Skip to comments.Feds Pay Back Feds the Bailout Money from Feds and Feds Are Happy, But You Lose. Again
Posted on 03/13/2014 11:10:45 AM PDT by Kaslin
Talk about easy.
Today they are grinning in the Obama administration about the success of the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac bailout.
Combined, the allegedly private mortgage companies have returned over $200 billion to the United States Department of the Treasury, after the government spent $180 billion in bailing them out.
Oh, and the news gets better.
U.S. government-owned mortgage financiers Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac could send about $179.2 billion in profits to taxpayers over the next 10 years, reports Reuters, if the terms of their bailout remain intact, the White House budget office said on Monday.
But, yeah. This is Obama. Kind of like Enron-- the smartest guy in the room-- only immune from prosecution.
And why should it surprise us? Isn't this the premise of Obamacare? Isnt this what happened in the GM bailout?
Heres how taxpayers got the GM treatment from Fannie and Freddieare still getting it in fact:
The Federal Reserve Bank has a balance sheet of about $4 trillion in U.S. government securities right now. $1.8 trillion of that is in mortgage securities, most of which came from Fannie and Freddie portfolios that were sold to the Fedand continue to be sold to the Fedunder quantitative easing (QE).
Oh, but it gets better.
If you were Fannie and Freddie and had a chance in a rising bond market to sell securities to the government, no questions asked and above face value, would you give them 1) your high performing bonds, or 2) the ones that are, well, a bit questionable?
You dont have to be a banker or a government economist or a green energy venture crony capitalist to know the right answer.
Our friend Charles Payne from Fox Business calls the Feds bond portfolio the Yucca Mountain of bad mortgage loans.
So Fannie Mae sells off all its junk [to the Fed] and keeps all the good stuff, Payne told me on Ransom Notes Radio. The good stuff starts coming back, housing prices come back and just like that they raised over $120 billion, eight straight quarterly profits.
The federal government pushed out private mortgage lenders, he says, and took in a whole lot bad loans via Fannie and Freddie and now it has successfully offloaded those loans to the Yucca Mountain of bad loans, the Federal Reserve.
The question becomes: What does the Federal Reserve Bank do with them?
They likely cant sell the stuff on the open market.
Who would buy it?
Already the mortgage portfolio has likely seen paper losses because of rising interest rates. If the Federal Reserve was required to mark their portfolio to market, like every other asset manager, Im guessing youd see losses higher than the money returned to the federal government.
If the Federal Reserve was required to mark those securities to reality, the losses might be catastrophic, with investors losing confidence in the reserve banks ability to act as a reserve bank in case of a crisis. That's because theyve already acted as a reserve on poor fiscal policy habits by the government.
This mix could induce a bias toward slower exit or easier policy, and be seen as the first step toward fiscal dominance, said economist Frederic Mishkin, a former Fed governor. It could thereby be the cause of longer-term inflation expectations and raise the risk of inflation overall.
There is, in fact, no easy route for the Fed to take to get out of the mortgage mess. And that means that YOU will one day feel the effects of it.
They want to get us in," said one Union Army veteran about the ease with which the army occupied Fredericksburg, VA during that disastrous campaign in the Civil War. Getting out won't be quite so smart and easy You'll see.
Like most things with this administration, it seems like such a good deal, until you realize where the profits came from: the government.
I know youre shocked: The government is sending money to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac so that the government can get the money back that they sent them originally.
And what did the government do with the purchased portfolios? Where'd the money go? Who has it now? What happened to all the houses/land/etc?
Any honest accounting of the Fed’s balance sheet would show them to be hugely insolvent; yet the façade continues. However, what’s new about dishonest accounting? The Federal Government and political leaders have long refused to apply generally accepted accounting principles to how their financial statements are put together, so why should this be any different? It is so much easier to continue to deceive by pretending that everything is just fine. Madoff accounting, Federal style.
The biggest Ponzi scheme in history.
“But we paid it off” (cough, cough)
Think Common Core teaches what the liability is to the subject children?
“Just Do It” has a whole new meaning to the next generation(s)...
Sadly, less than half will understand the ramifications of any of it.
Kill the Fed! It is an extra-constitutional entity.
James R. McClure Jr.
Anti-Federalist Democrat candidate for IN09