Pathetic, but all too true:
"Phil Gramm, the senator-banker who until recently advised John McCain’s campaign, did get it right about a "nation of whiners," but he misidentified the faint-hearted. It’s not the people or even the politicians. It is Wall Street–the financial titans and big-money bankers, the most important investors and worldwide creditors who are scared witless by events. These folks are in full-flight panic and screaming for mercy from Washington. Their cries were answered by the massive federal bailout of Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac, the endangered mortgage companies.
When the monied interests whined, they made themselves heard by dumping the stocks of these two quasi-public private corporations, threatening to collapse the two financial firms like the investor "run" that wiped out Bear Stearns in March. The real distress of the banks and brokerages and major investors is that they cannot unload the rotten mortgage securities packaged by Fannie Mae and banks sold worldwide. Wall Street’s preferred solution: dump the bad paper on the rest of us, the unwitting American taxpayers." (emphasis added)
-William Greider, Wall Street’s Great Deflation
The once great Street of dreams has been reduced to beggering for handouts.
In a truly disturbing sign of our times, I am adding the category "Bailouts" to our list . . .
Idiots Fiddle While Rome Burns (July 2008)
Amity Shlaes Does Not Know What a Recession Is (July 2008)
Wall Street’s Great Deflation
The Nation, 07/14/2008 @ 12:38pm