Spitzer Witchunt Tied to Banking Scandal

The Executive’s use of the Judicial branch to assault political opponents has taken an interesting turn (Crooks and Liars, emphasis mine):

At the time of Spitzer’s resignation, I blogged that something about the investigation didn’t pass the smell test, the Don Siegelman case foremost on my mind. But journalist Greg Palast has made a compelling case tying the Spitzer investigation to a different top story.

While New York Governor Eliot Spitzer was paying an ‘escort’ $4,300 in a hotel room in Washington, just down the road, George Bush’s new Federal Reserve Board Chairman, Ben Bernanke, was secretly handing over $200 billion in a tryst with mortgage bank industry speculators.

Both acts were wanton, wicked and lewd. But there’s a BIG difference. The Governor was using his own checkbook. Bush’s man Bernanke was using ours.

This week, Bernanke’s Fed, for the first time in its history, loaned a selected coterie of banks one-fifth of a trillion dollars to guarantee these banks’ mortgage-backed junk bonds. The deluge of public loot was an eye-popping windfall to the very banking predators who have brought two million families to the brink of foreclosure.

Up until Wednesday, there was one single, lonely politician who stood in the way of this creepy little assignation at the bankers’ bordello: Eliot Spitzer.

Who are they kidding? Spitzer’s lynching and the bankers’ enriching are intimately tied.

How? Follow the money. Read on…

This just keeps getting nastier. Will anything at all be done about it?

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One Response

  1. “The Fed has agreed to take over up to $30bn of Bear Stearns’ assets, removing the risk for JP Morgan.”

    Like JP Morgan needs more help from our treasury? WTF?

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