What Alan Greenspan Knew, and Brooksley’s ‘I Told You So’ Moment

The Federal Reserve System MUST BE ABOLISHED!

“We at the board in 1998 were obviously aware of the nature of the problems.  Remember the Federal Reserve is a rule making, is not an enforcement agency.” – Alan Greenspan

Alan appears to have known exactly what was happening with Fannie, Freddie, and the subprime mortgages.  Just ask Brooksley Born.

From Frontline:

As head of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission [CFTC], Brooksley Born became alarmed by the lack of oversight of the secretive, multitrillion-dollar over-the-counter derivatives market. Her attempts to regulate derivatives ran into fierce resistance from then-Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan, then-Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin and then-Deputy Treasury Secretary Larry Summers, who prevailed upon Congress to stop Born and limit future regulation. This is the edited transcript of an interview conducted on Aug. 28, 2009.

Part 1 – The Warning:

The entire program online, here.

The plot thickens with Nancy Pelosi appointing Ms. Born to the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission

Brooksley serve on financial crisis inquiry commission

Brooksley Born may have just gotten one of Washington’s greatest opportunities to say “I told you so.”

Born was the head of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission under President Bill Clinton in the late 1990s when she began to explore ways to regulate the derivatives market. She had grown concerned that derivatives represented a hidden dark side to the U.S. economy and that few people fully understood the risks involved. But her effort was quashed by then-Fed chief Alan Greenspan and then-Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin.

In wake of the crash of 2008, the vast, complicated and little-understood derivatives market has been widely blamed for undermining the American financial system — just as Born worried it could back in 1997.

But on Wednesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced that she’s appointing Born to the new 10-member Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, a body established by Congress to serve as a sort of 9-11 Commission for the financial crisis.

In a news release announcing the appointment, Pelosi said the new commission will provide “a full explanation of why so many people lost their homes, their life’s savings and their hard-earned pensions.”

Pelosi said: “To avoid a financial crisis of this magnitude in the future, the commission will conduct a thorough, systematic and nonpartisan examination of the failures in both government and financial markets.”

The commission is to submit its report to Congress by Dec. 15, 2010.

Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) appointed former California State Treasurer Phil Angelides as chairman of the commission, along with four other members.

On the Republican side, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) appointed former House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Bill Thomas as vice chairman of the commission and three other members, including Doug Holtz-Eakin, the former economic policy director for Sen. John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign.

By Logistics Monster


  • yourmomscalling -

    That lying sob greenpockets is a…

    (Editor’s Note to YourMomsCalling – one more time with the nastiness and I will have to ban you. Please respect the people that come here. They AND I do not want to be reading crap.)

  • granny gripes -

    HE is ONE OF THEM!!…….
    Recall the DOT “CON” BUBBLE n BUST!
    Well, he raised interest rates to blow the bubble rather than reduce margin reqirements.
    HE was 100% responsible for the BUBBLE N the BUST
    irrational exuberance my foot.
    He had the opportunity to shut down buying on margin as the market ran away and as well, in the bust!
    nope he helped build n break that market psycho saga.
    kinda like painting the tape in l930 ish era.
    That man has zero credibility and same goes for his radical MSM Hate peddling wife. Andrea Mitchel

  • granny gripes -

    Frankly this nation was better off when congress was investigating baseball players.
    maybe they need to go investigage and hold perpetual hearings on
    Tiger Woods or something that they can handle.
    WE KNEW back in l993 that ACORN with their mandatory CRA crap and radical attacks on banks was big trouble
    they brought a few bus loads of radicals to the Bank I worked at and threatened to destroy it unless Investors Savings Bank would lend 15% of it’s deposits to those on welfare, without a job, falling down properties in the slums. etc.

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