Why Won't the Federal Reserve Say Who They Gave $2 Trillion To?
Bloomberg: The Federal Reserve is refusing to identify the recipients of almost $2 trillion of emergency loans from American taxpayers or the troubled assets the central bank is accepting as collateral. Fed Chairman Ben S. Bernanke and Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said in September they would comply with congressional demands for transparency in a $700 billion bailout of the banking system.Two months later, as the Fed lends far more than that in separate rescue programs that didn't require approval by Congress, Americans have no idea where their money is going or what securities the banks are pledging in return. "The collateral is not being adequately disclosed, and that's a big problem,
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Congress gave them there powers and can take it away. If you watched the bailout hearing yesterday they threaten to do just that.
The Treasury and FDIC had a program to forgive debt in situations like this but they had to pay back all the money and there was strings attached. The bankers wanted hard cash and limited limitations and thats what the bailout was.
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