic effects felt by many outside the markets, and the Federal Reserve must take those effects into account when determining policy." (Ben S. Bernanke, "Housing, Housing Finance, and Monetary Policy," At the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City's Economic Symposium, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, 8/31/07)
Do not be fooled by the claim that we "have to" save any company. There was a time when that company did not exist. The company might not be able to live without us, but history already has proved that we can live without that company.

Bernanke's Fed Punishes Commodities: Burn the Bears

Bernanke Lashes the Anti-Bubble Heretics

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke burned stock-market short-sellers with his first Wall Street bailout in August 2007 and again on March 18, 2008 with his less-than-expected 75 basis-point (75bps) Federal Funds target interest-rate cut.

The Fed temporarily pulled the rug out from under bears who had stampeded into commodities to escape equities.

The government's surreal attempts to argue that the economy is fine contrast sharply with the harsh reality of Bernanke panicking the Fed target rate down to 2.25% (negative real interest rate) and your emergency Chinese Payday Loan known as the Bush stimulus package (falsely called a "tax rebate" check).

Suppress Dissenters who Question the Overleveraged House of Cards

Bernanke is developing a habit of sniping the shorts, akin to firing into the crowd to try to keep the growing mob from storming the barricades.

Bernanke's Mortgage-Laundering: Fed Accepts Mortgage Securities

Ben Bernanke’s Federal Reserve Mortgage-Laundering Scheme Lays Groundwork for Inflationary Wall Street Bailout

The Federal Reserve again loosened its collateral requirements, this time to accept commercial real estate mortgages and mortgage securities, beginning 3/27.
  • The Fed’s reckless move to accept mortgage products (when it is an unknown extent of bad mortgages that is precipitating the current global credit crunch) sets the stage for nationalizing the losses and sticking the taxpayer with the bill.

  • The insidious tactic allows the Fed to take mortgages at a high, stated value and later “discover” a lower value, the difference being a loss to the Fed but free money to the firms that unloaded the toxic waste onto the Fed.

  • Giving out higher value Treasuries in exchange for lower value mortgages also means that the actions would not be “sterilized” (money-supply neutral) but would be “accidentally” inflationary.

  • The Fed’s decision also puts the Fed in the absurd position of entering the real estate business. As Jim Rogers quipped, soon Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke will be flying around in his helicopter to collect rents.

The Fed might as well start accepting Milton Bradley Monopoly boardgame deeds as collateral. I expect citizens to ask Bernanke and their Congressional representatives to pay cash or Treasuries in exchange for printed Monopoly deeds such as Baltic Avenue or St. Charles Place.