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Sunday, September 21, 2008

Say NO to the Mortgage Bonds Bailout

The Bailout Legislation currently proposed is hideous for 2 main reasons:

  1. It cannot work unless the government - using tax dollars - pays more than the mortgage bonds are worth.
  2. It gives unprecedented power to one man - the Secretary of the Treasury - with no review whatsoever.

Here is the most offensive passage:

Decisions by the Secretary pursuant to the authority of this Act are non-reviewable and committed to agency discretion, and may not be reviewed by any court of law or any administrative agency.
700 hundred Billion dollars are to be put at the sole discretion of one man. And that man is Hank Paulson, who has minimized and lied every step of the way in this crisis.

Here are blogs I've seen so far condemning this thing:

Calculated Risk: NY Times Makes a Funny and Some Thoughts on the Bailout

Paul Krugman, Liberal: No deal

Mike Shedlock, Free Marketeer: Bush Administration Seeks "Dictatorial Power"

Yves Smith: Why You Should Hate the Treasury Bailout Proposal

Update: This just keeps getting more vile: Bailout Eligibility Expanded to Foreign Institutions!

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I'm a 57 year old geek. I voted Democratic for 20 years, because I disliked the Republicans more. But now, nobody really speaks for me. I'm for Guns, for more correct government regulation of the financial world, against illegal immigration and amnesty. (in 2008 I ended up voting Republican - too many questions about Obama, and voting against anybody who voted for TARP 1.) In 2010 I voted a stright republican ticket because the Democrats have completely lost their minds.