“For a city to create its own public bank owned by the People and accountable directly to them, is to create an entirely new financial system on the People’s terms, which is the logical end-game of divestment. …
“By bringing banking under public control, so that the bankers that have the responsibility over our financial sector are accountable public servants rather than private casino gamblers, we can finally make progress towards a system that is legitimately, rather than superficially democratic.” Continue reading →
This will be one of several posts on the future of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Your thoughts and your owns stories are welcome in the comments section.
Nearly a decade ago, in September 2008, US Treasury Chief Hank Paulson unveiled his historic government takeover of twin mortgage buyers, putting the government in charge of the mortgage giants and the $5 trillion in home loans they back. The plan eliminated the top executives which were out and replaced with Wall Street titans.
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held a hearing on the financial collapse of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, their takeover by the federal government and their role in the financial crisis. The video below is a 4 hour review of a planned response to the crisis in the housing and mortgage markets at the time of the economic meltdown and crash of 2008.
The titans that replaced Freddie CEO Richard Syron and Fannie CEO Daniel Mudd were two Wall Street finance veterans and were charged with restoring the mortgage magnates to health. Herb Allison formerly served as president of Merrill Lynch was Continue reading →
We must create a banking system that works for every American—not just Wall Street CEOs—and enact and strengthen reforms that will protect our economy from another massive collapse. Tulsi is a cosponsor of legislation such as the Return to Prudent Banking Act (H.R.381) and the 21st Century Glass-Steagall Act (H.R.3711) to help protect Americans from big banks’ roll of the financial dice. To help ensure the financial stability of our nation, Tulsi is continuing to fight against dangerous behavior on Wall Street where investors take big risks on the backs of American taxpayers. She has urged criminal investigations of Wall Street executives who take money from American taxpayers, such as what recently happened with Wells Fargo, the nation’s largest “too big to fail” bank.
“I will always fight against the schemes of Wall Street to make risky investments on the backs of American taxpayers.” -Rep. Tulsi Gabbard
I’m testifying before House Financial Services tomorrow regarding the “CHOICE Act,” the Republican Dodd-Frank alternative. My testimony is here. It’s lengthy, but it doesn’t even cover everything in the CHOICE Act–there are just too many bad provisions, starting with the idea of letting megabanks out of Dodd-Frank’s heightened prudential standards in exchange for more capital, then moving on to a total gutting of consumer financial protection, and ending with a very poorly conceived good bank/bad bank resolution system executed through a new bankruptcy subchapter. The only good thing about the Bad CHOICE Act is that it has little chance of becoming law any time soon.
Excerpt: “The CHOICE Act also has numerous provisions that make it difficult for the SEC to pursue enforcement actions and achieve meaningful relief. These provisions reduce the SEC’s deterrence ability and thereby embolden financial fraudsters whose malfeasance can reverberate throughout the financial system. Among other provisions, the CHOICE Act:
requires the SEC to make additional findings before levying civil monetary penalties against issuers.24 Thus, while the CHOICE Act increases financial fraud penalties with the one hand,25 with the other it ensures that those penalties will rarely be imposed.
repeals the SEC’s authority to issue officer and director bans.26 This means that even the worst fraudsters will continue to be able to participate in securities markets.
eliminates automatic bad actor disqualification from securities law exemptions even for firms that have been convicted of felonies. Apparently a convicted felon cannot be trusted with the right to vote, but can be trusted with pension funds and retirees’ savings. [CHOICE Act § 419]”
Somebody remarked about the earlier post that it was an older story… and we relied, “Yes, we’re aware… but isn’t it nice to re-post and irritate the banks?!” Doesn’t it make this next post even more exciting?
WASHINGTON — Bank regulators and executives typically hope to escape a Senate Banking Committee hearing without becoming the subject of a viral video showing them humiliated at the hands of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).
On Thursday, however, one witness was pleased enough with Warren’s line of questioning that he actually applauded the Massachusetts Democrat toward the end of her remarks — a highly unusual departure from custom. Continue reading →
If you really want to revive SAVE the economy… Either the Congressional legislature or the courts are going to have to confiscate the bank patents.
Those on the cutting edge of foreclosure defense realize that the “new” securitization system was completely patented from the cradle to the grave in the USPTO… as if to make it appear legal. From the very inception of securitization starting with the Fannie Mae 1003 loan application software to the Wells Fargo targeted sales system… to foreclosure, REO and beyond …each and every step has been developed by some sharp IT guy and likely the idea and eventual purpose, patent and use was created from an idea by the higher-ups.
If the fraudulent foreclosure scheme, a defunct economy and the lack of any meaningful indictments within the TBTF cabal is bothersome… even in lieu of the huge fines, penalties and settlements for fraudulent activities that would send the average individual to the hoosegow for 150 years (just ask Mr. Madoff), then think about this: Okay, you don’t want to indict them – then confiscate the patents that the banks are using to perpetrate the fraud… ’cause they are still operating business as usual. Continue reading →
“[L]and records across the country have been polluted, diluted, laundered and rendered useless by MERS (the Mortgage Electronic Registration System), and Landtegrity.com has posted a petition demanding answers from the White House,” wrote Richard Zombeck, in theHuffington Post April 2103.
No answers have been received. Now is time to prepare for the 2014 elections and get the point across. We need to unite and visibly display our discontent for the damage done to our property records. Let’s put a bumper sticker on every car! Order your bumper sticker nowso that every politician can clearly see the #1 agenda on the minds of every homeowner in America is to clean up the land records. Continue reading →
The recent lawsuits filed in the SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, COUNTY OF NEW YORK are the beginning of a long process unraveling the frauds created by a generation of “Younger Boomers” and “Now Generation” Wall Street bankster executives that expected immediate gratification.
These smart-asses didn’t take the time to ensure all the pieces to the puzzle fit before they began their filthy rich land grab operation, causing a lot of damage and red ink to America and the rest of the world. Their failures are your insurance to defeat foreclosure once you understand what is missing. Continue reading →
Bankster piracy is so horrific even though the 50 US attorney generals agreed to let the banks off the hook with a pittance in refunds to homeowners, the fraudclosure money vampires sailed on assaulting and wrongfully seizing our properties.
It was business as usual set out to steal even more properties the exact same way and adding millions more homeowners to their fraudclosure list Continue reading →
“The Fed messed with the wrong senator…” posted David Dayen on Salon. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) grilled federal officials about illegal bank foreclosures at a Senate Banking Committee hearing on Thursday. She wanted to know if they would give information to victims of illegal foreclosures–or if they just want to protect the banks. Warren asked, “You now know individual cases where the banks violated the law, and you’re not going to tell the homeowners, or at least it’s not clear yet whether you’re going to do that?” Continue reading →