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Dean Baker calls Greenspan testimony “silly”

Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, talks with Bloomberg about former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan’s testimony to the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission on his leadership of the central bank.

And from the WSJ

~~~ “Mr. Greenspan sought to lay blame for the crisis on international economic forces that were pouring money into the U.S. real-estate market, as well as on domestic political pressures to boost homeownership.

He singled out the congressionally chartered mortgage companies, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which were major consumers of subprime mortgages. Republicans on the commission, particularly former Bush administration adviser Keith Hennessey, echoed that concern.

Mr. Greenspan suggested that Fed critics have lost sight of the political atmosphere that prevailed at the time. “I mean, I sat through meeting after meeting in which the pressures on the Federal Reserve—and on, I might add, all of the other regulatory agencies—to enhance lending were remarkable.”~~~