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The Fed Does It Again: $80 Billion Secretive "Bank Subsidy" Program Uncovered, Providing Bank Loans At 0.01% Interest

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The Fed does it again. Following consistent allegations that the Federal Reserve operates in an opaque world, whose each and every action has only had a purpose of serving its Wall Street masters, led to repeated lawsuits which went so far as to get the Chairsatan to promise he would be more transparent, Bloomberg's Bob Ivry breaks news that between March and December 2008 the Fed operated a previously undisclosed lending program, whose terms were nothing short of a subsidy to banks. Says Ivry: "The $80 billion initiative, called single-tranche open- market
, or ST OMO, made 28-day loans from March through December
2008, a period in which confidence in global credit markets collapsed
after the Sept. 15 bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. Units of 20 banks were required to bid at auctions for the cash. They
paid interest rates as low as 0.01 percent that December, when the Fed’s
main lending facility charged 0.5 percent
." 0.01% interest is also known by one other name: "outright subsidy." It doesn't get any freer than that: 0.01% interest on one month cash. Just how close to a complete implosion was the financial system if 0.5% interest seemed too high? Not surprisingly, this program was widely used: "Credit Suisse Group AG, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc each borrowed at least $30 billion in 2008 from a Federal Reserve emergency lending program whose details weren’t revealed to shareholders, members of Congress or the public...Goldman Sachs, led by Chief Executive Officer Lloyd C. Blankfein,
tapped the program most in December 2008, when data on the New York Fed
website show the loans were least expensive. The lowest winning
bid at an ST OMO auction declined to 0.01 percent on Dec. 30, 2008, New
York Fed data show. At the time, the rate charged at the discount
window was 0.5 percent
."  Yes, that Goldman Sachs. The same one that perjured itself when it said before the FCIC that it only used de minimis emergency borrowings. Just how many more top secret taxpayer subsidies will emerge were being used by the Fed to keep the kleptocratic status quo in charge?

From Buisnessweek:

“This was a pure subsidy,” said Robert A. Eisenbeis, former head of research at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and now chief monetary economist at Sarasota, Florida-based Cumberland Advisors Inc. “The Fed hasn’t been forthcoming with disclosures overall. Why should this be any different?”

Congress overlooked ST OMO when lawmakers required the central bank to publish its emergency lending data last year under the Dodd-Frank law.

“I wasn’t aware of this program until now,” said U.S. Representative Barney Frank, the Massachusetts Democrat who chaired the House Financial Services Committee in 2008 and co- authored the legislation overhauling financial regulation. The law does require the Fed to release details of any open-market operations undertaken after July 2010, after a two-year lag.

 Records of the 2008 lending, released in March under court orders, show how the central bank adapted an existing tool for adjusting the U.S. money supply into an emergency source of cash. Zurich-based Credit Suisse borrowed as much as $45 billion, according to bar graphs that appear on 27 of 29,000 pages the central bank provided to media organizations that sued the Fed Board of Governors for public disclosure.

New York-based Goldman Sachs’s borrowing peaked at about $30 billion, the records show, as did the program’s loans to RBS, based in Edinburgh. Deutsche Bank AG, Barclays Plc and UBS AG each borrowed at least $15 billion, according to the graphs, which reflect deals made by 12 of the 20 eligible banks during the last four months of 2008.

And even now, we don't know how much these individual subsidies were:

The records don’t provide exact loan amounts for each bank. Smith, the
New York Fed spokesman, would not disclose those details. Amounts cited
in this article are estimates based on the graphs.

The usual excuse is used: the purpose of the program was to prevent the Ice-6ing of shadow markets

One effect of the program was to spur trading in mortgage- backed securities, said Lou Crandall, chief U.S. economist at Jersey City, New Jersey-based Wrightson ICAP LLC, a research company specializing in Fed operations. The 20 banks -- previously designated as primary dealers to trade government securities directly with the New York Fed -- posted mortgage securities guaranteed by government-sponsored enterprises such as Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac in exchange for the Fed’s cash.

ST OMO aimed to thaw a frozen short-term funding market and not necessarily to aid individual banks, Crandall said. Still, primary dealers earned spreads by using the program to help customers, such as hedge funds, finance their mortgage securities, he said.

One name stands out: Goldman Sachs.

 The New York Fed conducted 44 ST OMO auctions, from March through December 2008, according to its website. Banks bid the interest rate they were willing to pay for the loans, which had terms of 28 days. That was an expansion of longstanding open- market operations, which offered cash for up to two weeks.

Outstanding ST OMO loans from April 2008 to January 2009 stayed at $80 billion. The average loan amount during that time was $19.4 billion, more than three times the average for the 7 1/2 years prior, according to New York Fed data. By comparison, borrowing from the Fed’s discount window, its main lending program for banks since 1914, peaked at $113.7 billion in October 2008, Fed data show.

Goldman Sachs, led by Chief Executive Officer Lloyd C. Blankfein, tapped the program most in December 2008, when data on the New York Fed website show the loans were least expensive. The lowest winning bid at an ST OMO auction declined to 0.01 percent on Dec. 30, 2008, New York Fed data show. At the time, the rate charged at the discount window was 0.5 percent.

More on Goldman:

As its ST OMO loans peaked in December 2008, Goldman Sachs’s borrowing
from other Fed facilities topped out at $43.5 billion, the 15th highest
peak of all banks assisted by the Fed, according to data compiled by
Bloomberg. That month, the bank’s Fixed Income, Currencies and
Commodities trading unit lost $320 million, according to a May 6, 2009,
regulatory filing.

The source of the data: a FOIA lawsuit, just because the plebs knowing where billions of their money goes is not really in the best interests of the lords.

The bar charts were included in the Fed’s court-ordered March 31
disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act. The release was
mandated after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected an industry group’s
attempt to block it

So there it is again: a secret bailout program used to "rape" the peasantry by the entitled kleptocrats, which nobody thought would be exposed, and would allow those in control to lie blatantly to Congress. But have no fear: the wheels of justice are turning: instead of having those who rape millions under house arrest, we get the spectacle of those who allegedly rape one. The former, after all, are just a statistic.

And how long before the peasantry just snaps from the barage of endless lies?


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Thu, 05/26/2011 - 08:11 | 1312505 HamyWanger
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The Pigmen will always bend the rules and screw the little guy.

Learn it, love it, trade it. 

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 08:20 | 1312525 augie
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Thu, 05/26/2011 - 08:42 | 1312621 GolfHatesMe
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Fuck it, tatoo it on your forehead, Lebowski.

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 08:51 | 1312640 unwashedmass
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Lloyd lied....outright, blatantly, bold-faced lied to Congress.

Not that it matters for someone like him.

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 09:07 | 1312713 Harlequin001
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Where are the whistle blowers?

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 10:21 | 1312993 Slash
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wouldn't this be in the time frame when the squid wanted to go private?


perhaps with free money from their privately owned central bank?



Sat, 05/28/2011 - 17:56 | 1319836 JW n FL
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by Harlequin001
on Thu, 05/26/2011 - 09:07


Where are the whistle blowers?



Secret Hold On Whistleblower Protection Narrowed Down To Two Senators



UBS Whistle Blower in Jail for helping the IRS with over 2,000 Tax Dodgers!  


'Austrian tax evasion whistleblower' dies in Swiss jail


Swiss tax whistleblower to give WikiLeaks new data & in Jail for it  


No Bankers in Jail, No Tax Dodgers in Jail and Wall Street is Leveraged MORE than before! Tell the Truth? Go To Jail!

Top U.S. Lobbying Banks Got Biggest Bailouts


Thu, 05/26/2011 - 09:14 | 1312748 Jim Lahey
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Thu, 05/26/2011 - 09:11 | 1312749 Jim Lahey
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Thu, 05/26/2011 - 09:12 | 1312758 Jim Lahey
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Thu, 05/26/2011 - 16:21 | 1314220 RockyRacoon
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Would that total be 2, 3, or 6?

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 09:59 | 1312912 LawsofPhysics
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Love it.  "where is the fucking money Labowski?"

Long brass, lead, and gunpowder for sure.

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 08:21 | 1312532 plocequ1
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Exactly. Fuck it. Life is short. Live your life, Worship God, Love people and BTFD.

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 08:25 | 1312545 Michael Victory
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More like Live your Lies.

Beginners Chart Of The Day


Thu, 05/26/2011 - 08:36 | 1312597 writingsonthewall
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"no revenue will be left to pay for other government spending, including constitutional functions such as defense."

...and you think that's a bad thing?


Oh dear, some people never learn - stil prefer to invest in bombs, weapons and destruction than ensuring your fellow man is fit and able to work.

You are destined to a life of disappointment I'm afraid - the word 'entitlements' is there for a reason - people are 'entitled' to receive their surplus labour value back in the form of medicare and other benefits - as opposed to handing it to the wealthiest in society as tax cuts (or in this case sheer subsidy)

Is it you feel that people who work for a living are not entitled to benefits - but those who gamble are?

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 08:46 | 1312626 Michael Victory
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here we go.

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 10:26 | 1313022 writingsonthewall
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You won't solve the problem by ignoring it - that has been the lesson until now.

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 12:38 | 1313524 Thisson
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Those entitlements are theft, plain and simple.

The people drawing them didn't contribute the fair value of what they take in return.  Instead, they loot MY paycheck, making it harder for me to provide for my own loved ones.  I wish we would just cut social security and medicaid off completely so the leaches would die.

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 08:14 | 1312506 Robslob
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SCOTUS found in contempt of the American People....GUILTY!

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 08:47 | 1312637 unununium
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"The release was mandated after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected an industry group’s attempt to block it"

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 08:49 | 1312649 unwashedmass
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yeah, i know. i was surprised too. do the supremes want more cash under the table?

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 08:15 | 1312510 the not so migh...
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The Federal Reserve act did not cover this.   

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 08:13 | 1312513 gimli
Thu, 05/26/2011 - 08:16 | 1312514 oogs66
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Now Goldman can plead, we didn't borrow at the Fed Window, we borrowed from the Fed at their super secret save the banks lending program.  You should have asked about that program and of course we would have said they borrowed there. 

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 08:52 | 1312648 unununium
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Problem is, they did both. Bzzzzzz. Thanks for playing.

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 10:28 | 1313033 Urban Redneck
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That's why bankers never testify without any army of lawyers sitting behind them.

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 16:20 | 1314235 RockyRacoon
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Now Goldman can plead, we didn't borrow at the Fed Window...

That's one broken window even Bastiat could love.

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 08:14 | 1312517 youngman
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Its is us vs them....and them are winning..and laughing....what a joke....some of the quotes make me want to puke....

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 08:25 | 1312555 augie
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"The records don’t provide exact loan amounts for each bank. Smith, the New York Fed spokesman, would not disclose those details. Amounts cited in this article are estimates based on the graphs"

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 08:14 | 1312518 hugovanderbubble
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Awesome how in the US no Demos against banksters:¡

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 08:16 | 1312523 WhOracle
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Jersey Shore is on...

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 08:17 | 1312520 doomandbloom
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The idiots at Stone(d) Street...will probably come out with a justification..

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 08:35 | 1312589 Troy Ounce
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Got also pretty upset by the entitlement thinking of these money nerds

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 08:15 | 1312521 emsolý
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Isn't that what the consumer gets at BestBuy, GM etc? 0% financing for a little while...

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 08:18 | 1312522 augie
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So if i pray to this St. Omo guy do i get a bailout?

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 09:56 | 1312899 hedgeless_horseman
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You will need to fill out a pledge card.

10% is the recommended tithe.

They will be watching when the collection plate passes through your pew.

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 08:20 | 1312526 Quinvarius
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I am sure none of these programs ever ended.  The may have changed names or become an insiders secret society Sams Club of money.  But, the spice must flow.

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 08:17 | 1312529 cowdiddly
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I thought it was Ice-nine, if you are refering to that stuff that freezes all the water on the planet so that Marines don't have to wade in mud.

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 08:59 | 1312693 Tyler Durden
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You are correct. And it is an inversion inside joke.

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 08:20 | 1312531 jkruffin
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Too bad all our prosecutors suck ass, or we could rid ourselves of Goldman once and for all, and Benny Boy.  But alas, they are are paid off and playing gold everyday with taxpayer funds.

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 08:24 | 1312533 Anonymouse
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According to my senator, 1) the Fed already is thoroughly audited, 2) more audits would mean political interference and would "disrupt financial markets", and 3) she already supported more audits.  She actually managed to speak out of all 3 sides of her mouth at once.

Dear Friend,

Thank you for contacting me regarding an audit of the Federal Reserve. I appreciate hearing your thoughts on this important issue. I apologize for my delayed response.

The Federal Reserve does currently undergo what would be considered a standard audit -- an examination of accounts and records. Furthermore, Congress already reviews semi-annual reports on monetary policy submitted by the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, as required under the Full Employment and Balanced Growth Act (PL 95-523). Under the Federal Banking Agency Audit Act (PL 95-320), the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has the authority to conduct financial and performance audits of the Board of Governors and the Federal Reserve banks and branches. However, such audits are limited, as the law stipulates that monetary policy operations, foreign transactions, and Federal Open Market Committee operations are excluded from the scope of the GAO audits.

An audit of the Federal Reserve System is an issue that has been debated several times since I began serving in the United States Senate, most recently during the 111th Congress when the U.S. Senate addressed financial regulatory reform. All Federal Reserve audit legislation proposed in the 111th Congress called for increased oversight by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) into business conducted by the Federal Reserve.

On January 26, 2011, the Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2011 (S. 202/H.R. 459) was introduced in the Senate and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs. The bill instructs the Comptroller General of the United States to conduct an audit of the Federal Reserve System's Board of Governors and also the Federal Reserve banks before 2013.

The formulation of monetary policy is a decision-making process that involves information gathering from a host of foreign governments and central banks. The information provided from those exchanges is critical and extremely sensitive. The immediate and broad disclosure that the Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2011 requires could disrupt financial markets and jeopardize our country's international finance relationships. Ultimately, it would be taxpayers who would bear the brunt of any losses resulting from policies caused by untimely disclosure of sensitive information. Because of this, I do not believe the benefits of legislation like the Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2011 outweigh the costs.

When Congress passed the Federal Banking Agency Audit Act in 1978, the legislation attempted to balance the need for public accountability of the Federal Reserve with the need to insulate the Fed's monetary policy function from political pressures. I believe this balance must be maintained going forward. For that reason, I twice supported amendments during the 111th Congress that would have required one-time audits of the Federal Reserve System's actions in response to the financial crisis. Both amendments struck a balance between accountability to the American taxpayer and the denial of political pressure and influence on the Federal Reserve System. The result would have been increased insight and reassurance for the American people that the Federal Reserve is working in the best interest of taxpayers to strengthen and protect our financial system.

Again, thank you for contacting my office. It is truly an honor to represent North Carolina in the United States Senate, and I hope you will not hesitate to contact me in the future should you have any further questions or concerns.


Kay R. Hagan

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 08:29 | 1312563 Medea
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Don't waste your time with elected officials. They are nothing more than the facade of the establishment.

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 09:01 | 1312690 unununium
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Does that include Alan Grayson, Marci Kaptur, and Ron Paul?

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 09:19 | 1312783 Phil Dupterjaw
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Alan Grayson is no longer an "elected offical."

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 12:59 | 1313607 Zedge Hero
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There is a Senator out there who is for media freedom, acknowledges Global Warming, against our trade policies with China, against the Iraq War from the begining, and introduced a bill to audit the federal reserve.  Bernie Sanders for President right? 

Nope he's not running and if I ever told you as a hard core Republican that I would vote for a Jewish Socialist i would have laughed at you.  Then again 3 years ago if you were to tell me that I would have a 2 acre garden, a safe with silver, gold, and lead along with an array guns preparing for dieoff I would have told you your crazy and I am no damn tinfoil nut.  Things change quickly when you educate yourself outside the MSM alphabet networks.  Sometimes I feel so fucking stupid for the old wants and failing to realize my future needs.   Better late than never.  Good Luck!

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 08:36 | 1312582 augie
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 "It would be ultimately the tax payer who would bear the brunt of any lossess resulting from polices caused by untimely disclosure of sensitive information."

I love how people still believe America is a free society.

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 10:33 | 1313059 stormsailor
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perhaps you should create her a forth side of her mouth from which to speak.

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 14:29 | 1313890 earnyermoney
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Kay Hagan is a Wall Street ho. She's got the back of her former colleagues at BAC. Have to wait 2 more years to vote this fascist shill out of office.

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 08:23 | 1312537 emsolý
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Remember, Goldman Sachs became a bank holding only end of Sep '08!

So they had some catching up to do in December...


Thu, 05/26/2011 - 08:24 | 1312538 HamyWanger
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As me, Leo Kolivakis and Robot always repeated, nothing will ever change. 

The American public doesn't care. Deal with it. 

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 08:20 | 1312541 DogSlime
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What the hell is going on here?  They are so brazen now.  The taxpayers get screwed, lose jobs, lose hope, but STILL we have to support the economic elite.

They keep getting away with it.  Where is the anger?  Where is the public outrage?

This sucks.  Will there ever be justice, or will they just cull the ordinary people when they've sucked them dry?

Bloody plutocracy.  Makes me want to throw up.

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 08:25 | 1312546 HamyWanger
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I'm ready to bet $100k that a new Obama/Bush will be elected in 2012.


Thu, 05/26/2011 - 12:10 | 1313434 carbon
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HE ! HAMY WANGER ! WOW  You have class, 

i am truly devastated what the GOP  come up with.

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 14:25 | 1313880 earnyermoney
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So you'll be contributing to which fascist puppet?



Thu, 05/26/2011 - 08:23 | 1312550 Troy Ounce
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...But have no fear: the wheels of justice are turning...


That's the best joke I've heard in weeks. Thanks!

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 08:27 | 1312551 Catullus
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Were they having problems making payroll on a monthly basis too?

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 08:30 | 1312558 jelyfish
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Notice they are trying to use the word "subsidy" instead of "bailout". 

A subsidy implies mutual benefit.  IE The govt. is giving farmers a subsidy for the purchase of fertilizer to ensure crops.  NOT The govt. is giving a subsidy to stop a banks bankruptcy.

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 08:30 | 1312568 Medea
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Thu, 05/26/2011 - 10:05 | 1312916 hedgeless_horseman
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In general, subsidies are a wealth transfer mechanism that benefit low-income consumers, not the high income earners, in a progressive tax system such as the USA where half pay no income tax.


Thu, 05/26/2011 - 08:27 | 1312561 AccreditedEYE
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Ha! It's just hilarious at this point... can ANYTHING be uncovered that will make a difference?  I've said it before, and been proven wrong..for now, but any organization that amasses this much power eventually gets taken down. It's the way of history. It's just when... 

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 08:36 | 1312579 DogSlime
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I wish it were true.  I used to believe there would be justice but I don't anymore.

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 08:33 | 1312567 Grifter
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If anyone from Anonymous happens to cruise through here, I have a request:  Please redirect your considerable talents against Goldman & quit mulekicking Sony in the nads.

Thank you.

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 09:33 | 1312818 fuu
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Or JPM, BAC, WFC, etc. Then again those places have enough money to find you and hurt you. Hell GS can call the FBI and have youa rrested for stealing market manipulation code, and get to keep the code!

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 08:34 | 1312569 writingsonthewall
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"Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc each borrowed at least $30 billion in 2008"

...and still it wasn't enough to save how close to total meltdown did we come....and how long before the sheepeople realise that the danger has merely been averted for now....but is coming back with a vengance as we speak.

Time to assume the brace position.

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 08:39 | 1312594 DogSlime
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Yeah, brace ourselves for an even bigger shafting by the banksters.  They'll jump off the train before it derails.  They'll get away with it.

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 10:32 | 1313037 writingsonthewall
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Do you really think the people will stomach a second time on this carousel?

I mean when the EU peripherals start to fail, and when the banks collapse again as a result - do you really think TARPII is a possibility?

I strongly believe there are people - good people - all around the world who would rather die than see TARPII a reality.....and I think those people have enough support to stop it.

There will be people throwing themselves through the windows of wall street and chaining themselves to the front door of the FED building when they hear those words again "near economic collapse"

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 13:31 | 1313712 Babushka
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Mmmm...strongly in doubt. But full of hope. You reckon we can? (right answer Yes - and so on BS...

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 08:34 | 1312571 spanish inquisition
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The FED prints the money and they can give it to whomever they want. The Treasury, US banks, foreign banks or foreign governments. They are a private corporation and it's none of your business what they do with it. Just keep paying the bill, it's for your own good....

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 11:46 | 1313336 the rookie cynic
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"Permit me to issue and control the money of the nation and I care not who makes its laws." ~ Mayer Rothchild

The rest is a dog and pony show.

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 08:33 | 1312580 Johnny Lawrence
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Amazing.  If they were taking these emergency bailouts back in March 2008, that means the Fed was fully aware that the collapse was coming.  Yet, the sheeple were still told that the stock market was the answer to all their financial dreams.

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 08:49 | 1312650 johnnymustardseed
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Exactly....they will do what ever it takes to kick the can down the road

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 09:18 | 1312770 lizzy36
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Thu, 05/26/2011 - 09:16 | 1312772 lizzy36
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One only has to look at the Discount Window borrowing to know that the Fed was aware (or should have been) that the crisis wave was cresting.

Interesting that the outline of the TARP plan was initiated in June-July 2008.

Geithner was Mr. Bailout.

Same people in charge now. And people think "this time is different". LMAO.

And we are the ones who are considered freaks for being part of the "fringe" blog that exposes these people on a daily basis. I love scapegoating.

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 08:37 | 1312586 JustACitizen
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Obviously in this "capitalist" society the cream has risen to the top. These are the most productive workers and they should be compensated accordingly! You all are just suffering from envy. /sarc off

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 08:40 | 1312599 buzzsaw99
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They do human sacrifice down there too.

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 08:40 | 1312600 Troy Ounce
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100:1 that QE3 is already in place and running full shoots are coming!!

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 08:40 | 1312601 RunningMan
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I'd like some free money too. Where can I get some?

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 10:15 | 1312956 hedgeless_horseman
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Only two choices.  One is illegal, and the other is for criminals.

  1. Rob a bank.
  2. Start a bank
Thu, 05/26/2011 - 15:00 | 1313961 g speed
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pro found

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 08:38 | 1312605 Temporalist
Thu, 05/26/2011 - 08:46 | 1312632 johnnymustardseed
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Bail the banks... fuck the people..the whole thing is a joke.

Capitalism has failed they just won't admit it.

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 08:53 | 1312654 the not so migh...
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I did not junk but in Capitalism they would let the banks fail.  I don't know what we are in now.

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 08:56 | 1312682 johnnymustardseed
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Thank you, that is my point exactly

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 09:17 | 1312773 Yes_Questions
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Barter Town.

The empire is run by the Banksters who oversee the cage match between Capital and Labor. 

Labor is pinned to the cage.  The masses are cheering their own demise!

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 10:38 | 1313066 writingsonthewall
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...but are banks which are TBTF surely an inevitable result of a system which is based upon capital accumulation?


You could let them fail - but then your economy fails with it - such are the two so intertwined. The change may have been gradual - but it was obvious this would be the end result.

....we just weren't sure when the crunch would come.

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 10:47 | 1313100 the not so migh...
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I don't know if you need banks in capitalism.  The Soviets had banks.  Banks and capitalism do not always have to coexist.

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 08:51 | 1312657 Reliantmedia
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As Sgt. Shultz so aptly put it.... "I see nothing....."

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 08:55 | 1312661 firstdivision
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I am due to have to buy a car soon.  Can I ask Ben for a loan?  I'm an American Citizen, so that means I qualify, right?  I'm willing to pay 0.02% (twice the banks rate).



Thu, 05/26/2011 - 09:36 | 1312839 NotApplicable
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I bet you can head to your local GM dealer and get a far better rate.

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 08:55 | 1312662 unununium
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"Just how many more top secret taxpayer subsidies will emerge were being used by the Fed to keep the kleptocratic status quo in charge?"

China is on the phone.  As the world's second-biggest dollar holders, they object to being left off the list of who is doing the subsidizing here.

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 08:59 | 1312676 Yes_Questions
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Goldman Sachs, led by Chief Executive Officer Lloyd C. Blankfein, tapped the program most in December 2008..


Blessed be Saint Omo.


Gods work.

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 08:58 | 1312677 dan10400
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The American public is too stupid and "idolized" to give a shit.   On a PBS segment yesterday, they asked people on the street what they thought about QE2, and the closet anyone got to knowing what they were talking about was as far off as an ocean liner.   We are so fucked.

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 09:05 | 1312702 lizzy36
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That is why the Kleptocrats, hardly bother to hide what they are doing any more.

Really people do get the government they deserve.

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 09:37 | 1312841 fuu
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Saw a bumper sticker in Minneapolis the other day that read, "If you do not know who Ben Bernanke is you are part of the problem."


I thought that was pretty spot on.

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 09:00 | 1312683 MarketFox
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Is it FASCISM yet......

Justice in the US IS A JOKE....




It is way past time to hit the RESET BUTTON.....

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 09:00 | 1312684 topcallingtroll
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Congress has referred perjured testimony to federal prosecutors for much less than what blankfein did.

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 09:04 | 1312710 unununium
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But you see, GS and Fed had decided that it was in our national interest that the kleptoponzi be kept alive.

Time for everyone to switch their avatar to Sudden Debt's.

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 09:01 | 1312688 fuzed
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so instead of a tea party, could we start a RealMoney party?

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 09:12 | 1312734 Yes_Questions
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Thu, 05/26/2011 - 09:13 | 1312741 Yes_Questions
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St. Omo's Fire!

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 08:58 | 1312691 monopoly
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Pathetic govt.

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 09:07 | 1312712 youngman
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Pathetic is the perfect word...I am sick to my stomach just reading about this...this is so blatent...criminal to me..normal business practice to a Goldman Sachs....

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 09:04 | 1312700 magpie
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STOMO, POMO, HOMO, OBAMA = Only Banksters Appreciate My Ass

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 09:14 | 1312746 Dolemite
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Sell EuroUSD and stocks
Buy long end of US treasuries


Thu, 05/26/2011 - 09:51 | 1312877 fuu
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No one cares.

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 09:27 | 1312804 anti Oligarchy
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St. OMO?

The Patron Saint of the Federal Reserve?

"Bound to protect and serve the Wall Street Sindicate?"

Ordained by the Chairsatan himself.

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 10:14 | 1312962 PulauHantu29
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No worries, Mon...just borrow more from the federal pension fund. No one seems to mind.

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 10:14 | 1312975 Downtoolong
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Yes, that Goldman Sachs. The same one that perjured itself when it said before the FCIC that it only used de minimis emergency borrowings.

They lie and deceive. We know they lie and deceive. They know we know they lie and deceive, and they just don’t give a shit. They don’t care, because, they don’t have to. They know that no one, not even the highest government authorities, has the guts or the means to stop them.

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 10:44 | 1313101 Hondo
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This is truly criminal........this isn't supposed to happen in a free and open democracy.  The whole system has been corrupted and in need of a total house cleansing......the same goes for the political class.......absolute insanity....

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 11:03 | 1313157 Bansters-in-my-...
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Fuck Off fucking sack of scum sucking shit.

You seem like  a long lost cousin of the Bernanke.....

Fuck Off and die....

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 11:15 | 1313192 Astrolabe
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...and this is the only gripe i have about zero hedge. the constant stream of comments along the lines of the people reaching the breaking point and soon to but bullets into the heads of bankers.

the average american has no idea whatsoever what is going on right under their noses.

i appreciate a little optimism, but that's just delusional.


Thu, 05/26/2011 - 11:12 | 1313197 Astrolabe
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...and this is the only gripe i have about zero hedge. the constant stream of comments along the lines of the people reaching the breaking point and soon to but bullets into the heads of bankers.

the average american has no idea whatsoever what is going on right under their noses.

i appreciate a little optimism, but that's just delusional.


Thu, 05/26/2011 - 11:32 | 1313222 Doyle Hargraves
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$80 Billion for nothing?! Crime Pays Bitchez!

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 12:06 | 1313400 poor fella
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Not surprised in the least. The Fed gives away money to W$ and banks like a neighbor giving away a bumper crop of zuccinis and tomotoes. I'm sure those at the Charmin factory get to take home a little - or at least get to take home seconds for .0001 cents on the dollar...

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 12:15 | 1313443 Yossarian
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If they are actioning money in a accute liquidity (or solvency) crisis period, how is it that the best (winning) bid at the auction was .01%?  Who had access to this capital- just primary dealers?  GE? GMAC? Regional banks? 

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 12:39 | 1313539 AldoHux_IV
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With American Idol now winding down-- perhaps the peasantry will begin to take heed, but I'm sure there will be more meaningless scandals to keep us busy for now.

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 15:10 | 1313973 jmc8888
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You gotta love how they play the contained/couldn't of seen it coming angle, when lo and behold this was done when? Oh yeah, up to ~1/2 year before lehman.

Because such a facility BEFORE lehman was completely normal.

But of course we all know of SHTF meeting in summer of 2007 where the worldwide kleptocrats decided to play it out.

Of course no one saw it coming as a result of Glass-Steagall's repeal, or it's weakening years earlier.  Of course not from the ending of Bretton Woods I, or way earlier Federal Reserve. 

It took many laws to surround us, and generations of assholes to get us here, but we're here.

Now if we could just pass our 'precious'...the one economic law to rule them all....Glass-Steagall

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