John Ransom

Barney Frank (D-Fannie Mae) is king of the banking business.

He’s got the kind of clout that only money can buy. That’s why he was able to shield mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac during his tenure as Chair of the House Banking Committee.

Being a House banking member has always had its rewards. While still a junior member on the House Banking Committee in 1991 he secured a big-time job at Fannie Mae for his then-husband. Or was it his wife? OK, let’s not go there.          

But Frank has definitely moved on to bigger things. His new husband is a surfer. Oops. I just went there.

He’s also now the author of a banking reform bill known as “Dodd-Frank,” which has the distinction of being some of the most costly legislation ever written.

How costly? We just don’t know yet. But besides the $3 billion that the legislation will cost to implement a story in the Atlantic, hardly a right-wing mouthpiece, estimates that the costs could approach $1 trillion.

Oh, and it also failed to address the “too-big-to-fail” syndrome that put the country’s real estate market in the mess it finds itself in… which was the point of Dodd-Frank to start with.

Gotta love the Democrats when they pass laws that don’t even attempt to solve the problems the laws were intended to address in the first place.  

If they solved problems then they wouldn’t get to write the outrage letters.    

Because Frank has written an outrage letter asking that the Federal Reserve hold up the merger of Capital One and ING.

Capitol One was the high bidder in the forced sale of ING’s banking division. The sale of the division was a condition of a European bailout of ING’s parent company.

A disappointed bidder in the deal was Obama favorite, GE Capital.

Capital One outbid rival GE to secure the coveted ING retail banking business that Capital One says will help reduce the amount of risk they have because it adds more direct banking and less credit risk. But still any suitor had to be willing to take on the additional mortgage risk in the ING portfolio, which apparently, Capital One was willing to do this while the other suitors, reportedly, were not.     

John Ransom

John Ransom’s writings on politics and finance have appeared in the Los Angeles Business Journal, the Colorado Statesman, Pajamas Media and Registered Rep Magazine amongst others. Until 9/11, Ransom worked primarily in finance as an investment executive for NYSE member firm Raymond James and Associates, JW Charles and as a new business development executive at Mutual Service Corporation. He lives in San Diego. You can follow him on twitter @bamransom.