Who's to Blame for the Financial Crisis? Alan Greenspan, Goldman Sachs and Former Citi Execs All Say 'Not I'

Thursday, April 08, 2010

The Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission is holding hearings today to ascertain who's to blame for the sub-prime lending mess. Yesterday they heard Alan Greenspan, former head of the Federal Reserve say it wasn't him. At the same time Goldman Sachs issued a statement that they weren't responsible for the financial crisis by betting against their clients. So how do we get to the bottom of this mess?

Richard Bitner, author of "Confessions of a Subprime Lender: An Insider's Tale of Greed, Fraud, and Ignorance" testified before the committee yesterday. He is willing to accept some responsibility for the crisis and thinks rating agencies and banks bear the biggest burden. However, he maintains that there are too many people at fault to blame just one group. 

And Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic Policy and Research, tells us that the government needs to step in, take responsibility, and start regulating.

Guests:

Dean Baker and Richard Bitner

Produced by:

Alex Goldmark

Comments [1]

Marie

I found Mr. Bitner's comments most interesting and welcomed his explanation of just how the sub-prime market worked and was misused. I was disappointed when the interviewer cut him off with the comment that he was becoming too complicated. Is this part of the "dumbing down of America" or a result of your "low expectations" of your listeners.

Apr. 08 2010 08:49 AM

Leave a Comment

Register for your own account so you can vote on comments, save your favorites, and more. Learn more.
Please stay on topic, be civil, and be brief.
Email addresses are never displayed, but they are required to confirm your comments. Names are displayed with all comments. We reserve the right to edit any comments posted on this site. Please read the Comment Guidelines before posting. By leaving a comment, you agree to New York Public Radio's Privacy Policy and Terms Of Use.