TARP Audit Finds Geithner Gave Away The Farm

Posted by Jill Schlesinger
CBS News
November 17, 2009

Special Inspector General for TARP (aka “SIG TARP”) Neil Barofsky said something we’ve all known for a while: the government gave away the farm when AIG failed.

If you recall, AIG’s failure meant that the companies on the other side of all of its contracts (counterparties) were going to be left holding the bag. Under normal cases of bankruptcy, the court would impose haircuts to the amount of money due to counterparties, but because AIG didn’t actually declare bankruptcy, the counterparties claimed that they were owed 100 cents of every dollar. The only bank that even considered taking a haircut was UBS – the Swiss, for goodness sakes – hard to imagine that a Swiss bank could make US banks look bad, but here’s a case in point.

OK, so let’s get this straight: the financial world is melting down, Uncle Sam had just saved the bankers’ butts and now Tim Geithner the President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (FRBNY) was going to wimp-out? Yes, the Great Gazoo strikes again! (My friend pointed out that our current Treasury Secretary and former tax cheat bears a striking resemblance to this esoteric character from “The Flintstones” — Geithner has been the Great Gazoo since!)…

…Barofsky seems to be one of the few officials that has to tell us what we already know: TARP is “almost certainly going to be a loss” for taxpayers and Geithner rolled over for Wall Street in the AIG negotiations.

Continues at CBS News.

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