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If we brought in some medieval usury laws and gave whippings - with the number of lashes depending on how much you got - to everyone involved in a speculative bubble, maybe people would think twice. (Or the rich would become bloody pulp.)

When it comes to the houses I have no problem with people using their limited liability on mortgages. The bank gets the collateral that was put up, ie a house. The bank can then sell it or rent it out or build something else on the lot. If they absolutely did not want a house, they should not have made a loan with it as collateral.

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by A swedish kind of death on Fri Aug 27th, 2010 at 04:02:35 AM EST
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Better than whipping, those involved should be made responsible to the full extent of their personal wealth and future earnings for high financial crimes.

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by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sat Aug 28th, 2010 at 12:03:20 AM EST
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