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“The Crisis Is About Loss Redistribution”

Posted by Larry Doyle on October 4, 2010 6:26 AM |

While many on Wall Street and Washington may care to proselytize about the impact of different programs implemented during our economic crisis, one individual provided a condensed but brutally honest assessment of the various initiatives implemented to ‘save’ our economy. Who is this purveyor of wisdom or ‘sense on cents’ savant? None other than Edward Kane. Who is that? Let’s navigate as The New York Times’ Gretchen Morgenson once again distinguished herself in writing, Count on Sequels to TARP:

“THE crisis is about loss redistribution,” said Edward J. Kane, professor of finance at Boston College and an authority on regulatory failures. “In a crisis, these institutions have much more power with the government than taxpayers do and they will make it seem in the interests of responsible officials to rescue them, whether that’s Congress, the Treasury or the Federal Reserve. But the notion that you can always throw these losses on the taxpayer in the long run is very, very dangerous. There will come a time when the taxpayers will come close to revolt.”

Redistributing stress points does not eliminate them. Each and every day is thus one day closer to that reality for American taxpayers. We would be foolhardy to think that reality is not a very real possibility.

Larry Doyle

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