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  • Read My Lips, No Industrial Bailouts

    President Bush pushed the Troubled Asset Recovery Program (TARP) through the Congress because he and Treasury Secretary Paulson convinced the nation of two propositions. The first was that credit markets were seizing up and this program was the necessary remedy. The second was that the funds would only be used with respect to protect the financial system, and in no case would the funds be used to bail out individual, non-financial firms.

    I supported the President based on the reality of the first point, and the promise carried in the second. The financial markets were in dreadful shape, and still are though perhaps less so, and TARP funds deployed to date likely played a role in keeping markets functioning.

    On the second point, the President and Secretary Paulson are exploring the possibility of using a big chunk of TARP funds to prop up the shrinking three Detroit automakers for a few weeks. Proposing a toothless bailout in legislative form was bad enough, but thankfully enough Senators rose up with a resounding “NO”. But now the President is actively considering the use of TARP funds to achieve the policy that failed in the Senate.

    That this policy is wrongheaded is bad enough. But particularly galling is for the President and Secretary Paulson to default on their promise.

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    2 Responses to Read My Lips, No Industrial Bailouts

    1. Pingback: Auto Industry Bailout » Blog Archive » Read My Lips, No Industrial Bailouts » the Foundry

    2. Jerry Porter, Freder says:

      Whatever happened to rational commonsensical conservative philosophy and ACTION? President Bush has forgotten the grass roots thinking and character of conservatism of many of us out here in the hinder lands. What in world is it that invariably afflicts almost everyone who resides or nuzzles up to Washington, DC? Dear George W. the original would be shocked if he were to see what has occurred to his namesake capitol district. It is simply insane to burden our descendants and future generations with THE ALREADY HORRENDOUSLY BURDENSOME DEFICIT—but MORE and MORE DEFICIT SPENDING IS IRRESPONSIBLE.

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