Remarks by Treasury Secretary on Financial Crisis – Ronald Reagan Presidential Library

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on November 20, 2008

News release: “We are working through a severe financial crisis caused by many factors, including government inaction and mistaken actions, outdated U.S. and global financial regulatory systems, and by the excessive risk-taking of financial institutions. This combination of factors led to a critical stage this fall when the entire U.S. financial system was at risk…The most significant discussion of financial system reform in the last 60 years has begun. This debate offers great opportunities — and great peril. The events of the last year have exposed excesses and flaws that are, to put it mildly, humbling. If we do not correctly diagnose the causes, and instead act in haste to implement more rather than better regulations, we can do long term harm.”

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