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Ken Lewis: If Iím Going Down, Hank Paulson and Ben Bernanke Are Coming Down With Me
New York Magazine ^ | 2/4/10 | Jessica Pressler

Posted on 02/05/2010 2:42:22 PM PST by FTJM

No WAY is Bank of America CEO Ken Lewis going to be the only one to answer for the acquisition of crappy Merrill Lynch and its crappy bonuses, "a person close to Lewis's defense team" (who may or may not be Ken Lewis himself) tells Charlie Gasparino today on the Daily Beast. NO WAY will he be a scapegoat, alone, for the people who twisted his arm to go through with the Merrill deal by telling him he would be fired if he didn't. "If this thing goes to trial you can expect both Paulson and Bernanke to be on the witness list." If he's going down, he's bringing them down, too. Bringing them down to Chinatown. Order in the court!

(Excerpt) Read more at nymag.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Editorial; Extended News; Front Page News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bernanke; fed; itsabouttime; kenlewis; lol; merrill; paulson; rofl; snakes; wallstreetcrooks

1 posted on 02/05/2010 2:42:22 PM PST by FTJM
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To: FTJM

Hire a food tester, dude.


2 posted on 02/05/2010 2:43:49 PM PST by gov_bean_ counter (Sarah Palin - For such a time as this...)
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To: FTJM

There’s no honor among thieves.


3 posted on 02/05/2010 2:44:09 PM PST by unkus
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To: gov_bean_ counter

Really. THis one will never see a courtroom.


4 posted on 02/05/2010 2:44:33 PM PST by screaminsunshine
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To: FTJM

Sing, Ken, Sing!


5 posted on 02/05/2010 2:46:17 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: screaminsunshine

Unfortunately you are right. Too bad, it would be a good start.


6 posted on 02/05/2010 2:46:38 PM PST by Notary Sojac ("Goldman Sachs" is to "US economy" as "lamprey" is to "lake trout")
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To: FTJM

I know the banks have been scapegoats. Like being browbeat into giving loans to deadbeats, Crystal the stripper and her pimp....folks with no credit history who were never going to repay.

I know that Obama, Dodd, Frank and the like are spitting in the eyes of those who paid the bidding of those holding the treasury purse strings.

But hey, until some of them open their mouths and tell how it came down Obama will continue to make bogeymen of bankers, Dodd and Frank will get away with their crimes and that’s how I see it.


7 posted on 02/05/2010 2:47:13 PM PST by Fishtalk
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To: Notary Sojac

Washington is getting to be like Nassau in the 1700’s.


8 posted on 02/05/2010 2:48:44 PM PST by screaminsunshine
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To: screaminsunshine

Correct


9 posted on 02/05/2010 2:49:02 PM PST by stephenjohnbanker (Support our troops, and vote out the RINO's!)
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To: FTJM

Mr Lewis is going to have a heart attack


10 posted on 02/05/2010 2:49:25 PM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)
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To: All

Frankly - This could be a good popcorn event....


11 posted on 02/05/2010 2:50:37 PM PST by BigEdLB (Now there ARE 1,000,000 regrets - but it may be too late.)
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To: FTJM
Frontline: Breaking the Bank
12 posted on 02/05/2010 2:50:43 PM PST by NonValueAdded (Mass. elects Scott Brown. NVA:" for the first time in my adult life I am proud of my birth state")
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To: FTJM

If something happens to Mr. Lewis or he is shut up; we will know where to look.


13 posted on 02/05/2010 2:52:12 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: FTJM

We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge or gallantry would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other. - John Adams


14 posted on 02/05/2010 2:52:51 PM PST by Bryan24 (When in doubt, move to the right..........)
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To: Doogle

The ghost of Vince Foster will be visiting Mr Lewis.

Lewis, take them down, all of them.


15 posted on 02/05/2010 2:53:48 PM PST by VicVega (Saints are marching to Miami to win the Super Bowl.)
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To: FTJM
The NYC slicks hate the Charlotte,North Carolina bank that has the potential to kick their ass. Cumo sees this as a way to ingratiate himself with the NY bankers and score political points by attacking the NC bank. Smoke,mirrows,lies and hypocritical propaganda.
16 posted on 02/05/2010 2:53:57 PM PST by TUX
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To: FTJM

Ken needs to consult with Glenn Beck on security.


17 posted on 02/05/2010 2:58:24 PM PST by BuckeyeTexan (Integrity, Honesty, Character, & Loyalty still matter)
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To: FTJM

Tag team Girlyman fight!


18 posted on 02/05/2010 2:59:14 PM PST by parthian shot (When do we stop asking and start telling?)
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To: FTJM
The best is that it's Andrew Cuomo who is prosecuting him! That prick created the mess in the first place.

Cuomo's trying to get on the offensive prior to his run for governor, where he'll be put on the defensive.

Nice try Andy, but Ken Lewis is not going to let you get away with that, even if the mainstream media and the NY GOP do.

This is shaping up as world class entertainment.

19 posted on 02/05/2010 3:02:44 PM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: FTJM

Asprirn overdose coming again? The Chicago way....


20 posted on 02/05/2010 3:05:25 PM PST by Blonde
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To: Doogle

“Mr Lewis is going to have a heart attack”

Nah. More likely an auto-erotic asphyxiation.


21 posted on 02/05/2010 3:13:27 PM PST by chuck_the_tv_out ( <<< click my name: now featuring Freeper classifieds)
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To: FTJM

Expect more of this in 2010. Obongo has lost his cool, next they turn on him. Spill the beans Blago and others.


22 posted on 02/05/2010 3:21:23 PM PST by mojitojoe (¬ďMedicine is the keystone of the arch of socialism.¬Ē - Vladimir Lenin)
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To: Doogle

he’ll commit suicide by shooting himself 6 x in the back of his head...


23 posted on 02/05/2010 3:22:36 PM PST by Marysecretary (GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL!)
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To: FTJM

Bank of America was started in San Francisco in 1904 by Amadeo Giannini, American born son of Italian immigrants, as Bank of Italy.

Among many accomplishments, it was the originator of VISA card (initially BankAmeriCard). To compete a consortium of other California banks started Mastercard.

Today THE largest financial services company in the world.

Example of a major company moving Hq. out of California.

If you value American free enterprise capitalism, this is a success story.

Lewis can assemble massive resources to battle the Obama administration.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bank_of_america

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amadeo_Giannini


24 posted on 02/05/2010 3:30:47 PM PST by truth_seeker
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; bigheadfred; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; ...
for the acquisition of crappy Merrill Lynch and its crappy bonuses
I'll take mine with extra butter.
25 posted on 02/05/2010 3:34:39 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Happy New Year! Freedom is Priceless.)
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To: FTJM

Hey Ken two words “Swimming Lessons” find a course that includes “How to swim with concrete over shoes” it may be a 200 series course.

TT


26 posted on 02/05/2010 3:35:18 PM PST by TexasTransplant (Parse every sentence uttered by a politician)
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To: FTJM

PS Ken, Long walks at Fort Marcy Park should be avoided.


27 posted on 02/05/2010 3:39:12 PM PST by TexasTransplant (Parse every sentence uttered by a politician)
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To: FTJM
Future headline: "Committed suicide in Ft. Marcy Park, federal investigators unable to explain three shots to back of head..."


28 posted on 02/05/2010 3:40:49 PM PST by Moe Tzadik
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To: FTJM

Ken Lewis looks like a guy I wouldn’t mess with.
Just sayin’......


29 posted on 02/05/2010 3:40:58 PM PST by La Enchiladita ( This must be what it feels like to live in a monarchy when some little kid becomes king ...)
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To: gov_bean_ counter

He is going to end up like Ken LAY. Goes to vacation house and has a massive heart attack. HUMMMMMMMM


30 posted on 02/05/2010 3:41:12 PM PST by Marty62 (former Marty60)
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To: truth_seeker

Unfortunately some freepers suffer from class envy. They hate the banks and the bankers and are perfectly content with the Obama administration demonizing them. This is supposed to be a conservative forum but the knee jerk reaction is anything but.


31 posted on 02/05/2010 3:41:50 PM PST by ladyjane
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To: FTJM

Take all of the penis slurpers down!


32 posted on 02/05/2010 3:46:58 PM PST by RVN Airplane Driver ("To be born into freedom is an accident; to die in freedom is an obligation..)
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To: FTJM

Good.

Any one with common sense knows that there were and are many unnamed here that should be going down just like Lewis. Expose them, investigate them, drag them through the mud, and convict them...ALL.


33 posted on 02/05/2010 3:48:05 PM PST by cranked
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To: All

I HOPE to God he takes Bwarney Fwank with him!


34 posted on 02/05/2010 3:53:10 PM PST by jackibutterfly
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To: FTJM

I’m guessing “aspirin overdose” like that Blago witness.


35 posted on 02/05/2010 3:54:18 PM PST by StopObama2012 (CLICK ME to expose Ocommie)
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To: mojitojoe
Expect more of this in 2010. Obongo has lost his cool, next they turn on him. Spill the beans Blago and others.

Doesn't help that Obie is trying to settle some Chicago business with a Las Vegas family either.

36 posted on 02/05/2010 3:54:48 PM PST by gov_bean_ counter (Sarah Palin - For such a time as this...)
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To: Marty62

As long as all his information is backed up and hidden... and his enemies know it... they won’t be able to touch him for fear of that info getting released.

I just hope he’s smart enough to do that.


37 posted on 02/05/2010 4:00:08 PM PST by gogogodzilla (Live free or die!)
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To: ladyjane
You are correct about the huge strain of socialism-lite that is far too prevalent on this forum.

I'm rooting for Ken Lewis, myself, and can't wait to see him take on Cuomo.

I'm hoping the end result of all this is that Cuomo gets trashed so bad he limps away from the Nov. race; Lewis could be the catalyst which allows the NY economy to heal as a result.

38 posted on 02/05/2010 4:03:21 PM PST by Siena Dreaming
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To: gov_bean_ counter

Now we are talking! Paulson and Bernake need to take down some corrupt politicians with them.


39 posted on 02/05/2010 4:05:39 PM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: FTJM
Careful Kenny boy. That's dangerously close to what Ron Brown said to Billyboy Clinton shortly before his plane had an unscheduled stop on some Serbian mountainside.
40 posted on 02/05/2010 6:02:21 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: hinckley buzzard

I have recently seen a movie or TV program where the bad guy carried a device to slaughter cattle in commercial operations.It used compressed air and when applied to the skull brought instant death and produced a nice round hole in the skull.

I’m convinced that’s what killed Ron Brown and was noted in the autopsy


41 posted on 02/05/2010 6:10:58 PM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Tax the poor. Taxes will give them a stake in society)
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To: bert

Powder..patch..ball FIRE!

I have recently seen a movie or TV program where the bad guy carried a device to slaughter cattle in commercial operations.It used compressed air and when applied to the skull brought instant death and produced a nice round hole in the skull

“No Country for Old Men”


42 posted on 02/05/2010 8:43:16 PM PST by BallandPowder
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To: Fishtalk
>>I know the banks have been scapegoats.

Just getting what they paid for...



...best government money can buy.
43 posted on 02/06/2010 8:36:27 AM PST by LomanBill (Animals! The DemocRats blew up the windmill with an Acorn!)
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To: VicVega
The ghost of Vince Foster will be visiting Mr Lewis.

Lewis, take them down, all of them.

Don't forget Ron Brown.

44 posted on 02/06/2010 8:38:59 AM PST by stboz
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To: BallandPowder

>>“No Country for Old Men”

Especially for Old Quislings.

Eastward ho, NyLons; hoist the Union Jack on the dingy and set sail - GTHOOMC!


45 posted on 02/06/2010 8:40:20 AM PST by LomanBill (Animals! The DemocRats blew up the windmill with an Acorn!)
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To: stboz

No kidding.

The death of Ron had Bill relieved and happy.


46 posted on 02/06/2010 2:22:04 PM PST by VicVega (Saints are marching to Miami to win the Super Bowl.)
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