The new chairman of Citigroup (C) , Richard Parsons, is blaming you for the mess his bank is in and for the entire financial crisis to boot.
That's right. You did it. You insisted on being allowed to borrow more than you could afford. You demanded new types of mortgages that didn't require any money down and let you skip payments and tack the money onto the loan.
Your greed inspired the banks to create all sorts of crazy derivative securities from those mortgages, divorcing and diluting the claims to the underlying assets until there was pretty much no intrinsic value. The banks did it for you, so that they could have more money to lend, so you could buy yet another house you couldn't afford
You turned the housing market into another investing opportunity, buying and flipping and profiting along the way, so the bankers just followed your lead when they were buying and selling those mortgage-related securities and earning huge bonuses.
And here's where you really messed things up -- you failed to make payments on those irresponsible loans and caused the entire house of cards to collapse. What the heck were you thinking? How could you ruin it for everyone like that?
The banks did all this for you and this is how you return the favor?
You've destroyed almost all the value in Citigroup,
Bank of America
and other mortgage makers. You caused trillions of dollars in assets at
and JPMorgan Chase, among others, to become practically worthless.
You forced the U.S. government to come to your rescue and put more than a trillion dollars in taxpayer money at risk to try to bailout the system.
You caused the entire global economy to crumble.
Parsons is right. You really screwed things up. Lucky for you, Parsons isn't holding a grudge. He's clearly focused on fixing the problem.
If only everyone else could see things as clearly as Parsons.
Hall is the editor of
. Previously, he served as deputy editor and chief innovation officer at
The Orange County Register
and as a news manager at
in Frankfurt, Amsterdam and Washington, D.C. As a reporter, he covered business and financial markets, worked in both print and television in the U.S. and Europe, and conducted in-depth investigative coverage at
in Fort Wayne, Ind. His work also has been published in a variety of newspapers including
The Wall Street Journal
The New York Times
International Herald Tribune
. Hall received a bachelor�s degree in journalism and political science from The Ohio State University and has taken graduate management science courses at Boston University.