Sunday, November 6, 2011

What REALLY Caused The Financial Crisis?

This is an excellent article on the REAL reasons for the financial crisis.  Below is a snippet from The Washington Post today.  The article is written by Barry Ritholtz who is the chief executive of FusionIQ, a quantitative research firm. He is the author of “Bailout Nation” and runs a finance blog, the Big Picture.

"Rather than admit the error of their ways — Repent! — these people are engaged in an active campaign to rewrite history. They are not, of course, exonerated in doing so. And beyond that, they damage the process of repairing what was broken. They muddy the waters when it comes to holding guilty parties responsible. They prevent measures from being put into place to prevent another crisis.

Here is the surprising takeaway: They are winning. Thanks to the endless repetition of the Big Lie.
A Big Lie is so colossal that no one would believe that someone could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously. There are many examples: Claims that Earth is not warming, or that evolution is not the best thesis we have for how humans developed. Those opposed to stimulus spending have gone so far as to claim that the infrastructure of the United States is just fine, Grade A (not D, as the we discussed last month), and needs little repair.

Wall Street has its own version: Its Big Lie is that banks and investment houses are merely victims of the crash. You see, the entire boom and bust was caused by misguided government policies. It was not irresponsible lending or derivative or excess leverage or misguided compensation packages, but rather long-standing housing policies that were at fault.

Indeed, the arguments these folks make fail to withstand even casual scrutiny. But that has not stopped people who should know better from repeating them."

1 comment:

  1. Dave,

    Ritholtz's "The banks did it" claims are as mis-guided as Schiff's "The banks are victims of government polices" shtick.

    The truth is that banks and government worked together to dig us this hole. It takes two to dance the Crony Tango and the banks and their regulators are the best in the world at that Pas de Deux. They'd take home the mirror ball trophy on DWTS, guaranteed.