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  • Thune Proposes Deadline for Denationalization

    Senator John Thune

    With General Motors slated for nationalization, and the government holding major stakes in Chrysler and several major banks, many concerned observers have been asking when it will all end. President Obama, however, has not even ventured a guess. The omission is an odd, and dangerous, one: the president who campaigned on the need to set a deadline for U.S. withdrawal from Baghdad has failed to establish one for the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Detroit.

    Now comes Senator John Thune of South Dakota, joined by John Cornyn of Texas, with a proposal to do just that. In legislation to be offered today, Senator Thune would require that the federal government divest itself of all ownership stakes acquired through the TARP program by July 1 of next year (with possible extensions of up to a year if the Treasury Secretary certifies it is necessary to prevent taxpayer losses).

    The idea of setting an exit date has gotten from rumblings from at least one Democrat as well. Politico is reporting that Democratic Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska is interested in the issue, and has asked the Government Accountability Office to report on the question.

    There’s room to quibble on the details (why allow the administration to extend the deadline?). But all said, these are good steps in the right direction. And that direction is toward the exits.

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    9 Responses to Thune Proposes Deadline for Denationalization

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    4. Brad Raffensperger, says:

      We must hold politicians accountable for their words. Everyone has said that they have no interest in running businesses or having the government own businesses. Fair enough. If they mean what they say then a vote will be a slam dunk.

      Let us put it to a vote and see where everyone really stands and let us hope that the majority will support Senator Thune's legislation to get the government out of owning and running businesses.

      It has never worked anywhere else in the world when it has been tried, let us be humble enough to admit that it will never work in America either. Let free enterprise have its own freedom to prosper or fall under its own control.

    5. Barb -mn says:

      I was fearful no one would step up to the plate. I am so thankful they are.

    6. Lemuel Jordan, Clear says:

      I thought that I remember from my civics classes many years ago that it was against the law for federal government compete with free enterprise.

      If not then would the monopoly restrictions apply, that is they can not control more than 5% of any market that they get into.

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