Foreclosure Crisis and Big Government

Don’t Blame Homeowners for the Foreclosure Crisis Without Blaming Big Government, Too
By Nick Adama

Many of the discussions of people facing foreclosure categorize them as greedy, overspending, and having no one but themselves to blame for their poor financial conditions. Individual homeowners, despite their lack of financial resources and lack of financial education from government schools, are held responsible for their inability (or willingness) to adequately inform themselves about the mortgage contracts they were entering into.

However, just the opposite seems to be true of the government, which has also overspent, raising its own debt limit and inflating the currency to finance war and welfare programs. But now that a systemic financial collapse is leading to recession, the government is considered to be just another victim of the economic crisis.

Obviously, this perception is due to the fact that the government controls the message through its collusion with the largest media companies. For example, General Electric, one of the top defense contractors in the nation, receives corporate welfare to build the equipment used in war. GE also owns NBC, one of the largest media companies that are able to control what people hear about issues. Government can control the money that goes to GE for defense contracts, and NBC can control the message heard by consumers about certain politicians.

Both government and media companies have an interest in remaining on good terms with each other, even at the expense of the average homeowners. It is not that homeowners actually are more responsible than the government for their own personal economic catastrophes. It simply influences how people feel about the government and their own finances.

It is also said that only government bailouts will help the situation now that there is danger of a widespread financial collapse of the banking system. Thus, people should expect to have to give up more in taxes and purchasing power in order to give government the resources it needs to grow and create new help programs.

However, it is never said that government policies created the problems in the first place. No media company will allow coverage of the reasons why the Federal Reserve lowering interest rates inflated the housing bubble, and why further interest rate manipulation and liquidity injections will only lead to more problems.

But this should not come as any surprise. When the government can influence the message in the media, then no economic recession will be blamed on any institution of government. It is much easier to shift the blame away from the government and politically-connected interest groups and corporations onto the politically weak people. This results in blame for the problems being given to people while credit for economic success is given to the government’s wise policies handed down by the benevolent philosopher-kings.

More of what is not being said is that the government is run by evil idiots who are now see themselves as victims of their own poor economic policies. Of course, the issue of government centrally planning the economy will not challenged, despite the fact that it has led to hundreds of thousands of homeowners facing foreclosure with potentially millions more to come. Only people can act in the economy; no one group can direct it without unintended consequences.

But government is more responsible for the foreclosure crisis than are most homeowners who are losing jobs or facing medical emergencies. That is a message that will not be widely spread, though, because of the myth of government benevolence. But hopefully the economic devastation in the housing market will help more homeowners realize that government creates the problems and then offers solutions that make the problems worse. Instead of blaming just greedy homeowners, banks, mortgage brokers, and real estate agents, maybe it is time to reconsider the government’s manipulation of the economy and hold it directly accountable for the fallout of its unnecessary economic manipulations.

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October 29, 2008

Charity Partnership @ 10:56 am #

As Ron Paul has tirelessly explained, it is the cost of our expanding overseas empire that is driving us into bankruptcy. We have, as the Old Right seer Garet Garrett put it, an empire of a unique type, one in which “everything goes out and nothing comes in.” The costs of this are ordinarily hidden from sight, as Ron Paul explains, by governmental sleight-of-hand:

“As the war in Iraq surges forward, and the administration ponders military action against Iran, it’s important to ask ourselves an overlooked question: Can we really afford it? If every American taxpayer had to submit an extra five or ten thousand dollars to the IRS this April to pay for the war, I’m quite certain it would end very quickly. The problem is that government finances war by borrowing and printing money, rather than presenting a bill directly in the form of higher taxes. When the costs are obscured, the question of whether any war is worth it becomes distorted.”