Do Big corporations, Big banks, and Wall Street fear Elizabeth Warren? If so, why?

Reply Sat 2 Nov, 2019 07:16 pm

1. Do Big corporations, Big banks, and Wall Street fear Elizabeth Warren?

2. If so, why?
Reply Mon 4 Nov, 2019 07:05 am
@Real Music,
Odd question from someone I assume already knows the answer. Elizabeth Warren with her consumer protection bureau she's most known for founding, will very likely bring back some serious federal banking regulations.

Despite the 2008 banking crisis, the banks are doing their damndest to remained unfettered and unregulated ... setting the world up for another massive global financial crisis. This time? We won't likely recover from like we barely did a decade ago.
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Reply Mon 4 Nov, 2019 09:37 pm
@Real Music,
I fear Warren and I'm on Social Security and Medicare.
Reply Mon 4 Nov, 2019 10:31 pm
The Warren Way Is the Wrong Way

Her big-government plans would damage rather than improve our economy.

Senator Elizabeth Warren has unveiled her vision for how to pay for “Medicare for all” — a daunting mountain of new taxes and fees.

Thanks for providing us, Ms. Warren, with yet more evidence that a Warren presidency is a terrifying prospect, one brought closer by your surge in the polls.

Left to her own devices, she would extend the reach and weight of the federal government far further into the economy than anything even President Franklin Roosevelt imagined, effectively abandoning the limited-government model that has mostly served us well.

Ms. Warren may call herself a capitalist, but her panoply of minutely detailed plans suggests otherwise. She would turn America’s uniquely successful public-private relationship into a dirigiste, European-style system. If you want to live in France (economically), Elizabeth Warren should be your candidate.
As a lifelong Democrat, I freely acknowledge that substantial reforms are much needed, both to achieve a more equitable distribution of income and wealth and to make good on Donald Trump’s failed pledge to raise the economy’s growth rate.

But the Warren way would be, quite simply, the wrong way.

To date, public attention has understandably focused on Ms. Warren’s support for Medicare for all as well as her long list of other new social programs like the Green New Deal, free college tuition, universal child care, student debt forgiveness and on and on.

Her armada of changes would be highly disruptive (for example, to the 156 million Americans who have private health insurance) and expensive (at least $23 trillion over the next decade). To her credit, she proposes to pay for all that spending — but with a mountain of new taxes that would increase federal revenues by more than 50 percent. Talk about expansionary government.

Less discussed is her intention to impose vast new regulatory burdens and to revamp the way business functions, which could have an even more negative effect on our economy. Many of America’s global champions, like banks and tech giants, would be dismembered. Private equity, which plays a useful role in driving business efficiency, would be effectively eliminated. Shale fracking would be banned, which would send oil and natural gas prices soaring and cost millions of Americans their jobs. And on and on.

Most significantly, the system of state chartering of corporations would, for businesses with more than $1 billion in revenues, become a federal function. Companies could lose their charters if they failed to adhere to an often vague set of principles, including considering in their decision-making the interests of employees, customers and their communities.

That would give a President Warren enormous power to punish companies (including putting them out of business) for not adhering to her subjective vision of corporate responsibility.

Workers would occupy 40 percent of the board seats, another page out of the failed European playbook. Even the poster child of worker representation, Germany, has had a significantly slower growth rate than ours for many years.

Then there’s her Department of Economic Development, charged with “creating and defending good American jobs.” That may sound O.K., but in reality it’s an unsavory stew of failed notions of industrial policy (the government trying to pick winners) and protectionism (almost certainly in flagrant violation of World Trade Organization rules).

She even proposes new committees to allow consumers, rural areas and specific regions of the country to delay trade deals that worry them. Hard to imagine any trade pact that wouldn’t worry some interest group.

Yes, many countries — notably China — don’t play fair. But as Mr. Trump’s trade war has proved, unilateral actions like imposing tariffs end up hurting American workers more than helping them.

And to add to a trade war, Ms. Warren wants to start a currency war by trying to push the value of our currency down, which would inevitably lead to similar, zero-sum actions by other countries.

Government has plenty to do without mucking up the essence of our free enterprise system. We desperately need robust antitrust enforcement, just not Ms. Warren’s meat ax approach. We can improve the Affordable Care Act. Spending on infrastructure and research and development — two critical government functions — should be increased.

In lieu of making the tax code more complex with a probably unconstitutional tax on large fortunes, the government should strip the rich of their special rate on capital gains and their ability to avoid capital gains taxation altogether on assets held at death.

The top rate on ordinary income, now at 37 percent, should move up by at least five percentage points. And as Ms. Warren suggests, we should get serious about eliminating the many special benefits (think “carried interest”) that individuals and companies still enjoy.

Many of the other Democratic presidential hopefuls would embrace these ideas and it should be noted, would be more electable than Ms. Warren.

“I have a plan for that” has become Ms. Warren’s signature campaign rallying cry. That may be, but too many of them would damage the very economy she is trying to help.

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Real Music
Reply Tue 5 Nov, 2019 01:38 am
Elizabeth Warren Destroys CNBC Anchors.

"Elizabeth Warren has a message for any television personalities questioning the merits of increased financial regulation:
You're wrong.

During a media tour last week to bring attention to a bill the Senator proposed with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and others aimed at preventing banks from making risky bets with Americans' savings, CNBC personality Brian Sullivan asked her to back his assertion that no law can prevent major bank busts.

'No that is just wrong,' Warren said in response."*

Cenk Uygur breaks it down.

Published July 18, 2013

Reply Tue 5 Nov, 2019 11:33 am
@Real Music,
Regulation is anathema to big business and banks. As proof georgeob will be along presently to report to all of you how stupid I am.
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Reply Tue 5 Nov, 2019 01:33 pm
@Real Music,
No, big banks and corporations do not fear Warren. They do not want Warren because she will drive regulation they don't prefer, but no executives are going to go without pay because Warren is President. They will not have to curtail their spending or tighten their belts. Fear is reserved for the little guy.
Reply Wed 6 Nov, 2019 08:26 pm
Many of the regulations are the only protection the little guy has.
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Reply Sat 9 Nov, 2019 04:03 pm
engineer wrote:

No, big banks and corporations do not fear Warren. They do not want Warren because she will drive regulation they don't prefer, but no executives are going to go without pay because Warren is President. They will not have to curtail their spending or tighten their belts. Fear is reserved for the little guy.

Some dislike such regulation, but others see it as creating opportunities to find loopholes and manipulate systems to their advantage.

Look at energy and automotive regulations. Have they reduced overall energy use and/or driving as a mode of transportation? No, they just provide opportunities for powerful players to tweak their processes to fit within the regulatory frameworks, and they get a competitive advantage by doing so and thus secure more investment as a result.
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Real Music
Reply Mon 11 Nov, 2019 03:29 am
Senator Elizabeth Warren is taking on the biggest tech giants in the US, and she has a plan to break them up to stop their abuses of power. Facebook has already tried to silence her by removing her ads touting her plans, but the company quickly relented following huge public backlash and exposure. Ring of Fire’s Mike Papantonio and Farron Cousins discuss this issue.

Published March 24, 2019

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Real Music
Reply Thu 21 Nov, 2019 03:26 am
Trump hosted Zuckerberg for undisclosed dinner at the White House in October.

Published November 21, 2019

President Donald Trump hosted a previously undisclosed dinner with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook board member Peter Thiel at the White House in October, the company told NBC News on Wednesday.

The meeting took place during Zuckerberg's most recent visit to Washington, where he testified before Congress about Facebook's new cryptocurrency Libra. Zuckerberg also gave a speech at Georgetown University detailing his company's commitment to free speech, and its resistance to calls for the company to crack down on misinformation in political ads.

Facebook confirmed the meeting to NBC News on Wednesday.

"As is normal for a CEO of a major U.S. company, Mark accepted an invitation to have dinner with the President and First Lady at the White House," a Facebook spokesperson said in an emailed statement..

It is unclear why the meeting was not made public or what Trump, Zuckerberg and Thiel discussed.

The White House declined to comment.

The dinner was the second meeting between Zuckerberg and Trump in a month. Zuckerberg also met with the president in the Oval Office in a surprise meeting during a September visit to the capital.

Thiel, one of seven Facebook board members, is one of the few outspoken conservative figures in Silicon Valley. A major donor to Trump's campaign, Thiel is also the chairman of Palantir, a private data technology company that has become one of the largest recipients of government defense contracts with the United States government since Trump took office.

Thiel famously bankrolled a libel lawsuit that effectively bankrupted the gossip website Gawker. Zuckerberg's speech at Georgetown, which he delivered on the same trip in which he met with Trump, was titled "Standing for Voice and Free Expression."

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