One little-noted detail about the current "financial meltdown" is that the rabble-rousing continues unabated without any community organizers actually having to worry about missing a meal.
Regardless of any of his other sins, Phil Gramm was still right when he said we have become a nation of whiners. How else would you describe a people who have been bellyaching about a recession through eight years of economic growth and now are lobbying for sidewalk expansions to fit the coming soup lines in the Great Depression of 2008?
Joe Klein's debate postmortem for Time includes this: "McCain seemed more prudent and thoughtful than he has since he uttered the most important line of the campaign so far, "the fundamentals of the economy are good.""
The fact is that the fundamentals of the economy are good. Refutations of this hard fact always quickly devolve into bogus statistics about those without health insurance, utter nonsense about the poor getting poorer while the rich get richer, or the latest craze, blaming everyone's problems on laissez-faire capitalism.
We will know the economic fundamentals of the United States are no longer good when community organizers can't find work as community organizers. They certainly have to have an appreciation of these good economic fundamentals on the weekends, when they enjoy the comfort of the homes and the company of their families, as they rest up from a busy week of complaining about how horrible America is.
The mortgage mess is the exact opposite of a failure of the market. Making bad loans and putting them on the books as good loans is a distortion that had to be worked out eventually. This bill (notice the co-sponsors) would have helped a lot, but too few people were listening way back then.