If you want to know why the Wall Street elite and the bankers who robbed us blind are laughing all the way to their mansions, it’s because the joke is on YOU. On every American. Because after they robbed the country, and destroyed millions of jobs and trillions of dollars in value, YOU get to pick a nice part of the tab.
Just to close the loop on a farce I’ve written about a couple of times recently (here and here), please try not to be too impressed by the optics of the publicly announced $1.37 billion fine agreed to by Standard & Poor’s to settle charges of inflating mortgage ratings. It’s rubbish. And it means the day is coming soon when the new financial industry scandal/scam will unfold and screw millions of hard-working people.
It seems like…just a week ago that I wrote about a proposed slap-on-the-wristfor Standard & Poor’s. Ah, and it’s the gift that keeps on giving. But, this one may give a new twist to the absurd world in which these guys in the executive suites of Wall Street and the financial world commit crimes, never pay for those crimes, keep their jobs, continue to get huge pay and benefits, sock the shareholders/customers with the cost of paying miniscule fines…and never admit to the crimes.
Ah, the seasons turn from summer to winter to spring…predictable. And just like the seasons we can count on one almost predictable fact: no one of consequences will go to jail for the robbery of the economy, the obliteration of millions of jobs and trillions of dollars of wealth. Nope, slap on the wrist. Every. Time. And, ladies and gents, the next example: S&P.
When do we get to the point when the obvious–DUH–doesn’t come as some surprise or revelation to the elites? Probably never when it comes to inequality because they can’t see because they don’t live it. Last week, I wrote about a “Duh”–the G20 being told that higher wages will lift the global economy. Today, it’s the dopes over at Standard & Poor’s who wake up from a slumber–or self-imposed denial.
One response to this might be “better late than never”. Actually, the spin on this story neglects to actually talk about the role S&P actually played in the financial crisis. But, apparently, the geniuses at S&P have now figured out what any normal person would understand: when a few people get all the marbles, not much is left for the others.
A long time ago, I wrote about the bankruptcy of the ratings agencies, pointing out that S&P and Moody’s were a cog in a corrupt machine. The only startling fact in the saga about the ratings agencies is that anyone paid any attention to them anymore — the world of the chattering classes would shake every time one of these clowns issued some pronouncement about the economy, even as evidence mounted about their role. So, now, it appears at least S&P will face some judgement — though it is to be seen how harsh.
I am perplexed by the storm of criticism leveled at Standard & Poor’s. Don’t get me wrong–that S&P, or any of the ratings agencies, is even taken seriously is …