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Category Archives: Open engines

The American people would like an explanation

Have a look at this video to get an idea of the true fire of democracy… Senator Jeff Merkley, of Oregon, uses his heart and soul to push back against the power of Wall Street… Kudos to Senators Merkley, Harkin, Levin, Dorgan, Cantwell, Lincoln, Kaufman, Whitehouse and all others who have taken to the floor […]

Let the sunlight in…

Conservatives and progressives worked together to support Senator Sanders in his quest to have the Federal Reserve audited. Kudos to Senator Sanders. We took a big step forward  in reclaiming our nation today. Bloomberg reporting… ~~~ “The Senate approved an amendment to the regulatory-overhaul bill authorizing a one-time audit of the Federal Reserve’s emergency-lending programs, […]

The continuing expansion of the Federal Reserve’s scope

From Washington’s Blog: ~~~ “On Tuesday, I wrote: The Fed argues that an audit would interfere with its monetary policy decisions. [But] decisions about what toxic assets should be accepted by the Fed as collateral, how such assets should be valued, and who bailout funds should be given to are wholly separate from the Fed’s core monetary […]

AUDIT THE FED

President Obama should do Americans a favor and get behind the AUDIT THE FED amendment rather than fighting it. His actions in this matter subvert every campaign promise he made about accountability and transparency. When Congress passes the Sanders “AUDIT THE FED” amendment today important information will be audited by the Government Accountability Office such […]

Euro crush

From the brilliant graphics team at the New York Times… ~~~ “Banks and governments in these five shaky economies owe each other many billions of euros — converted here to dollars — and have even larger debts to Britain, France and Germany. Arrow widths are proportional to debt amounts.” ~~~ What is the solution? Haircuts… […]

Audit the Federal Reserve

The Dodd bill (Senate bill 3271) grants enormous new powers to the Federal Reserve. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont is filing an amendment (S. 3738) to “audit the Fed” which currently has fifteen cosponsors. America needs ponder if a private, independent institution should control such a substantial part of financial system without complete and thorough […]

Lehman 2.0

The global financial system is a tight web of connections. While the US Congress debates financial reform the Euro system is being shaken down by its weakest member Greece… In the financial crisis of 2007-2009 everyone was taken by surprise by “mortgage repayment” default risk… The assumption had always been that RMBS were sufficiently varied by […]

6 things worth fighting for in the Senate bill

Excellent table via Rortybomb… although it’s actually 7 or 8 things worth fighting for in the Senate financial reform bill… Mr. Rortybomb misses a big one related to legislation on the Federal Reserve… Ryan Grim of HuffPo writes about it the grant of $4 trillion of lending authority to the Federal Reserve with no Congressional […]

Protect taxpayers and break up the banks

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, says “the issue is not whether Congress regulates Wall Street, it’s the degree to which Wall Street regulates Congress.” Time to break up the banks…

Financial overhaul could create financial utilities

Matthew McCormick, a portfolio manager at Bahl & Gaynor Inc., talks about the prospects for legislation to overhaul U.S. financial regulation and the implications for financial stocks. *  *  * Let’s move away from the shadow banking system and go to a new place > > > Narrow banking is a proposed type of bank […]