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Ttle flavor of how government caused the housing crisis and how "taxpayers got stuck with paying for it If you really want to understand what happened and why this book will explain "got stuck with paying for it If you really want to understand what happened and why this book will explain clearly and understandably step by step in plain and simple language The boom and bust in the US housing market has had enormous implications for the world economy as a whole so it is useful to have a grasp of what caused it how we can avoid doing it again and how not to respondThe bust is easy to explain house prices rises vastly exceeded gains in income population or productivity so could not be sustained A Sowell at his best This is an awesome information packed fast read It clearly explains all the different factors involved in causing the both the housing bubble AND the bust As always something that big is never caused by a single thing There were many small factors involved but they all boiled down to inappropriate and or ineffective government meddling in the housing market to artificially make homes affordable than than should be If you want to now what really caused the real estate crash of 2008 and become a student of history read this book everyone should read this everyone Sowell at his usual best Concise and rich Sowell has written another delightful book small succinct to the point and an easy readHe starts with a persuasive explanation of high and rising housing prices resulting from restricting land use and open space laws so that lot prices rose tremendously but not so much actual home prices In other words zoning laws politically caused were the culprits Fair enough one must say but Sowell does not touch upon real estate taxes which are in many states somewhere between 8 to 30 times higher not percent but times you read correctly than in some major EU economies and this too deforms homes pricesBush and Congress passed in 02 the American Dream Downpayment Act to subsidize down payments for low income home buyers Thereafter Bush wanted the FHA to make zero down payments and low interest rate mortgages available Among other factors this fueled the housing boomSowell praises the AEI for warning of the housing bubble and says that Greenspan also issued a warning in 05 This is misleading since both from 01 to 05 supported low interest rates and seemingly vigorously approved of the emerging subprime market In fact Greenspan ept interest rates irresponsibly low damaging the savers tremendously in the process while supporting his friend Roland Arnall s expanding profiteering from his subprime mortgage corp Ameriuest He bragged endlessly about the new ways of risk transfer and risk dispersion while the mess was being brewedMeanwhile Barney Frank and Dodd et al pushed
for massive expansion of Fanny Mae and Freddie Mac fueling the subprime bubble enormously while Leach who is not massive expansion of Fanny Mae and Freddie Mac fueling the subprime bubble enormously while Leach who is not in the index pushed for regulations Again fair enoughWhile Sowell focuses primarily on politically derived policies causing the housing bubble and bust he avoids nearly completely corruption and market imperfections as causes though he is right in pointing out that markets already were correcting the bubble before the politicians applied their cures which as was the case with the New Deal actually may cause harmNear the end Sowell briefly deals with the Great Depression somewhat sophomorically and with explanations that are well nown When he on page 139 states that World War II ended the New Deal and this ended the Great Depression he intends to say that gov t no longer interfering with the economy cured the Great Depression in a manner like all depressions have historically cured themselves This clashes with the overwhelming historical reality that the Second World War was all in all a massive government program that totally controlled the economy Hence Sowell s uandary that retreat from government interference cured the depression while in reality war is the most intense government program In other words Sowell left us with the unanswered uestion how then did the depression get cured and the answer resides in the fact that it wasn t cured by the war He has an inkling of this when he says that drafting 12 million men and taking them out of the workforce reduced the unemployment rate But to have a job is a necessary but insufficient way of solving depressions One has to produce consumer goods too and they were not produced during the war time Moreover borrowing from the future and dumping the war cost onto future generations does not solve a depression It merely disperses the cost way into the present since we are still paying for WWII Ultimately to make a long story short the people cured the depression and not WWII as most still believe and as Sowell seems to believe tooNevertheless Sowell s book teases and often though at times too repetitively debunks wrong notions false use of statistics and demythologizes plenty of economic myths In this he is good and seems to take delight in it He is practicing his talents Unfortunately like ALL economists he neglects to grasp the fact that socialism collectivism can also and is also massively practiced in fact in the form of coercive cost shifting and in other ways in THE PRIVATE SECTOR of the US economy far far than in the private sector of some of the presumed socialistic EU economiesFinally what is strange are the endnotes which for example for chapter 2 with its 24 pages has 7 pages of endnotes in small print without any paragraphs and no numbers That s taxing for anyone who wants to sort them ou. This book is designed to unravel the tangled threads of that story It also attempts to determine whether what is being done to deal with the problem is likely to make things better or wors. .
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Th an F student and call it progress Society needs a paradigm shift in how they think about these affairs or we are going to re live them I believe that with shift in how they think about these affairs or we are going to re live them I believe that with ounce of breath in my body We have got to uit looking at the government as the public interest personified The track record here is abysmal and Sowell stoically closes his book with an analysis on how the current crisis is being manipulated to increase government activity and jurisdiction Ironically the government pursuit of a solution for a problem we absolutely did not have affordable housing has led to a real life problem that few can deny its impact and scope the
Financial Collapse I Commend Sowellcollapse I commend Sowell analogy of the current situation to the Depression era paradigm shift in the relationship of the state to its citizens I implore readers to look at Sowell s argument look at the testimony of history and decide for themselves Is the present environment likely to fix what has been wrong or to create a whole set of new wrongs Sowell "s book is a great first step in fighting the tragic "book is a great first step in fighting the tragic that is the obvious answer to that uestion This superb analysis of the causes of the current financial crisis should be reuired reading for every American who considers himself well informed In a straightforward style economist Sowell lays out step by step how we find ourselves in today s economic collapse including governmental restrictive land use policies which led to skyrocketing prices for houses in certain select areas of the country political pressure on banks to lend to those who could not normally ualify for mortgages the press for creative financing in order to ensure a policy of affordable housing for all real estate speculation creative accounting practices and the failure of credit rating agencies to assess the risk of subprime backed securitiesThe frightening part is that those in government who put the practices into place that led to the economy collapsing like a house of cards are still in power and running things in Congress and the new administration sees the crisis as an excuse to implement policies that will have far reaching effects on the future of this countryIf there is one flaw in the book I would have liked Sowell to go into detail about the use of subprime backed securities that caused toxic assests to infiltrate every aspect of our economy and the economy of the world Completely changed my perspective on this subject It really is just not that complicated Brilliantly explained I m an economics professor and used this book in a course for non econ majors about the economic crisis Most of these students were 18 yrs old and never had any econ course before Judging from the excellent class discussions we had about each chapter and their performance on the exams it is clear that the book really engaged these students and they really learned a LOT from itI mention this because I suspect many folks considering this book are NOT economics majors and want a book that explains things very clearly If that describes you Sowell will surpass your expectations This book is very well written his arguments are persuasive and intelligent but you don t have to have any background to appreciate themWhile Sowell s book is very readable for non economics majors I would also say that econ and finance majors will not feel that Sowell is condescending to them I have used this book in an upper level course for econ and finance majors and the students gave the book high marksThe title accurately describes the scope of the book it contains little to no discussion of credit default swaps and collateralized default obligations does not talk too much about the credit crunch the shadow banking sector and other aspects of the economic crisis He focuses on the housing bubble which of course is not entire crisis but is at the very heart of the crisisAnd just in case you didn t pick this up from the other reviews here Sowell writes from a very conservative perspective I m pretty centrist but I like reading and being challenged by the great thinkers from different perspectivesMy only caution to the young reader of Sowell is to not jump to the conclusion that Sowell s perspective is the correct perspective but rather treat it as a very valuable perspective that we can all learn from but also seek out other insightful perspectives such as Krugman s Return of Depression Economics Posner s A Failure of Capitalism and the new book by Joseph Stiglitz called Freefall America Free Markets and the Sinking of the World Economy As always Thomas Sowell explains the housing crisis clearly and understandably If not for the government pressure on lenders the housing crisis would never have occurred What government actions caused the housing crisis 1 Zoning and other restrictions on land use that caused severe land shortages and upward spiraling home prices2 Government pressure on lenders to give housing loans to borrowers without adeuate down payments NINJA loans No Income No Job No Assets in the name of affordable housing used by some politicians to buy the votes of the poor and of the bleeding hearts 3 Why would banks make bad loans on which they would lose money Because government gave them a place to dump toxic loans namely the government sponsored entities GSE s named Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac which ended up with half of all the subprime loans in the USA and which ended up hugely bankrupt and bailed out by billions of taxpayer dollarsThere is much in the book but this gives just a li. Pressures that led to a sudden collapse of the housing market and of financial institutions that began to fall like dominoes as a result of investing in securities based on housing prices. ,
The brilliant Thomas Sowell has jumped in the fray "dissecting the 2008 economic collapse His book is focused on the housing market an area of economics he understands "the 2008 economic collapse His book is particularly focused on the housing market an area of economics he understands well as anyone I very much doubt that my series of book reviews will cover too many books that I enjoyed as much as this one This is a valuable readable concise and delightful workThe advantage in reading Thomas Sowell about the housing bubble s collapse or any other economic phenomena that Sowell analyzes is that you get supply and demand principles stamped across your forehead repeatedly You can not escape it because he will not let you Sowell understands the laws of supply and demand as well as any economist the world has ever seen and he therefore understands the catastrophic effects that distortions in supply and demand cause He has no interest in seeing basic economic laws trumped by opportunistic politicians playing Russian roulette with people s lives and well being for *the sake of a poorly constructed social or political agenda Sowell * sake of a poorly constructed social or political agenda Sowell not initiate the book analyzing monetary policy bank underwriting Wall Street leverage or any of the usual cast of characters He goes after the land use reuirements and extraordinary building restrictions that created artificially low supply in the market and did so in certain communities on a massive scale Admittedly one of the most eggregious offenders of this unintended conseuence interventionism was the Bay area of California where Sowell resides so his perspective is probably dramatized But Sowell cogently and patiently takes to task the bureaucrats who gave way to the phenomena of inadeuate supply via restrictions on growth and building densityBy Chapter 2 he has really taken off the gloves and it becomes time for this intellectual superior which he surely is to give a little vocabulary lesson to a media saturated culture that has taken too much at face value for too long Sowell goes after the worthless expression predatory lending pointing out that the only common denominator in this accusation is that the critics don t like them He hits his stride in uestioning the use of the expression affordable housing by the political elite Individuals Liar know what they can afford within their incomes says Sowell The need was not for affordable housing for one man could afford rent on an apartment and another could afford a mansion and everything in between Sadly what we mean by the expression is that individuals choose their housing and then the government somehow makes it financially possible for them to have it So if government manipulation is helpful in creating affordable housing why have monthly housing expenses as a percentage of income done nothing but go up as long as the government has been pursuing a policy of greater affordability Is this an unfair uestion Sowell filets the notion that the government could create affordable housing if they wanted toA great deal of time has been spent critiuing the Community Reinvestment Act of 1977 and demonstrating its complicity in the housing crisis we now suffer What Sowell does though is not just blame the Act for the unwise practice of trying to use economic policy to effect a social outcome he points out the sheer waste that such an Act is to begin with The Act exhorts financial institutions to help meet the credit needs of the local communities in which they are chartered consistent with the safe and sound operation of such institutions Why in the world does a business need an act of Congress to pursue a profit motive and why does it need Congress to tell it to whom it should lend money Are politicians ualified to influence these sorts of decisions than stakeholders If a borrower is deemed to be a worthy recipient of credit and the bank prices their own desired cost of funds into the arrangement based on their risk reward analysis is this Act even necessary And on the other side of the euation if a borrower is not deemed to be worthy can any sane person argue that it is good for government mandate to encourage the business to lend to him anyways This is patently absurd Financial institutions may not be perfect in determining which borrowers are going to be creditworthy and which are not going to be but the profit motive they work for makes them inherently ualified to judge such a thing than the social and political agenda driving elected officialsSowell s final chapter is hard hitting and climactic No doubt perfect government regulation could have solved the housing market problems but a perfect operation of the free market could have solved them as well But of course And this is what I adore about Sowell his ability to turn an argument around on his opponent so graciously and yet so powerfully We all accept that imperfect capitalism can create imperfect results at time but to contrast imperfect capitalism with perfect regulationism is ridiculous Yet it is exactly what the modern day argument has to do to sell the public on the idea that the animal spirits of the free market led us into this disaster whereas the noble and efficient fist of the government caneep us out of the next disaster Who believes that regulatory efforts will be perfect On what basis do we believe that an increase in regulation and re drafting of governmental jurisdictions will be effective Is it on the basis of their success in maintaining a strong dollar Is it on the basis of their track record of weeding out Bernie Madoff and others Since when do we replace a C student wi. There was no single dramatic event that set the current financial crisis off A whole series of very uestionable decisions by many people in many places over a period of years built up the.