William K. Black Talks To Bill Moyers (VIDEO)

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Bill Moyers interviewed William K. Black, the former Director of the Institute for Fraud Prevention, on Sunday. Black, author of "The Best Way to Rob a Bank Is to Own One," now teaches Economics and Law at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. He was a key whistle blower during the savings and loans crisis and has a lot to say about the current economic environment.

He speaks bluntly to Moyers about the fraud that took place on Wall Street, and took aim at President Bush. The "Bush Administration essentially got rid of regulation, so if nobody was looking, you were able to do this with impunity and that's exactly what happened," he said of corporate fraud.

At one point, Moyers asks:

So you're suggesting, saying that CEOs of some of these banks and mortgage firms in order to increase their own personal income, deliberately set out to make bad loans?


BILL MOYERS: How do they get away with it? I mean, what about their own checks and balances in the company? What about their accounting divisions?

WILLIAM K. BLACK: All of those checks and balances report to the CEO, so if the CEO goes bad, all of the checks and balances are easily overcome. And the art form is not simply to defeat those internal controls, but to suborn them, to turn them into your greatest allies. And the bonus programs are exactly how you do that.

Black received so much feedback from the interview that he responded on his blog here.


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