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Amend the Fed: We Need a Central Bank that Serves Main Street

Congress has the power to amend the Fed—just as it did in 1934, 1958 and 2010. For the central bank to satisfy its mandate to promote full employment and become an institution that serves all the people—not just the 1%—the Fed needs fundamental reform.

Posted on Dec 8, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Eugene Hoshiko

Obama Will Nominate Janet Yellen as the First Woman to Chair the Fed

President Obama will reportedly nominate Fed Vice Chairwoman Janet Yellen to head the central bank, making her the first woman in the institution’s 99-year history to do so if she is confirmed by the Senate.

Posted on Oct 8, 2013 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Greg Palast

Noam Chomsky once said that Greg Palast “upsets all the right people.” Did the independent investigative reporter halt Lawrence Summers’ charge to the head of the Fed?

Posted on Sep 22, 2013 READ MORE



AP/J. Scott Applewhite

The People Win as Lawrence Summers Trades Power For Wealth

Poor Lawrence Summers, he doesn’t get to be chairman of the Federal Reserve, aka the czar of the world’s economic order.

Posted on Sep 16, 2013 READ MORE


Lawrence Summers Will Not Chair the Federal Reserve

Over the screaming objections of members of his own party, President Obama seemed determined to appoint Wall Street groupie Lawrence Summers to head the most important bank in the country. On Sunday, Summers “reluctantly” withdrew his name from consideration for the post.

Posted on Sep 15, 2013 READ MORE



Greg Palast

Larry Summers and the ‘End-Game’ Memo

A 1997 memo retrieved from the filing cabinet of investigative reporter Greg Palast shows the involvement of Lawrence Summers—Obama’s current favorite for chairman of the Federal Reserve—in a successful plan to help big bank CEOs “rip apart financial regulation across the planet.”

Posted on Aug 25, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center:’ Edward Snowden, Bradley Manning, Iran Sanctions and the Fed

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right and Center” panelists touch on a court’s finding Bradley Manning not guilty of aiding the enemy as the NSA declassifies mounds of documents in preparation for congressional hearings. Also, a moderate Iranian is about to assume the office of president and Larry Summers appears ready to lead the Fed.

Posted on Aug 2, 2013 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

When Obama Trashed the Huffington Post, Was He Talking About This Column?

When President Obama told Democratic lawmakers not to believe everything they read in The Huffington Post, he might have been referring to this column by Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer. Or this one.

Posted on Jul 31, 2013 READ MORE


Al Franks

Obama Defends Summers, Franken Plans NSA Transparency Bill, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Anthony Weiner’s wife is reportedly taking a break from her job as Hillary Clinton’s top aide and North Carolina’s governor makes an insulting offer to protesters demonstrating against the state’s recently signed-into-law abortion bill.

Posted on Jul 31, 2013 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

Gag Me With Lawrence Summers

President Obama thinks his former economic adviser is brilliant, but as Summers’ second trip through the revolving door between Washington and Wall Street reveals, he’s just greedy.

Posted on Jul 29, 2013 READ MORE



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Whom Does Sen. Warren Want to Head the Fed?

Since taking office earlier this year, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass, has been a staunch consumer advocate, a champion of the middle class and a thorn in Wall Street’s side, which is why we should pay close attention to whom she’s backing to replace Ben Bernanke as head of the Federal Reserve.

Posted on Jul 28, 2013 READ MORE


Pelosi

The Next Fed Chair, Pelosi Slams ‘Reprehensible’ Weiner, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the roll call vote for Justin Amash’s failed NSA surveillance amendment and the Republican congressional idea that one GOP senator called “the dumbest” he ever heard.

Posted on Jul 25, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Mark Lennihan

The Return of Lawrence Summers, Mr. Spectacular Failure

The guy who tops the list of those responsible for sabotaging the world’s economy is lobbying to be the next chairman of the Federal Reserve.

Posted on Jul 15, 2013 READ MORE



AP

It Wasn’t David Stockman Who Wrecked the Economy

For all of the strident attacks on Stockman’s column, I have yet to read a serious critique of his most brazen claim.

Posted on Apr 2, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Jae C. Hong

Do the Bain Hustle

President Obama is to be applauded for questioning Mitt Romney’s legacy, although his motives seem to be as opportunistic as those of Romney’s opponents in the Republican primaries who took the same tack.

Posted on May 23, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

The Democrats Who Unleashed Wall Street and Got Away With It

That Lawrence Summers and Bill Clinton, the president he served as treasury secretary, can still get away with disclaiming responsibility for our financial meltdown is an insult to reason.

Posted on Feb 2, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Charles Krupa

There’s Hope for Republicans Yet

GOP candidates are embracing populism, but as the presidential election is now shaping up, voters will not be given a choice to rebuke Wall Street by either major party.

Posted on Jan 12, 2012 READ MORE


Season’s Greetings From Occupy Harvard

Harvard’s “Occu-Elves” deliver lumps of coal to “naughty boys,” including the school’s former president, Lawrence Summers, and Robert Rubin, two men who helped engineer the economic meltdown.

Posted on Dec 19, 2011 READ MORE



AP / J. Scott Applewhite

Too Big to Jail

Can we all agree that a $1 billion swindle represents a lot of money? So why isn’t former Citigroup Chairman Robert Rubin breaking a sweat?

Posted on Nov 2, 2011 READ MORE



AP / J. Scott Applewhite

The Men We Trusted to Lead Us

Why are Ben Bernanke and Barack Obama just now discovering that there is a jobs crisis in this country?

Posted on Sep 28, 2011 READ MORE



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A Look at the ‘Bush-Obama’ Presidency

Essayist, Yale English professor and TomDispatch contributor David Bromwich takes a careful accounting of the “sacked” and “saved” members of the Obama administration in an attempt to reveal the similarities between his presidency and George W. Bush’s. (more)

Posted on Aug 22, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

In Money-Changers We Trust

Two years into the Obama presidency and the economic data is still looking grim. Don’t be fooled by the gyrations of the stock market, where optimism is mostly a reflection of the ability of financial corporations—thanks to massive government largesse—to survive the mess they created.

Posted on Dec 29, 2010 READ MORE



AP / J. Scott Applewhite

Return of the Great Triangulator

The sight of Bill Clinton back at the White House podium defending tax cuts for the super-rich was more a sick joke than a serious amplification of economic policy.

Posted on Dec 15, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Cliff Owen

The Big Guy’s on Our Side

Paul Volcker, or the “big guy,” as President Barack Obama refers to the former Federal Reserve chair who heads his Economic Recovery Advisory Board, nailed it in a series of blistering remarks on the sorry state of our economy.

Posted on Sep 28, 2010 READ MORE


Robert Scheer and Amy Goodman Give Larry Summers a Proper Send-Off

So, clearly President Obama felt obliged to get all gushy about outgoing adviser Larry Summers’ contributions to his administration’s efforts to save our nation’s economy from total catastrophe. Now hear the real deal on Summers, courtesy of Robert Scheer and Amy Goodman on “Democracy Now!”

Posted on Sep 22, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Susan Walsh

So Long, Summers

Finally! The announced departure of Lawrence Summers as the president’s top economic adviser is welcome news. Harvard’s loss in taking back its $586,996-a-year professor and “president emeritus,” who is also paid millions by Wall Street on the side, is the nation’s gain.

Posted on Sep 21, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Charles Dharapak

After Summers Comes the Fall

When will the president give Lawrence Summers his pink slip? He can thank him for his years of service and use the excuse that his top economic adviser wants to spend more time with his family. I don’t care how he sugarcoats it.

Posted on Sep 14, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

They Go or Obama Goes

Barack Obama and the Democrats he led to a stunning victory two years ago are going down hard in the face of an economic crisis that he did nothing to create but which he has failed to solve.

Posted on Aug 24, 2010 READ MORE


Clinton
AP / Mary Altaffer

Married to the Clinton Mob

Out of respect for privacy, even concerning famous people, I wasn’t going to write about the marriage of Chelsea Clinton to a Goldman Sachs alum and budding hedge-fund hustler with the resources to buy a $4 million loft so soon after graduating from Stanford.

Posted on Aug 3, 2010 READ MORE


Spend Now, Save Later

Do Democrats honestly think that nickel-and-diming on stimulus now will either have a substantial impact on the long-term deficit or be of greater help to them in this fall’s elections than more robust growth?

Posted on Jun 13, 2010 READ MORE


Goldman Sachs
AP / Mark Lennihan

Goldman Plays, We Pay

The story of the financial debacle will end the way it began, with the super-hustlers from Goldman Sachs at the center of the action and profiting wildly. Never in U.S. history has one company wielded such destructive power over our political economy, irrespective of whether a Republican or a Democrat happened to be president.

Posted on Apr 20, 2010 READ MORE


Treasury Department
AP / Evan Vucci

No Banker Left Behind

They do have a license to steal. There is no other way to read Tuesday’s report from the New York state comptroller that bonuses for Wall Street financiers rose 17 percent to $20.3 billion in 2009. Of course that is less than the $32.9 billion for bonus rewards back in 2007, when those hotshots could still pretend that they were running sound businesses. 

Posted on Feb 23, 2010 READ MORE


Volcker
AP / Gerald Herbert

Volcker Rules

Finally President Barack Obama has come to his senses on financial regulation. His endorsement of what he calls the “Volcker Rule” for once puts him squarely on the side of ordinary Americans as opposed to the banking bandits who have so thoroughly fleeced the public.

Posted on Feb 2, 2010 READ MORE


Paul Volcker
AP / Wong Maye-E

Paul Volcker to the Rescue

President Barack Obama might have done well to keep former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker in closer reach during his first year of office rather than rely on the dubious advice of Timothy Geithner and Lawrence Summers. Too late for that—but hopefully not too late for Volcker to help the president in his future dealings with Wall Street.

Posted on Jan 22, 2010 READ MORE


Geithner
AP / Jose Luis Magana

Still Doing God’s Work on Wall Street

Jail, anyone? Perhaps that’s too harsh, and at any rate premature, but is anyone ever going to be held accountable for the behind-the-scenes sweetheart deals that passed tens of billions of taxpayer dollars through the AIG shell game to the very banks that caused the financial meltdown?

Posted on Nov 25, 2009 READ MORE



AP / Alex Brandon

Who Are You and What Have You Done With the Community Organizer We Elected President?

What’s up with Barack Obama? Finally someone has a good idea about how to deal with Wall Street and the White House condemns it. 

Posted on Nov 18, 2009 READ MORE


Summers
AP / Lawrence Jackson

Summers to Boehner: Stimulus Is Working

There is some rumbling among the congressional Republican ranks that Team Obama’s stimulus package has driven the country into ever deeper economic trouble, but one prominent member of said presidential team, economic adviser Lawrence Summers, begs to differ—and he’s written a letter to House GOP honcho John Boehner to tell him why. 

Posted on Oct 12, 2009 READ MORE


TARP hearing
AP photo / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Thievery Under the TARP

We are being robbed big-time, but you can’t say we haven’t been warned. Not after the release Tuesday of a scathing report by the Treasury Department’s special inspector general, who charged that the aptly named Troubled Asset Relief Program is rife with mismanagement and potential for fraud.

Posted on Apr 22, 2009 READ MORE


Summers
AP photo / Charles Dharapak

Living Large and in Charge

Not surprisingly, Lawrence Summers is convinced that he deserved every penny of the $8 million that Wall Street firms paid him last year. And why shouldn’t he be cut in on the loot from the loopholes in the toxic derivatives market that he pushed into law when he was Bill Clinton’s treasury secretary?

Posted on Apr 7, 2009 READ MORE



Flickr / World Economic Forum

Wall Street Showered Obama’s Top Economic Adviser With Riches

Lawrence Summers is the man President Obama turns to for insight into the economy, so it’s more than a little disturbing that the very financial institutions the taxpayers are now rescuing—to the tune of nearly $3 trillion—paid Summers almost $8 million last year. Goldman Sachs & Co., a major beneficiary of the government’s largesse, paid him $135,000 for one speech.

Posted on Apr 6, 2009 READ MORE


Obama, Gensler and Tarullo
AP photo / Gerald Herbert

Obama’s Toxic Advisers

Bernie Sanders, the senator from Vermont who is independent in spirit as well as party label, has placed a hold on President Obama’s nomination of Gary Gensler to head the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Sounds like a minor issue to get worked up about, but I see this appointment as further evidence that the president has entrusted his economic policy to the wrong people.

Posted on Mar 24, 2009 READ MORE


Colbert

‘Colbert Report’: Take Out Your Pitchforks

What’s to be done when companies that received major bailouts from taxpayers turn around and brazenly offer beaucoup bucks to the executives who helped put us in the hole in the first place? Here are a couple suggestions by way of an answer: Pitchforks! Angry mobs!

Posted on Mar 17, 2009 READ MORE


Obama speech
AP photo / Charles Dharapak

Getting Warmer

We are lucky to have Barack Obama as president. I write that even though I believe the content of his Tuesday evening speech deserved no more than a B+ / A-, for its failure to seriously address the origins of the banking crisis and for only hinting at the severe military budget cuts required to get close to his goal of reducing the federal deficit by the end of his first term.

Posted on Feb 25, 2009 READ MORE


Geithner
AP photo / Lawrence Jackson

No Tough Love for Wall Street

What an insipid anticlimax! Rising to “a challenge more complex than our financial system has ever faced,” Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner promised on Tuesday to give trillions more to the very folks who profited from that malignant complexity.

Posted on Feb 10, 2009 READ MORE


geithner
AP photo / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Runaway Wall Street

It is instructional that only one of the three tax-challenged Obama appointees has survived public scorn to claim a high position in the new administration. Oddly enough, it is Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, the man who will collect our taxes, whose career has not been stunted by his failure to pay them.

Posted on Feb 4, 2009 READ MORE


Obama
AP photo / Charles Dharapak

Economic Policy Could Scuttle Obama’s Good Start

He is making trillion-dollar decisions that will cast the die for the rest of his promising agenda. Unfortunately, while he has already proved to be a brilliant agent of change in so many ways, in economic policy he has relied on the financial “experts” who helped get America into this mess.

Posted on Jan 27, 2009 READ MORE


Geithner and Summers
AP photo / Lawrence Jackson

Wall Street Robber Barons Ride Again

Why rush to throw another $350 billion of taxpayer money at the Wall Street bandits and their political cronies who created the biggest financial mess since the Great Depression? And why should we taxpayers be expected to double our debt exposure when the 10 still-secret bailout contracts made in the first round are being kept from the public?

Posted on Jan 13, 2009 READ MORE


Summers and Obama
AP photo / Charles Dharapak

Obama Chooses Wall Street Over Main Street

Maybe Ralph Nader was right in predicting that the same Wall Street hustlers would have a lock on our government no matter which major party won the election. I hate to admit it, since it wasn’t that long ago that I heatedly challenged Nader in a debate on this very point.

Posted on Nov 25, 2008 READ MORE


Obama and Rubin
AP photo / Chris Carlson

Obamanomics = Rubinomics?

Judging by the new additions to Barack Obama’s economic squad, the president-elect appears to be borrowing heavily from Robert Rubin’s ranks, but here’s an argument as to why Obama’s approach will differ from Rubin’s (but consider the source here).

Posted on Nov 24, 2008 READ MORE


Thomson, Paulson and Rubin
AP photo / J. Scott Applewhite

Change We Can Bank On

This is not change we can believe in. Not if Robert Rubin or his protégé, Lawrence Summers, get to call the shots on the economy in President-elect Barack Obama’s incoming administration.

Posted on Nov 18, 2008 READ MORE


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