Bailout An Inside Account of How Washington Abandoned Main Street While Rescuing Wall Street (Hardcover)
|Author: Neil Barofsky|
From the Publisher:
An irrefutable indictment, from an insider of both the Bush and Obama administrations, of the mishandling of the $700 billion TARP bailouts and the extreme degree to which our government officials from both parties served the interests of Wall Street at the expense of the public.
As the Special Inspector General in charge of oversight of the spending of the bailout money, from his first day on the job Neil Barofsky found that the officials at the Treasury Department in charge of the bailouts were in thrall to the interests of the big banks. In vivid, behind-the-scenes detail he reveals how they steadfastly failed to hold the banks accountable even as they disregarded major job losses caused by the auto bailouts and failed to help struggling homeowners. He discloses how the team at Treasury under Secretary Timothy Geithner worked with Wall Street executives to design programs that would have funneled vast amounts of taxpayer money to their firms and allowed them to game the markets and make huge profits with almost no risk and no accountability. Providing stark details about how meanwhile, through a combination of sheer incompetence and a profound disregard of the plight of homeowners, the interests of the broader public were betrayed, he recounts how an increasingly aggressive war was waged by Treasury against his efforts to raise the alarm about the failures.
Bailout is a riveting account of his plunge into the political meat grinder of Washington, as well as a vital revelation of just how captured by Wall Street our political system is and why the too-big-to-fail banks have only become bigger and more dangerous in the wake of the crisis.