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First of all, would be yet since the housing meltdown is not over. Fannie and Freddie hold over $5 trillion dollars in mortgage loans, and own about as of August 2008. Since foreclosure numbers are still stacking up the amount of losses Fannie and Freddie will sustain is still going up. Once the government officially takes over these enterprises taxpayers would be paying for all the loan guarantees and costs to dispose of these foreclosed properties. Even if the housing market does not worsen, I think it is safe to say that the Treasury will stand to lose billions if they take over Fannie and Freddie
The situation right now is that if the government does not take over Fannie and Freddie then they may not stay open for very long since investors have lost quite a bit of confidence in the mortgaged backed securities spewed by these companies. The stock prices of these companies have plunged and they’re drowning in billions of losses. Without Fannie and Freddie’s guarantees on loans, it would be harder for everyone to get loans and home sales will be even slower and that will simply bring about more losses amongst the financial industry. It is almost like the government almost has no choice but to step in and stabilize the mortgage and credit market.
Interestingly enough, agree that Fannie and Freddie should not be bailed out since they are supposedly private entities, but these two government sponsored enterprises have so much influence and so many loans now that just letting them fail could have a huge impact on the real estate market. I think it is really bizarre that these two companies were allowed to operate in such a way that they are government sponsored, and yet not carefully regulated to take on sensible risks. Where was the line drawn? Now that the crap has hit the fan, taxpayers have to pick up the pieces?
So on one hand, I agree wholeheartedly that Fannie and Freddie need to be restructured by the government for the good of the economy, but will they do it correctly this time? If the current lending and fraud prevention practices continue, Fannie and Freddie will be nothing but endless money pits where taxpayer money bleeds into oblivion. If management becomes good and these enterprises become profitable again, where will the money go? Will taxpayers see any return on the good fortunes of these companies as their former shareholders once did? Right now, there are so many questions and so little answers, and the big unknown future of Fannie and Freddie is rather frightening.
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So is it time to panic? Well, lets take a look at history. The last time there was a housing bubble was in the late 80s. After that the bubble promptly popped, many many banks failed. According to the FDIC there were 127 bank failures in 1991 and the total assets held by these dead banks was around $63 billion. Leading up to 1991 there were 207 failures in 1989, and 169 failures in 1990, but the total assets in those years were only $29.2 billion and $15.7 billion respectively. The horror of those years is now known as the savings and loans crisis. After this crisis, the FDIC significantly raised the insurance premiums on deposits and new banking bills were created that is supposed to stop insolvent banks from operating.
If you adjust for inflation, $63 billion in 1991 is equivalent to around $100 billion today. The five bank failures of this year adds up to more than $34 billion in assets. So I think the worst is yet to come and all of us will experience some pain. It’s going to get worse before it gets better, but there is very little we can do to stop the insolvent banks from failing at this point. The good news is that the economy recovered the last time around and if you bought an index fund in 1991 and just sat on it you would be quite a bit ahead today. So once again I reiterate, if you are an investor then you shouldn’t panic and just .
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First of all, the Olympics is an economically draining event and not that many countries could afford it. The 2004 Olympics in Athens put Greece in so much debt that they are still trying to pay it off. When someone in San Francisco’s City Hall threw around the idea of hosting the Olympics the citizens actually said “Hell no”. Basically, no matter where you are from, you should be glad that the Olympics is not in your country for the sake of your money. In the case of China, the 2008 Olympics is really a special event for every single Chinese citizen. It is the first time China is hosting, and it is a symbol that China is now a great economic force that could compete with the United States and other developed countries. The country of 1.3 billion citizens has been preparing for the event for over eight years, and it is unfair to the Chinese people for the rest of the world to be so antagonistic to this event.
Second, the Olympics is supposed to be a time for the world to lay down their differences and compete in a civil and friendly matter. The ancient Greeks created the games as a break from war. When you throw war back into these games it never ends well. For example, back in 1972 a terrorist group kidnapped the Israeli Olympic team and murdered them. Then the Mossad (Israeli Intelligence) killed the people they believe were responsible. Violence just begets more violence, and I am very disheartened to see that people are injecting hate into the Olympics.
Third, protesting against and boycotting the Olympics is extremely unfair to the athletes. The athletes who compete in the Olympics train for years to get where they are. They want to make their own countries proud, and they want to accomplish their dreams. I am sure that they are also disappointed and perhaps even afraid to compete in the games with so much opposition. I would hate to see an athlete being spat on like a Vietnam War veteran because they competed in the games in China. Once again I reiterate that the Olympics should be about peace, and not war.
I don’t deny that some rights taken for granted in America do not exist in China, but there is no perfect government. If you look on the record of any reasonable large and powerful nation you will find corruption,abuse,and other atrocities. As to the violence in Tibet, here is how I see it. The Europeans who colonized America took away the United States from the Native Americans just like China annexed Tibet. Actually the situation in America is even worse because many Native Americans are still segregated on reservations while Tibetans are free to live in their own homeland. Just like Native Americans in the United States, the Tibetans receive various benefits for being ethnic minorities in China. Now if a bunch of Native Americans took up torches and destroyed homes and stores belonging to other races in the name of freeing their nation, do you think that the current United States government will not react with force?
Anyway, I am trying to say that China’s political flaws and racial tensions really shouldn’t be the reason for people to douse the Olympic flame. I think it’s despicable for people to advance their own political agendas by knocking down this wonderful event meant to foster world harmony. Supposedly there will be a giant protest in San Francisco when the torch arrives on Wednesday, and I hope it will not get out of hand. I really wonder if those protesters have been to China, and if they know what the games mean to a Chinese citizen; I wonder if they know the original purpose of the Olympics, or if they are just following the herd. I sincerely hope the Olympics torch will burn brightly in San Francisco, and the games in August will be a huge success.
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Whoever the next president is, God help him/her. I really think that a major problem with American politics is that power changes hands every four years so that every president tend to do short term fixes and make his/her four years look as glorious as possible and leave the seething crapbag to the next person in line. The entire system fits with the American culture of “I want it right here right now”, and that results in policies that borrow against the future. For example, billions of dollars have been taken out of Social Security in the last couple decades to pay for operating expenses. Unfortunately, I don’t think this prevailing attitude and policy of sealing mortal wounds with bandages would change with new leadership.
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