I knew I had seen the script we're living somewhere:
What I am saying is, we have now what we have always needed, real partnership with the government.
And this is what follows: Revolution!
What does that tell you? It tells me that when predatory bankers and their complicit government cronies cannibalise the real economy to the tipping point, then regime change is just a matter of time. Politicians are acting like bankers are their only paymasters. In reality the bankers are just the noisiest and most demanding paymasters - until the people rise up in anger.
This morning the 11 million people of Belgium have woken to find themselves the 100 percent owners of a bankrupt and unprofitable retail bank at a cost of 4 billion euros, and guarantors of a further joint 122 billion euros in liabilities with France and Luxembourg. The shareholders and bondholders will be grateful, and the markets are accordingly delighted, but pity the poor Belgian taxpayer. The CEO and Chairman of Dexia have admitted that the bank operated as a hedge fund, and yet they are given serial bailouts at the taxpayers' expense. The Belgians have already thrown out their government, so now what do they do?
UPDATE: Ironically, after putting up this post about how crony accommodation of the banksters can lead to revolution, the reality is unfolding even now in Slovakia. Slovakia was the last country required for unanimous consent to the extension of the powers of European Financial Stability Fund. The prime minister made the vote on the EFSF a vote of confidence in the government. Ooops. Looks like she loses her post and the government tonight, as one of the smaller parties took offense at the blackmail against the national interest.
My new hero is Richard Sulik, leader of the coalition's SaS party, who is willing to take down the government rather than betray his country's taxpayers. The vote, which has had the market on edge all day, has now been indefinitely postponed. Even if the EFSF vote passes this week, when the fecal matter hits the ventilator in the not distant future, the voters will remember that Mr Sulik tried to do the right thing.
“I'd rather be a paraiah in Brussels than have to feel ashamed before my children, who would be deeper in debt should I back raising the volume of funding in the EFSF bail-out mechanism,” Mr Sulik told parliament.
Mr Sulik resisted the entreaties of Ms Radicova and other officials, who stressed that Slovakia's credibility as a responsible member of the eurozone was on the line.
While the trials of countries such as Portugal and Ireland do find sympathy in Slovakia, which is the second-poorest member of the eurozone, there is very little feeling for Greece, which is seen by many Slovaks as having caused its own problems.
“Extending the EFSF is mainly for saving foreign banks, and it will be expensive for Slovakia,” said Mr Sulik.
Zerohedge is liveblogging the Slovakian Parliament for those who like their crony capitalism raw and in colour.