The US Today: What Happens When You Let Investment Bankers Run a Country

Monday, February 21, 2011
By Paul Martin

by Phoenix Capital Research
ZeroHedge.com
02/20/2011

If you’re like me, you’ve probably looked at the US recently and wondered what has happened to your country. I’m not talking about the GOP/ Obama situation nor am I referring to capitalism vs. socialism…

I’m simply talking about basic common sense items like: stay out of debt, don’t do anything if it doesn’t make sense, do you homework before signing a contract, etc.

Indeed, the American government (I’m including the Federal Reserve in this category) began charting a strange course as a country when the Financial Crisis first accelerated with Bear Stearns’ collapse in February ‘08.

Granted we’d flirted with government intervention several times before (Chrysler in the ‘70s, Long-Term Capital Management, etc.). But we’ve since taken it to a whole new level. The basic risk of capitalism (failure) has been removed from the equation for most major US businesses. However, this risk was removed at the expense of increasing the US’s debt load and putting the dollar at risk.

Pushing to remove risks so you can pursue insane business practices? Crazy deals that offer little benefit to the parties? Doing things quickly without actually considering the consequences?

Sounds a lot like investment banking doesn’t it?

The Rest…HERE

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