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Readers Reflect on BofA Mortgage Racket/Lying

Posted by Larry Doyle on June 17th, 2013 8:45 AM |

Would you ever want to do business with an individual or an entity that lied to you? Probably not, right?

Should we add Bank of America to the list of those entities (financial institutions, regulators, our government) that have been less than forthright in engaging those with whom it was saying one thing but doing something entirely different?

A cursory review of the testimony I highlighted this past Friday, Bank America Mortgage Racket: We Were Told to Lie, might give many who read that commentary considerable reason to pause before engaging BofA. (more…)

Uncle Sam’s Rent-Seeking Economy circa 2013

Posted by Larry Doyle on May 29th, 2013 5:22 AM |

Are we in the midst of the greatest transfer of wealth in modern times?

I will allow others to debate the merits of that question, but I propose it in order to address what I see increasingly as the “new normal” reality of our current economic condition here in the United States. What lies at the core of this new normal dynamic? A rent-seeking economy, defined as:

When a company, organization or individual uses their resources to obtain an economic gain from others without reciprocating any benefits back to society through wealth creation.

An example of rent-seeking is when a company lobbies the government for loan subsidies, grants or tariff protection. These activities don’t create any benefit for society, they just redistribute resources from the taxpayers to the special-interest group. (more…)






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