Forgotten Facts From Thomas Sowell

Reading Roger Kimball from the previous item, I was impressed that he quoted a passage from one of Thomas Sowell’s recent essays and then quoted the same passage in his very next post, saying “I quoted them yesterday, but they bear repeating.” I thought it curious that he would do this until I read the passage from Sowell again and realized he was right. They do bear repeating. So here they are for your consideration:

Fact Number One: It was liberal Democrats, led by Senator Christopher Dodd and Congressman Barney Frank, who for years– including the present year– denied that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were taking big risks that could lead to a financial crisis.

It was Senator Dodd, Congressman Frank and other liberal Democrats who for years refused requests from the Bush administration to set up an agency to regulate Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

It was liberal Democrats, again led by Dodd and Frank, who for years pushed for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to go even further in promoting subprime mortgage loans, which are at the heart of today’s financial crisis.

Alan Greenspan warned them four years ago. So did the Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers to the President. So did Bush’s Secretary of the Treasury, five years ago. [Don’t believe it? Read this.]

Yet, today, what are we hearing? That it was the Bush administration “right-wing ideology” of “de-regulation” that set the stage

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