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MannyGoldstein Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-29-08 12:38 PM
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Banks To Us: "Thanks For The Cash - Now Fuck Off, Suckers"
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Remember the $700B that was *desperately* needed so the banks could loan it? Well, the banks took the cash, but they're holding on to it instead of loaning it - and they're not ashamed to say so.

From today's NY Times: Loans? Did We Say Wed Do Loans?

"Now, lo and behold, with $250 billion in bailout funds committed to dozens of large and regional banks, it turns out that many of the recipients of this investment from taxpayers are not all that interested in making loans. And it appears that Mr. Paulson is not so bothered by their reluctance...

Asked how an infusion of $25 billion of bailout funds would change the banks lending policy, an executive said the money would be used to buy other banks. I think there are going to be some great opportunities for us to grow in this environment, and I think we have an opportunity to use that $25 billion in that way, the executive said. He added that the money could also be used as a backstop in case recession turns into depression or what happens in the future.

There was not a word about lending not to businesses or home buyers or car buyers or students or other consumers. Just the opposite. In response to another question, the executive said that the bank expected to continue to tighten credit.

JPMorgan Chase is not alone. The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday that some regional-bank recipients of the bailout money had acknowledged that only a small portion would be used for loans and the rest for acquisitions and other purposes."


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This has been obvious for at least a week, but the NY Times seems to be the only outlet covering it.

So: we've bee exquisitely screwed, yet again, by politicians yelling that the sky is falling. I hope we feel *real* good about the $3,000 or so we've each spent on further enriching the Predator Class.
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