Sunday, April 18, 2010

Financial "Reform" Bill Is Just Another Tax Bill

for the general public to help out big investors (including Goldman Sachs).

SEC announcing civil charges against Goldman Sachs on Op-Ex (option expiration) day which tanked the stocks across the board, as President Obama pushes for his financial reform bill.

The move was so in-your-face and transparent it is not very hard for pundits to come up with a headline like this:

Wall Street suspects Goldman charges 'not coincidental' to financial reform effort (4/16/2010 New York Post), or;

Goldman Sachs case could help Obama shift voter anger (4/18/2010 LA Times)

as Obama threatens another catastrophe unless his financial reform bill passes:

Obama: Fresh crisis without new financial rules (4/17/2010 AP via My Way News)

If you think you heard something like that before, you did. This president said it would be "catastrophe" if his $800-plus billion so-called stimulus bill didn't pass in February 2009. Well, the catastrophe continues on job creation front, which this bill was supposed to be about. It has added to already catastrophic public debt. (See the debt clock ticking on this blog, upper lefthand corner.)

"..."Opposing reform will leave taxpayers on the hook if a crisis like this ever happens again," the president said", according to the above AP article.

Ummm, Mr. President, have you read what Chris Dodd wrote in that bill? The so-called reform will keep taxpayers on the hook for permanent bailout, by creating the $50 billion fund to dismantle "too big to fail" firms in an orderly manner so that the creditors get their money back. Just like Goldman did on credit default swaps it purchased from AIG. And who will those creditors be? They are likely to be big banks, hedge funds, pension funds, private equity groups - i.e. big boys.

Means for orderly dissolution already exists, and it's called bankruptcy. But no, that won't do, because in bankruptcy the creditors will lose some money! Can't have that!

So, my personal take remains that this move by SEC against the biggest corporate donor to the Obama campaign (GS) is to promote the administration's push for their "financial reform" by creating a perfect boogieman (who will likely to benefit from the "reform") to deflect the public's attention, when in fact this financial reform bill is yet another scheme to defraud US taxpayers who will be forced to fund the perpetual bailout in one form or another. Part of it may be increased and/or new tax (or "fees" if they prefer), part of it will be indirect, such as added fees passed on by the financial institutions who will be required to pay for the bailout fund.

If you think the financial institutions as defined by the bill are banks only, you will be in for a surprise. The definition of financial institutions is so broad it could include manufacturing companies who extend credit to customers (auto companies, big IT infra companies come to mind; basically the same companies that were considered "financial" and were protected from short selling, back when the market was rapidly deteriorating in September 2008). It will be another added cost to those businesses. Do you think it will encourage more hiring?

Just like the stimulus bill that hasn't stimulated, various job bills (that secure jobs for public workers), the health insurance "reform" bill, this financial "reform" bill is basically a tax bill. Beneficiaries? Who do you guess will benefit from increased tax?

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