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The Geithner Approach

Calculated Risk has a great post with graphs, illustrating Tim Geithner’s plan to stabilize America’s financial system into a constellation of zombie banks and welfare queens.

The Geithner approach is to keep injecting capital into the banks to cover the losses. This is known as the “Zombie” bank approach.

In essence the balance sheet looks like this with liabilities greater than total assets. To make the zombie balance sheet “balance”, I’ve added “??????” to the assets.

These “??????” assets are either future retained earnings or additional money from the government. Although the bank is balance sheet insolvent, the bank will never be business insolvent because the government will continue to provide money to cover losses.

via Calculated Risk: Bank Balance Sheet: Liquidity and Solvency, Part II.

A “Part I” is also available,

Welfare Queens

President Obama and Secretary of the Treasury Geithner have given Goldman Sachs a $13 billion no-strings-attached, no-interest, non-repayable grant

This was operationalized through the AIG Bailout. Goldman Sachs, which has taken billions in TARP funds and other government welfare, and had previously stated it had no material interest in AIG, nonetheless received $13 billion in payments from AIG after the government gave even more money to AIG. Goldman Sachs is not only a fraudster of a company, it is a welfare queen, dependent on the federal government to pay for its reckless, antisocial behaviors.


Other large institutions have benefited as well.

In an inexplicably good move (he, after all, liedjust today on ABC’s This Week by saying he spent his entire career in public service) , Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner has asked for the authority to nationalize large financial institutions. I hope he gets it, and uses it. Zombies such as Citi, and welfare queens such as Goldman Sachs, should be seized, their shareholders wiped out, their officers civially prosecuted for mismanagement and criminally prosecuted for fraud, and their assets transferred to the treasury.

Just as I support a 90% tax on TARP-funded bonuses, salaries, and capital gains, I support the nationalization of zombie banks and welfare queen financiers. Their raids on the Treasury must stop.

Update: Obama has forced the CEO of GM to resign. The head of the UAW, and the CEO of Goldman Sachs, have not similarly angered our President, and still have work.