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    An Increased Range of Tools to Fight the Economic Crisis

    The economic rescue package that the House will vote on tomorrow provides federal regulators with a broader array of tools to fight the economic problems facing the nation than the version that was defeated Monday. As the effects of the crisis continue to spread, these additional tools are likely to … More

    Car Sales Plunge: Who’s to Blame?

    Automobile sales have plummeted across the board for the month of September. Not only were sales down for Chrysler (33%), General Motors (16%) and Ford (34%), but Asia-based brands Toyota, Honda and Nissan fell 30% over the course of the month. Sales in European and Asian markets are down as … More

    European Banks Expose the Left's Deregulation Myth

    As the current financial crisis unfolds, the left has consistently tried to pin the blame on “deregulation” amorphously and President Bush specifically. So, for example, on the campaign trail Barack Obama blames the financial crisis on “ the Bush administration, Republican party and John McCain for pushing a culture of … More

    How the FDIC Cap Makes the Rescue More Effective

    Two stories in The New York Times today demonstrate why the increase in the level of deposits the FDIC can guarantee (from $100,000 to $250,000) will help address the spreading financial crisis. First, on the importance of small businesses to the U.S. economy: Small businesses in America — the 27 … More

    FDIC Fixes Improve Rescue's Effectiveness

    It appears that the Senate is already on the road to improving the financial rescue package that the House of Representatives rejected earlier this week. The biggest change in the Senate version of the bill is an increase in FDIC insured deposits, which would rise to $250,000 from $100,000. This … More

    Bailing Out Massachusetts?

    Is the Bush Administration supporting yet another bailout? After seven delays and months of negotiations between Massachusetts and federal officials over the renewal of the state’s Medicaid demonstration waiver which supports its landmark health reform, State House News Service has just reported that a deal has been struck. While the … More

    The Real Fiscal Crisis

    This week, Heritage senior fellow J.D. Foster squares off with American Prospect’s Robert Kuttner over how Congress should address the economy next in The Los Angeles Times. First JD: The Paulson plan was certainly no cure-all; it was intended to keep capital markets functioning so they can resolve their own … More

    Detroit's Other Big Problem

    Last week the House approved a $25 billion loan for Detroit’s Big Three that, if signed into law, would cost taxpayers $7.5 billion. General Motors, Ford and Chrysler claim they need assistance to make the switch from gas-guzzling vehicles to more cars with better fuel-efficiency. We’ve broken down a few … More

    Addressing the Credit Rescue's Constitutional Problems

    Former Attorney General Ed Meese and Heritage ‘s Dr. Stuart Butler make their case for a financial rescue plan: While there are those in Congress who would push the role of government far beyond what is necessary in this crisis, the core technical parts of the negotiated package are acceptable. … More

    Text of the ACORN Related Provision in Bailout Bill

    By popular demand we are posting the text of the provision in the House bailout bill that requires Treasury to divert 20% of all profits away from taxpayers and to left-wing advocacy groups like the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN). SEC. 105. RIGHTS; MANAGEMENT; SALE OF TROUBLED … More