Posted 4 years ago on Jan. 10, 2012, 2:55 p.m. EST by opensociety4us
from Norwalk, CT
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The bottom line is that people who wanted to buy shit they couldn't afford didn't walk into the banks with a gun and take the money. The banks approved the loans, gave out the money and entered the debt into our economic system.
If the banks were the party that allowed the debt to enter our economic system, then the banking crisis and subsequent economic woes were primarily caused by the banks and their decisions, not the borrowers. So drone on all you want about reckless borrowers and spenders. It's boring, irrelevant and soooooo after the fact. The borrowers can just go through the bankruptcy process and re-enter the economy and start spending, which would benefit us all.
This is really not that controversial among those who "know" about these things (often bankers themselves). Most who "know" about these things find the conversation of blame to be a cheap biased moral mental masturbation one, not an objective one based in reality. Unless one believes that the reckless borrowers and spenders took the money at gunpoint and entered it as a loan on the banks' books before trotting off, it's obvious who got us into this mess and the subsequent broader economic woes which now concern us all.
Now, how do we get out of it? What did we learn from it? What do we do differently in the future?
And by the way, to any dullard so inclined to call me a socialist or communist in reaction to my objectivity, I have this to say, "fuck you", not necessarily because i'm not a socialist or communist, but because you are a shallow thinker and are probably unworthy of the demands of a robust democracy.