The European and U.S. problem is not only the year-after-year reality of high unemployment and slow or negative growth, it’s that results be damned most of us ‘still’ believe in austerity. The masters have reason to believe and even love austerity, because they get rich off moving wealth from the middle to the top, but dammit most of us chumps believe too
|By: fairleft Sunday December 30, 2012 7:00 am|
|By: Peterr Saturday August 20, 2011 10:00 am|
A former senior VP at Moody’s wrote an 80 page letter to federal regulators, blowing the whistle on systemic pressures placed by Moody’s business people on the ostensibly objective analysts. To those who are shocked by this, it helps to remember Econ 101: when you get paid by the people whose bonds you are rating, there’s a lot of incentive to keep the customer satisfied.
But it doesn’t stop there. Michael Hudson of UMKC notes that the perverse incentives of ratings agencies lead them to push against raising taxes to pay for things now. Instead, it’s better financially for the ratings agencies if governments keep taxes down but sell bonds . . . ’cause that’s more business for them.
Amazing what basic economics can teach you about the ratings agencies.
|By: fairleft Saturday June 18, 2011 7:02 pm|
The establishment parties, Democrats or Republicans, will not save us. The bought-and-paid-for ‘progressives’ (gathered now at Netroots Nation to ‘reluctantly’ cheer on the Democrats) and Tea Partiers, both in the tank for one or the other of the financier-owned parties, will not save us.