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Freddie and Fannie Crap Gold Eggs for Wall Street

8:59 am in Uncategorized by E.L. Beck

Despite all the blathering in early 2011, from both sides of the aisle, regarding attempts to wind down Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (and here and here and here), securities guaranteed by these government-backed entities (yes, government backed… let’s no longer pretend U.S. taxpayers are not on the hook for these white elephants) are now at $1.72 trillion, compared to $1.2 trillion at this time last year, according to Bloomberg News this morning.

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The continued existence of Freddie Mac & Fannie Mae serves Wall Street.

And let’s face it, considering how the Mac and Mae geese are shitting golden eggs right into Wall Street’s lap, these financially troubled mortgage giants are not going to be closed. Consider the following headlines since the beginning of 2011 to the present (in chronological order; headline abbreviations are mine):

Citi Dumped Bad Mortgages onto Mac

Wells Fargo Refuses to Settle w Mac and Mae

Taxpayers Pay Mac and Mae’s Legal Fees

Taxpayers Still at Risk from Mac and Mae

Fannie Mae Seeks $5.18 Billion More

S&P Lowers Mac and Mae Ratings

F Mac Uses Defective Analysis to settle w Bank of America

Mac and Mae Hesitate to Help Homeowners

Mae Killed Principal Reduction Program

Mae Refuses to Punish Countrywide

Mae Enriches Private Equity

All of this, including the rise on mortgage-backed bonds, plays into the hands of Wall Street in one fashion or another.

With a track record like this, no Federal politician or cabinet member or agency with Wall-Street dirt on their knees is going to pull the plug on Mac and Mae… until the next downturn necessitates their demise.

D.C.? Just send the bailout bill to us middle-income taxpayers. We’ll happily cover it with all our riches.

Angry Over the 1%? Pursue the Proper Equality.

3:12 pm in Uncategorized by E.L. Beck

This is one of the most contentious posts that I have written (originally posted at The Small “r”), and many may read it superficially and jump to incorrect or under-informed conclusions. Nevertheless, this realization does not hinder me from adding to such a vitally important debate in America….

The premise behind the phrase, “…all men are created equal,” was to distinguish the establishment of the United States from the then-common European belief in the divine rights of monarchies. Yet, the ideal of “equality” has caused no small amount of confusion within contemporary debates over the growing inequality in America. The very word “equality” is often used with varying implicit assumptions, a typology for which follows:

A Typology of Equality

Natural Equality – A positive equality addressed in the Declaration of Independence, that all of humanity is bestowed with intrinsic, inalienable and immutable natural rights.

Isonomy – A positive equality addressed by the ideal of equal justice under law.

Social equality – An equality that can be positive or negative, by respectively providing a sense of cohesiveness… or a sense of envy.

Perceived equality – A negative equality that turns natural equality into a materialistic equality.

Determined equality – A negative equality that emerges in response to perceived equality by attempting to force a material equality via distributive justice.

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