mbrownerhamlin commented on the blog post Occupy Our Homes Marks First Anniversary With National Day of Action
Thanks so much for the very kind words David. I’ve been truly inspired over the last year not just by the grassroots organizing done by Occupy activists and staff at community-based organizations through the Occupy Our Homes movement – but by the homeowners who stepped out into daylight to tell their story and make a commitment to fight when the banks come to try to take their home. Without the willingness of homeowners to stand up and fight back against Wall Street greed, this movement would be nowhere.
Thanks again for the stellar coverage – it’s deeply appreciated.
Best of luck figuring out what comes next David. It’s been great reading you over the long haul (though I’m insulted you left off The Right’s Field from your resume). You’ve developed in to one of the best reporter/bloggers on the great wide interweb and I’m sure whatever project you take on next will be just as informative and required a daily read as this one has been.
mbrownerhamlin commented on the blog post Occupy Our Homes Movement Works to Save Retired Police Detective’s Home in Atlanta
Thanks for posting about Jacqueline’s case David. If anyone reading wants to take action to help her, she has a petition up on Start2.OccupyOurHomes.org – a distributed organizing platform for people fighting to save their homes.
I wasn’t trying to make an apples to apples comparison of Abigail’s investigation into NY county recorders’ records of securitization fail & robosigning, but that we haven’t seen the RMBS task force deliver the results that we had hoped, with Schneiderman & the NY AG’s office at its head. Abigail’s work was on NY & the question was re: Schneiderman & the task force. I’m obviously frustrated with the lack of handcuffs and the lack of visible progress from the task force. I don’t think the point I was trying to make came out well… We desperately need to see action – subpoenas, arrests, trials and big punishment. Only when we know that bankers are at risk of going to jail for stealing peoples’ homes can we expect them to stop.
After Bryan and more so than him was Eugene Debs. After Debs, Huey Long. After Long, I believe, Paul Wellstone.
mbrownerhamlin commented on the blog post FDL Special Book Salon Welcomes Byron Georgiou, The Financial Crisis Inquiry Report: Final Report of the National Commission on the Causes of the Financial and Economic Crisis in the United States
Thanks for joining us here. Darrell Issa is moving towards a congressional investigation of the FCIC, out of a bizarre search for corruption. While I don’t know what he will find, he is fair to raise the question of whether or not the FCIC was a useful expenditure of congressional monies. With that in mind, how do you respond to these comments by Mike Konczal on your colleague in the minority, Peter Wallison:
This report is exactly what he believed in 2009. Think about this. We paid this guy at a level IV of the Executive Schedule, which is a juicy six-figure salary, for the days he worked. He had a staff, subpoena power, researchers, documents, access, interviewers. And he ultimately had a responsibility to be an investigator. And his final product is a handful of AEI white papers from 2009 stapled together. If there is new evidence from his investigations I didn’t see it on the first pass. He could have not been on the FCIC, we could have put in a conservative who was serious about getting to the bottom of what’s broken with our financial system, and Wallison could have written the same exact thing on his own.
Do you think Wallison’s demagoguery is worthy of congressional scrutiny? What would have a more serious conservative conclusion to your investigations have looked like?
Matt Browner Hamlin