Saturday, December 26, 2009

Huge bonuses at Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac

Title: U.S. promises unlimited financial assistance to Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac
Source: Washington Post
Date: December 25, 2009

From the article:
    The Obama administration pledged Thursday to provide unlimited financial assistance to mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, an eleventh-hour move that allows the government to exceed the current $400 billion cap on emergency aid without seeking permission from a bailout-weary Congress.

    The Christmas Eve announcement by the Treasury Department means that it can continue to run the companies, which were seized last year, as arms of the government for the rest of President Obama's current term.

    But even as the administration was making this open-ended financial commitment, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac disclosed that they had received approval from their federal regulator to pay $42 million in Wall Street-style compensation packages to 12 top executives for 2009.

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Can you imagine an America without a strong middle class?

Title: America Without a Middle Class
Source: Huffington Post
Date: December 3, 2009

From the article:
    Can you imagine an America without a strong middle class? If you can, would it still be America as we know it?

    Today, one in five Americans is unemployed, underemployed or just plain out of work. One in nine families can't make the minimum payment on their credit cards. One in eight mortgages is in default or foreclosure. One in eight Americans is on food stamps. More than 120,000 families are filing for bankruptcy every month. The economic crisis has wiped more than $5 trillion from pensions and savings, has left family balance sheets upside down, and threatens to put ten million homeowners out on the street.

Editorial cartoon

Editorial cartoon:

Recession's over