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US Banks Strangling the Lifeblood Out of the Economy

It doesn’t take a banking heavy weight or a nobel winning economist to figure out what is going on.
The banks made irresponsible loans and created complex derivatives on top of the mortgage backed securities and if it works, they are heroes and if not, they ask for a government bailout.  Well, it’s not working.
So now it’s not working and Moody’s is about to downgrade the ratings on bonds hence causing the cost of insuring these bonds and/or force institutions to hold larger cash reserves.  This will simply put a tighter strangle hold on credit and lending in addition to further loss of confidence, negative GDP reverberations and job losses.
Stress test?  Shouldn’t that be a regularly scheduled program of the Federal Reserve?  Geithner and Bernanke, rotting apples from the same sickened tree branch.
Mr. Geithner and Mr. Bernanke stop playing with your thumbs, giving useless rhetoric and reports and do something other the same old things and expect a different result.
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Source:  http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601103&sid=agQpgFBepZFw&refer=news
Moody’s May Downgrade More Subprime-Mortgage Debt (Update1)

By Jody Shenn

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Jindal Bites the Hand That Feeds His Constituents

Fact #1 – Louisiana is one of the 5 poorest state based on income (Source).

Fact #2 – Louisiana received billions from the Federal Government to aid the ease and suffering of its residents and to help rebuild (Source).

Fact #3 – CBO Director testifies Stimulus will create jobs despite GOP jibberish (Source).

Fact #4 – Republican Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal criticizes Democratic leadership for big government and spending despite the facts that at time of crisis, generally these actions will (1) help Americans and ease their sufferings and (2) create jobs allow Americans to rebuild.

Jindal – “…Democratic leaders in Washington, they place their hope in the federal government. We place our hope in you, the American people. In the end, it comes down to an honest and fundamental disagreement about the proper role of government. We oppose the national Democratic view that says the way to strengthen our country is to increase dependence on government…”  (Full Jindal Speech Transcript Here)

Even GOP leadership are quick to criticize Jindal.  (Sources:  Associated Press, Boston.com)

So what does Jindal do? He goes to Disney…wait a second, did he take the rail?  (Source)

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President Obama, Secretary Geithner, Chairman Bernanke – Here’s Is Your Plan to Recovery

If you agree the housing crisis preceded the financial crisis and you believe in a free capitalist economy and in the bankruptcy laws for corporations when they become insolvent then read on.

#1 Stop the free fall of mortgage defaults. Refinance the principal balance on existing mortgatges for all. High loan obligations due to high principal balance means cash strapped owners have higher risk of defaulting. Refinancing interest rates alone won’t solve the problem long term. Higher defaults leads to higher foreclosures. More foreclosures means falling home prices. Listen to what Jim Cramer of “Mad Money” has to say as he talks with Chris Matthews on MSNBC “Hardball”:

#2 Break the bad banks up. These banks and other financial institutions holding toxic mortgage backed securities who don’t pass the “stress test” are essentially insolvent without taxpayers money. These companies need to be broken up and restructured much like bankruptcy. This is the only way for everyone, including private investors to see and trust what is the good assets vs. the bad ones. Let’s listen to what Professor Peter Morici of University of Maryland has to say on MSNBC “Hardball” with Chris Mathews:

#3 So who and what’s in the way of President Obama’s administration and Congress from solving the problem with what has been suggested and the obvious course of action? Let’s listen to both Jim Cramer and Peter Morici:

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