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Bernanke's cut of bankers bailout loot
Jim Hightower.com ^ | 29 May 2014 | Jim Hightower

Posted on 06/01/2014 4:33:10 PM PDT by Lorianne

Perhaps you've been wondering: How's Ben doing?

Extremely well – thank you, now that he has stepped down as head of the Fed. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Benanke presided over most of the 2008 financial crash, the Wall Street bailout, the Great Recession, and today's so-called "recovery-that-isn't," since 90 percent of Americans still have not recovered.

So what's Ben been doing now that he's no longer saving banksters with US taxpayers' dollars? Going to bankster gatherings to bask in their glowing gratitude – and collecting his cut of the bailout loot.

In one week in May, Bernanke was in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday, Johannesburg on Wednesday, and Houston on Friday, speechifying to global bankers and hobnobbing with hedge fund billionaires and economic titans. Each of these private chats put $200,000 or more into Ben's pockets. He's doing beaucoup of these cash-on-the-barrelhead BenFests for the likes of JPMorgan Chase, Blackstone Group, and Morgan Stanley. In conferences and in small dinners at four-star restaurants, Bernanke is offering "words of wisdom" to barons of high finance he bailed out, in exchange for a ridiculous fee that most could not have paid without those rescue funds that the Fed chief extracted from you and me.

But here's an irony that's gotta be chapping Ben's butt – some of the banksters he saved are refusing to play the payback game. Not because they're bothered by the totally corrupt ethics involved, but because they're balking at his high fees. Goldman Sachs, for example, which got a $10 billion bailout and whose CEO took $23 million in personal pay last year, says Bernanke's $200,000 tab is too steep.

This is Jim Hightower saying… Is there no honor among thieves? What's this world coming to when the robber barons won't toss a couple of hundred thousand bailout crumbs to Ben, their loyal servant?

"Goldman CEO Blankfein To Earn $23 Million in 2013,"


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1 posted on 06/01/2014 4:33:10 PM PDT by Lorianne
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To: Lorianne

Hightower is a creep, but he is right as rain on this one.


2 posted on 06/01/2014 5:08:27 PM PDT by DaxtonBrown (http://www.futurnamics.com/reid.php)
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To: Lorianne

This clown used to be Texas’ agriculture Commissioner, way back when Democrats were the only political party. He’s a liberal, but he is right about Helicopter Ben and this shameless money laundering scheme.


3 posted on 06/01/2014 6:05:55 PM PDT by txrefugee
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To: Lorianne
For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?

Mark 8:36


4 posted on 06/01/2014 6:36:08 PM PDT by Dogbert41 (Up yours NSA !)
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To: Lorianne

Jon Corzine, ex Goldman CEO, ex New Jersey governor and senator, and ex CEO MF Global continues to be a free man after swindling the shareholders of MF Global of over $1 billion.

The Federal Reserve must be terminated and its controlling New York banking cartel of too big to fail banks and investment firms must be broken up to save the republic.


5 posted on 06/01/2014 6:41:42 PM PDT by Soul of the South (Yesterday is gone. Today will be what we make of it.)
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