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In response to Ben Bernanke’s claim of Fed independence

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke gave a speech at the Bank of Japan on the importance of central bank independence and transparency… Chairman Bernanke espoused a lot of platitudes… but the reality of the Fed’s actions is their deep entanglement with the administration, Congress and Wall Street… I think we will be hearing more speeches […]

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 […]

Kite flying

From FT Alphaville some comments from Tullett Prebon economist Lena Komileva on the similarities and differences between the growing Euro sovereign contengion and Lehman’s collapse… Basically she’s saying it’s an order of magnitude bigger this time… or maybe two orders of magnitude… ~~~ “…The current episode of the global crisis is similar to the crisis mechanism […]

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 […]

Wall Street banker says “we are close to getting it over the finish line”

From the beginning of the financial reform process it seemed that the goal of the Obama administration and the Senate was to accommodate Wall Street… And here is Barclays President Robert Diamond expressing his pleasure with the legislation.  In fact Wall Street loves it except for Blanche Lincoln’s derivatives legislation… Sorry America… maintenance of the status quo trumps […]

serious reckoning for those who gamed the system is a win-win

Frank Rich writes in the New York Times… ~~~”… Both as policy and politics, a serious reckoning for those who gamed the system is a win-win. Yet the fear that the Obama administration is protecting its friends persists. On the same morning that Rubin testified last week, Eamon Javers of Politico wrote about his continued influence […]

Extend and pretend round II

Ross Levine and Glenn Loury of Brown University argue that the 2007-2009 financial crisis is repeat of the S&L crisis  “extend and pretend” treatment of bank solvency. Expect this to become a meme soon… cause it’s true… And another important critique of extend and pretend at ZeroHedge… a comparison to the Latin debt crisis and […]

Populism VI

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c Elizabeth Warren www.thedailyshow.com Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor Health Care Crisis Elizabeth Warren, chairman of the Congressional Oversight Panel, explains the kabuki going on in the Senate over financial reform to Jon Stewart of the Daily Show … she says write your […]

Barney Frank, Zhu Min and global hot money flows…

Interesting undercurrents at The Next Global Crisis panel at the World Economic Forum at Davos… Check out the video at 1 hour 10 minutes. You can see the comments of Zhu Min, the deputy governor of the People’s Bank of China (the Federal Reserve of China), as he gives some insight from his part of […]

witness the Romans, who had a constant succession of triumphs while they managed their Government on a certain plan

“It is not chance that rules the world, witness the Romans, who had a constant succession of triumphs while they managed their Government on a certain plan, and an uninterrupted series of reverses when it was conducted on another. There are general causes, either moral or physical, at work in every monarchy, exalting, maintaining or overcoming […]