DOJ and Treasury Schooled by College Athletes

By: Saturday August 9, 2014 9:00 am

First it was former Northwestern University quarterback Kain Coulter and his football teammates taking a chunk out of the NCAA, and yesterday it was former UCLA basketball player Ed O’Bannon and 19 other former college players. They did what few thought possible in going after a Too Big to Challenge institution, and won.

You know, the president is a sports-loving guy. Imagine what would happen if he called the attention of the DOJ and Treasury to these college athletes: “This is how you go after Too Big To Challenge institutions.” . . .

 

Does the Debt Ceiling Have to Be Raised?

By: Friday January 31, 2014 6:40 pm

Lately, the word out of Washington, DC from the plugged in people is that there will be no debt ceiling crisis coming up before the election. Politico says so, and so does the National Journal. MSNBC also agrees.

But not so fast, says the Washington Post, echoing the Wall Street Journal provided the House Republicans can agree on “. . . an extortion demand.” If they can, then we wll have another debt ceiling crisis.

Debt Limit Deadline Is October 17

By: Wednesday September 25, 2013 12:30 pm

We now have an official debt limit deadline. Today, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew sent Congress a letter informing them there will not be enough cash on hand to pay all our bills starting October 17. That is the date by which Congress needs to raise the debt limit or risk causing significant financial damage.

Declaring the Grand Bargain Dead Is Premature

By: Sunday September 1, 2013 9:00 am

Stories in The Washington Post and the New York Times have some in the blogosphere proclaiming that it’s time to celebrate the death of the Grand Bargain, and others at least raising a question about its death. I’ll go on record as saying that celebrating its death is definitely premature.

Treasury Secretary Lew Says Too Big to Fail Should Be Over by Year’s End

By: Thursday July 18, 2013 6:30 am

Citigroup alumn and current U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew has claimed that if the ever looming threat of banking institutions that are so big their failure would bring down the economy is not eliminated by year’s end further actions will be needed.

Politics and Slow Vetting Process Keep Government Understaffed

By: Friday May 3, 2013 6:50 am

The partisan gridlock in Washington combined with a slow moving vetting process has led to many of the key posts in the Obama Administration remaining vacant. Even as the administration asks for more power to police the internet and meddle in other country’s affairs abroad it lacks the staff to meet current responsibilities.

Mr. Lew to Berlin: Don’t Do What Obama Is Doing Here

By: Tuesday April 9, 2013 6:00 pm

Treasury Secretary Lew goes to Berlin. Mr. Lew encourages Europeans to reduce their austerity measures because they are ruining their economies. He wants Europeans to spur their demand or spending. That is a good suggestion.

Jack Lew Confirmed as Treasury Secretary

By: Thursday February 28, 2013 6:35 am

Despite a slew of damaging revelations Jack Lew has been confirmed by the Senate. With a 71-26 vote Lew received more Republican support than Chuck Hagel. On some level Lew’s easy confirmation is a testament to how much influence Wall Street has in Washington but it still is interesting to compare the two nominations and their confirmation fights when you look at the actual evidence.

Jack Lew’s Citigroup Contract Included Incentive to Go Into Government

By: Monday February 25, 2013 6:48 am

President Obama’s Treasury Secretary nominee not only worked for the Citigroup hedge fund that shorted the housing market, invested in off-shore tax havens, and took a nice bonus from TARP money – he had a provision written into his employment contract that encouraged him to return to government service.

Lew Claims Too Big to Fail Problem Solved at Confirmation Hearing

By: Thursday February 14, 2013 9:11 am

Treasury Secretary nominee Jack Lew made a stunning and fantastic claim at his confirmation hearing, namely that the Too Big To Fail or systemic risk threat from the mega banks no longer existed. That the problem had been solved by the Dodd-Frank legislation.

Seriously.

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