Thursday, November 18, 2010

Is US success a product of bailouts?

Hamilton "cemented" the Union by getting congress to agree to assume the states' debts from the American Revolution; in exchange, he gave up his desire to have New York be the federal capital.  Ron Chernow's recounting of Hamilton's genius at getting assumption done.

These thoughts cross my mind as I hear people say that the solution to our mortgage problems is to get rid of non-recourse loans.  We have long been more generous about bankruptcy than Europe, and it may explain why our economy is more dynamic and innovative.  The US is a country about second chances in so many ways (including education); it is a country where it is OK to fail and then come back.  We need to be careful about messing with that.

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