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    Barney Frank's Plan: A Permanent TARP?

    The House Financial Services Committee yesterday OK’d a key part of Barney Frank’s agenda for reform of the financial industry yesterday, voting to 31-27 to adopt his plan for so-called “too-big-to-fail” banks. The measure has been widely touted as providing a way to avoid future budget-busting bailouts of the industry. … More

    TARP: It Couldn't End Thune Enough

    In an era when legislation routinely exceeds 1,000 pages, the bill introduced by Sen. John Thune yesterday — at seven lines — doesn’t look like much. But looks can be deceptive. If adopted, those seven lines would guarantee the end of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), a critical first … More

    Lock In The Deficit Savings: End TARP Entirely

    The Wall Street Journal reports: The Obama administration, under pressure to show it is serious about tackling the budget deficit, is seizing on an unusual target to showcase fiscal responsibility: the $700 billion financial rescue. The administration wants to keep some of the unspent funds available for emergencies, but is … More

    TARP Enables Big Labor Crony Capitalism Again

    Nolan Finley at The Detroit News reports: Workers in Barack Obama’s new economic order fall into two categories — those who are worthy of the president’s energies, and those who aren’t. You may be surprised to learn where you rank. Obama doesn’t weigh the value of workers based on their … More

    CIT Bankruptcy Shows that It is Time to End TARP

    Sunday, CIT Group, with $71 billion in assets one of the largest small business lenders in the country and the recipient last December of $2.3 billion in taxpayer money filed for bankruptcy. It was the fifth largest bankruptcy in US history. Monday, nothing much happened. Stocks didn’t collapse. There was … More

    The Obama-Frank Systemic Risk Plan: Some Good and a Lot of Bad

    The Treasury Department and House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank have just released a highly complex 253 page draft bill that is supposed to deal with questions ranging from indentifying and dealing with systemic risk facing the financial services system, regulating and closing failing “too big to fail” financial … More

    Double Secret Probation

    The Obama Administration promised unprecedented transparency in its financial recovery efforts, including a gee-whiz $18 million web site, Recovery.gov. The problem is that the Administration seems addicted to secret back-channel orders to the private sector to obey, “or else”. Yesterday’s Wall Street Journal reports on a secret “memorandum of understanding” … More

    The Fed is Part of the Problem Too

    We have long believed that the Treasury Department’s TARP interventions have become possibly the single most disruptive force in the global economy. Under the header The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves, EconLog’s David Henderson flags a New York Times story suggesting that the Fed has become just as unhelpful … More

    Guest Blogger: Senator Mike Johanns (R-NE)

    WHY TARP NEEDS OVERSIGHT The announcement that the government would provide $30 billion dollars more in TARP funds to General Motors in exchange for a 60 percent ownership interest in the company is unprecedented and almost unbelievable. Who ever imagined the taxpayers would wake up Monday morning and find out … More

    Obama Administration: "Totally Clear" That Government Should Run Companies

    Obama administration Council of Economic Advisers member Austan Goolsbee was on Fox News Sunday yesterday defending Obama’s intervention in the economy. In the clip below, he is actually defending the White House’s new pay czar, but his logic applies equally well to any of Obama’s new companies, from AIG to … More