Where is she? For the past four-five years I and many others of similar mind have been called every name in the book for daring to express the view that there just maybe, perhaps, might be some kind of "housing bubble". If I had a buck for every used house salesperson who assured me that "this is the bottom", well...
The real reason I started this thread is because of accountability. Yes, accountability. For the first time in history we've experienced an episode that has been well documented in a democratic, not-easily-corruptible manner. Because of blogs like this and thousands others, there can be no claim that "no one predicted all this". Not that any of us had the entire picture -- we did not. But in aggregate, a small group of internet "bloggers" seem to have predicted the current state of affairs with striking accuracy.
And what of all the blurry eyed optimists? Well, not only do we have their comments of record in blogs and other extracts, preserved in the web's wayback machine for eternity. But we also have thousands of hours of video documentary in the form of youtube and metacafe and others. Here we can see what all these pundits, shills and outright con artists have said over the years. We can watch the "economists" from the NAR lying quarter after quarter after quarter in the face of overwhelming evidence contrary to their rosy view of a "spring rush in 2007!"
Not that I'm going to hold my breath, but I'd love to hear from some of those who attacked me and others on this blog so viciously over the years. Your comments are now on the record. But where are you now? I'm still here, as are many of my readers and commenters. But you, the Pollyannas, where have you gone?