Busted: Bankers and The Global Economy

November 7, 2008

Obama Promises Change: Fed Wants Control

conflict-of-power Obama FedWith the election of the new 44th U.S. President of the United States, the mandate of U.S. politics has been clarified. The hope of much of the American populace has been ignited. The Federal Reserve and the global consortium of central bankers aren’t nearly so excited, showing a typical understated and conservative resistance to change that doesn’t put them in the driver’s seat.

Apparently Kevin Warsh, Governor of the Federal Reserve believes that the world should look upon the financial hell of the last year with a hint of reminisce. “This challenge of creating a new financial architecture is hardly unique to the United States. The difficult choices made by policymakers and market participants around the globe will have real implications for future growth prospects.” That is in fact what many world leaders are intently interested in at the projected global financial summit that is planned at U.N. headquarters in New York City. The wild promotion of the financial summit is driven by the desire to change the current financial architecture.

Warsh spews plenty of bankerspeak which essentially boils down to this summary: the new financial architecture must be properly understood, in full recognition of current business relationships and restrained accordingly. Not so coincidentally, this recommendation would keep the control firmly among the International Society of Bankers, the loosely amalgamated brotherhood of central bankers headquartered in Switzerland and Rome.

Warsh correctly blames the current financial crisis on inadequate market discipline, excessive reliance on credit ratings coupled with poor credit and liquidity risk-management practices by many financial firms. However, until recently, the Federal Reserve has been unwilling to promote any changes, instead promoting the vaguely governmental mantra of financial literacy.

Warsh recognizes the global economic challenge, but does not admire the “implementation of well-intended housing policies.” Instead, the central banking consortium clearly sees the new financial architecture solely in business terms that will fuel economic growth, a clear promotion of continued Republican financial policy that has been gradually adopted over the last several decades. In essense, the advance of Republican power, policies and laissez-faire trickle-down economics has bolstered the role of not only the Federal Reserve, but the global power of central bankers through the power and prestige of the dollar, now firmly under their control.

The new Obama administration has more to fight than mere Republican policies. They must come squarely to terms with global bankers that currently hold the keys to their financial success. With the current fiscal situation of this nation regarding the fiat money of the dollar, the bankers have politicians largely where they want them. Arguably, John F. Kennedy lost his life as a result of opposing the global central banking community. They still hold the same power of life and death in the world today, only more so. ~ E. Manning

October 26, 2008

Leadership Needed in U.S. Foreclosures

New statistics now share that 2700 Americans lose their homes every day due to the banking and mortgage debacle combined with a sharply declining United States economy. That number is up from 1200 a day one year ago. What do you think? Clearly, Americans are losing ground.

Digital Economy has shared a wealth of information and perspective regarding the foreclosure crisis consuming the American populace. Sheila Bair, head of the FDIC, says that the nation is way behind the curve on getting anything done about the foreclosure crisis. The do-it-yourself attitude of the U.S. government has been no help at all. I’m not sure why the FDIC would bother commenting on the foreclosure crisis, but hey, I’m game. What she said next is much more important: “We need to act quickly, and we need to act dramatically to have more wide-scale, systematic modifications.…”

Sheila Bair is voicing something that Americans and politicians have been mouthing for the last year with little results. Part of the problem is the opaqueness of the mortgage system coupled with that of the securitized and bundled loans so prevalent in the U.S. The Federal Reserve would tell you that rules are the problem. Yet, the truth is that there is no speedy way to deal with the crisis. The mortgage process is outdated and hopelessly compromised by the new age of banking greed. Expediency is important to politicians and as a result, the crisis gets nothing more than plenty of lip service.

Naturally, there are plenty of excuses why foreclosure resolution is so difficult:
Homeowners walking away
Job losses
Negative equity
Availability of credit for new loans
Investor speculation
Complex investment banking instruments (mortgage-backed securities)

The credit market is such that no homeowner is able to get a loan, especially from a competing bank. Bankers don’t want any more trouble from strapped homeowners than they already have. If Congress and the Bush Administration had acted faster with determinant action, much of the carnage could have been avoided. Instead, they have placated the public with voluntary programs such as the Hope Now Alliance. Hope Now isn’t bad, it just isn’t powerful enough or fast enough. No meaningful provisions have been adopted to force the mortgage and banking industry to hold more responsibility for the loans they created.

Now, the nation faces a global meltdown of epic proportions. Can you imagine 2700 houses a day being dumped on the U.S. housing market? The fact is that little real U.S. leadership has been shown. Along with the commensurate lack of leadership, bankers and mortgage servicers are still being allowed to run amok. So far, too little, too late is the result of laissez-faire economics that the Bush administration has adopted. Yet the same laissez-faire politicians are providing taxpayer money as bailout grist for bankers and businesses that they deem as too-large-to-fail. America needs something more than a hands-off approach to business/consumer regulations and relations. Americans need real leadership and action with real protection provisions in place. Even if some American citizens are dead wrong in how they have handled their finances, Big Government needs to step up to the plate and hold back the tide of banking greed and process, while forcing foreclosure resolution to work. It is all in the rules and how they are enforced. So far, your United States government has lacked the will to act strongly and decisively. America needs real leadership, not excuses. ~ E. Manning
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