Who Hijacked Our Country

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Creator of Super Mega-Banks: “Oh My God, I’ve Created a Monster!”

It’s never too late for people to change their ways and make amends.  Or as Christians like to say (whether they mean it or not), “hate the sin, love the sinner.”  And sometimes a convicted burglar will make up for his crime by showing people how to burglar-proof their homes.

Sandy Weill was the main instigator behind the repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act in the late 1990s.  The repeal of Glass-Steagall enabled the Crash of 1929 to resurface as the Crash of 2008.  Sandy Weill was the CEO of Travelers Group, and he wanted to merge his company with Citicorp (now Citigroup).  When he found out that this merger was illegal under the Glass-Steagall Act, he instructed his government prostitutes (Congress and then-Treasury Secretary Bob Rubin) to repeal Glass-Steagall.

I think — correct me if I’m wrong — Bill Clinton was against repealing Glass-Steagall, but the vote in Congress was lopsided enough to override a veto, so he went ahead and signed it.

Today on CNBC, Sandy Weill announced that we need to break up the big banks:

“What we should probably do is go and split up investment banking from banking, have banks be deposit takers, have banks make commercial loans and real estate loans and have banks do something that’s not going to risk the taxpayer dollars, that’s not too big to fail.”

Better late than never, even if it’s a little like a Mafia boss saying “Hey, maybe racketeering should be illegal.”

Eliot Spitzer, who was a big crusader for Wall Street reform before his, uhh, “downfall,” said Weill’s statement:

“…changes the entire debate about bank restructuring and puts enormous pressure on those who continue to maintain a broken system. For him to acknowledge that the system should be fundamentally reformed is hugely important.”

OK, what are we waiting for?

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Anonymous Jolly Roger said...

If you learn from your mistakes, that's a good thing. But we had enough history available to us that this knowledge was already out there. It is inexcusable to have not been aware of what happens.

July 25, 2012 at 7:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't get a feeling he's "repented" especially now that he's worth billions.

Problem is, anyone that listened to him in the past will listen to him now that he's "seen the light"

Of course he could devote some of his money and put it where his mouth is and buy some lobbyist to help break up the banks.

All things being normal he probably has a ready made reform bill for congress to pass that till make him even more money.


July 25, 2012 at 8:06 PM  
Blogger Demeur said...

I think you have something there Eric. He made a fortune putting banks and investment houses together and has now figured out how to make even more taking them apart. I'd guess that he'll take the bank assets and leave us with the liabilities.

July 26, 2012 at 8:58 AM  
Blogger jim marquis said...

Hey, I don't mind if he makes money taking them apart. It's still a damn good idea.

July 26, 2012 at 12:23 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

JR: You're right, he could have read a history book instead of making billions of dollars from his "mistakes."

Erik: I agree, he could speak a lot louder by using his ill-gotten money to bribe the government into reinstating Glass-Steagall.

Demeur: He's pretty shrewd all right.

Jim: You're right, it's a damn good idea.

July 26, 2012 at 2:54 PM  
Blogger S.W. Anderson said...

Let's file this under, Will Wonders Never Cease? And yes, it's exactly what must be done if the 99 percent are ever going to have at least minimal safety. I say minimal because beyond the banks you've got hedge funds that are too big to fail.

July 28, 2012 at 2:21 PM  
Blogger Dave Dubya said...

And for an idea of how the banks are running the show, look at all the senate and congressional support for reinstating Glass-Seagall.

"They own the place".

July 29, 2012 at 2:28 PM  

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