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Bailout Ben, Big Al, a Sick Porcupine and Beavis & Butthead

480px-Ben_Bernanke_official_portraitIt looks like Ben Bernanke is getting re-elected and the American people don’t get a vote.

A porcupine with a bad head cold taking excessive amounts of tranquilizers after watching a 24 hour marathon of Beavis and Butthead episodes could have figured out that keeping interest rates low was a good thing to do recently.

Then again, Big Ben learned from the person who really caused this mess and that is his predecessor, Big Al Greenspan.

250px-MainePorcupineBailout Ben, as he may get to be known in the future, does not deserve the chance to continue.  It’s time for new leadership that comes from outside of the inside of the financial world and government as we know it.

Al and his briefcase, that probably had a baloney sandwich in it, kept rates very high earlier in the decade and then did not see the regulations that needed to be put into place to keep the economy real late in his term.

GreenspanHe just kept his smugness going after knowing that he could control stock prices by his irrational exuberance quote.

From then on, he thought he was more important than Jesus (sorry, John Lennon).

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We will look back on this decade as a time that we were lucky we didn’t get into trouble earlier but hopefully, we can get out of it and return people to work, have them buy homes and give them logical loans.

BTW, It’s been written that Greespam (not a misspelling) actually had an Option Arm on his house. Makes you wonder.

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Realty Reality! That describes Fred, a sharp witted and outspoken realist for the mortgage and real estate world who has appeared on CNBC and NPR's Marketplace along with being quoted in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and other media outlets. Fred is the CEO of U S Spaces, Inc/Arrivva (a real estate brokerage firm in PA, NJ, DE and CA) and U S Loans Mortgage Inc (mortgage brokerage in PA, CA, FL and VA), and serves on the Board of Directors and is the Federal Legislative Director for the UpFront Mortgage Brokers. Fred is also the co-creator of real estate startup Rentscoper.com, a mathematically driven rental search engine. See everything Fred at fredglick.com.

10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. Mike

    December 19, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Don’t keep me in suspence, throw out a few names that you do like for the gig, if not Ben.

  2. Joe Loomer

    December 20, 2009 at 8:49 am

    Seems to me Al and Ben had nothing to do with passing the Community Reinvestment Act, the Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997, the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, or the Commodity Futures Modernization Act of 2000 – all of which laid the groundwork for what happened in 2006.

    Would I keep Ben in there given the choice? No, but there’s plenty of stupidity out there to fall back on if he’s gone, and they’re back in power.

    Navy Chief, Navy Pride

  3. Matthew Rathbun

    December 20, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    Al and Ben were to blame? Really, I thought greed and lack of education on behalf of well…everyone was to blame.

  4. Ken Montville

    December 21, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    Hey, Fred, I’m with Mike. Any recommendations?

    I’m not that enamored of Ben, either, but he’s kept us from going completely belly up. Al “I was wrong” Greenspan was just out-of-control. You’re right that he began to believe his press clippings a bit too much. Then, again, I’ve never had his libertarian leanings.

    It’ll be interesting to see what happens when interest rates inevitably start to rise. I don’t think all the money on Wall Street can delay it too much longer. Who knows? Maybe we’ll just let the Chinese run the show.

  5. Fred Glick

    December 21, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    I”ll tell you what Ken, if I could arrange it, I would have the Bank of China buy all our mortgage paper direct and eliminate Fannie, Freddie, Ben and AG Cuomo!

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