Busting big banks
New proposals in Congress would rein in big banks' investment strategies
Roger Showley, U-T SAN DIEGO
Friday, July 19, 2013
Kelly Cunningham, National University System
Although I would usually argue for more privatization, deregulation, and freer markets over greater regulation and intrusion by the federal government, the present U.S. banking industry does not operate in a truly free-market system. Reinstating the Glass-Steagall Act will not prevent financial instability as long as the central bank continues to enable fractional-reserve banking, essentially generating credit out of thin air. So long as the central bank exists, it makes sense to impose tighter controls on banks to minimize the damage the Federal Reserve's policies inflict. More controls will simply suppress bankings' capabilities of further amplifying the Fed's pumping.