December 14, 2011
The size of the bailout keeps growing
Last week, I wrote about the revelation that the size of the bailout was $7.77 trillion, much larger than publicly revealed during the time. Via reader Mark, I read this article by former congressman Alan Grayson that says that the audit that was enabled by legislation that he and Ron Paul initiated reveals that the size of the Federal Reserve bailout of the big banks all over the world is now even greater than that, to the tune of $26 trillion, which is almost twice the size of the entire GDP of the US, which is a little over $14 trillion. Grayson explains the key numbers that the audit revealed:
Page 131 - The total lending for the Fed's "broad-based emergency programs" was $16,115,000,000,000. That's right, more than $16 trillion. The four largest recipients, Citigroup, Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch and Bank of America, received more than a trillion dollars each. The 5th largest recipient was Barclays PLC. The 8th was the Royal Bank of Scotland Group, PLC. The 9th was Deutsche Bank AG. The 10th was UBS AG. These four institutions each got between a quarter of a trillion and a trillion dollars. None of them is an American bank.
Page 205 - Separate and apart from these "broad-based emergency program" loans were another $10,057,000,000,000 in "currency swaps." In the "currency swaps," the Fed handed dollars to foreign central banks, no strings attached, to fund bailouts in other countries. The Fed's only "collateral" was a corresponding amount of foreign currency, which never left the Fed's books (even to be deposited to earn interest), plus a promise to repay. But the Fed agreed to give back the foreign currency at the original exchange rate, even if the foreign currency appreciated in value during the period of the swap. These currency swaps and the "broad-based emergency program" loans, together, totaled more than $26 trillion. That's almost $100,000 for every man, woman, and child in America. That's an amount equal to more than seven years of federal spending -- on the military, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, interest on the debt, and everything else. And around twice American's total GNP.
These are staggering amounts. And it was all done under the radar, using the secrecy with which the Federal Reserve and the government use when it comes to serving the oligarchy.