“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 →
Congratulations on the release of your book. I assure you that I will read it and review it here at my blog.
Given your positions formerly as head of the New York Federal Reserve and Secretary of Treasury, you will certainly receive enormous media attention and exposure in touting your book and your take on dealing with the crisis of 2008. To wit, I see just this morning that The Wall Street Journal is running your editorial entitled The Paradox of Financial Crises.
Spitzer as comptroller: Good for New York, good for women, terrifying for Wall Street abusers.
Before Eliot Spitzer’s infamous resignation as governor of New York in March 2008, he was one of our fiercest champions against Wall Street corruption, in a state that had some of the toughest legislation for controlling the banks. It may not be a coincidence that the revelation of his indiscretions with a high-priced call girl came less than a month after he published a bold editorial in the Washington Post titled “ Predatory Lenders’ Partner in Crime: How the Bush Administration Stopped the States from Stepping in to Help Consumers.” The editorial Continue reading →
In the past, federal regulators have been known to include provisions that waived the ability of a company to write off the costs of a settlement. But since our banks are always considered Too Big To Fail, they are of course offered every consideration, and We the Continue reading →
In 2010, Meg Rehrauer, a J.D. Candidate at Northeastern University School of Law, wrote a memorable paper:
REGAINING THE WONDERFUL LIFE OF HOMEOWNERSHIP POST-FORECLOSURE DEFENDING HOMEOWNERS FROM EVICTION AFTER FORECLOSURE BY ATTACKING THE OWNERSHIP RIGHTS OF THE FORECLOSING ENTITY
It’s Christmas 2 years later and we’re still reeling in foreclosures and frauds committed by the banks because America is stuck in the portion of George Bailey’s dream as if he hadn’t been born. Continue reading →
“Someday, it will go down in history as the first trial of the modern American mafia,” wrote Matt Taibbi in June 2012 in Rolling Stone’s The Scam Wall Street Learned From the Mafia – How America’s biggest banks took part in a nationwide bid-rigging conspiracy – until they were caught on tape. Add that to Neil Barofsky’s new book BAILOUT where he discusses how this behavior stems from the fact that the Wall Street banks control and manipulate the U.S. Treasury…
And we begin to understand why this seems to be a never-ending nightmare.