Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Sacrificing Real People to Boost an Illusion.

Despite Warren Buffet's huge $5 billion vote of "confidence" in Bank of America, the "too big to fail" institution is slashing 30,000 jobs - after it's already cut 6,000 jobs - in an effort to reverse a crisis of confidence in its investors. It's the single largest job reduction by a US company this year, since the post office cut 30,000 jobs, last year, since General Motors cut 47,000 jobs in 2009. The cuts which effect Bank of America's consumer businesses represent 10% of South Carolina's work force.  This year, when the real unemployment rate is over 20%.

Not to mention the poverty rate in America is rapidly increasing, especially for children under 18. And middle class wealth is falling. 

The government draws the line of poverety at an income of $22,314 a year for a family of four and $11,139 for an individual.  Oh, and Merck is also cutting 13,000 jobs. So, boosting investor confidence? In what? The only thing I can think of is that the uber rich' will continue to get uber uber rich. Because that's the only segment of the population that is benefitting.

Of course, this is nothing new. Banks and corporations often slash jobs in order to boost confidence, boost their bottom line, and whether we want to face it or not, boost the profits in order to line the already lined pockets of the powers behind these institutions. The results - the rich getting richer by the day - prove that this is true.

But isn't there something inherently wrong with a system that sacrifices its people, real people, for an illusion? For excessive profit? To maintain institutions that are too big to fail? Because, after all, confidence is not real. Confidence is often misleading and not congruent with reality, and that often leads to delusion and deception. In fact, over-confidence inflated the housing bubbles that burst in 2008, bringing our economy to its knees. And don't kid yourself, there are a few more bubbles yet to burst. Still, we're willing to sacrifice real people in order to create the illusion that everything is just fine...when, everyday, it seems, it gets worse and worse.

Then, there is the problem that if Bank of America collapses, there may not be enough money in the FDIC to cover the losses that will occur. That's right. Bank of America just might collapse the FDIC. In August, the FDIC rejected Bank of America's mortgage accord because it doesn't have enough money information to evaluate the settlement.

And I thought this was interesting. Adulos Huxley, from zerohedge posted a Goldman Sachs Case Study that may or may not predict
Buffett branding is just a first line of defense in the rescue plan.

9/15/2008 | GS=$131 | Lehman Bros files for Ch. 11

9/16/2008 | GS=$129 | AIG bailed out

9/23/2008 | GS=$121 | Buffett buys $5B of GS @ $115/share (under market)

10/3/2008 | GS=$124 | TARP made into law

10/28/2008 | GS=$91 | US Treasury buys $10B of GS @ $122.9/share (over market)

11/21/2008 | GS=$47.41 | low

11/24/2008 | GS=$65 | QE 1 begins; Fed buys MBS

For Banksters of America, we can expect same order of bailouts about a month apart with BAC falling 20-30% each interval:

8/25/2011 Buffett (private deal)

9/23/2011 US Treasury (federal)

10/28/2011 QE 3 (international overlord)
It does make one wonder why such a savvy investor like Buffet would invest $5 billion into what appears to be a powderkeg of debt.

Links:

Bankrate.com
Poverty Call to Conscience Tour

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