Let’s do a brief review…
During the peak of the housing boom, mortgage tranches were packaged and securitized as Mortgage Backed Securities (MBS) – and peddled as income-producing investments by major investment houses. Participating parties like Goldman Sachs and others also purchased ‘insurance’ to hedge their risk profiles in the event of a housing market ‘swan dive’ – and a potential collapse of the underlying payment streams supporting the value of these MBS investments vehicles.
The ‘insurance’ was purchased (primarily from AIG) in the form of Credit Default Swaps (CDS). And, thanks to some nifty deregulation orchestrated by Robert Rubin (Treasury Chief under Clinton), AIG was not required to carry any meaningful level of reserves to back the Credit Default Swaps – to pay their counterparties if the Mortgage Backed Securities market… ‘went south.’
It did just that, and the rest is history. Housing tanked. MBS’ tanked. And AIG had no reserves with which to pay Goldman and others. Had normal bankruptcy proceedings prevailed, Goldman Sachs would likely have received just pennies on the dollar in settlement – for placing a huge ‘blind bet’ on an investment that had no reserves backing it up.
But – the U.S. Government stepped in, and through an arbitration process, brokered a settlement of 100 cents on the dollar, amounting to a direct cash transfusion of a cool $12.9 trillion – from the U.S. taxpayer – to Goldman Sachs.
And then the real ‘fun’ began. The investment banking heavyweights, Goldman Sachs and J.P. Morgan, were ‘fast-tracked’ for “federal bank charters.’ Their newly acquired status as commercial banks allowed them to joined in with “Bank of America, Citigroup, J.P. Morgan Chase and other banking titans who could go to the Fed and borrow massive amounts of money” at near-zero percent interest.
“The ability to go to the Fed and borrow big at next to no interest was what saved Goldman, Morgan Stanley and other banks from death in the fall of 2008. “They had no other way to raise capital at that moment, meaning they were on the brink of insolvency,” says Nomi Prins, a former managing director at Goldman Sachs. “The Fed was the only shot.”
“In fact, the Fed became not just a source of emergency borrowing that enabled Goldman and Morgan Stanley to stave off disaster — it became a source of long-term guaranteed income.
Borrowing at zero percent interest, banks like Goldman now had virtually infinite ways to make money. In one of the most common maneuvers, they simply took the money they borrowed from the government at zero percent and lent it back to the government by buying Treasury bills that paid interest of three or four percent. It was basically a license to print money — no different than attaching an ATM to the side of the Federal Reserve.”
“You’re borrowing at zero, putting it out there at two or three percent, with hundreds of billions of dollars — man, you can make a lot of money that way,” says the manager of one prominent hedge fund. “It’s free money.”
(Source: Wall Street’s Bail out Hustle – Matt Taibbi, 2-17-10)
And that is one of the primary justifications for the Leviticus 25 Plan – granting U.S. citizens the same direct access to the Federal Reserve discount window – that was bestowed upon Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan, and certain other banking titans.
After all, it is ‘our money.’ And granting U.S. citizens direct access to liquidity extensions from a Federal Reserve special “U.S. Citizens Credit Facility,” would clean up liquidity issues at the family level: $75,000 per U.S. citizen at zero percent interest – with a specified ‘recapture provision.’
The Leviticus 25 Plan pays for itself over a 10-15 year period. It would generate $1.02 trillion budget surpluses each of the first five years. It would reignite economic growth, providing family income earning jobs, eliminating massive tracts of debt at ground level, and restoring economic liberty in America.
America, currently, has no other viable option.
“He who will not apply new remedies must expect new evils.” – Sir Francis Bacon
The Leviticus 25 Plan is a dynamic economic initiative providing direct liquidity benefits for American families, while at the same time scaling back the role of government in managing and controlling the affairs of citizens. It is a comprehensive plan with long-term economic and social benefits for citizens and government.
The inspiration for this plan is based upon Biblical principles set forth in the Book of Leviticus, principles tendering direct economic liberties to the people.
The Leviticus 25 Plan 2018 – $75,000 per U.S. citizen
The Leviticus 25 Plan 2018 (2341)
It would “strenghten the base” in America.