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The Best Way to Rob a Bank Is to Own One: How Corporate Executives and Politicians Looted the S&L Industry Hardcover – April 1, 2005
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I do hope that Mr. Black lives to write a new book about the current scam, as Bill Moyers quotes from Black's earlier investigations, "...so enraged was one of those bankers, Charles Keating -- after whom the senate's so-called 'Keating Five' were named -- he sent a memo that read, in part, 'get Black -- kill him dead.' Metaphorically, of course. Of course." I wish Mr. Black well and safe, after this interview...
From the transcript:
BILL MOYERS: "...his main targets are the Wall Street barons, heirs of an earlier generation whose scandalous rip-offs of wealth back in the 1930s earned them comparison to Al Capone and the mob, and the nickname "banksters."
WILLIAM K. BLACK: "Well, the way that you do it [large corporate failures and scandals] is to make really bad loans, because they pay better. Then you grow extremely rapidly, in other words, you're a Ponzi-like scheme. And the third thing you do is we call it leverage. That just means borrowing a lot of money, and the combination creates a situation where you have guaranteed record profits in the early years. That makes you rich, through the bonuses that modern executive compensation has produced. It also makes it inevitable that there's going to be a disaster down the road."
Mr. Black walks us down the chamber of horrors of the Savings & Loan collapse, and gives us a bird's eye view of bank corrupt.
What is most interesting is that Mr. Black finds the trends within in the industry itself, that it was actually CONTROL FRAUD were bankers, accountants, appraisers, bank executives and politicians colluded together to bring an already shaky and weak industry down. Everyone who wants to understand that the Savings & Loan was the first cracks in the empire, civilizations have always been brought down by poorly run fractional reserve fiat currency bankig systems.
What was the cry from people from Alan Greenspan was for more deregulation, and at the time, Greenspan, a banker who was with Morgan Stanley prior to his excellency/chairmanship/ at the Federal Reserve System, was that the Lincoln Savings & Loan, was one of the best run S&Ls in the country...
What resulted was deregulation and desupervision... Attorneys and accountants for hire, audits performed on Savings & Loans which made them look like a picture of financial health when in fact the S&L industry had terminal cancer...Massive insolvency, virtually no reserves, coverups, and famous politicians genuflecting to the Savings & Loan industry, the Keating Five; John Glen, John McCain, Alan Cranston, Dennis DeConcini, Donald Riegle..All pressuring the Bank Board for leniency...
Every American should read this book...Read more ›
Then he explains how we have learned little and done nothing to protect ourselves against more frauds after that crisis was somewhat resolved. Instead, we encouraged more criminality by leaving most of the loopholes in place, deregulating still further in the name of blind ideologies, and refusing to seek out and punish the individuals responsible. Which brings us to the present ongoing rolling disaster. The criminals are still in charge, but now they are applauded and supported at the highest levels, there have been few prosecutions, and the vast scale of the looting has hollowed out our economy. The pathetic fines levied by the 'regulators' are just now a cost of doing business, just another expense to write off against taxes. No individuals are held to account, and the corporations they work for have now become 'people', with the added benefit of being immortal sociopaths.
This book is well worth reading if you are interested in understanding how we came to our present situation. Bill Black and his team brought the S & L crisis under control, and the same methods could bring the present crisis under control---if there was the political will. Well written by the leading insider.
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