Tuesday, September 30, 2008

What Caused Our Economic Crisis?

Blame to spread around, but nobody taking the blame.

In 2004, at a hearing to investigate illegal bookkeeping of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, Democrats heatedly and emphatically denied that there were any problems brewing with the two enterprises. Rep. Richard Baker (R) outlined the potential risks of not instituting regulations.

But what were the events leading up to this investigation? In September 2003, Pres. Bush proposed a new agency to oversee Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, recognizing potential risk. The New York Times quoted Rep. Barney Frank (D), on Sept. 11, 2003: "These two entities--Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac--are not facing any kind of financial crisis," said Frank, the ranking Democrat on the Financial Services Committee. "The more people exaggerate these problems, the more pressure there is on these companies, the less we will see in terms of affordable housing."

In 2005, John McCain co-sponsored a bill for regulatory reform.

In 2006, John McCain addressed the floor, urging Congress to act on regulatory reform.

Want to verify the facts presented in this video:
- Federal Housing Enterprise Regulatory Reform Act of 2005
- Washington Post: 'Always for Less Regulation'?

McCain Letter to Frist and Shelby Regarding Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, May 2006

Incidentally, in 2006, McCain wrote a letter to Sen. Obama expressing disappointment with his failure to participate in bipartisan discussions.

Read more about this:
-Hotair.com: McCain's Attempt to Fix Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac
-New York Times: New Agency Proposed to Oversee Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae
-Forbes: The Government Did It
-WISGOP.com: Covering Their Fannies


Partial transcript of the regulatory meeting:
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-California) states: "Through nearly a dozen hearings, where frankly we were trying to fix something that wasn't broke, Mr. Chairman, we do not have a crisis at Freddie Mac and, in particular, at Fannie Mae under the outstanding leadership of Mr. Frank Raines."

Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-New York): "... I'm just pissed off at OFHEO, becuase if it wasn't for you I don't think we'd be here in the first place and now is the problem we have and that we're faced with is maybe some idividuals who wanted to do away with GSEs in the first place you've given them an excuse to try have this forum so that we can talk about it and maybe change the direction and the mission of what the GSEs had which they've done a tremendous job there's been nothng that was indicated that was wrong with Fannie Mae Freddie Mac has come up on it's own and the question that then presents is the competence that your agency has with reference deciding and regulating the GSEs. I wish I could sit here and say that I'm not upset with you, but I am very upset because what you do is maybe giving a reason ... as Mr. Gonzalez said is to give someone a heart surgery when they really don't need it."

Rep. Ed Royce (R-California): "In addition to our important oversight role in this committee, I hope that we will move swiftly to create a new regulatory structure for Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the federal home loan banks."

Rep. Lacy Clay (D-Missouri): "This hearing is about the political lynching of Franklin Raines ..."

Rep. Ed Royce (R-California): "There is a very simple solution: Congress must create a new regulator with powers at least equal to those of other financial regulators such as the OCC or the Federal Reserve."

Armando Falcon (Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight [FHEO] Director): "Congressman, OFHEO did not improperly apply accounting rules, Freddie Mac did. OFHEO did not try to manage earnings improperly, Freddie Mac did. So this isn't about the agency engages in improper conduct, it's about Freddie Mac.

Rep. Christopher Shays (R-Connecticut):"... And we passed Sarbanes Oxley which was a very tough response to that, and then I realized that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac wouldn't even come under it. They weren't under the 34 Act, they weren't under the 33 Act, they play by their own rules, and I'm tempted to ask how many people in this room are on the payroll of Fannie Mae, because what they do is basically hire every lobbyist they can possibly hire. They hire some people to lobby, and they hire some people not to lobby so that the opposition can't hire them."

Rep. Barney Frank (D-Massachusetts): "I don’t see anything in this report that raises safety and soundness problems."

Rep. Barney Frank (D-Massachusetts): "I think it serves us badly to raise safety and soundness ... when it does not seem to be an issue."

Frank Raines: "These assets are so riskless that their capital for holding them should be under 2 percent."

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Just Another Blogger Stumping for McCain

About this blogger
I started this post with a lot to say, but there's just too much--should've started this blog a lot eariler. I'm not a right-wing, rabid Republican--although that seems to be the standard response from the left. I'm not proud to admit it, but I voted for Bill Clinton in 1992, as my head was filled with the propaganda spewed by my high school teachers--and union workers, one of which was in my household. Imagine my surprise to find my choice of president that year would result in making Monica Lewinsky a household name. Around the time of that election, I also learned a thing or two about unions and "scabs" and the scary world of forcing people to assimilate for the good of the masses. Bad workers cannot be fired. Good workers cannot move ahead. New workers cannot be hired. It's deadlock, and it's part of what's crippled the automotive companies. Socialism at work--making equality of inequality and inadequacy.

Suffice it to say that as I entered adulthood, my political views were in their infancy. Having skipped over that whole history thing in high school--or rather, having just barely picked up on the liberal view points but not really agreeing with them--I was a blank slate. And ready to vote? Bill Clinton was the choice--maybe the voice--of young people. He was on MTV after all. During my early 20s, I read Atlas Shrugged, I dealt with a tragic family death and had a child. I developed a new perspective on what it meant to be an American--an individual. As Thomas Sowell says, I grew up.

Who You Calling A Racist? "Say It Ain't So, Joe" or "Whatcha You Talkin' Bout Willis"? I like them both.
If you don't like Obama, you're automatically a racist -- it's the automatic response from liberals. Does devaluing such a powerful word really help those who oppose racism?

Liberals tout Obama's education but discount his obvious ignorance in choosing his associates. It creates an interesting paradox. His followers and suppoters have turned a blind eye to any of these connections. They have no answers and can't bare to believe -- this is not a good thing.

For the little I knew about this league of Obama fans on sites like Digg, more importantly, I knew less about the Black empowerment movement that has been occurring in America all of my life. In recently researching Obama's ties to hate-filled groups, I'm truly astonished at this simmering revolution. Rev. Wright, Louis Farrakhan, Al Sharpton -- all have ties to Obama. The groups promote racism, hatred of Whites, of Jews. They promote the idea that white people -- White America -- are their oppressors, the enemy, the single wall between them and power, freedom, wealth. I've traced that legacy back through some other famous names: Malcolm X, Black Panthers and even MLK -- but MLK was considered a sell out to the white man. Louis Farrakhan encouraged a hit on Malcolm X, which ultimately led to his murder. In battling their oppression, they battled anyone who didn't completely agree with them, and their intentions are to fight ... to kill ... to conquer. It's been a wake-up call.

Without the influence of Obama's connections I might never have known that leagues of my fellow Americans -- Black Americans and other groups -- have been indoctrinated with ideas that I am oppressing them and they should rise up against me and even kill me (Farrakhan says in the name of Allah). Farrakhan has repeatedly made hate-filled statements targeting Jews, Whites, America, lesbians, Hollywood. He has called Whites “blue-eyed devils” and the “anti-Christ.” He has described Jews as “bloodsuckers” who control the government, the media and some black organizations. (Newsmax.com, "Obama's Minister Honored Farrakhan," January 14, 2008)

The Obama liberals don't want to address any of these issues -- and, to them, racism only exists in the form of Republicans, those who question Barack Obama. They have no problem calling me a racist on a daily basis. But where are the answers?

Fact-finding and sources:
I will do my best to research all information presented as thoroughly as possible. Although I am biased, I'll try to stick to the facts--but you may also get my opinion. I will give you sources as links and/or as footnotes where applicable and available. This is not a guarantee but merely a statement. If I get something wrong, I will correct it. Contact me if you find factual error with what I'm presenting.