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Cablegate: Global Economy - Mortgage Crisis

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SUBJECT: GLOBAL ECONOMY - MORTGAGE CRISIS

Market of Lies and Kidnappings

Commentary from liberal Folha de S. Paulo (09/08) says: "The U.S.
government nationalized almost half of the mortgage market. Wasn't
it nationalization?. . . If it were in Venezuela then it would be
considered nationalization, right? The "anti-statist" Bush
administration ends with the largest intervention in the U.S.
economy since the Great Depression of the 1930's. But the profits
were kept by those who created the financial crisis; the government
tries to avoid more bankruptcy ...but the "rational" and efficient"
oligarchic financial markets (too big to go bankrupt) have the
monopoly of a weak technical excuse (to get bailed out). Does a
privileged system deserve help when threatening the rest of the
economy but not have to pay for it during good times. The other
name of this excuse, "systemic risk", is kidnapping: if you don't
pay the ransom, I'll kill everybody... But many people think that
the crisis will not stop while the indebted house buyers do not
receive direct help... But most important of all is: the U.S.
government says and repeats that it will not let the ball touch the
ground."
White

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