Todos o faziam…
Petar Pismestrovic, «Kleine Zeitung»
Gerald Corrigan, um executivo do banco Goldman Sachs e antigo presidente do FED de Nova Iorque, tem uma curiosa defesa para o caso Grécia-Goldman:
Goldman Sachs Group Inc. did “nothing inappropriate” when it arranged currency swaps for Greece that reduced the nation’s national debt by 2.37 billion euros ($3.2 billion), a top executive said.
“They did produce a rather small, but nevertheless not insignificant reduction, in Greece’s debt-to-GDP ratio,” Gerald Corrigan, chairman of Goldman Sachs’s regulated bank subsidiary, told a panel of U.K. lawmakers today. The swaps were “in conformity with existing rules and procedures.”
“There was nothing inappropriate,” Corrigan told Parliament’s Treasury Committee. “With the benefit of hindsight, it seems to be very clear that the standards of transparency could have, and probably should have been, higher.” […]
Goldman Sachs was “by no means the only bank involved” in arranging the contracts, Corrigan said. […]
“Governments on a fairly generalized basis do go to some lengths to try to ‘manage’ their budgetary deficit positions and manage their public debt positions,” Corrigan said. “There is nothing terribly new about this, unfortunately. Certainly, those practices have been around for decades, if not centuries. We have to keep that perspective.”
Por outras palavras, os governos tentam esconder as suas dívidas, o Goldman Sachs tornou isso possível para o governo grego, tudo era perfeitamente legal na altura e todos os faziam. O Sr. Corrigan provavelmente tem razão em todos estes pontos, mas isto é mais uma admissão de que os bancos vêem vindo a ajudar os governos a esconder as suas dívidas e a defesa dos mesmos é que todos o faziam e nenhuma entidade reguladora o impediu.
Steve Sack, Minnesota, «The Minneapolis Star-Tribune»