Italian Finance Minister: Greenspan As Bad As Bin Laden
Most however do not appear to understand the cause of the crisis and instead talks about how the root cause is "savage capitalism". This is of course nonsense. While it is certainly the case that Wall Street with its incompetence and recklessness deserve blame and thus have gotten what they deserve now (or more correctly would have gotten what they deserved if the government hadn't bailed out most of the failed companies), the point is that the government through its low interest rate policy and previous bailout made it profitable for them to create the bubble. Without these government interventions, it would have appeared less profitable and more risky to create the housing bubble.
The politician that comes closest to the truth is Italian finance minister Giulio Tremonti who says that Alan Greenspan is to blame and that Greenspan has harmed America as much as Osama bin Laden. I certainly agree with that assessment, although it appears that not even Tremonti fully understands why Greenspan is the man most responsible for this mess, as Tremonti do not point to his interest rate policy but instead says it was failure to properly oversee Wall Street excesses.