Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Paul On Regulation And Ponzi Schemes

One of the very few congressmen who understands economics, monetary policy, fiat currency, regulation, inflation, and moral hazard. His point about the SEC is similar to that made here in my December 16th Madoff post:

As for the regulators, they clearly and spectacularly failed -- again. Unfortunately, this will lead to calls for broader and deeper regulation. Regulation fails? Then we must need more! I imagine a number of Madoff investors took some comfort in knowing that the SEC had investigated Madoff and signed off. Perhaps if the SEC didn't exist, investors would have spent a little more effort themselves looking into his operation. Alas, the SEC is likely to benefit from its amazing failure by being given even greater funding. Perhaps the defrauded investors will sue the SEC for negligence.

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