Lipstick on a Pig in a Poke
TPM Reader CR
Please please be against this bailout. I cannot begin to think of all the
myriad reasons why this bailout as it is being floated is a bad idea of the most colossal of proportions, but I will try.
Why are there no [details], because it will be a pig in a poke. There will be a bums rush just like when Bush tried to pressure Congress into passing the Protect America Act. They will wait until right before the election and try and jam the Democratic party up and say that if they do nothing then we are all going to Hell in a hand basket. There will be nothing good about this plan unless you are a big banking and insurance CEO. What a surprise!
While the Resolution Trust Corporation was a moderately well regarded solution to the 80's S&L scandal, this proposed idea does not, and almost certainly will not be similar, though its proponents will claim it is. The RTC took over failed banks and sold off the banks' assets. Very simple. It was simply an enormous bankruptcy trustee.
The crucial difference here is that this bailout will not be taking over failed banks, just taking over the bad debts of the failed banks. So the banks will be able to live on and be free to do the exact same thing all over again. I cannot think of a worse philosophical, policy, or practical solution than this.
You have banks and investment houses that lobbied Congress to remove restrictions on their activities and now their own activities have loaded them down with the crushing weight of bad debt from which they all profited handsomely before they got stuck holding the pile of s**t. ...
If we are going to subsidize taking over these bad debts, then we should be taking over the entire banks and liquidating them. Period.
TPM Reader BC
Why do I have the feeling that this bail out of the financial system is going to be the market equivalent of the Patriot Act? We're in a crisis which gives the Bush Administration an opportunity to push legislation through Congress with little or no debate. In six months from now, how many "little surprises" are we going to find out about? Gifts to the industry or Bush Administration that got inserted into a bill that was approved without being read -- let alone, thoroughly examined -- by most members of Congress.
I agree something needs to be done but do we really trust the people that brought us this mess to develop an optimal solution? Our financial markets operated safely and successfully for over half a century under the Glass-Steagall regime. Since we started deregulation, it has been crisis on top of crisis. Democrats should not agree to any bail out that does not include reintroduction of regulatory safeguards and effective oversight. Unfortunately, I have heard almost nothing from them except for Barney Frank. That leads me to conclude that they will be a.) unprepared to present a plan and/or b.) unable to articulate it in a way that can win public support.
TPM Reader TC
Is it just me? With this last enormous bail out of our Wall Street Investors/Corporate America, I have this picture in my mind of these cartoon Republicans sweeping out the last of the people's money from the vaults. It took eight years, but they managed to get it all. The War/Private Contractors, the Oil Companys, the deregulation and fleecing of America. These Republicans started their tour of duty eight years ago with the coffers overflowing, flush with cash.