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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 11/13/08

Before buying anything it is well to ask whether one could do without it.”   —   John Lubbock

(As in the Wall Street Bailout???  Gee.  Thanks, Hank!)   YUR

The Great Bailout Giveaway!

I received this article via e-mail, this morning.  It supports one of your uncle’s long-running concerns about the $700+++Billion Wall Street Bailout plan.  Instead of reading a rant (fox guarding the chicken coop) from an un-real writer, such as myself, read what William Greider has uncovered.  Then consider one of his closing questions: Is anybody angry?  (I mean besides your Uncle Rave . . . duh!)


Paulson’s Swindle Revealed
By William Greider
October 30, 2008 “The Nation” — The swindle of American taxpayers is
proceeding more or less in broad daylight, as the unwitting voters are
preoccupied with the national election. Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson
agreed to invest $125 billion in the nine largest banks, including $10
billion for Goldman Sachs, his old firm. But, if you look more closely at
Paulson’s transaction, the taxpayers were taken for a ride–a very
expensive ride. They paid $125 billion for bank stock that a private
investor could purchase for $62.5 billion. That means half of the public’s
money was a straight-out gift to Wall Street, for which taxpayers got
nothing in return.

These are dynamite facts that demand immediate action to halt the bailout
deal and correct its giveaway terms. Stop payment on the Treasury checks
before the bankers can cash them. Open an immediate Congressional
investigation into how Paulson and his staff determined such a sweetheart
deal for leading players in the financial sector and for their own former
employer. Paulson’s bailout staff is heavily populated with Goldman Sachs
veterans and individuals from other Wall Street firms. Yet we do not know
whether these financiers have fully divested their own Wall Street
holdings. Were they perhaps enriching themselves as they engineered this
generous distribution of public wealth to embattled private banks and their
Leo W. Gerard, president of the United Steelworkers, raised these explosive
questions in a stinging letter sent to Paulson this week. The union did
what any private investor would do. Its finance experts vetted the terms of
the bailout investment and calculated the real value of what Treasury
bought with the public’s money. In the case of Goldman Sachs, the analysis
could conveniently rely on a comparable sale twenty days earlier.
Billionaire Warren Buffett invested $5 billion in Goldman Sachs and bought
the same types of securities–preferred stock and warrants to purchase
common stock in the future. Only Buffett’s preferred shares pay a 10
percent dividend, while the public gets only 5 percent. Dollar for dollar,
Buffett “received at least seven and perhaps up to 14 times more warrants
than Treasury did and his warrants have more favorable terms,” Gerard
pointed out.
“I am sure that someone at Treasury saw the terms of Buffett’s investment,”
the union president wrote. “In fact, my suspicion is that you studied it
pretty closely and knew exactly what you were doing. The 50-50 deal–50
percent invested and 50 percent as a gift–is quite consistent with the
Republican version of spread-the-wealth-around philosophy.”
The Steelworkers’ close analysis was done by Ron W. Bloom, director of the
union’s corporate research and a Wall Street veteran himself who worked at
Larzard Freres, the investment house. Bloom applied standard valuation
techniques to establish the market price Buffett paid per share compared to
Treasury’s price. “The analysis is based on the assumption that Warren
Buffett is an intelligent third party investor who paid no more for his
investment than he had to,” Bloom’s report explained. “It also assumes that
Gold Sachs’ job is to protect its existing shareholders so that it
extracted from Mr. Buffett the most that it could…. Further, it is
assumed that Henry Paulson is likewise an intelligent man and that if he
paid any more than Mr. Buffett–if he paid $1 for something for which Mr.
Buffett would have paid 50 cents–that the difference is a gift from the
taxpayers of the United States to the shareholders of Goldman Sachs.”
The implications are staggering. Leo Gerard told Paulson: “If the result of
our analysis is applied to the deals that you made at the other eight
institutions–which on average most would view as being less well
positioned than Goldman and therefore requiring an even greater rate of
return–you paid a$125 billion for securities for which a disinterested
party would have paid $62.5 billion. That means you gifted the other $62.5
billion to the shareholders of these nine institutions.”
If the same rule of thumb is applied to Paulson’s grand $700 billion
bailout fund, Gerard said this will constitute a gift of $350 billion from
the American taxpayers “to reward the institutions that have driven our
nation and it now appears the whole world into its most serious economic
crisis in 75 years.”
Is anyone angry? Will anyone look into these very serious accusations?
Congress is off campaigning. The financiers at Treasury probably assume any
public outrage will be lost in the election returns. I hope they are
About William Greider
National affairs correspondent William Greider has been a political
journalist for more than thirty-five years. A former Rolling Stone and
Washington Post editor, he is the author of the national bestsellers One
World, Ready or Not, Secrets of the Temple, Who Will Tell The People, The
Soul of Capitalism (Simon & Schuster) and–due out in February from
Rodale–Come Home, America.

They sold us a bill of goods, and our elected representatives (most of them), unfortunately bought it.

Listen to your uncle!

Already, another Bailout Scandal!

Why was your uncle SO against the $700+Billion bailout?  Because having Hank Paulson calling the shots at the Treasury – and setting up a Wall Street bailout plan – is like asking a fox to guard the henhouse.  The original bill did not have enough oversight and transparency, and the re-worked one – that they shoved down our throats – was just as deficient, but with a lot of ADDED pork!

The transparency aspect has already been compromised.  (Not that your uncle is surprised any!)  Check out the story at this link:

Why do you think this blog’s tag-line is:  Listen to your uncle!

;~(  YUR

Don’t Buy The (Bailout) Hype – Cont.d

Lest any of you thought that your uncle was just on a personal (and maybe delusional) rant, about the sham of a “Rescue Plan”, you should check out the videos from the link below.  They are of Congressman Brad Sherman speaking to the House about how Wall Street and pro-bailout senators used “fraud, bribery and threats of violence” to get the House to pass Bush/Paulson’s (very personal) piece of crap.  It’s shoddy legislation, that gives too much authority to one man (Paulson).  It’s full of loopholes, loaded with pork, and doesn’t effectively deal with corporate executives’ compensation (thievery).  And, guess who might wind up with the lion’s share of the $700+Billion???

We certainly DIDN’T see the desired result with the Stock Market!  It’s up a fraction today, but it could take years to recoup the losses . . . if they CAN be recouped.


PS.  The corporate media was complicit in this whole mess

Don’t Buy The Hype! (More Language Games)

The geniuses, who love to parse words, in order to allay your concerns and sway your opinion, are trying real hard to sell us the Wall Street Bail Out Plan as the “Economic Rescue Plan”.  They know that not enough people will buy into the idea of bailing out the corporate fat-cats, who largely are responsible for the situation that we are facing.  So, what DO they do?  Well, they replace “bailout” with a more palatable word.  A more positive word.  A more heroic word.  “Rescue”.

You “bail out” your buddy, when he gets arrested for drunk and disorderly.  You “bail out” your brother-in-law, when he gets picked up in a “John” sting.  Essentially, you “bail out” someone who has done something WRONG.

Firemen come to the “rescue”.  A lifeguard “rescues” the drowning person.  The cavalry, or the Marines, come to the “rescue”.  When there’s a flood, or earthquake, or any natural (or man-made) disaster, those who come to help are called “rescue” workers.  There is nobility in a “rescue”.

But, rescuers are not paid to be judgmental.  When it comes to doling out $700Bil, of tax payers’ money, to prop up mis-managed, failing businesses . . . shouldn’t we expect some judgment?

Now, guys like John McCain are now complaining about Congress’s “inaction”.  Inaction?  They took action, John.  They voted “NO”.  Enough (bi-partisan) congressmen made the assessment that the bill was lacking, and took the necessary action.  If they had the choice between that bill and another bill, and didn’t choose either one, then THAT would be inaction.

And, they keep telling us that “Time is running out!”  “Time is of the essence!”  “We HAVE to get this done!”  Whenever you sign any kind of contract don’t they always advise you to read things . . . carefully, first?  I mean we should ALL know exactlywhat we’re getting ourselves into, right?  Doesn’t it make sense to take a little time . . . in order to get it right?  The first vote gave it a thumbs down, and the world didn’t end.  So, now we’ve been given a little more time.  Hmmm.  It reminds me of those big car sales, where they tell you to: “Buy NOW!”  “Sale Ends September 30th!”  But, now . . . because they weren’t able to sell enough:  “Sale Extended to October 3rd!”

Whenever anybody tries to pressure you in to something, it usually means it’s not going to be in your best interest.  Don’t let them bully us into a bad decision.  WE are the ones paying.


MORE Than 66% of House Republicans sided with . . .


This article was forwarded to me last night.  I think it’s right up there with the Marcy Kaptur speech.  This “crisis” is the terrorist attack that many of us expected, leading up to this Presidential election.  It essentially serves two purposes: 1. It is a marvelous WMD (Weapon of Mass Distraction), taking focus away from the most crucial Presidential race of our time, and 2. It’s a last ditch – HUGE payoff – transfer of wealth, from American citizens to the (already) wealthy CORPORATE FAT CATS.

Don’t take this lying down!  Word is out that the Senate is looking to bypass the House, and slip this “Bailout Plan” attached to a renewable energy tax incentive bill.   CONTACT YOUR SENATORS NOW!!!
http://www.senate. gov/general/ contact_informat ion/senators_ cfm.cfm?State= IL   Let them know that you do NOT approve of this sneaky, backdoor maneuver.   YUR

“- – The Rich Are Staging a Coup This Morning says Michael MooreFriends,

Let me cut to the chase. The biggest robbery in the history of this country is taking place as you read this. Though no guns are being used, 300 million hostages are being taken. Make no mistake about it: After stealing a half trillion dollars to line the pockets of their war-profiteering backers for the past five years, after lining the pockets of their fellow oilmen to the tune of over a hundred billion dollars in just the last two years, Bush and his cronies — who must soon vacate the White House — are looting the U.S. Treasury of every dollar they can grab. They are swiping as much of the silverware as they can on their way out the door.

No matter what they say, no matter how many scare words they use, they are up to their old tricks of creating fear and confusion in order to make and keep themselves and the upper one percent filthy rich. Just read the first four paragraphs of the lead story in last Monday’s New York Times and you can see what the real deal is:

“Even as policy makers worked on details of a $700 billion bailout of the financial industry, Wall Street began looking for ways to profit from it.

“Financial firms were lobbying to have all manner of troubled investments covered, not just those related to mortgages.

“At the same time, investment firms were jockeying to oversee all the assets that Treasury plans to take off the books of financial institutions, a role that could earn them hundreds of millions of dollars a year in fees.

“Nobody wants to be left out of Treasury’s proposal to buy up bad assets of financial institutions.”

Unbelievable. Wall Street and its backers created this mess and now they are going to clean up like bandits. Even Rudy Giuliani is lobbying for his firm to be hired (and paid) to “consult” in the bailout.

The problem is, nobody truly knows what this “collapse” is all about. Even Treasury Secretary Paulson admitted he doesn’t know the exact amount that is needed (he just picked the $700 billion number out of his head!). The head of the congressional budget office said he can’t figure it out nor can he explain it to anyone.

And yet, they are screeching about how the end is near! Panic! Recession! The Great Depression! Y2K! Bird flu! Killer bees! We must pass the bailout bill today!! The sky is falling! The sky is falling!

Falling for whom? NOTHING in this “bailout” package will lower the price of the gas you have to put in your car to get to work. NOTHING in this bill will protect you from losing your home. NOTHING in this bill will give you health insurance.

Health insurance? Mike, why are you bringing this up? What’s this got to do with the Wall Street collapse?

It has everything to do with it. This so-called “collapse” was triggered by the massive defaulting and foreclosures going on with people’s home mortgages. Do you know why so many Americans are losing their homes? To hear the Republicans describe it, it’s because too many working class idiots were given mortgages that they really couldn’t afford. Here’s the truth: The number one cause of people declaring bankruptcy is because of medical bills. Let me state this simply: If we had had universal health coverage, this mortgage “crisis” may never have happened.

This bailout’s mission is to protect the obscene amount of wealth that has been accumulated in the last eight years. It’s to protect the top shareholders who own and control corporate America. It’s to make sure their yachts and mansions and “way of life” go uninterrupted while the rest of America suffers and struggles to pay the bills. Let the rich suffer for once. Let them pay for the bailout. We are spending 400 million dollars a day on the war in Iraq. Let them end the war immediately and save us all another half-trillion dollars!

I have to stop writing this and you have to stop reading it. They are staging a financial coup this morning in our country. They are hoping Congress will act fast before they stop to think, before we have a chance to stop them ourselves. So stop reading this and do something — NOW! Here’s what you can do immediately:

1. Call or e-mail Senator Obama. Tell him he does not need to be sitting there trying to help prop up Bush and Cheney and the mess they’ve made. Tell him we know he has the smarts to slow this thing down and figure out what’s the best route to take. Tell him the rich have to pay for whatever help is offered. Use the leverage we have now to insist on a moratorium on home foreclosures, to insist on a move to universal health coverage, and tell him that we the people need to be in charge of the economic decisions that affect our lives, not the barons of Wall Street.

2. Take to the streets. Participate in one of the hundreds of quickly-called demonstrations that are taking place all over the country (especially those near Wall Street and DC).

3. Call your Representative in Congress and your Senators. (click here to find their phone numbers). Tell them what you told Senator Obama.

When you screw up in life, there is hell to pay. Each and every one of you reading this knows that basic lesson and has paid the consequences of your actions at some point. In this great democracy, we cannot let there be one set of rules for the vast majority of hard-working citizens, and another set of rules for the elite, who, when they screw up, are handed one more gift on a silver platter. No more! Not again!

Michael Moore

P.S. Having read further the details of this bailout bill, you need to know you are being lied to. They talk about how they will prevent golden parachutes. It says NOTHING about what these executives and fat cats will make in SALARY. According to Rep. Brad Sherman of California, these top managers will continue to receive million-dollar-a-month paychecks under this new bill. There is no direct ownership given to the American people for the money being handed over. Foreign banks and investors will be allowed to receive billion-dollar handouts. A large chunk of this $700 billion is going to be given directly to Chinese and Middle Eastern banks. There is NO guarantee of ever seeing that money again.

P.P.S. From talking to people I know in DC, they say the reason so many Dems are behind this is because Wall Street this weekend put a gun to their heads and said either turn over the $700 billion or the first thing we’ll start blowing up are the pension funds and 401(k)s of your middle class constituents. The Dems are scared they may make good on their threat. But this is not the time to back down or act like the typical Democrat we have witnessed for the last eight years. The Dems handed a stolen election over to Bush. The Dems gave Bush the votes he needed to invade a sovereign country. Once they took over Congress in 2007, they refused to pull the plug on the war. And now they have been cowered into being accomplices in the crime of the century. You have to call them now and say “NO!” If we let them do this, just imagine how hard it will be to get anything good done when President Obama is in the White House. THESE DEMOCRATS ARE ONLY AS STRONG AS THE BACKBONE WE GIVE THEM. CALL CONGRESS NOW.”




Paulson’s Phishing Expedition (NOT Sarah Palin E-mail)

I get SO much great stuff in my e-mail!  This isn’t Sarah Palin related, but it certainly IS topical.  I have no idea who actually wrote it, but it deserves *publishing*.  If I find out the author, and they don’t mind taking credit, I’ll give them their due.   YUR

I call this:  Paulson’s Phishing Expedition

“Dear American:

I need to ask you to support an urgent secret business relationship with a transfer of funds of great magnitude.

I am Ministry of the Treasury of the Republic of America. My country has had crisis that has caused the need for large transfer of funds of $800,000,000,000 US. If you would assist me in this transfer, it would be most profitable to you.

I am working with Mr. Phil Gramm, vice-chairman for UBS investment bank, who will be my replacement as Ministry of the Treasury in January. As Senator, you may know Mr. Gramm as the gracious leader of the American banking deregulation movement in the 1990s and the great creator of the Enron loophole in 2000, which deregulated energy resources. Understand that Mr. Gramm is an honorable man and this transaction you make is 100% safe.

This is a matter of great urgency. We need a blank check. We need the funds as quickly as possible. We cannot directly transfer these funds in the names of our close friends because we are constantly under surveillance. My family lawyer advised me that I should look for a reliable and trustworthy person who will act as a next of kin so the funds can be transferred.

Please reply with all of your bank account, IRA and college fund account numbers and those of your children and grandchildren to so that we may transfer your commission for this transaction. After I receive that information, I will respond with detailed information about safeguards that will be used to protect the funds.

Yours Faithfully,

Minister of Treasury Paulson”

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