Savings and Loan Scandal
Here are some facts on the infamous S&L scandal of the eighties which we are still paying for.
  • The Savings and Loan scandal is the largest theft in the history of the world.
  • Deregulation eased restrictions so much that S&L owners could lend themselves money.
  • The Garn Institute of Finance, named after Senator Jake Garn, co-authored the deregulation of the industry and received $2.2 million from industry executives.
  • Neil Bush, George Bush's son, never servered time in jail for his part in running an S&L into the ground.
  • Represenative Fernard St. Germain, who was head of the House of Representatives banking, co-authored the deregulation and was voted out of office after other questionable dealings and was sent back to D.C. as an S&L lobbiest.
  • Charles Keating, when asked if massive lobbying efforts had influenced the government officials, he replies "I certainly hope so."
  • The rip-off began in 1980 when the government raised the federal insurance on S&L's from $40,000 to $100,000 even though the typical savings account was only around $6000.
  • Some of the seized assets were a buffalo sperm bank, a racehorse with syphilis, and a kitty litter mine.
  • James Fail invested $1000 of his own money to purchase 15 failing S&L's. The government reimbursed him $1.85 billion in federal subsidies.
  • It sometimes took over 7 years to close failing S&L's by the government.
  • When S&L owners who stole millions went to jail, their sentances were typically one-fifth that of the average bank robber.
  • The goverment bail out will cost the taxpayers around $1.4 trillion dollars when it is over.
  • If the White House had stepped in and bailed out the S&L's in 1986 instead of delaying until after the 1988 elections, the cost might have been only $20 billion.
  • With the money lost from the S&L scandals, the government could have provided prenatal care for every American child for the next 2,300 years.
  • With the money lost from the S&L scandals, the government could have purchased 5 million average homes.
  • The authors of "Inside Job", a book about the S&L scandal, found criminal activity at every S&L they investigated.

Facts were taken from"Inside Job" and "It's a Conspiracy! by the National Insecurity Council.