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    Dear Obama Treasury Department: Dodd Plan, Increases, Not Decrease Chance of Future Bailouts

    Speaking yesterday to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Fourth Annual Capital Markets Summit, Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Neal S. Wolin made the case for Sen. Chris Dodd’s (D-CT), including this: This should not be a partisan or ideological debate. As David John of the Heritage Foundation has said, “Taxpayers … More

    Senate Financial Regulation Bill: How Fast Can You Read 1,336 Pages?

    At 1,336 pages, the Dodd financial services regulation bill proposal, which the Senate Banking Committee will begin to consider today, includes language that could create a permanent bank bailout. It is also filled with other significant issues, any one of which could cause serious damage to the economy or consumers … More

    Morning Bell: Bigger Government Is Not the Solution to Big Government Problems

    The final details of the financial regulatory reform bill being negotiated by Sens. Chris Dodd (D-CT) and Bob Corker (R-TN) are still being hammered out, but the underlying contours are clear: more government bureaucracy layered on top of our existing impenetrable and unaccountable financial regulatory system. Specifically, the Dodd/Corker plan … More

    More Signs Washington Has Too Much Power

    Politico reports today: It was a perfectly reasonable question, and on the surface it seemed like a perfectly reasonable answer. But when Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd went on Bloomberg TV Friday and mused about the possibility of bank nationalization, panicked investors sent the Dow plummeting a hundred points … More

    Congress Bans Pay for Performance

    A small provision slipped into the stimulus (PDF) by Sen. Chris Dodd is making big waves in the banking and finance industries. The last-minute addition to the bill, which pretty much no one noticed until after the legislation passed both chambers, places sharp limits on bonuses available to top executives … More

    Morning Bell: A Legacy That Matters

    The Bush administration is hopping mad at the New York Times for a story the Gray Lady published Sunday, “White House Philosophy Stoked Mortgage Bonfire.” The White House will have to defend itself on this one, but we are concerned that the Times, in its partisan desire to tarnish President … More

    Morning Bell: Deregulation Didn't Do It

    Listening to politicians on the left speak about the current financial turmoil, one gets the impression that when President Bush took office in 2001 there was a perfect financial regulatory system in place. Only since then, they claim, has it been systemically destroyed by the Bush administration. Speaker Nancy Pelosi … More

    Haste Makes Waste

    Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd has announced he wants to pass legislation making major changes in lending laws during a lame duck session next month. But the lead witness at Dodd’s Oct. 16 hearing on the financial crisis, former SEC Chairman Arthur Levitt, recently said “not so fast.” At … More

    Morning Bell: The Wrong Direction

    There is no doubt that past government intervention in the market, particularly by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, is largely to blame for the current financial turmoil. And while past government intervention cannot be used to justify further government interference, we also have to ask how much unnecessary pain the … More

    Other Terrible Stuff in Bailout Bill

    This morning we highlighted just the worst policy proposal liberals in Congress are trying to attach to the financial bailout plan. But Sen. Chris Dodd’s (D-CT) draft legislation has some other misguided provisions as well. Heritage’s David John flags those that must be avoided: Provide capital to financial institutions in … More