The Problem With 'Nationalization'

'All that government has done thus far has only scared private money off. As bankers now realize, when you turn to the government for financial assistance you take on an untrustworthy partner. Outside money will not come in only to see its investment diluted later on when the government injects additional funds.

Rather than focusing on ways in which we can further involve the government in the financial system, we need to find ways to extricate banks from government's deadly embrace. Banks, at least the behemoths, were public-private partnerships before the crisis. Deposit insurance, access to the Fed's lending, and the implicit (now explicit) government guarantee for banks "too big to fail" all constituted a system of financial corporatism. It must be ended not extended.

If a bank is too big to fail, then it is simply too big. Those institutions need to be downsized until their failure would no longer constitute a systemic risk. Then we can discuss how to untangle the government and the major banks, and create a banking system of genuinely private institutions.'

- Gerald P. O'Driscoll Jr., 'The Problem With 'Nationalization'.


bob wright said…
This reminds me of the statement that goes something like this:

A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government strong enough to take everything you have.
Ray Titus said…
You bet, Bob! :)

Appreciate all your comments...thank you.

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