Tag Archives: TARP

Oh, Ben! Ben Bernanke calls @BernieSanders a conspiracy theorist | #GreatRecession fallout on Blog#42

In his recently published book, “The Courage to Act,” Ben Bernanke calls Bernie Sanders a conspiracy theorist. Really.  Continue reading Oh, Ben! Ben Bernanke calls @BernieSanders a conspiracy theorist | #GreatRecession fallout on Blog#42

@BillMoyersHQ: Bankers and Politicians: A Symbiotic Relationship | Money & Politics

Although they can put in place any laws and regulations that they see fit, politicians are not in the driver’s seat in their relation with banks. Bankers know more about banking than politicians. Moreover, politicians want the bankers’ cooperation to make the investments the politicians favor — or campaign contributions. When bankers warn that capital requirements will hurt bank lending and reduce economic growth, they are rarely challenged by politicians, not only because politicians do not see through the banks’ claims but also because they do not want to upset their symbiosis with bankers.

Bankers and politicians have a two-way dependence. In this situation, politicians can forget their responsibilities, and the political system fails to protect the economy from banking risk. Even after the financial crisis, as one politician admitted, the banks “own the place.” Continue reading @BillMoyersHQ: Bankers and Politicians: A Symbiotic Relationship | Money & Politics