Over at Rolling Stone Magazine’s website, Matt Taibbi has just posted his feature story which will appear in the January 17th issue of the publication.
Personally, due to the sheer power of both the volume of facts presented and the extent of the effort by our government to obfuscate them for so many years, as detailed by Taibbi in the article, this gets my vote for the most powerful piece that he’s published at Rolling Stone in years. Perhaps ever.
Here’s an excerpt, immediately below. But, it doesn’t even begin to convey the historical expanse and depth of the pillaging of the 99% by Wall Street that we’ve witnessed over the past four-plus years; that is spelled out for us by Taibbi in the rest of the article, however.
It is, in a word: stunning!
Secret and Lies of the BailoutFor the record, I’ve probably written 200 posts within this community on a variety of subjects and facts that Taibbi touches upon in the five webpages over at the Rolling Stone website that comprise the entirety of this article.
The federal rescue of Wall Street didn’t fix the economy – it created a permanent bailout state based on a Ponzi-like confidence scheme. And the worst may be yet to come
January 4th, 2013 4:25PM
It has been four long winters since the federal government, in the hulking, shaven-skulled, Alien Nation-esque form of then-Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, committed $700 billion in taxpayer money to rescue Wall Street from its own chicanery and greed. To listen to the bankers and their allies in Washington tell it, you'd think the bailout was the best thing to hit the American economy since the invention of the assembly line. Not only did it prevent another Great Depression, we've been told, but the money has all been paid back, and the government even made a profit. No harm, no foul – right?
It was all a lie – one of the biggest and most elaborate falsehoods ever sold to the American people. We were told that the taxpayer was stepping in – only temporarily, mind you – to prop up the economy and save the world from financial catastrophe. What we actually ended up doing was the exact opposite: committing American taxpayers to permanent, blind support of an ungovernable, unregulatable, hyperconcentrated new financial system that exacerbates the greed and inequality that caused the crash, and forces Wall Street banks like Goldman Sachs and Citigroup to increase risk rather than reduce it. The result is one of those deals where one wrong decision early on blossoms into a lush nightmare of unintended consequences. We thought we were just letting a friend crash at the house for a few days; we ended up with a family of hillbillies who moved in forever, sleeping nine to a bed and building a meth lab on the front lawn.
But the most appalling part is the lying. The public has been lied to so shamelessly and so often in the course of the past four years that the failure to tell the truth to the general populace has become a kind of baked-in, official feature of the financial rescue...
...The bailout deceptions came early, late and in between. There were lies told in the first moments of their inception, and others still being told four years later. The lies, in fact, were the most important mechanisms of the bailout…
…So what exactly did the bailout accomplish? It built a banking system that discriminates against community banks, makes Too Big to Fail banks even Too Bigger to Failier, increases risk, discourages sound business lending and punishes savings by making it even easier and more profitable to chase high-yield investments than to compete for small depositors. The bailout has also made lying on behalf of our biggest and most corrupt banks the official policy of the United States government. And if any one of those banks fails, it will cause another financial crisis, meaning we're essentially wedded to that policy for the rest of eternity – or at least until the markets call our bluff, which could happen any minute now.
Other than that, the bailout was a smashing success.
So, if you want a really concise summary as to why myself and so many others have been such vociferous critics of the Wall Street bailout, in general, and the current administration’s Wall Street-centric policies over the past four years, then I strongly encourage you to click on THIS LINK and read the brutal truth for yourself. If you dare.
I have no doubt that I’m far from the only person that, after reading this, believes it just might be the most powerful Rolling Stone article Matt Taibbi has ever written.
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UPDATE (12:48PM EST, 1/6/13):
If you're interested in letting congresscritters on the appropriate House and Senate committees know your sentiments about the multitude of matters Taibbi's discussing in his most recent article, checkout Kossack northsylvania's post, just up on the boards, by clicking right HERE.