Sunday, January 31, 2010

US Watchdog: Catastrophic Financial Meltdown Looms

Photo: Neil Barofsky. special inspector general overseeing the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program. Photo from Top News

Watchdog: Bank Bailouts Created More Risk in System --

The problems that led to the last financial crisis have not yet been addressed, and in some cases have grown worse, says Neil Barofsky, the special inspector general for the trouble asset relief program, or TARP. The quarterly report to Congress was released Sunday.

The government's bailout of financial institutions deemed "too big to fail" has created a risk that the United States could face a worse fiscal meltdown in the future, an independent watchdog assigned to review the program told Congress on Sunday.

The Troubled Assets Relief Program, known as TARP, has not addressed the problems that led to the last crisis and in some case those problems have festered and are a bigger threat than before, warned Neil Barofsky, the special inspector general at the Treasury Department.

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Update: Swiss warn UBS bank could collapse -- Breitbart/AFP

My Comment: The headline caught my attention ... I am also sure that it also caught yours. Gotta love FOX news to put up the most attention grabbing headlines possible.

On a more serious note, there is some legitimacy to be concerned. I sometimes feel that we are sleepwalking to a precipice, and the bottom is just about to drop. But no one wants to look at the reality of the situation, which is that we are highly leveraged and deep in debt but unwilling .... or unable .... to confront the crisis at hand.

Hence we talk about unemployment, health care reform, cap and trade, global warming .... all important issues .... but the 800 lb guerrilla in the room that represents our debts and future obligations is ignored.

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