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Old 10-22-2011, 02:06 PM  
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Greenspan: Government should have intervened in housing & burned homes to the ground

Alan Greenspan, the economic intellectual titan of our time, the man who was the head czar of our economy for 20 years says that the government should have used the taxpayer dollar to buy up foreclosed houses and burn them to the ground in order to preserve home values.

I don't know how anyone can watch this and not have their jaw drop in their lap and wonder just where we've gotten ourselves to with this bankrupt economic system.

http://video.cnbc.com/gallery/?video=3000050025

There is an alternative to the debt based Keynesian economy, and it's not a "gold standard." It's called competing currencies. If you favor a mixed market but don't believe there should be a mix of currencies, then all you really believe in is centralized government, not an actual "mixed market."

Competing currencies are the only way out of this mess.
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Old 10-22-2011, 02:25 PM   #2
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That would have fixed it, really? WTF?
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Old 10-22-2011, 02:26 PM   #3
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Greenspan can go **** himself. I'm not wanting to raise my blood pressure at all today therefore I'm not clicking on that link.
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Old 10-22-2011, 02:54 PM   #4
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To think this man was from the Austrian School or associated with them at one time. No wonder he's considered a sell-out by them.
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Old 10-22-2011, 05:53 PM   #5
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I remember stories of farmers during the depression slaughtering livestock and burning crops for no reason other than to drive up the prices and set the food market back on the right track.

That's pretty much what he's talking about. Except it didn't work then, either.
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Old 10-22-2011, 11:59 PM   #6
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For people who don't quite understand the angle he's getting at...

He is actually right that burning down the surplus would protect the housing prcing market for existing mortgage holders, and the fact that he's right only serves to demonstrate how evil and corrupt the Keynesian, debt-based economic system is.

We all know about the bubble by now - interest rates were held artificially low, and houses were over built, and over leveraged etc., and eventually people started losing their homes because they were over lent. Right now, the banks are holding a TON of surplus inventory. You probably see evidence of this in your own neighborhood (I have a house just across the street from me that has been vacant since Summer 2007). Eventually - probably even before this election cycle is done, the banks are going to have to release these houses on the market and they're going to sell for absolutely killer rates. People are going to be shocked at how low these houses start selling for. And the existing house prices will plummet because of how low the surplus houses sell for. Why would someone buy your home at $240k when they can buy a better one for $180k? This is going to absolutely RAPE the middle class. If you are caught with a mortgage when this happens, you'll likely lose somewhere between $20k-$40k in equity. Many people will be underwater and stuck with loans that put them upside down. This, of course, causes political problems. When the middle class who own their homes see this happening to them, things are going to get ugly.

Alan Greenspan's solution to burn the surplus homes to the ground would prevent the current homes to lose their value because there would no longer be a huge surplus and the supply and demand would be a lot more in tune with eachother. But this, of course, is politically infeasible.

This housing situation is a real mess.
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Old 10-23-2011, 12:14 AM   #7
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Old 10-23-2011, 12:20 AM   #8
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I hate to tell y'all it's going to get worse if the crisis in Europe is not resolved. That alone will take Obama down because it's connected to us.
If no solution, and it may take a miracle, it may hit as early as next week and it will make 2008 look like a walk in the park. Paul said to watch for another crisis around 2012...or 4 years since the last one.
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I hate to tell y'all it's going to get worse if the crisis in Europe is not resolved. That alone will take Obama down because it's connected to us.
If no solution, and it may take a miracle, it may hit as early as next week and it will make 2008 look like a walk in the park. Paul said to watch for another crisis around 2012...or 4 years since the last one.
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Old 10-23-2011, 09:21 AM   #10
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This is a failure of modern economics in general. Though it includes Keynesian analysis, it also includes any systems which view our societal value and collective worth in terms of raw "GDP" styled numbers where destruction of resources is considered an asset to the economy.

Unless we can distinguish activities which add to our well being from those that actually detract from or destroy well being, then idiotic solutions like the one offered by Greenspan here will continue to be proposed by the mainstream economists.

And though I agree our "debt-based" money system is a problem, neither that nor Keynes (indeed Greenspan is supposed to be an Austrian) led to the particular absurdity uttered in the video.
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Old 09-20-2012, 07:16 AM   #12
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I hate to tell y'all it's going to get worse if the crisis in Europe is not resolved. That alone will take Obama down because it's connected to us.
If no solution, and it may take a miracle, it may hit as early as next week and it will make 2008 look like a walk in the park. Paul said to watch for another crisis around 2012...or 4Paul said
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I hate to tell y'all it's going to get worse if the crisis in Europe is not resolved. That alone will take Obama down because it's connected to us.
If no solution, and it may take a miracle, it may hit as early as next week and it will make 2008 look like a walk in the park. Paul said to watch for another crisis around 2012...or 4 years since the last one.

How has this prediction worked out so far?
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