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The Great American Stickup: How Reagan Republicans and Clinton Democrats Enriched Wall Street While Mugging Main Street Paperback – September 7, 2010
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Here in easy to understand language, Robert Scheer has pealed back the layers that cover up the whole stinking mess that has become "stripped-down vulnerable deregulated America." The method of robbery is basically a five-step political process: (1) "demagog" FDR and all existing regulations relentlessly as the enemy of free enterprise; (2) use paid lobbyist to help justify, tear-down and then rewrite new regulations; (3) use lobbyists' contributions to buy off the votes of key politicians in both parties to open up the laws for the impending thievery; (4) once legislation is passed, oversee the Wall Street financial casino with watchdogs that do not watch; and then (5) appoint members of the plutocracy who stand to gain the most, as facilitators and the palace guards of policy.
The present system of "high-level state sanctioned grand larceny" was designed and implemented, not by Ronald Reagan, or GW Bush, but by William Jefferson Clinton with the help of none other than the gang of four -- Timothy Geitner, Robert Rubin, Alan Greenspan, and Lawrence Summers. However, the unsung hero of the grand heist, was Windy Lee Gramm, senator Phil Gramm's paramour and then wife, (who as a grad student was first his lover and then very quickly his wife). It was this "devious duo" that engineered the plans for the ultimate robbery of the American economic system.Read more ›
Imagine, for a moment, that a burly stranger takes your wallet, removes $20, and walks away. It stands to reason that, at the very least, you would want the culprit caught. You might even take the time to file a police report and describe the thief to a sketch artist. Now imagine instead, a very well dressed thief, with a dozen or so well dressed associates, who manage to take your house, your job, and even to diminish the value of your 401K, would you want this group caught just as badly? And if it turns out that this second heist was the work of identifiable thieves, would you spend the time necessary to learn who they were and how the deed was done? Or would you rather squeal and scream at whoever and whatever is directly in front of you?
That is the choice you face when deciding whether or not to read "The Great American Stickup: How Reagan Republicans and Clinton Democrats Enriched Wall Street While Mugging Main Street". In it, veteran journalist and Truthdig editor, Robert Scheer does exactly what the subtitle implies. He describes in detail how we got into the economic mess we are in.
Of course, everyone knows some of what happened. Most, probably suspect that both bankers and brokers had a hand in creating the real estate mess. Most have heard something about derivatives, CDOs, Alt-A loans, and subprime loans. And those government sponsored bank bailouts are, by now, infamous - even if there seems to be widespread confusion about which administration (Bush or Obama) did what. But when did this all start and what are the political, economic, and ideological connections? More simply, what is the answer to a question posed by a bewildered George W.Read more ›
"The Great American Stickup" is an even-handed book about the conflict of interests of American finances and politicians from Reagan's presidency to this day. This insightful 304-page book is composed of the following nine chapters: 1. It Was the Economy, Stupid, 2. The High Priestess of the Reagan Revolution, 3. The Clinton Bubble, 4. The Valiant Stand of Brooksley Born, 5. They Have No Shame, 6. Robert Rubin Rakes It In at Citigroup, 7. Poverty Pimps, 8. Goldman Cleans Up, 9. Sucking Up to the Bankers: Crisis Handoff from Bush to Obama.
1. Well-written, well-researched book that is accessible to the masses.
2. This is the most even-handed book I've read about the causes of the economic disasters of the past 30 years or so. Mr. Scheer does not hold back in placing blame where blame is due.
3. Does not waste time laying out the foundation of this book, "For it was this Wall Street and Democratic Party darling, along with this clique of economist super-friends: - Alan Greenspan, Lawrence Summers, and a few others - who inflated a giant real estate bubble by purposely not regulating the derivatives market, resulting in oceans of money that was poured into bad loans sold as safe investments."
4. A very good explanation of the financial instruments that became the downfall of the economy: swaps, derivatives, and collaterized debt obligations to name a few.
5. The infuriating scapegoating of borrowers for the economic collapse caused by the lenders.
6. The wisdom of FDR's New Deal reforms that helped preserve capitalism from its own excesses.
7. The importance of the Glass-Steagall Act of 1933.Read more ›
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Robert Scheer has consistently taken on Slick Willie, who sold his soul to Wall Street. This book is a must-read.Published 10 months ago by Nicoly
This book is an eye opening report on the greed and corruption of those cunning American politicians and associates involved in the plots to defraud the American people. Read morePublished 19 months ago by D. Chang
I don't remember this book...I wonder who I must have given it toPublished 20 months ago by Jaine L. Benson
Great book on the Wall Street stranglehold on our "democracy," it would be nice if our politicians stood up to them.Published on August 19, 2014 by Scott Pimpsner
This is an excellent review of the subject, even for those of us who lived through the era, giving ore in-depth knowledge and connecting the names of the movers and shakers at the... Read morePublished on February 15, 2014 by Vera Cousins
I bought this book after having a reading renaissance towards the end of 2013. I wanted to get a good review and rundown of the 2008 crash and its aftermath. Read morePublished on February 11, 2014 by R. Garnica
It is a five star book as far as it goes. It is a four star book because there is nothing of substance condemning either voters or public sector unions and public pension funds for... Read morePublished on January 18, 2014 by Appalachian Son