Ron Paul on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac:
Despite the long-term damage to the economy inflicted by the governmentâ€™s interference in the housing market, the governmentâ€™s policy of diverting capital to other uses creates a short-term boom in housing. Like all artificially-created bubbles, the boom in housing prices cannot last forever. When housing prices fall, homeowners will experience difficulty as their equity is wiped out. Furthermore, the holders of the mortgage debt will also have a loss. These losses will be greater than they would have otherwise been had government policy not actively encouraged over-investment in housing.
Of course, he said this in 2003.Â The guy really is a kook, huh?