Here’s some cuts from Counterpunch contributer Mike Whitney interviewing economist Michael Hudson, an advisor to several foriegn governments and Dennis Kucinich’s chief economic advisor during his presidential run.
"Fannie and Freddie have been loading up on risky mortgages for ages, under-stating the risks largely to increase their stock price so that their CEOs can pay themselves tens of millions of dollars in salary and stock options. Now they are essentially insolvent, as the principal itself is in question. There was widespread criticism of this year after year after year. Why was nothing done?"
"Hudson: Fannie and Freddie were notorious for their heavy Washington lobbying. They bought the support of Congressmen and Senators who managed to get onto the financial oversight committees so that they would be in a position to collect campaign financing from Wall Street that wanted to make sure that no real regulation would take place."
Apparently, there's a huge "for sale" sign in front of the Halls of Congress which only people with huge sums of money, looking for "acquisitions", can actually see.