There are goat herders and taxi drivers who have been sitting in Guantanamo Bay for over seven years, with no bail set yet, let alone a trial date. And surely not a one of them has caused as much destruction as the Masters of Wall Street, so far. The only one at Guantanamo who did get a trial was tried on a crime that was made illegal two years after he'd been imprisoned. (This is a variation on the theme of this Congress, who made George W. Bush's felony of spying on the American people legal-seven years later).
Surely, if they can't come up with a crime that these titans have committed, they can retroactively make one that fits.
The massive speculation that has been going on for the last few years has all kinds of names that I don't understand, like credit derivatives and such, but I can certainly understand what has happened. It's a Ponzi scheme, gone wild. And I can understand that Ponzi schemes are illegal and doomed to collapse. (Follow the link I provided to get the official US government SEC statement on that).
Are they joking? Sadly, no.
Some are sternly demanding "shares" for our money that we've invested. "Shares" are pretty pieces of paper that corporations used to give out when people invested in them. My mom showed me some that her father had bought.
This shouldn't be that hard to understand. Now they're working a shell game on us to get us to invest in the Ponzi scheme.
Remember the insurance company that we bailed out last week? They were insuring the worthless MORTGAGE BACKED securities.
These are the same MORTGAGES that are now coming due, and that Henry Paulson says are worthless, so the families that have been paying into them should be thrown out onto the street. So the MORTGAGES that are so worthless that families deserve to become homeless are the same MORTGAGES that the American people are being forced into buying, (marked up trillions of dollars) from the investment speculators, because they are too big to fail.
No, they're not. Some of them have already failed. Some have already written off billions of dollars. Henry Paulson is trying to save his old employer, Goldman Sachs, by putting one more layer of suckers into the scheme. And he's probably got a back-up place on an island somewhere for when the American dollar fails.
Lehman Brothers sold its mortgages for pennies on the dollar when it went under. Let the others fail. That's what a "free market" is. But sell the mortgages back to the homeowners at reduced prices as part of the restructuring deal, whether a solvent bank or the government takes them over.
That way people can stay in their homes. Whoever buys the mortgages will have them paid off. We won't have to deal with millions of homeless and hundreds of thousands of vacant houses in America.