Saturday, October 04, 2008

Which Failed Philisophy?

Eight years of a failed philosophy? Again history has shown that the failed philosophy we need to be concerned about is socialism not capitalism and freedom. The excerpts from the NYT article below provide more evidence that the recent financial crisis is not the result of unfettered markets, but the response of market forces to government intervention.

Fannie Mae, the nation's biggest underwriter of home mortgages, has been under increasing pressure from the Clinton Administration to expand mortgage loans among low and moderate income people and felt pressure from stock holders to maintain its phenomenal growth in profits.

Demographic information on these borrowers is sketchy. But at least one study indicates that 18 percent of the loans in the subprime market went to black borrowers, compared to 5 per cent of loans in the conventional loan market.
In moving, even tentatively, into this new area of lending, Fannie Mae is taking on significantly more risk, which may not pose any difficulties during flush economic times. But the government-subsidized corporation may run into trouble in an economic downturn, prompting a government rescue similar to that of the savings and loan industry in the 1980's.

''From the perspective of many people, including me, this is another thrift industry growing up around us,'' said Peter Wallison a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. ''If they fail, the government will have to step up and bail them out the way it stepped up and bailed out the thrift industry.''
The change in policy also comes at the same time that HUD is investigating allegations of racial discrimination in the automated underwriting systems used by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to determine the credit-worthiness of credit applicants.

And just this year we have Barney Frank defending the soundness of these government sponsored institutions.

Friday, October 03, 2008


Aside from the fact that we have socialized interest rates via the fed, which have resulted in every boom and bust of the last century, and despite the socialist ideology behind Freddie and Fannie there is a misconception that the current financial crisis is the result of free markets!

This is exactly why some democrats support the book burning ideology behind the 'Fairness Doctrine'. One of their own gets caught by the free press! See below.