No Reason to Believe

(2 pm. – promoted by ek hornbeck)

Cross posted from The Stars Hollow Gazette

Why would anyone believe ratings or projections by the S&P or Moody’s after their part in crashing the economy?  

Rather than assess risk accurately, two major rating agencies sold their top seals of approval to their investment bank clients, blessing products that the agencies themselves knew to be undeserving, the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations concluded in a report released Wednesday. By repeatedly debasing their standards, these agencies helped banks sell shoddy securities to unsuspecting investors, inflating the value of assets that turned out to be worth far less, the report has found.

The senate panel, led by Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), levels a two-part charge against the rating agencies: Not only did these companies help inflate a dangerous bubble, the report says, but they also bear responsibility for popping it, as their abrupt downgrades of mortgage-linked securities in 2007 helped set off the panic that caused markets around the world to collapse.

Wall St. wants more austerity and and their puppets in Congress will help them every step of the way. So why should anyone take this seriously? Susie Madrak at Crooks and Liars reminds that “the banks liked the recession”

You’d think, considering the part played by Standard and Poors, Moody’s and Fitch in covering up these stinking piles of crap inadvertently rating mortgage derivatives as sound and crashing our economy, they would have the good grace to shut up and sit down.

But since nothing happened to hold accountable any of these craven clowns, what possible incentive do they have to tell the truth? And what reason do we have to believe them? After all, they’ve already displayed their willingness to sell their ratings to the highest bidder.

Let me remind you that bankers actually like the recession. They like the falling wages and the weak job market. The only thing that really worries them is inflation, and only because it raises wages and depresses the value of their holdings. Don’t trust anything that comes out of their mouths, or the feckless minions who sell their souls to them.

No reason to believe them now.


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    • TMC on April 24, 2011 at 05:25
  1. with their perfect timing.  Where were they during the extension of Bush tax cuts?


  2. Lamestream enabled fiat money oppression of 169 countries for billionaire Davos Jet setting swine flu vaccinated seat belt wearing 2008 financial crash 99er toxic Chinese drywall GMO Peace prize LibyaVietnamistan salute to George Carlin and the Knights of the Fifth and higher Veils.

    • banger on April 25, 2011 at 16:27

    …it is the agenda of the ruling elites to move us into a, basically, neo-feudal order. Austerity will dampen inflation which will hurt debtors, particularly those who are underwater in their mortgages and dramatically increase the desperation and servility of the American people which in turn will allow ever-more drastic extra-legal “rights” to the elites to do, basically, what they want with us. This coupled with the cultural trend towards magical-thinking (gosh, if I just make enough affirmations all my dreams will come true) and celebrity worship (i.e., worship of the oligarchy and their courtiers) should make for a nice bit of supercharged feudalism. Witness the obsession by the media for the “royal” wedding. Are we all subjects now of the British Crown? Have we gone full-circle?

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