Thursday, February 19, 2009

Time for Tea?

CNBC's Rick Santelli pops his cork on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. He calls for a new "Tea Party" at Lake Michigan in July and says that today Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson are rolling over in their graves - but those on floor of the exchange are far from rolling, they are rocking in protest. "This is America!"

The thing is, who made the deals on those mortgages in the first place? They had to know that the risky mortgages would eventually fail (or be taken over by the short-term house-flippers?) - did they really think the sun would shine forever? How utopian is that? Or did they think the bad guys would blow America up before the balloons inflated? Or did we all just stop thinking? Party on, Wayne. Whatever the case, it's always apt to remember now the adage,
caveat emptor. If it's too good to be true, then it's too good to be true. The only time that's not the case is Easter Sunday.

Okay, it's now up on YouTube:


Kevin said...

Love it!

plsdeacon said...

While the people who took the mortgages have a moral responsibility to pay the money back, the banks and mortgage companies that soliticited the loans to these people bear a greater responsibility.

They had greater knowledge of the true state of the mortages and of the borrowers' ability to pay back the loan. They either didn't care that the borrower would not be able to pay it back or they knew that the borrower would not be able to repay the loan if anything happened (such as a job loss or an unplanned medical bill or a divorce or legal bills etc.).

Phil Snyder

Unknown said...

I agree. Does that make us liberals? I don't think so. We're not saying the government needs to swoop in and save everyone - especially since it's Congress that has some explaining to do. But we need to address how and why these mortgage companies and the banks - the banks! - turned themselves into casinos.