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Old 03-24-2009, 01:27 PM   #1
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Default U.S. seeks expanded power to seize firms Goal is to limit risk to broader economy

Ladies and gentlemen we are on the fast track toward socialism. This is the beginning. They want the power to take over companies "for the public good". That's how things will be termed.... "We're doing it for the good of the people."

Read your history....

If this doesn't just piss you right the hell off, then you need to turn in your American flag comrade.

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WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is considering asking Congress to give the Treasury secretary unprecedented powers to initiate the seizure of non-bank financial companies, such as large insurers, investment firms and hedge funds, whose collapse would damage the broader economy, according to an administration document.

The government at present has the authority to seize only banks.

Giving the Treasury secretary authority over a broader range of companies would mark a significant shift from the existing model of financial regulation, which relies on independent agencies that are shielded from the political process. The Treasury secretary, a member of the president's Cabinet, would exercise the new powers in consultation with the White House, the Federal Reserve and other regulators, according to the document.

The administration plans to send legislation to Capitol Hill this week. Sources cautioned that the details, including the Treasury's role, are still in flux.

Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner is set to argue for the new powers at a hearing today on Capitol Hill about the furor over bonuses paid to executives at American International Group, which the government has propped up with about $180 billion in federal aid. Administration officials have said that the proposed authority would have allowed them to seize AIG last fall and wind down its operations at less cost to taxpayers.

Two pieces to proposal
The administration's proposal contains two pieces. First, it would empower a government agency to take on the new role of systemic risk regulator with broad oversight of any and all financial firms whose failure could disrupt the broader economy. The Federal Reserve is widely considered to be the leading candidate for this assignment. But some critics warn that this could conflict with the Fed's other responsibilities, particularly its control over monetary policy.

The government also would assume the authority to seize such firms if they totter toward failure.

Besides seizing a company outright, the document states, the Treasury Secretary could use a range of tools to prevent its collapse, such as guaranteeing losses, buying assets or taking a partial ownership stake. Such authority also would allow the government to break contracts, such as the agreements to pay $165 million in bonuses to employees of AIG's most troubled unit.

The Treasury secretary could act only after consulting with the president and getting a recommendation from two-thirds of the Federal Reserve Board, according to the plan.

Geithner plans to lay out the administration's broader strategy for overhauling financial regulation at another hearing on Thursday.

Priority following failure of Lehman Brothers
The authority to seize non-bank financial firms has emerged as a priority for the administration after the failure of investment house Lehman Brothers, which was not a traditional bank, and the troubled rescue of AIG.

"We're very late in doing this, but we've got to move quickly to try and do this because, again, it's a necessary thing for any government to have a broader range of tools for dealing with these kinds of things, so you can protect the economy from the kind of risks posed by institutions that get to the point where they're systemic," Geithner said last night at a forum held by the Wall Street Journal.

The powers would parallel the government's existing authority over banks, which are exercised by banking regulatory agencies in conjunction with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Geithner has cited that structure as the model for the government's plans.
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Old 03-24-2009, 01:35 PM   #2
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I don't necessarily have a problem with this as an EMERGENCY power, that has a sunset clause.

But as policy going forward, this is a bad idea.

I suspect they'll get this power, and the incoming Republican President in 2012 will overturn it.
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I don't necessarily have a problem with this as an EMERGENCY power, that has a sunset clause.

But as policy going forward, this is a bad idea.

I suspect they'll get this power, and the incoming Republican President in 2012 will overturn it.
Question is, will the damage already be done. If the government owns companies can an incoming/new president make those companies private again? I honestly don't know. I am afraid that some socialists policies might not be able to be reversed.

I for one really don't like the fact the government can swoop in and take over the company for the greater good of the people (sounds eerily familiar if you read some history books). In a capitalist economy, companies thrive and fail, always have, hopefully always still will.
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Default Re: U.S. seeks expanded power to seize firms Goal is to limit risk to broader economy

Think about this....

Initially it will be only to "help out" (aka bailout) a huge megacorporation that is about to fail.

Then it will be.... Well.... It would be easier to help them out if we stepped in sooner. We'll only help if the company gets in bad trouble but isn't near failure.

Still later.... Well dang it... This would be even easier if we just stepped in to "help" before the trouble got bad.

Don't you see.... It's all for the public good.

Next thing you know the government has taken over whole sectors of the economy. They will cap salaries and bonuses. They will dictate who works where, when and for how much.

Try to look ahead on where this could go. Honest to goodness this frightens me a helluva lot more than the "spending" bill and even more than the trillion dollars the Fed is going to "inject" into the economy. This could lay the ground work for socialism here in the US.
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I hope the people that voted Oduma in are happy as clams right now.
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I'm am so pissed off right now. I can't even think about anything else. The thought that the government can say, "We think your company is in trouble. We're going to take control." has got me absolutely enraged.

The mere thought of an American administration even proposing this idea is frightening.

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I'm am so pissed off right now. I can't even think about anything else. The thought that the government can say, "We think your company is in trouble. We're going to take control." has got me absolutely enraged.

The mere thought of an American administration even proposing this idea is frightening.

WAKE THE profanityfilterprofanityfilterprofanityfilterprofa nityfilter UP PEOPLE!!! GET MAD!!! GET LOUD!!!
This is outrageous!!!

It's a freakin' travesty that those of us who clearly saw socialism coming with this bird brain and pulled the other lever will ultimately be suffering right along with those who were bamboozled by Obama and put him into office.

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Well Libs - once again - what say you?
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Funny how everyone was up in arms about supposed wire tapping of american conversations . . . when it was to foreign suspected terrorists...

BUT THIS?

WHere is the ACLU now? Where is the Southern Poverty Law Center now?

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I don't necessarily have a problem with this as an EMERGENCY power, that has a sunset clause.

But as policy going forward, this is a bad idea.

I suspect they'll get this power, and the incoming Republican President in 2012 will overturn it.
There is no temporary emergency power in government. Once they've got it, they keep it.
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