Read what Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said yesterday:
But Paulson said it was crucial to avoid a "market failure" in housing that could bring on "chaos."
"I want markets to work," he said in the interview. "I would define a market failure as the system not being able to cope in a way where foreclosures took place that would otherwise not have taken place if there was a smaller volume. So foreclosures take place that aren't in the investor's interest, aren't in the homeowner's interest, aren't in the community's interest, aren't in the greater economy's interest."
The result could be a plunge in home prices that would "force market values down in a way...in which the market wasn't intended to work," Paulson said.
Listen up here now Hank,
A MARKET IS NOT DESIGNED - IT HAS NO AUTHOR - THEREFORE THERE ARE NO "INTENTIONS" TO BE UNSATISFIED.
A free market is merely the coincident of personal liberty; it exists so long as parties can freely exchange goods, services, and currency.
Any attempt to stabilize prices - as today's pols are intent upon - is a violation and repudiation of a free market. Hank is correct in a self-fulfilling sort of way. Yes, there'll always be *market failure* where there's government meddling.
Open any economics text book and you'll find plenty written on "market failure", "externalities", "social costs", etc.
Of course, there's far less instruction on GOVERNMENT FAILURE.
Here's another line from that article:
The administration's jawboning of lenders has angered some people who say foreclosures should be allowed to rise and put further downward pressure on home prices -- which in turn could make housing more affordable for renters who are waiting to buy.
In deference to full disclosure I want to add that I am one of those renters "waiting" on falling prices. BUT, I don't believe the government is currently or in the future capable of buffeting real estate prices. Home prices are slow to come down, IMO, because longer term Treasuries have been so strong.
Treasury bonds have been rising into the fierce winds of inflation and our fiscal deficits. From where I sit this makes no sense at all - then again, the price of Florida condos made no sense to me back in 2005 either.