Wednesday, April 25, 2012

I'm Shocked, Shocked That Geithner Won't Hold Financial Speculators Accountable

According to the New York Times, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner is pleased with the efforts to bring those responsible for the 2008 financial disaster to justice, the Times reports,
Geithner suggested that holding people accountable for the wreckage caused by the recent housing collapse and the ensuing financial meltdown was not that simple since most crises were not caused by criminal activity.
"Most financial crises are caused by a mix of stupidity and greed and recklessness and risk-taking and hope," said Geithner, who helped tackle the crisis for the Bush administration when he was the head of the New York Federal Reserve and has been urging Europe to act more aggressively to contain its debt problems.
"You can't legislate away stupidity and risk-taking and greed and recklessness. What you can do is make sure when it happens it does not cause too much damage and to do that you have to make sure you have good rules against fraud and abuse, better protections and you force banks to hold more capital against their risk," he said.
Maybe I'm just cynical, but there seem to be plenty of laws to punish "stupidity and greed and recklessness" when people making minimum wage do stupid and reckless things.  Casablanca seems appropriate for these sort of dog bites man non-stories.

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