This aint Rocket Science

When Harry Reid and Barney Frank are spitting mad displaying partisan acrimony by flipping their tops in public interviews blaming our financial debacle on Republicans, and feigning indignation because John McCain came to town, you know those House Republicans must have done something right by giving the Paulson plan a big emphatic NO.

That Democrats supported the plan should have raised an eyebrow, and true to their stripes, the plan included one particular disgusting earmark that would have given (and still may) twenty percent of any realized profits to the Housing Trust Fund instead of back to taxpayers.

Chris Dodd, the largest recipient of campaign contributions from beleaguered Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (second is Barack Obama), added this little jewel to the bailout plan:


1.  DEPOSITS.   Not less than 20 percent of any profit realized on the sale of each troubled asset purchased under this Act shall be deposited as provided in paragraph (2).

2.  USE OF DEPOSITS.   Of the amount referred to in paragraph (1)

1.  65 percent shall be deposited into the Housing Trust Fund established under section 1338 of the Federal Housing Enterprises Regulatory Reform Act of 1992 (12 U.S.C. 4568); and

2.  35 percent shall be deposited into the Capital Magnet Fund established under section 1339 of that Act (12 U.S.C. 4569).

REMAINDER DEPOSITED IN THE TREASURY.   All amounts remaining after payments under paragraph (1) shall be paid into the General Fund of the Treasury for reduction of the public debt.

The prospect of any profits coming back from this bad paper is dubious at best, however, it depends how we interpret the law.

Focus on that magic word each.   Adding each to the stipulation means the government could still lose billions in the aggregate of which taxpayers would be responsible, all the while still giving money to the Housing Trust Fund by examining the individual transactions, cherry picking the ones that actually make money and reserving those for Dodd’s politically friendly associates.  

What this measure really does is give the United States Government and the taxpayers, the garbage, while keeping the few valuable assets there are and investing those profits into the areas that got us into this mess to begin with.

This is fiscal malfeasance at its worst, and the brazenness with which it is attempted is breathtaking.   Republicans can get blame for this financial mess for being stupid while Democrats are flat out criminal.

What is the Housing Trust Fund anyway?

It is a federal body which diverts money to organizations supporting Democrat causes while proclaiming to develop affordable housing for low and middle income people.   ACORN, the group where Barack Obama began his political career, has been a large beneficiary of theses funds and its members have been prosecuted and found guilty of voter fraud.  

The Housing Trust Fund is a bureaucratic liberal political action group that up until their failure was supported by Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac.   A percentage of all profits from these institutions went to the Housing Trust Fund.   One more example of how the liberal establishment uses its power in bureaucracy to promote its own interests.

And what about those Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac political contributions?  

While Barack Obama tells voters John McCain is George Bush who didn’t do anything to regulate the corruption and bad loan policies at Fannie and Freddy, those organizations were making their greatest political contributions to Chris Dodd, Barack Obama, and John Kerry, all democrats, to make sure no regulation of those organizations occurred.

While Republicans ridicule the whole incestuous and corrupt relationship, Democrats accuse them of playing politics.

Franklin Raines, former CEO of Fannie Mae, overstated earnings by nearly 3 billion dollars to maximize his own bonus rewards.   He is friend and advisor to Barack Obama.   Raines was sued civilly and agreed to settle out of court for a few million dollars.   A paltry amount, considering he made nearly 100 million during his tenure at Fannie.

Ostensibly, we have the greatest financial minds in America trying to figure out how to fix our banking fiasco.   We would get further along with one kid out of high school possessing common sense answering simple questions.

Should we give loans to people who can’t pay them back?

Should we imprison executives who falsify financial statements to line their own pockets while sticking taxpayers with losses?

Should we enable corrupt politicians authority to favor Wall Street executives who give generous contributions to their political campaigns?

Should a 700 billion dollar taxpayer bail out include provisions which siphon off funds which ought to go to pay down our debt, and instead give that money to community organizers who endeavor to rig elections with fraudulent voter registration drives?

Should we embrace the central planning sort of system that sunk the Soviet Union while they embrace the free-market principles which conquered them?

Should we vote for the candidate who wants to control spending and eliminate earmarks, or the candidate who wants to spend more?


Copyright 2008 Jim Pontillo

8 thoughts on “This aint Rocket Science

  1. So in context, if what you’re saying is essentially that the Democrats want us to believe the “bailout” is good for the “poor misled” everyday people so “the less fortunate” could afford things like “credit” without intent on paying off later any amount owed, because they’d always have declarations of bankruptcy to fall into graciously, without shame and not to worry our pretty little heads of a “bad decision” on us, and it can bail them out of a fix too! And on the flip side: The Republicans assume that every American has or should have enough common sense to know that if you can’t afford a home with a price tag above your means of your income and you don’t have enough money to even think about how to “budget” and can’t afford a costly expense such as a elaborately priced home it just wouldn’t be in your best interest to sign on to a loan you can’t pay back because you can’t be secure in a notion that you can trust somebody else can or will be able to “bail you out” of the fix that you get yourself into. I get it…it’s like Welfare programs… Democrats keep us “America” looking like we’re “victims” of goverment, “torturing us”, and that they “owe us” (Republican Goverment) “apologies” among other “benefits” to make Goverment feel guilty and thus give us the “relief” for our “downtrodden” ways and means.
    Republicans are expressing (at least somewhat) their frustrations with trying to convince us to “save” ourselves a lot of “embarrassment” by not allowing the (Democratic Goverment) take over and throw the taxpayers(our) money that we don’t have at the problems our Democratic Welfare Program of Affordable Housing got us into all by ourselves, and let them tell us just where exactly our money (if we had any) needs to go so we can “better ourselves” after we cut out excess spending for welfare programs. Is that close? I’m just trying to agree with you, in regular people language.

  2. All I know is that I am sick of all of them. What I am most sick of is how they try to play this partisan political BS. Just FIX THE DAMN PROBLEM PELOSI. You have the SENATE and the HOUSE!! FIX IT

    Quit trying to blame GW when YOU HAVE BEEN IN POWER.

    FIX IT. You can vote this through so do it.

    Why am I yelling? I should know Pelosi is NOT a leader. She is a wretched woman looking to assign blame and CYA

  3. “While Barack Obama tells voters John McCain is George Bush who didn’t do anything to regulate the corruption and bad loan policies at Fannie and Freddy, those organizations were making their greatest political contributions to Chris Dodd, Barack Obama, and John Kerry, all democrats, to make sure no regulation of those organizations occurred.”

    Ahhh so NOW we want to regulate the banks don’t we. And all that’s left is some party political mud slinging to try and cover Bush and the Republicans as they are forced to go against the ideology they (and previous neo-liberal governments, Bill Clinton’s included) have pursued relentlessly throughout their time in office.

    And who are the ‘liberal establishment’? As far as I can tell the establishment in political power for the past eight years has been the neoconservative Republicans. Please inform me if I’m wrong…

  4. No, see, there’s a difference between regulation and Regulation! One is called COMMUNISM because it stifles the free market and the other enforces accountability with government-backed penalties for market forces that fail to live up to an arbitrary standard!

  5. Crumb,

    Which “Regulation” is the one which forces private sector banks to make bad loans because Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac won’t buy your paper if you use sensible and responsible lending practices?

  6. We’ve already gone over this. Excluding otherwise creditable borrowers because they are black is not a sound business practice!

  7. Plain and simple – Don’t ever borrow what you can’t pay back!
    What a sad time in American history. If we keep this up America WILL be history…

    BTW – I think this website is awesome.

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