Sunday, November 30, 2008

You've heard of the CRA...

Investor's Business Daily has an editorial complete with their facts and myths for all to see linked here.

I'm not really trying to play the blame game, instead I'm looking more for solutions and at the end of the piece there is this...

The exotic securitizations that have gotten so much of the blame were a symptom, not the cause, of the crisis.

The architects of the crisis want to divert attention from their own culpability by blaming the markets rather than their own regulations mandating that banks make high-risk loans based on race.

In fact, regulations had almost everything to do with this mess. And instead of strengthening them to atone for the alleged "sins of capitalism," we should be abolishing them.

Two bills in the House would be a good place to start. HR 7264, which has nine co-sponsors, would repeal the CRA. And HR 7094, with 17 co-sponsors, would dissolve Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

During the last severe slump, President Reagan deregulated the economy, saying: "Government is not the solution to the problem; government is the problem." He's as right today as he was then.

Whoops... copying the above and agreeing with it is sorta letting my inner-Reagan shine through a bit much... oh well.

Happy Sunday!!

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