There Is No Free Market in America


EOG Dedicated
June 1, 2009

<TABLE width="95%" border=0><TBODY><TR><TD align=left width="80%">There Is No Free Market in America
By Brian Hicks </TD><TD align=right></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>
Democrats and liberals aren't going to like this article.
That's because I'm about to dispel a longstanding belief among partisan Democrats... especially among the more naive.
The truth is: the Democrats were a willing party to the current economic crisis. (Don't worry... George W and the neocons are responsible for the trillions spent in the never-ending whatever that is in Iraq and Afghanistan, but I'll save that argument for another day.)
Here's the proof:
This is an article from the New York Times dated September 30, 1999...

How does that make you feel???
Now, you're constantly hearing spin in the media and from politicians about how the current economic situation is a result of "free-market failure."
Nothing could be further from the truth.
Let me state for the record... THERE IS NO FREE MARKET IN AMERICA!
The market in the U.S. is heavily regulated and manipulated.
The housing bubble was the result of a massive government stimulus plan. Right after 9/11, the U.S. Treasury and U.S. Federal Reserve cut rates to historic lows and increased the money supply to obscene levels.
Couple that with the push for more home ownership... and what you get is a toxic brew of government-sponsored economic activity.
As Ron Paul has said thousands of times (and he's been vindicated 1000x over), the free market would never have let rates drop as low as they did after 9/11.
You see, one of the primary components of a healthy, functioning free market is risk.
Risk is necessary to weed out bad and irrational actors.
When you start handing out what is essentially free money and allowing borrowers to take out mortgages with $0 down, you eliminate risk. And when that happens, you're indicating that actions have no consequences.
That's why so many homeowners are so willing to walk away from their homes ? because they have no skin in the game. They lose nothing if they allow their home to go into foreclosure.
Had these same homeowners put 10% down, I guarantee they'd be less willing to walk away from that investment.
But trying to explain that to a socialist is like trying to tell somebody from Philly that Brooks Robinson was the greatest third basemen in history. It's an argument with no ending.

Brian Hicks is the Publisher of Wealth Daily, a popular daily investment newsletter. Click here to subscribe