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Democrat Senator Asked Feds If Social Media Censorship Was Being Used to Stop Bank Runs

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Senator Mark Kelly (D-AZ) reportedly asked the feds during a Zoom meeting on Sunday night if “there was a program in place” to censor information on social media that could lead to a run on the banks.

From Michael Shellenberger, “EXCLUSIVE: Senator Mark Kelly Called For Social Media Censorship To Prevent Bank Runs”:

During a conference call about the Silicon Valley Bank bailout yesterday, Senator Mark Kelly (D-AZ) asked representatives from the Federal Reserve, Treasury Department, and the Federal Deposit and Insurance Corporation (FDIC) if they had a way to censor information on social media to prevent a run on the banks, according to Republican members of the House of Representatives who were on the call.

The members said there were roughly 200 people on the Zoom call, including Senators, House members, and staff members from both parties. “On our conference call, led by [Senate President Chuck] Schumer, with Fed, FDIC, and Treasury, a democrat senator asked the three agencies if there was a program underway on social media to censor information that would lead to a bank run,” Rep. Thomas Massie told Public.

“I believe he couched it in a concern that foreign actors would be doing this,” said Massie, “but he didn’t suggest the censorship should be limited to foreigners or to things that were untrue. The people from the three agencies couldn’t answer him and just sort of took a pass on the question.”

Calls both to Sen. Mark Kelly’s Arizona and Washington D.C. offices were not answered.

Rep. Lauren Boebert tweeted, “On a briefing with Biden Under Secretary of the Treasury Nellie Liang regarding the SVB [Silicon Valley Bank] BAILOUT they are working towards and a member asked if they were reaching out to Facebook and Twitter to monitor misinformation and ‘bad actors.’”

Rep. Dan Bishop, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations, and Accountability, confirmed the accounts of Massie and Boebert, and a representative for Boebert’s office confirmed that the “member” she was referring to was a Democratic Senator.

“I have confirmed with [House Speaker Kevin] McCarthy that it was Sen. Mark Kelly who asked on last night’s zoom call whether the call hosts (at Treasury, FDIC, etc) were interacting with SM platforms and on the lookout for foreign influence that might promote bank runs,” Rep. Bishop told Public.

Massie also said on Twitter that the feds bailout amounts to looting the insurance premiums of those under $250,000 in the here and now to hopefully prevent a banking system collapse.

“Understand what’s happening at FDIC: They’re taking the insurance premiums that were paid in to protect depositors under $250,000 (little guys) and using it to cover deposits of the very rich,” Massie said. “They argue it benefits everyone to go ‘all in’ on the first few banks.”

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Video: Amid Banking Collapse, White House Says “We See A Strong Economy”

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As inflation continues to skyrocket and amid huge banking collapses, the White House press secretary declared Wednesday that the Biden administration “sees a strong economy.”

CBC’s Caitlin Huey-Burns asked Karine Jean-Pierre about Joe Biden’s support for Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell and what the Fed is doing to attempt to reduce inflation. 

“We understand what the American people are feeling, that is why we have made it a priority to do everything that we can to lower costs for Americans,” Jean-Pierre responded.

Then came the kicker.

“We do not see a recession or pre-recession. We see a strong economy and it’s because of the work that this president has done,” Jean-Pierre declared.

You don’t see it or there isn’t a recession?

Strange choice of words.

Keep saying it and it might become reality:

When asked if there will be an economic downturn owing to two giant bank collapses, KJP had no answer, other than to quote the Fed chairman saying the economy is sound:

Powell claims that rampant money printing isn’t driving inflation:

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen claims that just growing debt forever is sustainable:

Are they wilfully ignorant or just flat out lying?

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    Elon Musk Responds To Biden’s “Pay Your Fair Share” Tax Tweet

    “I paid more income tax than anyone ever in the history of Earth”

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    The world’s richest man Elon Musk has responded to a tweet sent out by Joe Biden calling for higher taxes for billionaires, noting that he’s paid more tax than any human ever in the history of the planet.

    Biden sent out the following tweet calling on rich people to “pay your fair share,” along with a claim that the average tax billionaires pay is three percent.

    Musk responded, noting that he paid a whopping 53 percent tax on Tesla stock options at both the state and federal level, and that he paid more taxes than any person on Earth in 2021 ($11 billion) and will do so again for the 2022 fiscal year.

    Musk also called for a fact check on Biden’s three percent claim.

    Musk’s call led to the following correction from the Tax Foundation being added to Biden’s tweet, showing how Biden is either just flat wrong or lying:

    Others chimed in on Musk’s comments:

    While others had some choice responses for Biden:

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    SVB’s London Bankers Received Up To $36 Million In Bonuses Days After BoE-Orchestrated Bailout

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    Bankers at the London branch of Silicon Valley Bank reportedly received tens of millions of dollars in bonuses just days after the Bank of England orchestrated a rescue package that led to Europe’s largest lender, HSBC, buying the failed bank’s subsidary for just £1Sky News reports.

    Sources described the bonus pool as “modest”, and said it totalled between £15m and £20m.

    It was unclear on Saturday how much had been awarded to Erin Platts, the UK bank’s chief executive or her senior colleagues.

    One insider said the bonus payments were a signal of HSBC’s confidence in the talent base at its new subsidiary and that the buyer had been keen to honour previously agreed payments in order to help retain key staff. –Sky

    What’s more, bonuses were reportedly doled out to US staff just hours before the Santa Clara, California-based bank collapsed. The bank was taken into FDIC ownership, while SVB Financial Group has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as it looks to find buyers for their remaining assets.

    The UK arm of (formerly) SVB employs around 700 people. The London branch’s ‘guided demolition’ was coordinated with UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, who played a pivotal role in an emergency auction that drew interest from several challenger banks, including the Bank of London and Oaknorth.

    According to insiders, if HSBC hadn’t stepped up, the bonuses wouldn’t have been paid, while another insider pointed out that stock held by senior executives and other employees had been rendered worthless amid the implosion.

    “The UK’s tech sector is genuinely world-leading and of huge importance to the British economy, supporting hundreds of thousands of jobs,” said chancellor Jeremy Hunt. “We have worked urgently to deliver on that promise and find a solution that will provide SVB UK’s customers with confidence.”

    “[This] ensures customer deposits are protected and can bank as normal, with no taxpayer support.”

    The government had been lobbied intensively last weekend by hundreds of tech entrepreneurs about the parlous state of SVB UK.

    They warned of “an existential threat to the UK tech sector”, adding: “The Bank of England’s assessment that SVB going into administration would have limited impact on the UK economy displays a dangerous lack of understanding of the sector and the role it plays in the wider economy, both today and in the future.”

    The founders warned Mr Hunt that the collapse of SVB UK would “cripple the sector and set the ecosystem back 20 years”. -Sky

    “Many businesses will be sent into involuntary liquidation overnight,” were SVB UK not rescued, wrote the entrepreneurs.

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