Posts Tagged ‘Franklin Raines’

Let Loose the Barracuda!

September 29, 2008

from Perish the Thought:

James Lewis has it right:  To win this election, John McCain must let Sarah Palin unfurl the flag of REFORM in her debate vs Joe Biden on Friday night. 

Mr. Lewis is correct:

This crisis is not financial — it is politicalIt’s not a market failure. It’s a decades-long robbery by the Left, finally exposed for what it is.
 
The Democrats deserve the wrath of the voters this time.
 
To allow Barack Obama and the liberal democrat machine to continue steam-rolling taxpayers into funding their self-serving projects is a fatal disservice to the integrity of this nation, its credibility, its security and its future.
 
The taxpayers are now on the hook for a trillion dollars, if you add the failed 300 billion dollar rescue package from two weeks ago to the 700 billion dollar Paulson package  This is a trillion dollar scam, and all the politicians in Congress, the ACORN mafiathe people who played the market on unsecured mortgages, and the scam artists who were hired by Freddie and Fannie — they all knew it.  In case you haven’t been watching, that includes all of Barack Obama’s “home mortgage advisors” — Franklin Raines, Jim Johnson and Jamie Gorelick. It includes Senate Banking Committee members like Chris Dodd It includes House members like Barney Frank. Watch this video and you can see them strutting their stuff when the US watchdog agency criticized Fannie and Freddie in 2003.

 

They knew exactly what was going on.
 
It’s time John McCain and Sarah Palin stood up and let taxpayers know this as well.
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Penalize criminals — not taxpayers

September 28, 2008

 

This video may be the tip of the iceberg, but the problem started “somewhere” …..

Penalize the criminals and the irresponsible congress members who have taken the money, demonstrated croneyism and NOW want taxpayers to “bail” them out ….

 

 

The Obama-Fannie-Freddie Connection

September 9, 2008
Obama’s two economic advisors are former Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac CEO’s who may have pulled strings to give Obama a “heads up” on the recent government bail-out plan.  Washington Prowler has the story:   
When President George W. Bush nominated Henry Paulson to serve as Treasury Secretary, Republicans raised a red flag that Paulson, who, along with his wife, has strong ties to the Democrat party, would not be an honest broker with Republicans.

That seems to have been borne out, with sources inside of Treasury reporting that Paulson briefed Sen. Barack Obama and his campaign advisers on the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac bailout plan before offering such a briefing to the McCain campaign.

In fact, the McCain campaign had sought a similar briefing several days ago as word spread that a bailout plan was to be unveiled and had been turned down by Paulson’s senior staff.

The next question is: Why was the Obama campaign so keen on getting advanced word about the bailout?

“They have a huge problem with the mortgage and housing market story, and everyone is missing it,” says a Republican political media consultant with ties to the Obama campaign due to the bipartisan nature of the firm he does work with.

“You look at Obama’s economic advisers, the guys he has counted on from day one and who have raised him a ton — and I mean a ton — of money: Franklin Raines and Jim Johnson, both of them are waist to neck deep in the mortgage debacle.”

Both Raines and Johnson have served as CEO of Fannie Mae, with Raines taking over from Johnson. Both are key political and economic advisers to Obama.

“How can Obama go out with a straight face and saw it was Republicans who made this mess, when it is his key advisers who ran the agencies that made the big mess what it is?” says a Democrat House member who supported Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton. “It’s his people who are responsible for what may well be the single largest government bailout in history. And every single one of them made millions off the collapse that are lining Obama’s campaign coffers. If the McCain campaign lets this one go, they deserve to lose.”

It isn’t just Fannie Mae where Obama has a problem. Another close political adviser, in fact the one man responsible for rallying support for Obama early on among Congressional Democrats, is Rep. Rahm Emanuel, who served on the Board of Directors for Freddie Mac after leaving the Clinton White House. According to Freddie Mac insiders, Emanuel during his time on the board opposed every reform proposed by the Bush Administration that would have impacted Freddie and Fannie Mae.

Emanuel claimed to be neutral in the primary race between the wife of his old boss and his longtime Chicago acquaintance, Obama. But the chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, who would be first in line for the vacated Senate seat of Obama should he win the presidency, quickly dumped Clinton when it was clear Obama had a head of steam for the nomination.

“We ought to be able to — rightly — hang the Fannie and Freddie scandal around the neck of Obama, if they can get out in front,” says a House Republican. “Middle-class folks’ mortgages are probably safe, but the American taxpayer will also be paying for this scandal for years to come.”

Possibly this connection may (or may not) inspire the Clinton’s to join the rush to the November 4 finish line.  After all — Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were created under Clinton’s administration. 
It’s possible President Bush could have avoided some of this by his HUD secretary, Mel Martinez, undoing Andrew Cuomo’s rules.  But can you imagine the grief he would have gotten for making houses harder to buy, especially for those on the lower rungs of the economic ladder, with the likes of Barney Frank and Paul Krugman on the opposing side?

This was the perfect liberal operation:  The righteous cause of home ownership for those on the lower rungs of the economic ladder.  Pockets padded for fellow cronies.  And the blame for the inevitable crisis going to Republicans.  Perfect.  Bill Clinton is a genius.
 
Deliver us from any more displays of Clinton’s genius.   Include in that display the election of Barack Obama — expecially if Obama’s economic programs are being master-minded by Clinton cronies.