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Along the same vein here is an article from this weekend's NY Times by William Cohan (who wrote "Money and Power: How Goldman Sachs Came to Rule the World"): http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/22/opinion/sunday/was-this-whistle-blower-muzzled.html?emc=eta1&_r=0



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timothy: horrifying or worse. And planned. It is the fruition of the ownership society. My related blog from today: http://www.economonitor.com/lrwray/2013/09/18/five-years-after-lehmans-did-we-learn-anything/

I do strongly recommend the Greg Palast piece that I cite. He makes the case that the question: "What would Goldman Think" guides all decisions from Clinton to Obama. Unfortunately it rings true. 

Remember that Blankfein is "doing God's work", presumably as a son of God, so it makes sense to correct the well-known bumper sticker that name checks another of God's offspring: "What would Lloyd Think?". There you've got US policy, and what is wrong with the US of A in a nutshell.

L. Randall Wray
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http://blogs.wsj.com/developments/2013/08/15/report-half-of-all-homes-are-being-purchased-with-cash/?mod=e2tw

Reading this the implications scare me.

1.  A huge concentration of wealth is going on and nothing is stopping it.
2.  Housing prices 'rising' are in fact the result of these cash sales and are likely being financed via 'shadow' banking.  (ie the declining housing inventories is straight up market manipulation)

I don't even know where to begin with all of the possibilities.  60% of current home sales are cash sales right now; up from 20% in 2007.

If this is sustainable the implication for wealth distribution is terrifying.  If this is not sustainable the implication for financial crisis is terrifying.


Timothy A Wunder PhD
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Department of Economics University of Texas at Arlington
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