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In Case You Missed This... And You Should Not... 'Wall Street Wins Again' - Salon

I Am So Fucking Tired Of Being Duped, Misled, Deceived, And Lied To, By New York And Washington, D.C.

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Wall Street wins again
The secret truth: There never was a “task force” dedicated to ferreting out mortgage fraud

BY DAVID DAYEN - Salon
WEDNESDAY, FEB 13, 2013 09:26 AM PST


JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon (Credit: Reuters/Yuri Gripas)

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A year ago, President Obama gestured toward the first lady’s box at the State of the Union address at Eric Schneiderman, the attorney general of New York. Schneiderman had just agreed to co-chair the Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities working group, an initiative between state and federal law enforcement officials and bank regulators, designed to investigate and prosecute fraudulent Wall Street activity that led to both the creation of the housing bubble and its collapse. In exchange, Schneiderman dropped his objections to a settlement over some of the banks’ fraudulent post-crash activity, particularly around fraud in foreclosure processing.

Recent profiles of this event have called last night’s State of the Union the “anniversary” of the formation of the working group. But you can’t really have an anniversary of something that never existed in the first place. There never was a Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities working group, never a so-called task force dedicated to ferreting out Wall Street fraud — the deceptive origination of mortgage loans, sale of worthless mortgage-backed securities for huge sums, and subsequent unloading of toxic debt to unsuspecting buyers. The working group fails to exist as a tangible entity to this day. What does exist is the same years-old Financial Fraud Enforcement Group that serves as a conduit for press releases about investigative actions already in progress.

Schneiderman’s “task force” (a generous appellation) was merely a politically motivated shell organization grafted onto that public relations strategy.
This was evident almost from the moment of the announcement, but the coalition of self-proclaimed bank accountability advocates, who had backed the administration into a corner over the lack of prosecutions, decided to align with Schneiderman and his kabuki task force, losing whatever leverage they may have had. If those same groups who feel “betrayed” and “lied to” had stayed on the outside and shamed those in power into action, we would probably have more accountability today.

Within a few months of the State of the Union announcement, a hearing in the House Financial Services Committee confirmed the essentially invisible nature of the task force. Maxine Waters, then a senior member of the committee and now the Democratic ranking member, asked Robert Khuzami, then the head of enforcement for the Securities and Exchange Commission, whether the entity had sufficient resources to investigate. Khuzami replied that the agencies involved – the SEC, the New York AG’s office and the Department of Justice – were supplying the resources. No new dollars were dedicated to the effort. When Waters asked when the task force would hire an executive director, Khuzami said they hired a “coordinator” to facilitate inter-agency activity. Specifically, he uttered this incriminating evidence: “We hired a coordinator, but most of the investigative work being done here is not really being done by a staff that belongs to the task force, it’s being done by the individual investigative groups that make up the task force.”

This is the key point. There are no offices, no phones and no staff dedicated to the non-task force. Two of the five co-chairs have left government. What “investigators” there are from the task force are nothing more than liaisons to the independent agencies doing their own independent investigations. In the rare event that these agencies file an actual lawsuit or enforcement action, the un-task force merely puts out a statement taking credit for it. Take a look at this in action at the website for the Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force, the federal umbrella group “investigating” financial fraud. It’s little more than a press release factory, and no indictment, conviction or settlement is too small. The site takes credit for cracking down on Ponzi schemes, insider trading, tax evasion, racketeering, violations of the Americans With Disabilities Act (!) and a host of other crimes that have precisely nothing to do with the financial crisis. To call this a publicity stunt is an insult to publicity stunts.

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More: http://www.salon.com/2013/02/13/wall_street_wins_again/

And we were so happy at the time: http://www.google.com/search?q=eric+schneiderman&sitesearch=democraticunderground.com







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WillyT Feb 2013 OP
Autumn Feb 2013 #1
WillyT Feb 2013 #3
Scuba Feb 2013 #2
WillyT Feb 2013 #4
Sekhmets Daughter Feb 2013 #5
Jackpine Radical Feb 2013 #10
Sekhmets Daughter Feb 2013 #14
awoke_in_2003 Feb 2013 #35
Sekhmets Daughter Feb 2013 #36
awoke_in_2003 Feb 2013 #38
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awoke_in_2003 Feb 2013 #44
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awoke_in_2003 Feb 2013 #56
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WillyT Feb 2013 #45
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awoke_in_2003 Feb 2013 #78
midnight Feb 2013 #77
Demeter Feb 2013 #74
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msongs Feb 2013 #11
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Egalitarian Thug Feb 2013 #25
Sekhmets Daughter Feb 2013 #28
Egalitarian Thug Feb 2013 #29
Sekhmets Daughter Feb 2013 #32
awoke_in_2003 Feb 2013 #30
Sekhmets Daughter Feb 2013 #34
nineteen50 Feb 2013 #71
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Fuddnik Feb 2013 #80
Demeter Feb 2013 #73
Sekhmets Daughter Feb 2013 #75
joeybee12 Feb 2013 #6
WillyT Feb 2013 #7
awoke_in_2003 Feb 2013 #31
DearHeart Feb 2013 #8
WillyT Feb 2013 #9
rhett o rick Feb 2013 #12
awoke_in_2003 Feb 2013 #33
WHEN CRABS ROAR Feb 2013 #54
hay rick Feb 2013 #13
Autumn Feb 2013 #16
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frylock Feb 2013 #23
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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 06:52 PM

1. No shit. Wonder where the co-chairs who left the government went to?

K/R What a fucking scam.

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Response to Autumn (Reply #1)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 07:01 PM

3. Yep...




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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 06:52 PM

2. Pardon me while I go vomit.

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Response to Scuba (Reply #2)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 07:02 PM

4. Right There With You...



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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 07:03 PM

5. I know, I know...but consider the alternative.

For all those who will, once again, insist Obama is not a Democrat.

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Response to Sekhmets Daughter (Reply #5)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 07:15 PM

10. Obama's a Democrat, alright.

Of the DINO flavor when it comes to economic issues.

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Response to Jackpine Radical (Reply #10)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 07:36 PM

14. I just wanted to get out front of the discussion

He has self-identified as a Blue Dog Democrat. Some have called him an Eisenhower Republican. (I'd almost agree with that, but he is smarter than Eisenhower) There are some who insist he is the most progressive since FDR. It's like the man has multiple personalities. As long as money controls campaigns we are going to have to live with this reality. Obama's much envied donor list was only about 4 million people...so I don't expect any improvement soon. Out of almost 208 million eligible voters, only 150 million registered to vote. Out of 150 million about 72 million identify as Democrats...and only 4 million could bring themselves to contribute. People get the government they pay for...unless you were a republican billionaire in 2012.

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Response to Sekhmets Daughter (Reply #14)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 08:09 PM

35. Wall Street gets the government they pay for. nt

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Response to awoke_in_2003 (Reply #35)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 08:12 PM

36. Exactly....

But 4 million Obama donors out of a possible 72 million. That's pathetic.

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Response to Sekhmets Daughter (Reply #36)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 08:16 PM

38. Look at the twenty years of wage stagnation...

people are having a hard time paying their bills, let alone give money to an asshole politician. The whole system is rigged, and we cannot change it.

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Response to awoke_in_2003 (Reply #38)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 08:25 PM

40. So they have what they paid for.

All 72 million are NOT having a hard time paying their bills, or there would be no retail business left in the United States.

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Response to Sekhmets Daughter (Reply #40)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 08:31 PM

44. With the laws as are written...

do you really think we can compete with Wall Street?

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Response to awoke_in_2003 (Reply #44)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 08:39 PM

48. Sure...

4 million did it in 2012.

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Response to Sekhmets Daughter (Reply #48)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 09:43 PM

56. How many bankers are on trial...

or in prison? Tell me who won.

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Response to awoke_in_2003 (Reply #56)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 09:50 PM

57. a non sequitur

What do jailed bankers have to do with funding elections.

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Response to Sekhmets Daughter (Reply #57)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 10:45 PM

58. No, the OP is about...

how the kind folks on Wall Street are not being held accountable for their actions. I say that that is because the have paid off almost everyone in DC, and no matter how much we contribute as individuals we cannot change that. One man who contributes $1 million has a hell of a lot more pull than 15 million contribution $1 each.

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Response to awoke_in_2003 (Reply #58)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 10:48 PM

59. Sorry...I didn't think that's what we were discussing.

My bad.

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Response to Sekhmets Daughter (Reply #59)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 10:54 PM

60. No need to apologize...

I may have been confused, but what I was trying to get at was that unless we have serious campaign reform, like publicly funded campaigns and making Wall Streets involment illegal, it doesn't matter how much money we contribute as individuals. I hope I haven't confused things

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Response to awoke_in_2003 (Reply #60)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 10:57 PM

61. I absolutely agree about campaign finance reform....

but I don't think we need to sit around and wait for it. In fact if we do, it may never arrive. That's why I donate what I can. If everyone just did that it would make a difference, slowly but surely.

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Response to Sekhmets Daughter (Reply #40)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 08:33 PM

45. And Yet... If All 300 Million Plus... Had A Real Living Wage... Retail Business Would Be BOOMING...

Why don't Retail Businesses want that ???


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Response to WillyT (Reply #45)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 09:16 PM

55. Well surely not the babies?

It's really not that difficult to understand. Wall St screwed everyone, not least of all the retailers and it goes back decades. I'll try to explain. In 2009 HBO ran a documentary "Schmattas: Rags to Riches to Rags" It chronicled the NYC garment industry, which was once a thriving force to be reckoned with. They interviewed the owner of Russ Togs, before it went public. Russ Togs was the first manufacturer to come out with 'coordinated separates' which meant you could buy 4/5 garments and have 3 or 4 different outfits. I loved Russ Togs... In any case, like most successful businesses, when it came time to consider further expansion the Wall Streeters convinced them to "go public" with tales of huge IPOs and vast riches. So they went public and the owners went from wealthy to filthy rich. Okay. But eventually the investors want a healthy return on their money as well and the easiest way to squeeze out profits is to squeeze labor. In 1969, 95% of all clothing worn by Americans was manufactured by Americans, by 2009 that was down to 5% and still shrinking. But things got worse, eventually Russ Togs filed for bankruptcy in 1991. A downturn in retail that the company couldn't handle because it was always feeding the investor maw and didn't have the funds needed to plow into the business.

That story has been written about 1000s of companies, some end up loaded down with debt from private equity takeovers, only to end up in bankruptcy anyhow. Retailers are in the same bind. Investors always want dividends, ROI. Business schools, for 3 decades, have been preaching/teaching that investor equity is the be all and end of of any business. The retailers are between the rock of investors wanting ROI and shoppers wanting the best prices...and the the hard place of wages.

I don't see anyone in the wings with the political will nor the political power to change the basic dynamics of capitalism....and that's what t will take. That or a catastrophic collapse that makes this last one look like a picnic, or a revolution.

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Response to WillyT (Reply #45)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 04:29 PM

78. The people who own them...

Think they can keep all the money and still pay crap wages and it somehow won't affect them. American business models are not known for long range vision.

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Response to awoke_in_2003 (Reply #38)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 04:12 PM

77. "Thirty million workers are making less today than they did in 1968, adjusted for inflation!”

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Response to Sekhmets Daughter (Reply #14)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 03:38 PM

74. But Unfortunately, not as honest or loyal as Eisenhower.

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Response to Demeter (Reply #74)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 03:49 PM

76. One must ask, loyal to whom?

We give Eisenhower all this praise for warning against the MIC... Meanwhile he oversaw the incredible expansion of just that same MIC.

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Response to Sekhmets Daughter (Reply #5)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 07:17 PM

11. he's a registered democrat alright, and democrats in DC approve of this sort of thing nt

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Response to msongs (Reply #11)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 07:37 PM

15. Of course they do....campaigns are not free.

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Response to Sekhmets Daughter (Reply #5)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 07:55 PM

25. He's not and there is no alternative. That's the fundamental problem. n/t

 

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Response to Egalitarian Thug (Reply #25)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 07:59 PM

28. Well no good alternative...

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Response to Sekhmets Daughter (Reply #28)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 08:02 PM

29. Sometimes I think we are the same person (except you have managed to retain some optimism).

 

Obama has been the best republican President since Clinton.

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Response to Egalitarian Thug (Reply #29)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 08:04 PM

32. LMAO

Nah...you've only seen me at my best.

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Response to Sekhmets Daughter (Reply #5)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 08:02 PM

30. The new political measuring stick...

"consider the alternative". Except for maybe a handful, all of our politicians are whores for Wall Street.

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Response to awoke_in_2003 (Reply #30)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 08:06 PM

34. Sad isn't it?

But did you read my reply to Jackpine Radical #14?

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Response to Sekhmets Daughter (Reply #5)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 03:28 PM

71. 30 years ago

Obama would have been too conservative to win the Democratic nomination.

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Response to nineteen50 (Reply #71)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 03:31 PM

72. Absolutely agree...n/t

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Response to nineteen50 (Reply #71)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 05:30 PM

80. Shit, 30 years ago, I never in my wildest dreams, thought I'd miss Nixon.

Whom I absolutely loathed!

But, his AG, John Mitchell proved himself to be quite a prophet. "This country is going to move so far right, you won't recognize it".

Pretty spot on for a criminal.

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Response to Sekhmets Daughter (Reply #5)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 03:36 PM

73. One can be a Democrat and worthless scum

consider Jon Corzine...

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Response to Demeter (Reply #73)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 03:46 PM

75. Can't argue with that. n/t

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 07:03 PM

6. Sometimes I think all of Washington is one big shell game...knr

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Response to joeybee12 (Reply #6)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 07:11 PM

7. I Think It Is...




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Response to joeybee12 (Reply #6)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 08:04 PM

31. The idea of a representative democracy...

in this country is a Potemkin village. If you judge these guy by what they do and not by what they say, then it is pretty easy to realize who is running this country.

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 07:12 PM

8. Tell the rabble what they want to hear, huh?

So obnoxious and disgusting!

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Response to DearHeart (Reply #8)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 07:13 PM

9. Yep...


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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 07:17 PM

12. Ok we know we are fucked. We know that the elite run the country.

The question is what can we do about it? Only serious answers get a prize.

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Response to rhett o rick (Reply #12)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 08:06 PM

33. What needs to be done won't happen...

because a large percentage of Americans are lazy and blissfully ignorant (or straight up stupid)

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Response to awoke_in_2003 (Reply #33)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 09:14 PM

54. And are fearful of any changes in their ideologies.

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 07:24 PM

13. They are still working on it...

Huffpo article here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/21/mortgage-task-force-legal-action-financial-crisis_n_1903030.html

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The mortgage task force formed by President Barack Obama to probe misconduct that contributed to the financial crisis will soon take legal action, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said on Thursday.

Schneiderman, a co-chair of the task force, would not say whether cases would be brought against individuals or financial institutions. He also would not comment on whether criminal charges would be filed.
...

Schneiderman said the group, which has been criticized for inaction, had taken a few months to staff up. He said he was optimistic resources would continue to expand.
...

Another law enforcement official involved with the task force told Reuters on Wednesday that any action from the task force was more likely to be civil than criminal.


Holy civil-suit-settlement-slap-on-the-wrist, here comes the Task Force!

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Response to hay rick (Reply #13)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 07:40 PM

16. Yay!! The task force is coming. Is it this one?

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Response to Autumn (Reply #16)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 07:53 PM

24. That be the one.

...No new dollars were dedicated to the effort. When Waters asked when the task force would hire an executive director, Khuzami said they hired a “coordinator” to facilitate inter-agency activity. Specifically, he uttered this incriminating evidence: “We hired a coordinator, but most of the investigative work being done here is not really being done by a staff that belongs to the task force, it’s being done by the individual investigative groups that make up the task force.”

The coordinator is coming, the coordinator is coming! Time to hide under the bed.

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Response to hay rick (Reply #24)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 02:19 AM

65. it is a dog and pony show

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Response to hay rick (Reply #13)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 07:51 PM

23. hopefully the ball gets rolling by obama's third term

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Response to frylock (Reply #23)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 07:55 PM

26. Love the optimism.

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Response to hay rick (Reply #26)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 12:54 AM

64. yeh, i'm all outta HOPE for CHANGE..

or whatever BS feel good slogan i'm supposed to get all rubbery about.

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Response to frylock (Reply #23)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 08:13 PM

37. LOL !!! - Perfect !!!




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Response to frylock (Reply #23)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 02:07 PM

70. I agree.

Lets give the man some time.
Its only been 4-1/2 years.

He'll find the phone number to the Progressive Caucus soon,
and then, Watch Out!
His Inner Democrat will emerge!!!!




You will know them by their WORKS,
not by their rhetoric, promises, or excuses.
Solidarity99!
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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 07:41 PM

17. Seems to me there have already been some cases heard if not prosecuted.It's not over until it's over

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Response to judesedit (Reply #17)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 07:49 PM

21. Um... Not So Much, Actually...

Consider the first of the few major cases to specifically come out under the aegis of the RMBS working group. New York A.G. Schneiderman brought a suit against JPMorgan Chase over Bear Stearns’ fraudulent misrepresentations of mortgage-backed securities to investors. The case, filed nine months from the start of the non-task force (but, strategically, one month before the presidential election), borrowed liberally from private litigation brought against Bear Stearns two years ago by the mortgage bond insurer Ambac. The lawyer who authored that case, Karla Sanchez, left Ambac’s law firm, Patterson Bellknap Webb and Tyler, and went to work as an executive deputy attorney general for one Eric Schneiderman. In other words, the big case from the vaunted “task force” was basically written two years earlier, by a lawyer working in Schneiderman’s office, with virtually no new information added to the claims. Schneiderman could have filed this case any day over the last two years, without a scintilla of outside participation. Subsequent cases also appear cribbed from either private litigation or existing investigations, and include little that’s new or noteworthy.


From OP Link.


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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 07:41 PM

18. President appoints a task force

but to fund it and staff it and make it work at all it requires money, yeah? Doesn't the house control spending? Could this task force be funded without house approval?

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Response to abelenkpe (Reply #18)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 07:59 PM

27. This might be the answer you are looking for. From the article

" Maxine Waters, then a senior member of the committee and now the Democratic ranking member, asked Robert Khuzami, then the head of enforcement for the Securities and Exchange Commission, whether the entity had sufficient resources to investigate. Khuzami replied that the agencies involved – the SEC, the New York AG’s office and the Department of Justice – were supplying the resources. No new dollars were dedicated to the effort. When Waters asked when the task force would hire an executive director, Khuzami said they hired a “coordinator” to facilitate inter-agency activity. Specifically, he uttered this incriminating evidence: “We hired a coordinator, but most of the investigative work being done here is not really being done by a staff that belongs to the task force, it’s being done by the individual investigative groups that make up the task force.”

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Response to Autumn (Reply #27)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 08:27 PM

41. No new dollars?

Great way to start an in depth investigation. Not like the department of Justice has done anything to go after wall street anyway. Was it a representative of the SEC Elisabeth Warren was questioning last week? Love Maxine Waters...

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Response to abelenkpe (Reply #41)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 08:33 PM

46. It's a great way to start an investigation that you want to go nowhere.

Maxine Waters is awesome. I adore her. I didn't get to watch Warrens grilling.

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Response to Autumn (Reply #46)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 08:40 PM

49. Are You Talking About THIS Grilling ???

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Response to WillyT (Reply #49)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 08:43 PM

50. Great, I had lost that, gonna watch it tonight. I should have remembered

you would have posted that.

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Response to Autumn (Reply #50)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 08:56 PM

52. Aw Shucks...






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Response to abelenkpe (Reply #18)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 05:37 PM

81. Well, Simpson-Bowels (intentionally misspelled) had a Pete Peterson to fund them.

What rich bankster or hedgeie could we find to fund putting himself in jail.

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 07:47 PM

19. Check the timing,Campaign is over---cash recieved is

dispersed,favors granted to those who gave,hum,nothing here,move along. I've said many times,Obama is Harry Truman lite.

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 07:47 PM

20. to be fair...

regarding "we were so happy at the time", I remember mostly skepticism, not as many people swallowing it whole as sometimes happens. That was in 2012, we had been through many rounds of premature cheers followed by disappointment and excuses.

I remember some people interpreting it as Schneiderman possibly selling out, lending his credibility to something that didn't deserve it. It looks like that might be a fair interpretation.

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Response to Enrique (Reply #20)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 07:50 PM

22. Or... Schneiderman Being Taken Off The Chess Board, ala Elliot Spitzer...




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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 08:18 PM

39. I did miss it -- thanks!!

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Response to gateley (Reply #39)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 08:29 PM

42. You Are Quite Welcome !!!




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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 08:30 PM

43. Hey, where are our usual administration salesmen? They seem oddly absent.

Surely they've got some awesome White House press releases that will clear this all up.

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Response to Marr (Reply #43)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 08:34 PM

47. Don't Hold Your Breath...




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Response to Marr (Reply #43)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 05:39 PM

82. I think they hired some help.

The workload is getting heavier.

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 08:44 PM

51. Congress is all bought and paid for by the banks

The game is rigged because they are paying off both sides. So it doesnt matter who wins the election.

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Response to davidn3600 (Reply #51)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 08:57 PM

53. BINGO !!!

What you said.


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Response to WillyT (Reply #53)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 11:04 PM

62. What a fucking sorry state of affairs. How sad we have become.

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 11:19 PM

63. I am Jack's total lack of surprise

 

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 07:19 AM

66. ^

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 09:51 AM

67. Morning Kick !!!


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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 11:14 AM

68. Fuck.

Just Fuck.

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Response to progressoid (Reply #68)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 01:19 PM

69. Agreed...


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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 04:46 PM

79. "Someone got played, but it wasn’t Eric Schneiderman"

I remember being so impressed by Schneiderman and now it appears he is no better than the rest. wow

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 06:53 PM

83. KICK against the pricks

 

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Reply #83)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 06:55 PM

84. LOL !!! - I'm With YOU Fire...








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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 09:18 PM

85. Last Kick From Me...


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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 11:03 PM

86. Kick and Rec.!

Wall Street gets bonuses. We get SS cuts.

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Sat Feb 23, 2013, 03:07 PM

87. Man, I love being able to rec & kick this days later....missed this, Willy!

How fucking sad.....more lies to placate the peons.

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 02:57 AM

88. Kick

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