Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Two wrongs don't make a right.

So with the American public incensed over bailouts of big auto and various financial companies, a chastened Barry O. figured that the answer must lie in spending even more money we don't have on something for which there is no constitutional authority:
Obama calls for $30 billion small business lending fund
Apparently, if you're in a hole, the solution is to switch your shovel to "Turbo".

The money quote in the piece is this one, however:
"What we're trying to do is to encourage [banks] to get that happy medium where they're not taking such exorbitant risks that they threaten the entire system, but they're also open to enough risk that America's dynamic free enterprise system is actually able to work."
Yeah, Barry, because .gov loans of damp-off-the-presses fiat money are the heart and soul of laissez faire free enterprise. Skipped that day in class, did we?


EDIT: Coyote Blog offers the take of an actual small business owner.

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Let's see now, we are in this mess because banks gave loans to people in NASCAR hats, so the answer is to lend more money to people in NASCAR hats!

Can we bring the adults back?

Shootin' Buddy

Tam said...

Coolidge is dead.

George said...

But ... but ... but. Dear Reader taught constitutional law. He should know everything about everything now.

Either he's an idiot. Or his advisers are idiots. Or both.

There is a reason for my concern ... aside from liking Americans in general. If your economy goes tits up, so does ours up here in the Great White North.

Regards.

Anonymous said...

Zombie Coolidge in 2012!

He's tan, he's rested, he's a zombie!

Shootin' Buddy

Joanna said...

If Zombie Coolidge wins in '12, can we haz Tallahassee as SecDef? Might lead to some tense staff meetings, but I think overall it could work in the long run ...

Scooter said...

Great. The last time .gov dumped money into the system for 'Small Business' (a misnomer to be certain...they catagorize it as anything less than 500 employees) lending, including non-gov loans, plummeted, leaving what I consider to be 'small business' (less than 50 employees) in the hole.

As usual, the Fearless Leaders in DC continue to make matters worse.

Stranger said...

As a businessman, I have been paying down my obligations, reducing inventory, and do the other things needed to weather a depression since the day Sillary Clinton called it a race.

The FACT is that there is plenty of money to lend - and no qualified borrowers at any rate of interest.

Unless and until those of us who meet a payroll every week can be assured of a future in business, there will be no qualified borrowers. That is something Obama and the Dimocrats are unwilling to even consider.

Stranger

OA said...

Let's see now, we are in this mess because banks gave loans to people in NASCAR hats, so the answer is to lend more money to people in NASCAR hats!

Can we bring the adults back?

Shootin' Buddy


I'm curious as to the frequency of these types of comments. Are you projecting because you live in the Mississippi of the North, or are you just a run of the mill bigot that thinks you're funny? "Just joking" of course being the standard excuse of the bigot...

Either way, per capita default rates heavily lean towards blacks and hispanics (check out the ten year default rates). Not a whole lot of NASCAR fans there. All but two of the top ten foreclosure states are outside of traditional NASCAR country and those two are brought down by the afore mentioned blacks and hispanics.

OA said...

"The FACT is that there is plenty of money to lend - and no qualified borrowers at any rate of interest."


They didn't worry about even the bare minimum qualifications for the last decade. Now they don't lend to even the most qualified. Ultimately, things like credit ratings are meaningless and the whole thing's a hustle.

perlhaqr said...

Coyote wrote about this issue on his blog. As someone who actually runs a business (unlike yours truly, who plain sucks out loud at being a businessman) I find his analyses of these issues really interesting.

Short version: "The government is considering so much legislation that makes the costs of owning a business so insanely variable that no one with any business acumen is doing anything but battening down the hatches."

http://www.coyoteblog.com/coyote_blog/2010/01/economic-stimulus.html

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WV: "pailyze" -- What the government does to the economy.

Bram said...

If he really cared about "Main Street" business, they would have bailed out CIT instead of the big business banks.

OA said...

Or make it much easier to start them up...

Anonymous said...

I'm not "joking"; I am observing.

No, OA, personal experience. The couple across the street that abandoned their home in the middle of the night and retreated like Bobby Lee back to Ol' Virginny. The Christmas wreath remained on their door until I took it down five months later in April.

That couple wore NASCAR hats . . . continually. The banks are in this mess because they extended loans to people who should not be in houses.

Obama is rewarding bad behavior. This policy will not turn out well.

Shootin' Buddy

Tam said...

"The couple across the street that abandoned their home in the middle of the night and retreated like Bobby Lee back to Ol' Virginny."

Maybe they got fed up with the bigotry of the provincial locals and moved back to where the jobs are and people aren't issued union cards & picket signs at birth.

I know, I know... You were just joking. Why, some of your best friends are bumpkin redneck hillbilly southerners...

OA said...

"No, OA, personal experience. The couple across the street that abandoned their home in the middle of the night and retreated like Bobby Lee back to Ol' Virginny. The Christmas wreath remained on their door until I took it down five months later in April.

That couple wore NASCAR hats . . . continually. The banks are in this mess because they extended loans to people who should not be in houses."

Wow. One couple.

You're absolutely unreal.

Anonymous said...

One correction, Tam.

"...a chastened Barry O. figured that the answer must lie in spending even more money we don't have on something -else- for which there is no constitutional authority..."

There, fixed it for ya. ;)

DirtCrashr said...

Not too many NASCAR hats out here in CA but plenty of foreclosures still,. esp. over in Stockton and up the Central Valley. These were places of little intrinsic value apart from their cheap proximity to Silicon Valley (2-hr commute), that were inflated to Hindenburg and beyond proportions.
As a side-effecrt: The Smart Money guys bought multiple no-down, 5-bedroom houses, covered the windows and turned them into a for-profit pot-growing consortium. The incredibly high PG&E electric bills allowed for some Cops to give chase, but most just vanished.

GunGeek said...

I think this makes perfect sense.

Unless Joe the Plumber gets a government loan, how's he going to pay the higher taxes that Obie felt were his fair share?