And Then There Were Two
Goldman and Morgan were assisted in a rather violent industry consolidation. They remain, more than ever, officially “too big to fail” (TBTF), so they know they can always request tax funds directly from the Treasury Department and elevate risks above competitors. With their enormous profits they can buy out any remaining politicians and expand their direct appropriation of taxes, pensions, and anything else they might want. They really should be congratulated. It isn’t easy toppling a large nation with barely a shot fired.
–post, Floyd Norris blog , “A Great Time to be a Banker”; (NY Times; 7/16/09)
No, the author of this post isn’t Matt Taibbi (the “poster” is someone named Nelson Alexander).
And, yes, his analysis of what has transpired the last 18 months or so seems startlingly accurate (and depressing, and enraging).
Or, maybe it’s just that I agree with it.
Here’s my post on Mr. Norris’ blog in response (yes, I occasionally contribute to other blogs):
Once upon a time, corporate charters were granted stingily, directly by the sovereign, on the condition that the recipient serve the interests of the commonweal. Can anyone argue that that’s what Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan Chase are doing today? Or have done the last 2 years ” or twenty?
Forget the inevitable class actions suits to come, kicked off by CALPERS’ against the credit rating agencies. The judgments will be years in the coming, then appealed even longer (think, Exxon Vadez). Maybe it’s time to go for their jugular; they sure know how to go after ours!
–“A Great Time to Be a Banker“, Floyd Norris blog (see, comment #28)
Want a more succinct take on all this? Try *Paul Krugman:
Goldman is very good at what it does. Unfortunately, what it does is bad for America.
–Paul Krugman, “The Joy of Sachs“; The NY Times (7/17/09)