Oct 1, 2008

Still Confused About the Financial Crisis....?

...Former Deputy Governor of the National Bank of Poland Krzysztof Rybinski offers quite possibly the best explanation -- ever -- for the current disaster. (Full text, because it's just so good.)

“Imagine that there is a wild party, a long one. Every time the alcohol supply dries up, the central bank shows up and keeps the party going and going, and people get more and more addicted to partying and drinking. At some stage, the drunken crowd demolishes the premises and the party is over.

“Hank and Ben show up and ask who did the most damage. John, people say, broke four windows and smashed the table. Great, says Hank, John will get $300 – who is next on the did-most-damage list? Tim, the crowd cries, he sprayed paint all over the place and burned the sofa. Excellent, says Hank, Tim will get $250. Who is next?

“In a few days, the next party will begin. People are planning to show up in large numbers. Not only can they have a lot of fun (while others – obviously jerks and dorks – will go to work every morning) and drink for free – they will also get free cash handouts when the party is over. How do you like the Paulson plan?”

Someone buy Rybinski a drink.

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