Solarbird (solarbird) wrote,

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Major banks to California: DIAF

Good morning. Several large banks have told California they will not accept California's IOUs past Friday, despite earlier statements saying they would. Whether this is related to Fitch downgrading California to BBB and leaving them on Credit Watch Negative I don't know. A secondary market has appeared pretty much instantly, mostly on Craigslist and eBay. (The IOUs bear interest, making them theoretically more than face value.) Mish Shedlock at Global Economic Trend Analysis, no friend of California's fiscal (mis)management, is incensed:
Big banks are cutting their throats by not accepting IOUs, unless of course they have an inside information that the IOUs will go worthless, something I highly doubt Obama would let happen. ...

Every one of those blood sucking banks was bailed out by taxpayers (California taxpayers too) and now will not take an IOU from the State of California for the citizens of California. This is disgusting.

If you have an IOU that the big banks will not cash, I recommend closing your accounts and putting them someplace that will. Please tell Wells Fargo, Bank of America, JP Morgan, and Citigroup to go to hell.
This is all happening pretty quickly, so keep an eye on this - if you can make it past the Michael Jackson wall-to-wall media coverage.

eta: Here, have a partial table of those who get cash and those get IOUs. For those not feeling clickie, here's the contents; getting IOUs: Grants to aged, blind or disabled persons, People needing temporary assistance for basic family needs, People in drug prevention, treatment, and recovery services, Persons with developmental disabilities, People in mental health treatment, Small Business Vendors. Getting cash: University of California, Public Employees’ Retirement System, Legislators, legislative employees, and appointees, Judges, Department of Corrections, Health Care Services payments to Institutional Providers.
Tags: economics, politics
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