In 2015, he was named one of the national law journals winning litigators as well as a regulatory and compliance. Neil barofsky was a government gadfly who made a career of needling, and at times pillorying, wall street and washington over the 2008 bank bailouts. How washington abandoned main street while rescuing wall street by neil barofsky and it was a gripping read. Barofsky s bio of the time he was a tarp watchdog this book is a great story if you know absolutely nothing about how washington works. Barofsky was senior fellow at new york university school of laws center on the administration of criminal law, an adjunct. Treasury department watchdog neil barofsky, who is heavily critical of the obama administrations handling of the wall street bailout and the u. Bill moyers neil barofsky, special investigator for the. In his new book about that experience, bailout, he writes that the american people should be enraged by the broken promises to main street and.
I just finished the audio version of neil barofsky s book bailout. In his offices most recent quarterly report, neil barofsky, the special inspector general for tarp, reminds readers of the overall bailout funding at risk in the treasurys tarp rescue so far. Why this outsiders insider account of the bailout is the best book about the financial crisis yet. We were fortunate enough to speak with former special inspector general for tarp sigtarp. Neil barofsky has spent much of the past four years in a state of incredulous outrage, and today is no exception. Attorneys office when he quit his job to oversee the bailout money allotted by the government to the shellacked banking sector in the aftermath of the crisis.
Former special inspector general of the tarp neil barofskys new book bailout depicts the treasury. Barofsky understands as much about finance as anyone in the industry, and no one would ever think he was captured by the worldview of big banks. In the time since, he has suffered dismissal and deprecation from his colleagues and the. Obamas propaganda ministers take out hit on neil barofsky. Bailout by neil barofsky august 23, 2017 i really didnt believe the figure of total commitments made during the financial crisis until i saw the backup documents that had been provided by each of the agencies themselves. A former president of the park avenue bank in manhattan was charged on monday with fraud, embezzlement and bribery in what the authorities.
Nyts jackie calmes grossly inaccurate hit piece on neil barofsky. Neil barofsky says bailout cash was used to serve financial interests of wall street not main street. Apparently geithner takes barofsky to task in the book, probably because barofsky did the same. Since moving to washington in late 2008, he has married and become a father. Chuck grassleys charge was backed up by the inspector general for the bailout also known as the trouble asset relief program, or tarp. Cross posted from the financial times with permission now that tim geithner has resigned as us treasury secretary, it is time to survey the damage wrought from four years of his approach to the financial crisis.
What happened during americas last trilliondollar bailout. Neil barofsky, bailout cop, is on the prowl for tarp perps. Barofsky was a special inspector general for troubled asset relief program in the department of the treasury with 24 videos in the cspan video. He also casts a large vote of noconfidence in treasury secretary tim geithner. His book is an insiders account of how the financial crisis of 2008 was handled in washington dc and it is not a pretty sight. Barofsky goes to washington and doesnt like what he finds. Now a partner at a private law firm, without access to power he once wielded as a federal prosecutor, he has managed to secure a familiar role. Obamas propaganda ministers take out hit on neil barofsky s bailout. Barofsky goes to washington and doesnt like what he. How washington abandoned main street while rescuing wall street, it remains worth reading as an indepth, consolidated account of how the bush and obama administrations pretended to be supporting overwhelmed home owners while pumping hundreds of billions into. Barofsky is out today with a new book bailout, which he hopes will refocus the national debate towards how little has changed on wall street since the shenanigans of toobigtofail firms nearly brought down the global economy. More bank bailouts are inevitable steve inskeep talks to neil barofsky, the special inspector general of the troubled asset relief program.
It is a far more interesting account of the aspects of the bank and auto bailouts it discusses than most such books. Neil barofsky on foaming the landing for banks pbs. Neil barofsky miller samuel real estate appraisers. Neil barofsky s book bailout an inside account of how washington abandoned main street while rescuing wall street, leaves no doubt that in his mind the american taxpayers have struck out and the big banks continue their winning streak. Neil barofsky bailout book criticizes administrations. Predictions and advice from neil barofsky for coronavirus recovery oversight the potential number of companies or recipients is vast, to put it mildly, which. The above quote and its underlying story is for the most part the tale within neil barofsky s bailout. Neil barofsky over the telephone, whosenew memoir bailout, recounting his stint in washington from late 2008 until early 2010, is flying off the shelves of book. A wonkette interview with bailout author neil barofsky. Neil barofsky served as the special inspector general in charge of overseeing tarp from. Neil barofsky is currently a senior fellow at new york university school of law.
Bailout is a somewhat bland, often weakly analyzed, and very selfserving account of the authors fraud oversight efforts back when both political parties lost their heads on the way to economy. Barofsky, who was the special inspector general for tarp, was in a vantage point to view the entirety of the obama policy apparatus, from the use of tarp to pad bank balance sheets to treasurys. An inside account of how washington abandoned main street while. On friday, as the united states emerged as the country with the most detected cases of the. Author neil barofsky talked about his book, bailout. Bailout, how washington abandoned main street while. Treasurys desperate attempt to bail out wall street was setting the country up for. Barofsky, 40, said he resigned to spend more time with his new family. Neil barofsky resigns as bailout inspector the new york.
From the opening of this latest book on the governments mishandling of the 20089 financial crisis, neil barofsky establishes his populist narrative from his twoplus years as the tarp cop. By neil barofsky, the former special inspectorgeneral of the troubled asset relief programme and is currently a senior fellow at nyu school of law. Behind the scenes of the bank bailouts neil barofsky june 23, 2012. Tim geithner has a new book coming out, and one character in it is already fired up about the former treasury secretarys nasty comments. The sigtarp, as barofsky s office was known, released scathing reports and brought criminal cases against bankers whod lied on their bailout applications, while warrens panel publicly raked treasury secretary timothy geithner over the coals for being too generous to. Neil barofsky, old foe of bank bailouts, said to be a. Big bailouts need fierce watchdogs the daily world. The title of barofsky s book after bailout is how washington abandoned main street while rescuing wall street, but in a book that always argues with itself, barofsky writes with a. Relief program, a multibilliondollar bailout to prop up banks in the financial crisis. Neil barofsks new book is one of the first to speak plainly about the corruption and regulatory capture that has destroyed this nationand of course, the minions of the corrupt empire are coming out to attack him. From the opening of this latest book on the governments mishandling of the 20089 financial crisis, neil barofsky establishes his populist narrative from his. Our guest is neil barofsky, the former special inspector general in charge of oversight for the troubled asset relief program sigtarp.
An inside account of how washington abandoned main street while rescuing wall street. Barofsky s account is published in his highly readable book, bailout. Sunset park follows four people during the winter of 2008, just. It was never my intention to turn my output today into some sort of collected works of neil barofsky fandom, but jackie calmes poorly argued takedown of the former special inspector general for the troubled asset relief programs new book, bailout, simply cannot be passed over without comment. In late 2008, neil barofsky was appointed the treasury departments investigator of the bank bailouts. Neil barofsky s book, bailout, is set to be published in july. Geithner, who was president of the new york federal. Tim geithner, us treasury, stress test, neil barofsky, too big to fail. From the opening of this latest book on the governments mishandling of the 20089 financial crisis, neil barofsky establishes his populist. Behold, neil barofsky is the second coming of christ. Whats similar from the oversight perspective is that, when you look at. In his scathing new book, barofsky says taxpayers got shafted while the rich.
Neil barofsky s new memoir bailout, is not just a great read, its also a very important story about what happened after the financial crisis. An inside account of how washington abandoned main street while rescuing wall street barofsky, neil on. Bailout by neil barofsky august 23, 2017 i really didnt believe the figure of. Even though by now we know most what neil barofsky packs into his book, bailout. Barofsky is an accomplished trial lawyer and wellknown authority on a variety of issues at the intersection of economics, law, business, policy and politics. Exchief of park avenue bank charged with bailout fraud. Bushs final appointment was the inspector general for the tarp bailout, and because he faced a democratic senate and was termed out and wouldnt have to deal with the guy anyway he picked neil barofsky, a. He is also the author of bailout, his bestselling book. Neil barofsky on the broken promises of the bank bailouts money. Neil barofsky bailout book criticizes administrations efforts, to republicans delight by arthur delaney washington republicans are thrilled with a new tellall book by former u. From the start, barofsky has been acidly critical of the governments handling of bailout money.610 588 1103 939 623 718 854 1409 41 808 396 1278 909 1170 558 306 742 74 380 579 60 202 926 591 930 209 545 737 1105 1426 863 1218 393 1039 890 680 1148 345 766 139