The Day the Neoconservatives Nationalized AIG


The AIG Rescue
By Jon Taplin / September 16, 2008

A few months ago, neoconservatives were screaming bloody murder when Hugo Chavez nationalized the phone company. Today a neoconservative U.S. Government nationalized AIG, the largest insurance company in the world, because the collective banks of the world refused to make a bridge loan to the insurer of most of the bonds they hold.

AIG was the linch pin to the shadow banking system – the $50 trillion of Credit Default Swaps – that I have be writing about for a long time. By insuring toxic bonds made up of sub prime mortgages, AIG allowed the banks to sell them to pension funds as AAA credits. It was a scam which AIG helped the banks to pull off. And then the whole house of cards collapsed and AIG was left holding the bag, potentially to pay insurance out on $ billions of defaulted bonds. So the banks that needed this insurance to load the crap into pension funds and other fiduciaries, now refuse to keep their insurer alive and win the game of chicken with the Fed.

We have been talking about the Great Deleveraging and how it puts downward pressure on the prices of all assets except government bonds. A failure of AIG would have accelerated that process into a true crash of 1929 proportions. However, AIG was the enabler for the big banks all over the world. Paulson should lay off the 2 year $85 billion note to a consortium of banks, keep 20% of the warrants in the Treasury for the rescue and attach the rest of the warrants to the loans as part of the sale to a bank consortium.

This was a big bankers game. The US taxpayers should not be left holding the bag.

Source / Jon Taplin

Thanks to Diane Stirling-Stevens / The Rag Blog

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2 Responses to The Day the Neoconservatives Nationalized AIG

  1. Anonymous says:

    I am so ashamed. I donated to the Republicrats in 2000 and 2004 and directly to Premier Bush.

    I am a fool. Such a fool am I.

    Bush = the traitor- sold our country out to Rothschild and the EU leaders

    We are now a socialist country . They’ll socialize banking next
    then health care
    then they will control free speech. just watch..

  2. Admittedly, this is a small technicality, but the Fed is controlled by the government, but not owned by it. It is owned by its member banks.

    The way the US taxpayer is affected is by a potential decrease in the surplus revenue from the Fed that is turned over to the US Treasury each year. Since the Fed is a non – profit, such funds must either be retained, or moved off book.

    As I said small technicality, but the effect remains the same.

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