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Steve Jobs’ Stanford Commencement 2005 Address

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Drawing from some of the most pivotal points in his life, Steve Jobs, chief executive officer and co-founder of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios, urged graduates to pursue their dreams and see the opportunities in life’s setbacks — including death itself — at the university’s 114th Commencement on June 12, 2005.

Steve Jobs 2005

Fed spends $1.2 Trillion in secret loans to banks

How much did “too big to fail” cost behind closed doors?

The Federal Reserve bailed out dozens of banks and brokerage firms starting in 2007, from Bank of America to Morgan Stanley as a means of curbing economic collapse. Taxpayer dollars were used to fund several gigantic financial institutions so America wouldn’t go into a depression.

Bloomberg.com obtained loan information through the Freedom of Information Act and is reporting that Morgan Stanley received $107.3 billion as the largest beneficiary and revealed that nearly half of the top 30 institutions that were given funding were based in Europe.

$1.2 trillion to banks

The biggest shock of the report is that the total outstanding balance of the loans hit $1.2 trillion in December 2008.

“We designed our broad-based emergency programs to both effectively stem the crisis and minimize the financial risks to the U.S. taxpayer,” James Clouse, deputy director of the Fed’s division of monetary affairs in Washington told Bloomberg. “Nearly all of our emergency-lending programs have been closed. We have incurred no losses and expect no losses.”

Small businesses betrayed, big banks propped up

“Why in hell does the Federal Reserve seem to be able to find the way to help these entities that are gigantic?” U.S. Representative Walter B. Jones, a Republican from North Carolina, said at a June 1 congressional hearing in Washington on Fed lending disclosure. “They get help when the average businessperson down in eastern North Carolina, and probably across America, they can’t even go to a bank they’ve been banking with for 15 or 20 years and get a loan.”

TARP funds only total $700 billion and are very controversial

Regulators are “not going to go far enough to prevent this from happening again,” said Kenneth Rogoff, a former chief economist at the International Monetary Fund and now an economics professor at Harvard University.

To put the funds in perspective, Bloomberg notes that TARP funds only totaled $700 billion, making the $1.2 trillion bank bailout that is just now publicly revealed substantially bigger than the TARP program, substantial for its use and size.