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Wall Street's 'Innovation' for Mortgages

It is an "economic theory" (to be magnanimous) whre maxing-out our credit card is great but it is utterly silent on how the credit-card debt can ever be repaid once our "credit limit" is hit.

The closest these debt zealots come to ever even considering "sustainability" is to tell us that as long as the growth of debt is at or below the level of economic growth that everything is fine. Translation? As long as we can make payments on this debt then everything is fine.

What happens when the cumulative interest payments on debt become unsustainable? The deadbeat debtor begins to borrow additional money just to pay interest on debt. This has the direct mathematical effect of transforming the speed at which debt (insolvency) rises from a mere geometric rate (compound interest) to an exponential rate (compounding the compound interest).

All exponential functions in economic systems come to a quick and gruesome end. In the case of the unsustainable debt-bubbles of Keynesian economics, the obvious end is debt default. Greece has already imploded, and all of the economic games being played by our morally/intellectually/economically bankrupt Western governments are simply to delay the inevitable, and at a highly-destructive cost .

This brings us to dynamic analysis of the U.S. housing market, specifically the mortgage-interest tax deduction. The effect of this deduction (even with static analysis) is obvious: It allows Americans to finance higher levels of debt - i.e. it "raises the limit" on their credit card.

Now to the dynamic analysis: What happens when you raise the limit on everyone's credit card? You maximize debt and drive up prices.

The first half of that conclusion should be apparent to readers. Human nature alone tells us this must be so. It is the "Kid in a candy store" syndrome. Give people more buying power and they will spend more. The second half of the conclusion is an inevitable consequence of the first, i.e. more dynamic analysis.

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