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Infamia e Disgrazie: Is Sheila Bair an Unsophisticated Hick?

In defense of "unsophisticated hicks,"

Infamia e Disgrazie: Is Sheila Bair an Unsophisticated Hick?

Sheila BairCourtesy of Jesse’s Café Américain

"Flagrant evils cure themselves by being flagrant; and we are sanguine that the time is come when so great an evil…cannot stand its ground against good feeling and common sense…" John Henry Newman

The reporter on Bloomberg television just mentioned as a snide, smirking editorial aside, that Sheila Bair feels that a million dollars is a lot of pay for one year, and that ten million is excessive for a deposit taking institution. He noted that she is obviously a Washingtonian, and not a New Yorker.

That’s right. A million dollars annual pay is ‘nothing.’ Even ten million is not much pay for an average Wall Street banker that is taking billions in public funds and gaming the financial system.

The obvious implication is that Ms. Bair is some hick regulator who is not as sophisticated as, let’s say, Larry Summers, Tim Geithner, or Ben Bernanake when it comes to rewarding their Wall Street cronies for allowing the economy to continue unimpaired.

Perhaps he was attempting to sneak a bit of irony into the propaganda that passes for news in the States these days, but it was not obvious.

But he might be right. When the monetary inflation from all this financial corruption hits, a million dollars per year might yet be a ‘livable wage.’

And so goes the "downward spiral of dumbness." Keep these metrics in mind when you look at your next credit card bill, mortgage payment, and paycheck, rubes, and send your tribute to Caesar.

Bair Says U.S. Regulators Should Set Pay Standards for Banks

By Alison Vekshin and Erik Schatzker

Aug. 5 (Bloomberg) — Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Chairman Sheila Bair said regulators should set pay standards for U.S. banks to ensure incentives encourage long-term performance without setting specific dollar limits.

Banking agencies should “become more active” in using existing authority to set compensation standards that are “principles-based,” Bair said today in an interview with Bloomberg Television in Washington.

“We do need to revamp the system to make sure that the incentives are long-term,” Bair said. “I do wish some of these firms would exercise better restraint and common sense on what they’re paying their folks.”

Bair echoed concerns of House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank and other lawmakers who say government needs to write compensation rules that discourage excessive risk taking. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. set aside a record $11.4 billion for pay and benefits in the first half of 2009, up 33 percent from a year earlier and enough to pay each worker $386,429 for the period, the company reported last month. 

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