I just love the lunacy that this financial crisis has brought forth. Here we have two "economists" telling Brown to buy up homes on the verge of repossession. What is more, it is only going to cost ₤50 billion, which as we know, is chump change for the tax payer.
Was I imagining it, but two years ago, the UK had a housing shortage. So rather than build much needed new houses, the government will simply buy up existing ones. How will that help? Oh yes, it will keep the market from correcting and ensuring that housing remains unaffordable for the vast majority of first time buyers.
Truly, we live in an age where no idea is too stupid so long as the taxpayer is paying for it.
Do you think these two jokers would be so quick to put this idea forward if it were their own money that was put on the line?
Jan. 9 (Bloomberg) -- Prime Minister Gordon Brown should buy homes on the verge of repossession to add money to the British economy and save families from being thrown out onto the street, two former Bank of England economists said.
The plan would cost about 50 billion pounds ($76 billion) over five years, Fathom Financial Consulting economists Shamik Dhar and Danny Gabay said in a report today. The program would also provide a new economic policy tool as the central bank’s interest rate approaches zero.