What Caused the Economic Collapse of 2008?

1085 Words Jul 9th, 2013 5 Pages
Anthony Smith
Dominique Dieffenbach
ENC1102 – English Composition II
7 February 2012
Who is to Blame for the Economic Crash of 2008? Throughout history there has always been some sort of a class struggle. The rich always seemed to get richer while the poor barely managed to get by. One of the main things that contributed to the ever-expanding gap between the rich and the poor was greed. Whether it was the greed for money or for power, greed was certainly a driving force. More recently, the greed of several, rich and powerful individuals helped to cause one of the largest financial collapses of modern times. The purpose of this paper is to establish some of the key players in the economic crash of 2008, and to show some common
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Sadly, this would not be the case. Later in his Presidency, Ronald Reagan would appoint Alan Greenspan to head the Federal Reserve Bank. Greenspan, an economist, had previously sent a letter to government regulators to help convince them of the “soundness” of the savings and loan industry and its need to be de-regulated. He was paid $40,000 by a top executive of the savings and loan industry, Charles Keating, for his work in convincing the regulators to de-regulate the savings and loan industry. After the collapse of the savings and loan industry, many top executives were arrested and sent to prison for looting their companies, Charles Keating was one of the main criminals that were sent to prison. (Ferguson 15:35) Works Cited
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Who is to Blame for the Economic Crash of 2008: An Annotated Bibliography
Blumberg, Alex, dir. “The Giant Pool of Money – Episode 355.” Dir. Davidson Adam, This American Life. NPR News: WBEZ,
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