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Sunday, July 27, 2008

The Truth about Wall Street

I recently wrote an article in where I am featured from time to time as a Guest Writer.

I often just link to these posts but this one needs to be re published here as posted.

When he speaks in public, President Bush usually talks in a very measured tone. Yet late last week, at a private fundraising event in Houston, Texas, the President was more candid than ever before about the state of the U.S. economy:

“There’s no question about it,” President Bush said. “Wall Street got drunk (that’s one of the reasons I asked you to turn off the TV cameras) it got drunk and now it’s got a hangover,” Bush said last Friday, according to a video obtained by Houston’s ABC network affiliate, KTRK. “The question is how long will it [sic: take to] sober up?”

It is with those comments in mind that Guest Blogger Larry Rubinoff weighs in with the following:

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The Truth about Wall Street
By Larry Rubinoff

President Bush is right. Wall Street was drunk (with greed), and it opened the floodgates for the levees to burst, creating what can only be described as economic disaster of unprecedented proportions.

While drunk, Wall Street provided the vehicles for fraud, encouraged it and worse–closed a blind eye to it all the while profiting to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars.

Not only are they complicit in the fraud we are learning about and fighting here through, but Wall Street was instrumental in committing fraud against investors on a global scale… investors who bought the securities almost every mortgage was put into. Fannie and Freddie did the same. The rating agencies committed fraud by rubber-stamping each security issue “AAA,” never really looking at the integrity of the pools. Wall Street sold these securities knowing full well what the true worth and values of the pools were.

The government had full knowledge of what they were doing, and in fact, may have encouraged them to do so to keep our economy flourishing. This was, in fact, the case during the Great Depression.

President Bush admitted what many of us already knew, and that’s why he wanted the cameras turned off.

~ Larry Rubinoff

You can view the original piece in Flippingfrenzy by clicking on the title above.

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