Archive for the ‘Accountability’ Category

Goldman Gets the Message!

Monday, April 13th, 2009

Last week Lloyd Blankfein, the CEO of Goldman Sachs, gave a speech to a group of institutional investors in which he called for new pay standards and regulation of hedge funds and private equity groups.
Back to the Future
When it comes to Wall Street pay standards, it might be called “Back to the Future.” These pay arrangements [...]

Bankruptcy Before Government Bailouts

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

There has been tremendous anger over government money being used to pay bonuses to executives in many of the companies receiving government bailouts. We saw this recently in the cases of American International Group (AIG) and Merrill Lynch. The amounts become massively larger when you consider creditors, such as the Credit Default Swap counter-parties in the [...]

The AIG Bonuses: FreePassers Gone Wild!

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

I have noted before that the FreePasser epidemic has permeated every aspect of our society. However, the recent disclosures of the use of government bailout money for bonuses at American International Group (AIG) astound even me. It turns out that the taxpayer bailout money was used to pay bonuses of about $450 million to a [...]

A Solution to the Financial Crisis: Require Insurance Before the Bailouts

Sunday, March 15th, 2009

There is a passionate discussion going on about the government bailout and its costs. Some say that there should be no bailout, and that the the taxpayer is being unfairly stuck with the cost. Some believe that the financial system should be allowed to operate without interference - that, ultimately, the free market will prevail. On the other [...]

Modify the Mortgage Plan to Stop FreePassers: There Must Be Pain!

Saturday, February 28th, 2009

As I mentioned in one of my earlier posts, President Obama has proposed a plan to assist mortgage borrowers suffering from falling home prices and unaffordable monthly payments. It would allow those with minimal or no equity to refinance their mortgages at lower interest rates to bring their payments more in line with their income.
Anger [...]

A Question About the Economic Rescue Plans: Who Picks Up the Tab?

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

The government has announced plans to rescue the banking system, to stimulate the economy, and to prevent mortgage foreclosures. These programs have generated many questions regarding their implementation and efficacy. However, the really big question that no one in Washington, D.C. seems to be asking is, Who picks up the tab for the cost of all of these programs?
Bringing up [...]

Government Accountability in Action: The New York City Police Department

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

Some people have claimed that accountability in the public sector is even more difficult than the private sector because of the degree of bureaucracy involved. This is the primary reason that many are pushing for increased privatization of government services.
History has shown that there are limits to the degree of privatization that society will accept, so we [...]

The Obama Compensation Limits: FreePassers Not Allowed

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

President Obama announced that he wants to impose compensation limits on executives of companies that receive government financial rescue funds. His proposal includes the following provisions:

A $500,000 cash cap on annual compensation for senior executives
Requiring top executives at financial institutions to hold stock for several years before they cash out
Requiring nonbinding “say on pay” resolutions [...]

$1 Million Offices, New Corporate Jets and Other FreePassers on Wall Street

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

Recent headlines hitting the news over the last several days indicate that the FreePasser epidemic is alive and well on Wall Street and in corporate America. However, the scale of some of these abuses amaze even me.
The $1 Million Office
CNBC reporter Charlie Gasparino reported that former Merrill Lynch CEO John Thain spent $1.2 million to redecorate [...]

The Wall Street FreePasser Problem: Accountability is Still the Answer!

Monday, January 19th, 2009

My initial entry on the FreePasser epidemic afflicting our society seems to have accomplished its purpose, which was to increase awareness and to generate a thought-provoking reaction. This is designed to be a forum to discuss the problem and to generate potential solutions. Otherwise, we will not find a long-term answers to the current disaster [...]