WELCOME TO THE U.S. OF AIG
The Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve announced jointly early Monday that they will supply another $30 billion on an "as needed" basis to facilitate "the orderly completion of the company's global divestiture program" and "help stabilize the company and in doing so help stabilize the financial system," in light of the "significant challenges" due to the rapid deterioration in certain financial markets in the last two months of the year.Where to begin? Before even getting into the substance of what a mistake this is, let's examine the actors, shall we? The Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve.
One a division of the executive branch and the other a quasi-governmental, privately-owned bank headed by an unelected chairman. And, since we're doing this lil' Q&A thing, let's ask who heads that division of the executive branch? Only the former head of the completely private NY facility of that quasi-governmental, privately-owned bank. This isn't Democracy. Now let's ask why these unelected thieves are doing what they're doing:
AIG has been unable to find buyers for pieces of its company that it hoped to sell to repay the government on its existing aid package, which totals some $150 billion.Read that carefully. AIG is Looking for buyers to raise capital to repay the government that already "lent" it over a hundred billion dollars because it couldn't find any buyers the first time around. Before it added an additional $150 billion to its balance sheet.
And why can't AIG can't "find buyers"? Because it had nothing to sell except a rancid mound of rotting garbage. Who the hell buys rotting garbage? The answer is, of course, "no one." Which is why the enablers in D.C. are fostering this deal, laying the bill onto citizens and taxpayers who have no recourse to remove these gentlemen from their positions because they neither hired nor elected them.
And why would these unelected gents do this? I mean, they must have a good reason to engage in such a shameless expropriation of the nation's wealth, no? For whom would they do such a thing? Who benefits from the survival of AIG as a private institution? Why not nationalize it, wipe out its debt, clean out its worthless "assets" and start over, right?
perhaps the biggest concern about AIG is the dizzying array of complex financial instruments it structured for commercial banks, investment banks and hedge funds around the globe."The biggest concern." Yet, the question we need to ask is whose biggest concern? I'm not concerned, are you? Any of your neighbors staying up at night worrying about this? Know anyone who knows anyone that shares this concern that "commercial banks, investment banks and hedge funds around the globe" are gonna lose their shirts due to idiotic investments they made in a "dizzying array of complex financial instruments"?
This article from Bloomberg last fall explains why this is really going on. If AIG went into bankrupcy, it's biggest creditors would get the shaft, receiving (literally) pennies on the dollar for what the insurance company owed them. If they were that lucky; they might get zero. And among those creditors: Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch (recently acquired by Bank of America).
As I said at the start of the post, none of this is even remotely surprising unless you haven't been paying attention, or haven't wanted to.