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Elizabeth Warren, chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel for bank bailouts

November 6th, 2009 at 10:51 am

"The numbers are bleak -- unemployment has surpassed 10 percent for the first time since 1983 -- and Warren is not surprised.

'Let's face it,' Warren said, 'This is sort of how we went about the rescue -- we rescued at the top and we left the bottom to kind of fend for itself -- and that's showing up in the unemployment numbers.'

Warren went on to explain that the report is really about the guarantees the Government made to protect banks' assets while leaving the public out to dry.

Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough suggested that it was the old 'socialize the risks, privatize the gains' scenario, but Warren took it one step further.

'The way I think of it is: they say something like 'Give me your money, investors and I'm going to Las Vegas and put it all on red 22. And if red 22 comes in -- woo! we are RICH. If red 22 doesn't come in, don't worry because the tax payers will pay you back the money you invested.'"

See post: The Cheerleaders vs. The Chicken Littles and comments re "A Jobless Recovery" --http://coreassets.savingadvice.com/2009/10/30/the-cheerleade...

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/11/06/elizabeth-warren-we...

http://www.pbs.org/now/shows/546/index.html

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