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The Politics Of Fear

I was reminded today of life during the Cold War, specifically when I was in middle school in Germany.  The context was the tactics of fear that have been used so broadly by the Hedgemony.  People today are a bunch of gutless wimps, jumping at things that go bump in the night.  They cast aside the rights that people fought and died for to gain an illusion of security.

If you had looked in the trunk of our family’s car when we lived in Germany, you would be taken aback. In the trunk was a case of C rations, a metal box of .30 caliber carbine ammunition, a steel pot helmet, and an M-2 carbine. The M-2 was a variant of the M-1 with a fully automatic mode. My Dad was required to take these things with him everywhere.

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October 19, 2008   18 Comments

A Very Good Plan

Anglachel has good, solid, well thought out plan for helping home owners in her post, Mortgages, Foreclosures and Moral Hazard.

A feature of putting the proposed system in place that isn’t discussed is that this plan will establish a framework that many banks will adopt to reduce their losses, so it won’t be a government only system. Banks do not want to own houses. They will lose even more money if they foreclose and the property doesn’t sell quickly. An unoccupied house or condo goes downhill amazingly quickly and the bank is liable for the property taxes and any code violations while it is in their possession, so the losses mount over time. If there is an accepted framework for restructuring loans that reduces losses and provides an on-going revenue stream, the banks will take it.

If the government can “create” $700 billion to bailout the banks, who did this to themselves, it should be able to find some money to save other “victims”. We might even make a profit.

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Don’t Say You Weren’t Warned

Lambert’s And also without comment and Digby’s Newtie’s Allies – read them and weep for what might have been.

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