Back From the Vomitorium: The Looting of the Mortgage Settlement Agreement

Back From the Vomitorium: The Looting of the Mortgage Settlement Agreement

States are looting the Mortgage Settlement Fund, and the odds are good that you or someone you know is getting robbed — for the second time.

According to recent reports, politicians, not bankers, are the culprits this time around — siphoning billions from that historic settlement and pumping it into their broken state budgets. Instead of “manning up” and changing their diet, they’re taking a cue from ancient Rome: After a quick trip to the vomitorium, it’s back to the banquet table. (Care for a mint?)

Their willingness to play fast and loose with the settlement — crawling through certain wiggle words in its language to circumvent the clear intent of its negotiators — tells me they still haven’t learned where “fast and loose” leads. Ironically, some of the worst offenders are the governors of states that originally led the fight to win justice for consumers — with California Gov. Jerry Brown leading the charge.

Remember the settlement — the $25 billion that America’s five largest mortgage servicers paid out to atone for fleecing millions of American homeowners? Wells Fargo, Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Ally Financial and Citigroup were held accountable for fraudulent foreclosure practices — including the notorious practice dubbed “robo-signing” — that cost millions of Americans their homes. The idea was not just to punish the banks (and the jury is out on exactly how much this really does punish them), but to help beleaguered homeowners as well as raise the level of consumer financial awareness in this country so 2008 would never be repeated.

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2 Responses to “Back From the Vomitorium: The Looting of the Mortgage Settlement Agreement”
  1. indio007 says:

    It only appears the politicos are getting the money. They are funneling it right back to corporations via corporate welfare, bloated contracts, tax credits etc…

    The latest scam business model is to have a stream of revenue become the law.

  2. bobbi swann says:

    Do you mean to tell me that there were NO restrictions or accountability to any body of the government with regards to the expenditure of these monies? Is this sounding like the TARP funds when there was no enforcement of those funds either? Who in the hell authorized the release of these funds? Surely there is someone who is reponsible for the delivery of these funds and the disbursement thereafter?

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