Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Watering Down Dodd-Frank

In reaction to the news that the  US House of Representatives passed a bill that waters down the Dodd-Frank rules, I post the following quote from a former president.  

 “I am a most unhappy man. I have unwittingly ruined my country. 
A great industrial nation is controlled by its system of credit.
Our system of credit is concentrated. The growth of the nation, therefore,
and all our activities are in the hands of a few men. 

We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated governments in the civilized world. 
No longer a government by free opinion, 
no longer a government by conviction and the vote of the majority,
but a government by the opinion and duress of a small group of dominant men.”

                                                                                 President Woodrow Wilson: 1916

Think about it.  Constraints are good for creativity, right?  
I think some constraints are very good for financial institutions, especially those that have demonstrated that they cannot govern themselves.   

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