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More to think about.......

  1. Barefootfae profile image61
    Barefootfaeposted 4 years ago

    http://s2.hubimg.com/u/7825453_f248.jpg
    Good old Barney. Don't miss him.....

    1. Cody Hodge5 profile image60
      Cody Hodge5posted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Yea, that doesn't oversimplify it or anything...

      1. BuckyGoldstein profile image61
        BuckyGoldsteinposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        I'm sure you would like to complicate it with a bunch of BS .!

        1. John Holden profile image61
          John Holdenposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Shame you think reality is BS.

          1. BuckyGoldstein profile image61
            BuckyGoldsteinposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            Then tell me John in your unbiased way who is at fault for the housing bubble to burst.

            1. Barefootfae profile image61
              Barefootfaeposted 4 years ago in reply to this

              You really need him to answer that???????????
              Or any other liberal here American or not?????????

              1. BuckyGoldstein profile image61
                BuckyGoldsteinposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                I always enjoy a good bit of fiction.

                1. John Holden profile image61
                  John Holdenposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                  That's obvious.

            2. John Holden profile image61
              John Holdenposted 4 years ago in reply to this

              How many liberal bankers do you know?

            3. Ralph Deeds profile image72
              Ralph Deedsposted 4 years ago in reply to this

              Why don't you tell us?

              1. Barefootfae profile image61
                Barefootfaeposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                No........

                You are supposed to be one of those with all the answers. It's your turn.....

              2. John Holden profile image61
                John Holdenposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                He already has Ralph, it was entirely the fault of the democrats!

                1. Ralph Deeds profile image72
                  Ralph Deedsposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                  Naturally. Bucky's interested in a partisan rant, not an honest, serious discussion. I'm willing to admit that the Democrats were partly at fault. I suspect Clinton wishes he had not signed the bill repealed the Glass-Steagall Act which prohibited banks from playing risky games with deposits insured by the government.

        2. Cody Hodge5 profile image60
          Cody Hodge5posted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Most people call it thinking smile

  2. healthyfitness profile image83
    healthyfitnessposted 4 years ago

    It had a lot to do with personal responsibility in my opinion as well. People wanted to live a life they couldn't afford before they earned it.

    1. wilderness profile image95
      wildernessposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      +1  Sellers can't sell, and banks can't make a loan, without a willing customer.

      1. John Holden profile image61
        John Holdenposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        And how many people willingly pump substances into their bodies that they know will probably kill them?

        1. wilderness profile image95
          wildernessposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          I would not estimate over 95% of the population.  The numbers of people imbibing cyclamates, nicotine, tar, corn syrup, ethanol, marijuana, opium etc. is high, but not 100%.

          Not sure of your point, though...

          1. John Holden profile image61
            John Holdenposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            Point is that not everybody is as clued up as we are.
            Many people will, if told by the bankers, that of course they can afford a $1000 a month mortgage repayment on an income of $1000 a month will believe them and take it.

            And that is not to say that many people are stupid,just not very numerate.

            1. BuckyGoldstein profile image61
              BuckyGoldsteinposted 4 years ago in reply to this

              Really, People believe they can afford something because someone told them they could? They are oblivious to how much they make and bring home? Ive never actually met anyone that stupid, close, but not that f#@king stupid!

              1. John Holden profile image61
                John Holdenposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                Yes, many people!
                I've known people who've refused pay rises because it would move them into a higher tax bracket and they've thought that would result in all their earnings being taxed at the higher rate leaving them worse off than they would be if they didn't accept it.

                In the 1980s Labour lost the General Election largely because one of the right wing tabloids ran a scare story about how Labour would increase the tax rate for those earning over £30,000 pa. People who would be pushed to earn that much in a life time were outraged and voted conservative!

                I could go on but you won't actually take any notice, so I wont.

                1. BuckyGoldstein profile image61
                  BuckyGoldsteinposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                  I really wouldn't take notice of what people do in a country in which I don't live. I have explained what caused the bubble to burst and you are right to a point. The people were not conned into buying something they couldn't afford they just hoped in spite of their fiscal situation they could pay for that house there was certainly greed involved but mostly from the home buyer!

                  1. John Holden profile image61
                    John Holdenposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                    No bankers rubbing their hands in glee at the thought of loads of free money?

                    It affected us here in the UK as well you know.

                    And don't forget, your democrats are just as capitalist as your republicans.

            2. wilderness profile image95
              wildernessposted 4 years ago in reply to this

              The implication is that we all need big brother to make our decisions for us.

              One which I reject 100%. 

              If you're incapable of figuring a simple budget, don't buy but with cash.  Don't ask big brother to regulate both your and my decisions - just don't make any yourself and the problem is avoided without affecting me.

              1. John Holden profile image61
                John Holdenposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                No, we don't need big brother to make decisions for us, we need big brother to butt out and stop doing the banks dirty work for them.

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              retief2000posted 4 years ago in reply to this

              I was a mortgage loan officer in the decade before the "housing bubble" burst.  We were concerned that the two largest holders of mortgages in the United States, Fanny Mae and Freddy Mac, were continually lowering, or entirely eliminating, various financial criteria for qualifying for a loan.  The influence of these Federally established lenders on the overall mortgage market resulted in an ever increasing risk.

              The distortion of risk by Fanny Mae and Freddie Mac resulted in a market where the lowest payment, regardless of all other factors, was the ultimate lure for the borrower and the lender.  The result was home values constantly inflated by lenders demanding more value and customers taking loans for homes that they could never have afforded without the aforementioned market distortions.  It is Fanny Mae and Freddie Mac that pushed "No Doc/No Ratio/No Income" loans.

                It is Fanny Mae and Freddie Mac that constituted a vast secondary market for high risk loans.  It is Fanny Mae and Freddie Mac the induced the creation of other high risk loan instruments by private lenders chasing the competition.  It is the pressure by other government entities to lend to customers who, in their understandable desire for a better life, would borrow sums far outside their ability to repay.  It was these pressure that compelled leaders to seek higher profits to indemnify themselves and their investors from those increasing risks.  It is a legitimate desire by investors to mitigate that risk that resulted in the creation of instruments filled with disastrous consequences.

              This is not the first such real estate market bubble caused by government interference into the private market place.  In The Housing Boom and Bust , Thomas Sowell explains how government involvement in real estate has created several "Booms" and "Busts" throughout American Economic History.

              There may be no real villains but there are certainly dupes and doofuses, Barney Frank being among the latter.   Ultimately, it is the desire for government to make life all skittles and beer and remove all reasonable effort to acquire a home that precipitated the entire mess.  As Pogo said, in a simple statement of universal prescience, "We has met the enemy and he is us."

    2. Soul Man Dancing profile image61
      Soul Man Dancingposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Not true, Jack. I had a front row seat for the housing/development debacle in Florida, and thus the world. It was the predatory practices of mortgage brokers who lured folks to the "American Dream" and made them believe it was within their reach.

      Hey, they still pocketed the commission, what did they have to lose?

      1. wilderness profile image95
        wildernessposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Outside of naming it as "predatory practices", there isn't a lot of difference between what healthy fitness said and what you said. 

        People wanted, and bought, far more house than they could afford.  It doesn't take a genius to make a home budget, they just didn't bother.  Or didn't bother to figure out that when an arm interest rate went up they couldn't afford it. 

        You can't "lure" suckers that pay attention, and that is the duty of the new homeowner, not the evil banksters.

        1. Soul Man Dancing profile image61
          Soul Man Dancingposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          You are obviously as green as goat shit.

      2. profile image60
        retief2000posted 4 years ago in reply to this

        As one of those ordinary people, like your insurance agent and appliance store salesman, whose income came from commissions, I can tell you that you are stuffed full of manure if you believe anything that has dribble out of your oral sphincter.  Predatory lending is a word invented by those who wish to console the ignorant for their greed.

        If not for the desire of greedy borrowers to incur vast sums of debt just to live in a house they knew they could never afford there would never be a housing bubble.  If not for the willful distortion of economic information and the steady and deliberate dismantling of time tested lending practices, such as, income to debt ratios, down payments and proof of reliable income, by the FEDERAL government there would have never been a housing bubble. 

        You want to identify a villain,  I have three for you - ignorance, government and liberalism.  People who do not understand from where money comes, what it is or how it works are to blame.  A government too willing to turn the risks that individuals and businesses take on into a risk that all taxpayers, and the overall economy, must backstop is to blame.  Finally, the liberal idea that life is just way too mean and everything should be all rainbows and butterflies is mostly to blame.  If not for liberal fantasies of how life is supposed to be people wouldn't be nearly as stupid and greedy as they tend to be once they realize government will protect them from their own bad character.

  3. BuckyGoldstein profile image61
    BuckyGoldsteinposted 4 years ago

    What caused the "housing bubble" to burst in 2007/2008, the facts are available and all fingers point to the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) signed by Jimmy Carter (Democrat) in 1977 and strengthened under the Clinton (Democrat) administration. This law was strongly backed by such community organizers like the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN, who benefited from the CRA and were awarded hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars in grants to "help" low-income families obtain home loans.

    The CRA allowed these community organizers to essentially blackmail banks to make loans to people who would never have qualified were it not for the government's intervention. If a small business owner were forced to conduct business in such a way, they wouldn't last a week, but because of the leftist mandate for "fairness," millions of people were able to buy houses they could not afford. Republicans didn't sponsor the CRA; it was backed by uber-liberals like Barney Frank and Chris Dodd.

    Everybody involved in the process sought ways to make money and reduce risk, which resulted in home mortgages being bundled and sold so many times that eventually, there were no buyers left willing to purchase these mortgages that were clearly going to go to default, and the bubble burst. The Democrat sponsored CRA caused the housing crisis, not "Republicans voting against good policies the president wants to pass,"

    1. John Holden profile image61
      John Holdenposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      And the banks of course were totally blameless!

    2. wilderness profile image95
      wildernessposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Amazing.  You have to be one of just 3 or 4 hubbers to have understood the roots of the housing bubble. 

      It wasn't the bankers; it was the do-gooder politicians that decided everyone should have a house.  Coupled, of course, with people that believed them even when they obviously could not pay for it.

      1. Cody Hodge5 profile image60
        Cody Hodge5posted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Again, far too simple.

        There were so many factors that went into this more than just people had access to homes.

        The banks were offering "no doc" loans because they were so desperate to loan to anyone because they could make money off of the deal.

        Homeowners were seeing the value of their homes skyrocket. Why wouldn't they want to take advantage of this investment opportunity?

        To simply blame this on Clinton and Carter is not seeing the full picture. You have to also factor in the fall of the economy at large as another reason why the housing bubble burst.

        1. John Holden profile image61
          John Holdenposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          But none of that serves their purpose.

        2. BuckyGoldstein profile image61
          BuckyGoldsteinposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          I don't blame Clinton and Carter alone, no, Barney Frank/Chris Dodd/Maxine Waters and a whole host of scumbag democrats are just as guilty!

        3. wilderness profile image95
          wildernessposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Go back, read and understand why no doc loans were being offered.

          Banks didn't offer those loans " because they were so desperate to loan to anyone because they could make money off of the deal" - there was little to no money to be made from them.

          They offered those loans primarily because they were being pressured to do so.

          1. Cody Hodge5 profile image60
            Cody Hodge5posted 4 years ago in reply to this

            The banks get to charge more interest on those types of loans. I fail to see how they aren't making a higher profit from that.

            1. Cody Hodge5 profile image60
              Cody Hodge5posted 4 years ago in reply to this

              And btw, none of my line of thinking here is to dismiss the fact that making lending requirements looser didn't have a role to play in this.

              All I'm arguing is that it wasn't the one and only culprit as some seem to suggest.

            2. BuckyGoldstein profile image61
              BuckyGoldsteinposted 4 years ago in reply to this

              Imagine that.

            3. wilderness profile image95
              wildernessposted 4 years ago in reply to this

              Outside of a interest cap in general, I'm unaware of any limits on mortgage interest.  Certainly I've paid from under 4 to double digits, and my son took one last year at 10%.  The man I bought my first house from was paying 18% with a VA loan.

              It's hard to make a real profit when the projected (and actual) result of a mortgage is default, no matter what the interest rate is.

          2. John Holden profile image61
            John Holdenposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            By their shareholders?

            I think it is rather naive to think the banks were blameless, who actually forced them to pollute the worlds banking systems by selling these toxic loans?

            1. BuckyGoldstein profile image61
              BuckyGoldsteinposted 4 years ago in reply to this

              No by politicians, democrat politicians.

              1. John Holden profile image61
                John Holdenposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                So democrats forced the bankers to sell toxic loans!

                Really.

                1. BuckyGoldstein profile image61
                  BuckyGoldsteinposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                  No, they were pressured to offer the loans to begin with. Selling bad notes to someone willing to buy them just makes sense.

                2. innersmiff profile image79
                  innersmiffposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                  They were encouraged to make bad loans by the central banks' manipulation of interest rates.

                  1. John Holden profile image61
                    John Holdenposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                    Indeed, they couldn't resist though, could they?

    3. Ralph Deeds profile image72
      Ralph Deedsposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      "all fingers point to the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) signed by Jimmy Carter (Democrat) in 1977 and strengthened under the Clinton (Democrat) administration."

      That may have been one of many factors that contributed to the bubble and crash. The proximate cause of the crash however was the practice by the NY banks of packaging and selling bundles of subprime mortgage derivatives which had been greatly over-rated by the bond rating firms to unsuspecting investors all over the world and in some cases betting against the bundles of mortgages sold to their customers. Mortgage brokers sold "no doc" loans based on lying appraisals. There is plenty of blame to go around. Your comment is a gross over-simplification, Bucky.

      1. Cody Hodge5 profile image60
        Cody Hodge5posted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Sorry, already tried that line of thinking......apparently its all the democrats fault.

      2. BuckyGoldstein profile image61
        BuckyGoldsteinposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        It is only over-simplified because it shows who is at fault! If you are willing to accept that Clinton is partially responsible then that shows you know that the democrats are solely responsible.

        1. Ralph Deeds profile image72
          Ralph Deedsposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Your powers of reasoning are miniscule or non-existent. Bye, Bye.

          1. BuckyGoldstein profile image61
            BuckyGoldsteinposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            Oh darn, I must have touched a nerve.

        2. John Holden profile image61
          John Holdenposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Partially = solely!

          Some reasoning there!
          Is English your native language?

          1. BuckyGoldstein profile image61
            BuckyGoldsteinposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            Comprehension is a good thing.

            I wont explain it to you this time.

            1. John Holden profile image61
              John Holdenposted 4 years ago in reply to this

              You should try it some time. If you can get the meaning "solely" out of the word "partially" then it is you, I am afraid, that lacks comprehension.

              1. BuckyGoldstein profile image61
                BuckyGoldsteinposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                Didn't do that John, why is it so hard for you to read and comprehend?

                1. John Holden profile image61
                  John Holdenposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                  You said
                  "If you are willing to accept that Clinton is partially responsible then that shows you know that the democrats are solely responsible"

                  It of course does no such thing.

                  1. BuckyGoldstein profile image61
                    BuckyGoldsteinposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                    Aye yi yi,

                    C O M P R E H E N S I O N

    4. innersmiff profile image79
      innersmiffposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      You conservatives are going to be consistently at sea until you start talking about the Federal Reserve.

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        retief2000posted 4 years ago in reply to this

        One Hydra at a time.  The tentacles of government created agencies distorting the market place are numerous, invidious, insidious and so deeply rooted their extraction all at once risks killing the "organism" - that would be the government liberated market.

        1. innersmiff profile image79
          innersmiffposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          The Fed is the Hydra's heart - it is what gives the government its power to extend itself into every aspect of our lives. What could be more powerful than to be able to control the very unit of exchange people use every day? If we trust the market at all we have to know that the less government in it the better it will be in the long term, so there is nothing to be scared of by shoving a spear through the government's heart.

          I'm an abolitionist - central banking is immoral and therefore must go yesterday. It is absolutely no use skirting round shaving bits of the government here and there whilst the mother brain expands regardless. We don't need Mitt Romneys, we need Ron Pauls.

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            retief2000posted 4 years ago in reply to this

            No better proof exists than the Great Cyprus Bank Robbery.

  4. Barefootfae profile image61
    Barefootfaeposted 4 years ago

    I always notice...no matter what the incident or topic....

    the left is never ever ever ever ever at fault. Even when it''s their responsibility. It's Bush....or something.....always and forever.
    Best way in the world to indoctrinate is to tell the lie over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over...........

    1. John Holden profile image61
      John Holdenposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      And the right does that so well too. Or don't you like the competition?

  5. Barefootfae profile image61
    Barefootfaeposted 4 years ago

    http://s1.hubimg.com/u/7829284_f248.jpg

    1. Josak profile image61
      Josakposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Great now we are quoting (fantastic) perpetually drunk comedians.

 
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