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Have lessons been learned on Wall Street?

September 14, 2009

President Barack Obama went to Wall Street on the one-year anniversary of the Lehman Brothers collapse to make a push for greater regulation of the financial industry. OBAMA-REGULATION/

He’s proposing creating a “resolution authority” to end the concept that some firms are “too big to fail.” And Obama is hoping that financial regulatory reform gets passed this year.

Obama had some words for those who defend the status quo or argue for less regulation. “There will be those who engage in revisionist history or have selective memories, and don’t seem to recall what we just went through last year,” he said.

Some critics say reform is needed, but Obama’s plan is just not the right prescription for what ails the financial industry.

Mark Calabria, director of financial regulation studies at Cato Institute, says Obama’s plan would “make bailouts a permanent feature of the regulatory landscape.”

He argues that “real reform” would be fixing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the tax code and monetary policy, and that implementing Obama’s plan could mean the next financial crisis would be bigger than the current one.

What do you think? Is Obama’s plan the fix needed for Wall Street, or something else?

Photo credit: Reuters/Larry Downing (Crowd outside Federal Hall where Obama spoke on Wall Street)

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What the question should be
“Did U.S. really intend for Wall Street to learn a lesson?”

The people thought that was the Idea, but did our government?

History always repeats itself.

Dominick from
wsopne.org

 

Wall street has not learned anything other than the pretense of humility. It is a collection of greedy, short termist individuals with a mandate only for self aggrandisement.

Exactly like the administration that is proposing to teach it a lesson, the administration before it that failed to spot the crisis (of which a number of advisors and Fed members have tennure in both administrations) and the next administration.

The government has encouraged and colluded with Wall Street due to the tax take and Wall Street has encouraged and colluded with the government due to the potential to make that tax take.

We will be going down this road again.

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