Mish: Instead of having dinner with those that caused the problem and have no idea how to fix it, the powers that be should have instead sat down with the top 20 economic bloggers as to what to do. We have been warning about these problems for years.
Volcker, for his part, says the current crisis has its roots in the lack of restraint inherent in the highly leveraged system that evolved, one in which winners were rewarded exorbitantly but the inverse didn't seem to hold.
"The first panacea for a mismanaged nation is inflation of the currency; the second is war."
-- Ernest Hemingway, Esquire magazine, September 1935
"Price stability is something which is essential for the poorest and the most vulnerable of our citizens. They cannot protect themselves against inflation. It is extremely important that we understand that moderation today is necessary if we want to deliver price stability in the medium term."
- European Central Bank president Jean-Claude Trichet, April 2008