Halsey Minor casts himself as a Jeffersonian populist in the fight against entrenched power on the Huffington Post:
Big bailouts of Merrill Lynch, Bank of America and AIG get the press attention. Far more corrosive are thousands of unpublicized, self-dealing transactions overseen by bureaucrats following laws written by a pliant Congress and enforced by lifetime-tenured judges trained to believe in the bank over the debtor.
A prime example of how the common good is subverted can literally be seen from the gardens of Monticello. Prior to the financial crisis, I was building a hotel in my hometown of Charlottesville. As its own balance sheet faltered, Silverton Bank, the Atlanta-based institution funding the project reneged on its commitment to finance and simply cut off funding. I sued the bank; the bank sued me. Within two months, Silverton was taken over by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. in the largest bank failure in Georgia history.Continue Reading