Bill Clinton, excerpt from Time - esoForum clinton admin, economics, politics Wed, 10 Oct 2018 19:49:44 +0000 esoTalk admin <blockquote><p><cite>Time Magazine; &#39;Blameworthy,&#39; on Pres. Clinton</cite></p><p>President Clinton&#39;s tenure was characterized by economic prosperity and financial deregulation, which in many ways set the stage for the excesses of recent years. Among his biggest strokes of free-wheeling capitalism was the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, which repealed the Glass-Steagall Act, a cornerstone of Depression-era regulation. He also signed the Commodity Futures Modernization Act, which exempted credit-default swaps from regulation. In 1995 Clinton loosened housing rules by rewriting the Community Reinvestment Act, which put added pressure on banks to lend in low-income neighborhoods. It is the subject of heated political and scholarly debate whether any of these moves are to blame for our troubles, but they certainly played a role in creating a permissive lending environment.</p></blockquote> Wed, 10 Oct 2018 19:49:32 +0000