The government’s planned takeover of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, expected to be announced on Sunday, came together after advisers poring over the companies’ books for the Treasury Department concluded that Freddie’s accounting methods had overstated its capital cushion, according to regulatory officials briefed on the matter.ROSNER IS 10000000% CORRECT: THESE OUTFITS HAVE BEEN THE CORRUPTLY EXPLOITED FOR PATRONAGE FOR DECADES:
... Just a week ago, Treasury officials were still considering a wide variety of options for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, ranging from doing nothing to taking over the companies completely, according to people with knowledge of those discussions.
The Treasury secretary, Henry M. Paulson Jr., who won authority from Congress last month to use taxpayer money to bolster the companies, always maintained that he hoped never to use that power. But, as the companies’ stocks continued to languish and their borrowing costs rose, some within the Treasury Department began urging Mr. Paulson to intervene quickly.
Then, last week, advisers from Morgan Stanley hired by the Treasury Department to scrutinize the companies came to a troubling conclusion: Freddie Mac’s capital position was worse than initially imagined, according to people briefed on those findings. The company had made decisions that, while not necessarily in violation of accounting rules, had the effect of overstating the companies’ capital resources and financial stability.... Accusations of questionable accounting are not new for either company. Earlier this decade, both companies paid large fines and ousted their top executives after accounting scandals.
Freddie Mac’s current chief executive and chairman, Richard F. Syron, joined the company in 2003 after the former managers revealed that they had manipulated earnings by almost $5 billion. The next year, Fannie Mae’s chief executive, Daniel H. Mudd, was promoted to the top spot after that company was accused of accounting errors totaling $6.3 billion.
... “We have just had to nationalize the two largest financial institutions in the world because of policy makers’ inaction,” said Josh Rosner, an analyst at Graham Fisher, an independent research firm in New York, and a longtime critic of the government-sponsored enterprises. “Since 2003, when these companies’ accounting came under question, policy makers have done nothing.”
- JAMIE GORELICK AND FRANKLIN RAINES WERE CLINTON GANG-MEMBERS WHO DID THE SAME CRAP YEARS AGO.
- THE SAD AND SICK AND MADDENING THING IS WE THE TAXPAYERS ARE GONNA HAVE TO PICK UP THE BILL.
- WE ARE ALWAYS LEFT HOLDING THE BAG.
- IF THEY HAD BEEN TRULY PRIVATE THEN WE PROBABLY WOULD NOT BE INT HIS MESS.
- AND WHAT'S THE RESULT NOW!? THEY ARE GONNA BECOME EVEN MORE "PUBLIC".
- THIS IS MORE SOCIALISM, NOT LESS.
- AFTER THE FEDS CLEAN UP THESE TWO OUTFITS THEY OUGHT TO SELL THEM.