(This is encouraging. Florida’s HB 87 foreclosure bill (passed, not signed) is the latest chapter of ForeclosureGate. The Greens are one of the very few Florida activist organizations to attack the new law, which will accelerate foreclosures, remove people from their homes without a chance for a fair hearing, etc. etc. The Greens also cite The Agonist articles, which were the first comprehensive press critique of HB 87 (that I know of). Veto HB 87 petition
HB 87 Puts Florida Homeowners in Trouble and at the Mercy of the Banks
Tampa, Florida, USA
June 2, 2013
“This is deliberate, organized theft,” stated the Green Party of Florida’s Co-chair Anita Stewart, in response to the Banker’s Home Foreclosure Bill HB 87.
Florida Governor Rick Scott may have just one more day to veto Florida’s big-bank friendly foreclosure act, HB 87. Nearly 1,200 Floridians have signed the Veto Florida’s Foreclosure Act Petition, despite indifferent coverage by Florida’s mainstream media. We would know the exact deadline required for the governor’s veto if HB 87 appeared on the governor’s live legislative action web page. For some reason, it’s not there. (Image)
HB 87 speeds up the Florida’s home foreclosure process by making it easier for banks to throw citizens out of their homes. The burden of proof is switched from the plaintiff, banks, to the defendant, homeowners. When the bill’s requirements for evidence gathering to appeal an initial judgment combine with general rules for discovery, defendants have just days to put together a case. See Florida HB 87, Homeowners, and the Foreclosure Inferno for a detailed run down of just some of the major problems.
Why do Banks Want a Friendly Foreclosure Bill in Florida?
Reckless trading in derivatives in 2012 and recent allegations of deliberate distortion of testimony to federal regulators are two reasons that the powerful Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of JPMorgan is under intense fire prior to the company annual meeting in two weeks. (Image)
Jamie Dimon was the magician who turned a sow’s ear into a silk purse. At a time when just about everyone blamed Wall Street for the 2008 financial collapse, Dimon became Washington’s favorite banker. His name was even floated for the secretary of the treasury position a few months ago. (Wall Street proxy Jack Lew filled the slot.)
Now, Dimon faces the humiliation of a real challenge to his role as JPMorgan’s Chairman and Chief Executive. Top investors are demanding that Dimon be assigned to either the Chairman or CEO role and that the board be restructured.
“JPMorgan Chase & Co has yet to convince three of its largest shareholders (BlackRock Inc., Vanguard Group Inc and Fidelity Investments) to support the company in an upcoming vote on whether Jamie Dimon should retain both his CEO and Chairman titles, the Wall Street Journal said.” Reuters, May 7
(Washington, DC 1/21) A long standing Money Party front, the Business Roundtable, wants you to wait until you’re 70 years old before you get Social Security and Medicare benefits. This is just a reprise of the November 2012 dictate from the king of corporate cronyism, Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein. (Image: DonkeyHotey) (Greenspan statement)
The boss announced, “So there will be things that, you know, the retirement age has to be changed, maybe some of the benefits have to be affected, maybe some of the inflation adjustments have to be revised. But in general, entitlements have to be slowed down and contained.” Lloyd Blankfein, CBS News, November 2012
That’s easy for Lloyd to say. He makes tens of millions of dollars a year without so much as lifting a finger. You can be sure that Blankfein has a deluxe health insurance and retirement plan. Read More
By Michael Collins
(Washington, DC 1/9/13) Let’s say that on a Monday, you sit down and take a hard look at your finances. Your bills exceed your income, assets are just a feint memory, and there is no relief in sight. Reluctantly, you decide that your only choice is to declare bankruptcy. On Tuesday you say, I think I’ll do some shopping before it’s all over. You proceed to charge $2,000 on your VISA card for some jewelry and other non essentials. On Wednesday, you get a lawyer and file for bankruptcy.
Guess what? You still owe the $2,000 since the court will conclude that you made the purchases fraudulently. You knew you were filing for bankruptcy and made the charges anyway. Even worse, the court may refuse to grant the bankruptcy filing all together as a result of the obvious fraud.
That is exactly what the Republicans in the House of Representatives are doing with their open announcement that they will vote against raising the debt ceiling without their solution to government spending. Since that announcement, has one single deficit hawk stood up and said, We must stop all spending as of this moment since we are proposing to default on those expenditures? Read More
(Washington, DC) Our elections are officially privatized. They are hidden from our view by design.
On November 6, your votes will be cast and tallied on voting machines manufactured and serviced by private companies. The computerized voting machines run on software that is closely held as a trade secret by these companies. Our elections officials are barred from examining the most important aspects of the software. Why? Because those same officials signed away our right to open access and inspection of the voting systems that tell us who won and who lost each and every election. (Image: WikiCommons)
This is the most profound election fraud imaginable. It affects every citizen, all 311 million of us. Read More