The oil and gas boom of the past 5 years or so is widely seen as the brightest spot of an otherwise moribund U.S. economy. In fact, a group of economists from Purdue University recently found that without this boom the U...
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Fannie, Freddie Woes Predicted Long Ago
See page 3 of this old scanned-in Tax Foundation newsletter to see the prescient, plain-English piece he wrote in 1989 about the alarming debt of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and other so-called government-sponsored enterprises.
It'll be no surprise to Prof. Schick to be reading almost 20 years later today's articles about the debt-related woes of those unsound institutions:
BusinessWeek: "Fannie, Freddie Resume Their Free Fall"
We can only hope that Congress and the Administration ignore the bailout pleas of the special-interest crowd, exemplified as usual by the Realtors' chief economist Lawrence Yun: "Just given the size of the two companies, surely the government would not stand aside."
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