Obama

By David Freddoso

Barack Obama is casting quite a few stones over today’s financial crisis. He blames deregulation (wrong) and greed (partly right). But if he wants to know how the current economic crisis unfolded, he might want to look instead at his own campaign team. Not only does it contain two former CEOs of Fannie Mae -- the government-backed actor that caused most of today’s problems in the secondary mortgage market -- but it also includes a banker whose strategy of aggressive subprime lending caused a bank to collapse, according to federal regulators.

Penny Pritzker was that banker, and she currently serves as Obama’s national finance chairwoman. She has been a supporter of Obama ever since the summer of 2002, when she first agreed to help finance his 2004 U.S. Senate campaign. She is also one of America’s wealthiest women, coming from the family that owns the Hyatt hotel chain. In her family, they don’t fight over the remote control. They fight over who took a billion dollars from whose trust fund -- this was literally the subject of an intra-family lawsuit in 2002.

Aside from the money she has raised from others on Obama’s behalf, Penny Pritzker’s family contributed roughly $39,000 to his 2004 Senate campaign. They have continued their generosity toward his presidential effort, giving some $48,000 in all as of this summer.

Pritzker was chairwoman of the board for her family’s bank, Superior Bank FSB, until 1994, when she became director of its holding company. In 1993, she had overseen the fateful decision to adopt a new business strategy of aggressive subprime lending. The bank would actually come in for some criticism for this on the Left -- in 2000, the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) sent a letter to federal bank regulators to alert them to Superior’s subprime lending practices, accusing the bank of poor risk management and of targeting minorities for subprime loans at a rate that far exceeded other financial institutions.

They were at least right about the poor risk management. But as Superior neared collapse in May 2001, Pritzker penned a letter promising to “once again restore Superior's leadership position in subprime lending.” Superior’s collapse that July caused 1,400 people to part of their savings, and prompted a $750 million bailout by the FDIC. Such bailouts do not directly affect taxpayers, but they do ultimately create extra costs for all banks and bank customers.

The subprime strategy that Pritzker had endorsed was a major part of the problem leading to the bank’s insolvency, according to the federal Office of Thrift Supervision. As that government agency reported at the time:

Superior Bank suffered as a result of its former high-risk business strategy, which was focused on the generation of significant volumes of subprime mortgage and automobile loans for securitization and sale in the secondary market.

The FDIC places much of the responsibility for the collapse on the board and managers at Superior, saying they “ignored sound risk-management principles and failed to adequately oversee Superior's operations.” The Pritzkers agreed to pay a $460 million settlement—$100 million up front, and the rest (without interest) over a period of 15 years. According to the Associated Press, the Pritzkers’ settlement “barred government action against the owners,” who “admitted no liability.”

In April 2008, Pritzker told USA Today: “I regret that Superior Bank failed.” She went on, “My family voluntarily agreed to pay the FDIC $460 million … without litigation or any allegation by federal regulators of wrongdoing. I am proud of how my family responded to this situation.”

In other words, she was proud that her bank had returned some of her customers’ money. For even after the large legal settlement and the FDIC bailout, some 1,400 account holders came up $10 million short, on aggregate. The Chicago Sun-Times quoted one of the people who lost money, a 63-year-old woman who had unfortunately deposited her retirement savings in Superior just before the collapse: “They still owe me $113,000,” she said.

Aggressive subprime lending is an important component of the economic crisis we currently face. So when you hear Barack Obama discuss the current problems, don’t forget that his campaign’s top money-woman was one of the actors in this drama, who gambled in the subprime mortgage market, and lost millions for her bank customers.

David Freddoso, a staff reporter for National Review Online. This essay is based on a section from Chapter 11 of his New York Times bestselling book, The Case Against Barack Obama: The Unlikely Rise and Unexamined Agenda of the Media’s Favorite Candidate.

In a shocking but underreported conversation ahead of the G7 Speakers' meeting in London last week, Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi admitted that the administration knows China is committing "genocide" against the Uyghurs in the Xinjiang region, but thinks working with the regime on climate change is more important.

On the radio program, an outraged Glenn Beck dissected Pelosi's speech and broke down how — along with the Biden administration's abandonment of Americans in Afghanistan, and the Democrat decision to follow measures of medical "equity" — the far left is revealing how little they really care about human life.

Glenn played a video clip of Pelosi making the following statement:

We've always felt connected to China, but with their military aggression in the South China Sea, with their continuation of genocide with the Uyghurs in Xinjiang province there, with their violation of the cultural, linguistic, religious priority of Tibet, with their suppression of democracy in Hong Kong and other parts of China, as well – they're just getting worse in terms of suppression, and freedom of speech. So, human rights, security, economically [sic].

Having said all of that ... we have to work together on climate. Climate is an overriding issue and China is the leading emitter in the world, the U.S. too and developed world too, but we must work together.

"We have Nancy Pelosi admitting the United States of America knows that they're not only committing [genocide], they're continuing to commit it. Which means, we've known for a while," Glenn noted. "And what does she say? She goes on to say, yes, they're committing genocide against the Uyghurs, but having said that, I'm quoting, 'the overriding issue,' is working together on climate change.

"Would we have worked with Hitler on climate change? Would we have worked with Hitler on developing the bomb? Would we have worked with Hitler on developing the Autobahn? Would we have worked with Hitler on his socialized medicine? Would we have worked with Hitler on any of his national, socialist ideas?" he asked.

"The answer is no. No. When you're committing genocide, no! She said 'we have to work together on climate,' because climate is the 'overriding issue.' The overriding issue? There is no way to describe this mindset. That, yes, they are killing an entire group of people because of their ethnicity or religion. They are systematically rounding them up, using them for slave labor, and killing them, using their organs and selling them on the open market. They are nothing more than cattle. For us to recognize it and do nothing about it is bad enough. But to say, 'we recognize it, but we have bigger things to talk to them about,' is a horror show."

Glenn went on to urge Americans to "stand up together in love, peace, and harmony," or risk watching our nation become the worst plague on human life yet.

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The fall of Lehman Brothers in 2008 marked the largest bankruptcy filing in U.S. history and economic collapse was felt throughout the world. But now China's own version of Lehman Brothers, Evergrande, is teetering closer and closer to that edge, too. On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck gave the latest update and predicted how it will affect Asian markets and what it could mean for America's economy.

Glenn explained why he believes a major collapse that is happening now in China will have a cascading effect into a "controlled collapse," a managed decline that will dramatically change America's economy and the way we all live.

"You will not recognize your lifestyle. Hear me," Glenn warned. "And that's not a right-left thing. That's a right-wrong thing. We're on the wrong track. I'm telling you now, there's new information and you are not going to recognize the American lifestyle. ... It could happen tomorrow. It could happen in five years from now, but it will happen. We are headed for a very different country. One where you don't have the rights that you have. And you certainly don't have the economic privileges that Americans are used to."

"The same thing that happened in 2008 is now happening in China," Glenn continued. "This time, it's going to take everything down. When it collapses, it will take everything down."

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Justin Haskins, editorial director of the Heartland Institute, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to expose a shocking conversation between two Great Reset proponents — Klaus Schwab, chairman of the World Economic Forum, and Christine Lagarde, president of the European Central Bank (Europe's equivalent to the Fed).

The way Schwab and Lagarde discuss the role central banks should play in establishing societal norms, determining your way of life, and defending against potential crisis is proof that the Great Reset is upon us, Justin explained. And the scariest part is that they're not even trying to hide it. The entire, unbelievable conversation has been published on the WEF website, which you can read here.

Glenn read an excerpt from the conversation:

Christine Lagarde: At the ECB, we have now wrapped up and concluded our strategy review, which was the first one in 17 years. And I was blessed to have an entire Governing Council unanimously agree that the fight against climate change should be one of the considerations that we take when we determine monetary policy. So at least the European Central Bank is of the view that climate change is an important component in order to decide on monetary policy. ...

Can we arrive at that trade-off between fighting climate change, preserving biodiversity and yet securing enough growth to respond to legitimate demands of the population? And my first answer, Klaus, to be firm, is that to have a way of life, we need life. And in the medium term, we do have major threats on the horizon that could cause the death of hundreds of thousands of people. So we have to think life, first. We have to think way of life, second. ...

So we have to think life, first. We have to think way of life, second. How can we come together to make sure that we secure the first priority, which is life, and also protect the way of life that people have? And make sure that the cost of it is not so high for some people, that they just cannot tolerate it. I think that the trade-off that we reach will probably require some redistribution, because it is clear that the most exposed people, the less privileged people are those that are going to need some help.

"Do you understand, America, what that means?" Glenn exclaimed. "You have elites, that you never elected, that are having these meetings ... deciding what is a legitimate need for you. And telling you that your needs are going to go away in your lifetime. You may not see a time where you get wants again. Just your needs are going to be addressed. Am I reading this wrong?"

"This is absolutely what is being said here," Justin agreed. "She's very clear that we need to make sure that way of life is second to life. We have to save all these people, hundreds of thousands of people are going to die from this supposedly existential threat of climate change. And their wants, and their desires, and their quality of living, all of that has to come second."

"This is a central bank saying this. This is not an elected official, who is accountable directly to the people. This is a central bank saying, we're going to print money. We're going to use monetary policy, to impose these ideas, to rework society in order to accomplish our goals," Justin added, addressing Lagarde's call for "some redistribution."

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First comes the "crisis," then comes the expansion. The federal government is seizing on the January 6 Capitol riot to take carte blanche to do whatever it wants and weaponize the event to further empower the new overlords of our country — the intelligence community.

On Glenn TV Wednesday, Glenn Beck reveals what's happening with the U.S. Capitol Police and argues they've morphed into a new arm of the intelligence apparatus, boosted by a massive increase in funding and surveillance equipment and new offices OUTSIDE the Capitol building. The Biden administration has also hidden basic details regarding January 6. Why did officials refuse to release the name of the officer who killed Ashli Babbitt? Where are the 14,000-plus hours of CCTV footage? As any intelligence organization knows, it's best to operate outside the realms of oversight.

Glenn exposes the hidden hand of government that could be used to punish and destroy innocent Americans who are only guilty of holding the "wrong" political view.

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