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Maxine Waters utilizes FIRREA to justify possible conflict of interest

“The federal government has a legal obligation to support minority banks, as explicitly stated in the Financial Institutions Reform Recovery and Enforcement Act (FIRREA). In particular, Section 308 of FIRREA insists that the federal government take an active role in the preservation of the number and nature of minority banks. I have previously worked to ensure that the government is held accountable in this regard, and I will continue efforts to promote the interests of minority banks. As recently as the 110th Congress, I exhibited my commitment through my participation in official Oversight hearings on minority banks, as well as the initiation of a Government Accountability Office (GAO) study on the effectiveness of mandated government assistance to minority banks.

She also, of course, cites TARP, but she does give a pretty full accounting of her position. Enough that if it does come out that she had a conflict of interest, I’ll find it easier to accept such a violation as a matter of principle rather than greed – not that that necessarily makes it any better.

Iowa Senator Charles Grassley suggests suicide as option for beleaguered AiG executives Speaking on an Iowa radio station Monday, the Senator said:

“The first thing that would make me feel a little bit better towards them if they’d follow the Japanese example and come before the American people and take that deep bow and say I’m sorry, and then either do one of two things — resign, or go commit suicide.”

Resigning would be nice but that’s still not punishment. And while I find a certain reactionary release in the Senator’s words I think that’s a bit much (to say the least)…though (as in any arena) if any of them have a minimum of ties, and truly wished to do so I wouldn’t begrudge them.

The White House is expressing complete confidence in Tim Geithner’s handling of AiG which just proves that someone in the White House, someone responsible for planning, strategy, thinking, and press releases, Needs Their Damn Head Examined. Congress feels rather differently, with the House aiming for AiG bonus legislation next week (That’s fast. I like it when Congress is fast, if only because it’s a remarkable change of pace. Mind, it often also portends mistakes being made. The Jingo*koff*Patriot Act for example.) The backlash continues to gain momentum however, as everyone wants to be seen to be doing something – the Attorney General of Connecticut is expressing doubts that the bonuses are actually required by state law, as cited by AiG themselves (well some of them. Most sources are sticking to “Contractually obligated” but a few are siting state law. Ooops.)

In other, unrelated to AifuckingG news…

The U.S. capital has the highest HIV prevalence in United States, according to the 2008 epidemiology report by the city Health Department. High enough that it fits the UN definition for an HIV Epidemic. If true this would give DC a higher rate of HIV instance than West Africa, with some sources claiming as much as 3% of the total city population infected.

There are apparently still people in this country who think there’s some kind of a right to an assault rifle. The right to bear arms (which is a precedent arising from a misunderstanding of the U.S. Constitution thank you very much. The right to form a militia is, in essence, the right for a community to organize a police force rather than have one instituted from above.) doesn’t allow for the possession of nuclear weapons, either. Per usual both sides are pretty much smoking the wacky weed – all of those “hunters” who seek to take AK-47s to the vast population of Elk and Deer with Kevlar vests (who can’t bloody aim either, given that the purpose of an automatic weapon is to compensate for lack of accuracy) on one side and the fearmongers droning on endlessly about Mexican drug violence on the other (Mexican drug violence isn’t new. Unless by “for at least the past thirty to forty years” is new for you.) Let’s hear it for more lobbyist inspired money waste.

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~ by Auntie Ranty on March 17, 2009.

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