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But that's not what this is about. The payment clearing system will survive unscathed.

Somebody really has to explain to people (and politicians, and unfortunately even to central bankers) how a regulatory bank resolution works.

Keynesianism is intellectually hard, as evidenced by the inability of many trained economists to get it - Paul Krugman

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Feb 5th, 2011 at 02:51:22 AM EST
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That is another central point.  The Government literally said the ARMs would stop working if they didn't guarantee and then bail-out the banks.  The whole scam was based on the notion that the banks were indivisible and absolutely essential to the continence of ordinary day to day and business life.

The metaphor of the ATMs not working was actually used to bring home to people the seriousness of the situation - unfortunately in an entirely misleading way.

So the key points are - debt restructuring is an entirely routine way of resolving structural imbalanced which have been allowed to build up between debtors and creditors - for which both are responsible, and yes, the ATMS (which is the sum total of many people's experience of banking - will continue to work before, during and after the process.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sat Feb 5th, 2011 at 06:39:20 AM EST
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