Mike Konczal dips into 15 years worth of financial regulation advice from the Cato Institute and is impressed with their consistency:
With one exception , there are no new ideas on financial market regulation as a result of the financial crisis. None….You would have no idea that we’ve just experienced the most major financial crisis since the Great Depression by reading their high-level policy suggestions. How cool is that?
The only change is that in 2009 they aren’t calling for abolishing FDIC insurance….They do that every year except their latest version. I wonder why they’ve backed off that all of a sudden? Did the financial crisis show a lack of panic in the commercial banking system, and they suddenly support FDIC insurance? Or are they biting their tongues and sitting it out for a half decade or so before calling for it to be dismantled again?
I’m guessing the latter. Still, I’m disappointed that they’ve turned out to be so craven on this vital issue of libertarian principle.