The US economy is by nature bubble prone, but there are many ways for the monetary powers-that-be to cushion the blow when bubbles burst and inflate new ones to take their place (as the Greenspan Fed proved several times over). Too much political capital has been invested in the model (i.e. asset price inflation as the engine of growth in an increasingly distorted economy) for it to be otherwise.Read the whole thing.
That being the case, it was probably inevitable that the bubbles would continue to grow in size and destructive force until they finally outstripped even the US government's ability to manage them without triggering a run on the biggest bank of all -- itself.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
billmon on dailykos has some grim reflections:
Posted by Arun at 7:51 AM