Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Meltdown - Regulations (cont.)

Over the past few weeks I've heard and read the familiar refrain that our current financial meltdown is due to the wave of deregulation that began under the Reagan Administration. We are led to believe that Reagan swept in a laissez-faire philosophy that has created an unsustainable economy.

So I decided to look up some of the key pieces of legislation that were responsible for this wave of deregulation. What I found was interesting considering how the Left and the Right want to portray the history of the past 30 years.
Now, I don't want to get into the economic effects of these laws, either good or bad. Each particular case most likely involves subtleties that make them less than perfect free-market solutions. The point here is to show that blaming deregulation on a free-market ideology forced on the country by Reagan is just silly. Or you could just call Jimmy Carter a laissez-faire ideologue.

Don't get me wrong, I am not saying that all this is Jimmy Carter's fault. Nor am I saying anything about the Reagan Administration. All I want to show here is that the history of the past 30 years is not as simplistic as many "progressives" want us to believe.


Water said...

So history is also not what hard core republicans would have us believe - Democrats in power doesn't mean the country socializes everythign, takes away your guns, and puts everyone on welfare... we are a corporate governed country. Our politicians generally do what 'business' wants them to do.

William P. Dupre said...

No argument here.