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The Big Sub-Prime Bailout Game

It seems that everybody is trying to sort out the justice of the situation. People see empty neighborhoods with unkempt lawns and they want to help, it's only natural.

Bush: Nobody did anything wrong, there's just a confidence crisis keeping people from being able to re-fi. In this sense, this is the most blissfully academic conventional macro solution because it looks at the whole situation as composed of undifferentiated perfectly uniform economic quantities like interest rates and monthly payments.

Bernanke: Bernanke thinks that again no one should pay it's just that whoever bought the MBS paper got too smart and got scared and we need to add more complexity to get the con-job started again.

Obama: Think that obviously it's the financial industry that is to blame. He is right about the perpetrator but wrong about the victim. The borrower got to live in a nice house they would never be able to otherwise afford for a couple months and got tons of money for toys via …