Government Control of Personal Finances: A Threat to Liberty (and Prosperity)

Government Control of Personal Finances: A Threat to Liberty (and Prosperity)

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Not long ago, many businesses competed to extend credit to consumers through unsecured lending, auto loans, home mortgage loans or installment sales. Sadly, true competition is no longer.

In today's consumer lending environment, businesses are nothing other than agencies of federal and, to some degree, state governments acting under the veneer of a private business. They have an unholy alliance with government.

The industry promised, "We will do your political bidding. We will give you political cover, so you can carry out the social policies you wish. In exchange, Mr. Government, you will make sure we never lose any money."

That pact has been honored by both parties to the detriment of us – naive consumers.

Todd Zywicki helps us understand how we got here, where we go from here, and how to spot it when it happens.

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