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Jubak’s Journal3/20/2009 12:01 AM ET
Fluke? Credit crisis was a heist
Thanks to a complicit Congress, the reins were systematically loosened on the looters of the financial industry. And they’re still at it, looking for new plunder.
By Jim Jubak
It was no accident.
The folks in power in Washington and on Wall Street want to pretend that the current global financial crisis — you know, the one that reduced household net worth in the United States by $11.2 trillion in 2008, according to the Federal Reserve — was an accident caused by some unfortunate confluence of greed and asleep-at-the-switch regulators.
What we’re now living through, though, is the result of a conscious, planned looting of the world economy. Its roots stretch back decades. And it wouldn’t have been possible without the contrivances of the bought-and-paid-for folks who sit in Congress.
Of course, just because the plan blew up on the looters, taking off a financial finger here and a portfolio hand there, you shouldn’t have any illusion that they’ve retired. In fact, in the “solutions” now being proposed — by Congress — to fix the global and U.S. financial systems, you can see the looters at work as hard as ever.