WaMu Fails, Gets Bought in the Same Day

Earlier today, banking giant WaMu, was put into a conservatorship by the U.S. Treasury.  That’s a nice way of saying that the bank was failing and failing fast.  I’m of the opinion that if they can’t handle their money very well and fail, then let them fail.  Sure it disrupts things, but that’s the American way.  Or it was.  Now we just print/mint more money to bail these businesses out and off they go.  How come nobody bailed out Enron?  And don’t tell me it was because of the fraud stuff going on.  You should note that several other institutions that have “failed” and been put into a conservatorship recently were announced as being under investigation for fraud.

That’s neither here nor there though.

Later this evening, it was announced that WaMu was being bought by another financial giant, JPMorgan Chase.  What we are now seeing is a consolidation of many of the failed banks.  It’s the cycle of business life.  Businesses near failure and get bought.  Or fail.  Some just slip into the ether and are never heard of again.  But if this continues, we’ll only have three or four major banking businesses around.  Not exactly horrible, but it makes it pretty hard if you dislike a couple of them.

With a bailout looming for the economy (with money freshly minted from thin air) we might begin seeing a turn around.  I kind of doubt it however.  The Government doesn’t have the 700B that Paulson says it will take to bailout the economy so they’ll weaken the dollar to nearly nothing by doing it.  Sure, it’ll weaken if they don’t, but we can’t just go around making money as we go.

Just What is the Treasury Trying to Pull?

With apologies to Wil for republishing in entirety.

REQUEST FOR URGENT CONFIDENTIAL BUSINESS RELATIONSHIP
From: Minister of the Treasury Paulson
Subject: REQUEST FOR URGENT CONFIDENTIAL BUSINESS RELATIONSHIP

Dear American:

I need to ask you to support an urgent secret business relationship
with a transfer of funds of great magnitude.

I am Ministry of the Treasury of the Republic of America. My country
has had crisis that has caused the need for large transfer of funds of
800 billion dollars US. If you would assist me in this transfer, it
would be most profitable to you.

I am working with Mr. Phil Gram, lobbyist for UBS, who will be my
replacement as Ministry of the Treasury in January. As a Senator, you
may know him as the leader of the American banking deregulation
movement in the 1990s. This transactin is 100% safe.

This is a matter of great urgency. We need a blank check. We need
the funds as quickly as possible. We cannot directly transfer these
funds in the names of our close friends because we are constantly
under surveillance. My family lawyer advised me that I should look for
a reliable and trustworthy person who will act as a next of kin so the
funds can be transferred.

Please reply with all of your bank account, IRA and college fund
account numbers and those of your children and grandchildren to
wallstreetbailout@treasury.gov so that we may transfer your commission
for this transaction. After I receive that information, I will
respond with detailed information about safeguards that will be used
to protect the funds.

Yours Faithfully
Minister of Treasury Paulson

Doesn’t it really put things into perspective when you look at it from another view? What if this was how they had proposed the massive bailout?