Our nation’s economy has for years rested upon manufacturing, which has been the “backbone” of any industrialized nation. (Note the phrase “industrialized nation.”) Now that industry has been “out-sourced” to China, India, and other nations with emerging economies, not only has America become dependent upon other nations (not independent), but our national security and standard of living has been compromised.
Thus, banks, insurance companies and stock brokerage houses – who have again been allowed to enjoy their incestuous fiscal orgies because the Glass-Stegall Act was repealed – are forced to invent artificial commercial paper (derivatives, etc., which no one can thoroughly explain) to increase profits. In conjunction with the computer-driven algorithms of auto-traders and futures markets, the risks Wall Street and banks make (upon the backs of the people) are increasingly becoming a veritable “house of cards” built upon shifting sands.
The uncertainty of our economic future is even more precarious, and is no more clearly demonstrated than in this instance, when banks can’t sell houses they own, even after taking significant reductions (losses), and providing incentives for private buyers.
After reading the following news story, consider the implications for our economy. Read the rest of this entry »