While watching Bloomberg TV last month, I witnessed former U.S. Senator Phil Gramm discuss the housing meltdown, as well as, his own work to deregulate the banks. The interview lasts about eight and a half minutes, with the point behind this post examined in the last two and half minutes.
|Phil Gramm, Wikipedia|
The interviewer (predictably) insinuates that there were as many predatory lenders as borrowers.
Gramm then asserted that for every sub prime borrower who truly got swindled, there were "one hundred" that exploited the system, i.e. predatory borrowers. There's the debate, Mate.
I thought I coined the term, "predatory borrower" but I discovered that Mr. Gramm was using it before me, perhaps in response to Paul Krugman types blaming him for the housing meltdown, instead of the Barney Frank types that forced poor lending requirements on the banking industry at your expense which enabled millions of borrowers to buy properties they couldn't afford.
If you don't have time for the whole interview, consider moving the needle to the six minute mark.