At a previous position, I worked with a major financial company. Insurance, investing, retirement and what not. And while attending a meeting with the business ‘customers’ of the ID department. I was nearly physically sickened by their use of the terminology ‘manufacturing a new product’. This is a financial institute, not a manufacture of real products. So when they created a product they meant a paper house contract. The sickening part was how they declare how much money the company would make from the future ‘customers’ of the product. Not that the ‘customer’ wouldn’t have earned some modest income from the ‘product’, it was just that the vast majority of any profits would go to the company, with the customer taking all of the risks. More over, the ‘creator’ of this new product would be richly rewarded in advance of any company profits from the product hence creating a motivation to ‘create’ more of these types of ‘products’. Greed, promoting Delusions that reward more greed. This is true nature of the financial issues we face and any congressman claiming market forces will fix the problems is blind AND stupid and otherwise, just a fool, and should be removed from office.
If men were angels, no government would be necessary.
So a Free market we cannot afford. We must have government to control the Raw Greed on Wallstreet!
Poulson’s bailout plan wasn’t the answer though. Maybe wall street will learn from their mistakes.
Somehow I doubt it, some of these … (I was going to say ‘folks’ except that cockroaches wouldn’t have them as family.) ‘people’? will need to be dealt with economically, as in their personal wallets, for any learning to take place.