Many today say that Lehman, with total assets of $700 billion, should not have been allowed to go bankrupt.
Ladies and Gentlemen.
Lehman deserved to go bankrupt.
Capitalism is the freedom to do outstandingly well and make a lot of money and it’s also the freedom to go bankrupt and that has to be demonstrated from time to time.
There has to be at least some discipline in the market place.
It is unfortunate indeed, that many more like Citi, AIG and RBS were too big to fail because of systemic risk but make no mistake - - they all deserved the same fate as Lehman – to go bankrupt because they all mismanaged their businesses and had lost the confidence of the market place.
One thing to think about. If some banks in the U.S. were too big to fail before this crisis, with all the mergers and acquisitions, they are going to be much bigger still after the crisis. While in the U.S. there will always be thousands of banks, the system is gradually reducing down to three or four super giants which are going to be so big and so highly regulated, they will operate almost as arms of the government.