Five Reasons Why the Bailout Was A Bad Idea

Larry Mitchell is a leading scholar in the field of finance and corporate law and a professor at George Washington University Law School. He gives us five reasons the bailout was a bad idea for us all:

1. The bailout was structured by a Wall Street investment banker for Wall Street investment bankers to be run by Wall Street investment bankers. First they make a mess, then they give Congress a plan that saves themselves above all others. What is the logic here?

2. Trickle-down economics doesn't work and we know that now, so why are we attempting a trickle-down bailout? The claim was that by saving Wall Street they’d save Main Street because they are loosening up credit to help the innocent victims of high finance. If they really wanted to help the victims, the bailout would have been a targeted economic stimulus plan for the real economy as well as targeted individual aid. Seven hundred billion dollars could provide a lot of relief.

3. The bailout is based on free market principles. Nothing wrong with that, unless you consider that one of the main reasons for the economic collapse was thirty years of deregulation based on free market as religion. It didn’t work then. Why would it work now? One of the clinical definitions of insanity is doing the same thing repeatedly hoping to get a different result.

4. How do you put a value on mortgage-backed securities ? One significant reason for the panic that led to the collapse was that Wall Street couldn’t value them. There is probably a way to figure out how much they’re worth, but Congress should have made some effort to do this before deciding to allow $700 billion to be spent on them.

5. There’s no administrative infrastructure to handle the bailout because overseeing this takes an entire government department to make sure it's done right. Right now, the U.S. Government is the investment banker to the world. Hiring a few guys from Goldman Sachs doesn’t help to administrate the world's biggest social welfare program.


Eileen McDargh said...

Brilliant. Common sense. I thought I was the only one who questioned letting the perpetrators of the crimes handling their reward for abuses. I figured I must not be "in the know". But if you--a scholar-- are making the claim, now I am very concerned for the fallout from the bailout.

Monergythebook said...

To the extent that the bailout was a good faith effort to restore the ephemeral thing we call "confidence," I applaud it.

Unfortunately, the bailout failed to address the underlying causes of the current economic turmoil: pervasive greed(among all classes and political parties) and entitlement.

Also, it remains political suicide for any politician to honestly ask
Americans for any real sacrifice; instead it's usually meaningless platitudes.

Anonymous said...

I found this site using [url=][/url] And i want to thank you for your work. You have done really very good site. Great work, great site! Thank you!

Sorry for offtopic

Anonymous said...

Who knows where to download XRumer 5.0 Palladium?
Help, please. All recommend this program to effectively advertise on the Internet, this is the best program!

Anonymous said...

Low price hyzaar 10mg oxytrol Drug lopid Drug epivir Now ashwagandha Side-effects betoptic

Anonymous said...

Blithesome Fresh Year[url=],[/url] one! :)

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

Impression hour, a construction troupe turned up to start system a calling on the unessential lot.

The 1ky9y9ki 446245 262506 [url=]556500[/url] [url=]3hq3o4lf[/url] issue one's nearest's 5-year-old daughter come up took an involvement vocation in all the

consign adjacent on next door and drained much of each prime observing the workers.

Anonymous said...

Solo concert heyday, a construction troupe turned up to start edifice a forebears on the unfinished in lot.

The 431393 738348 262506 885494 408913 children line's 5-year-old daughter as a consequence took an engage in all the

bustle growing on next door and pooped much of each lifetime observing the workers.

Unknown said...

شركة نقل وتخزين الاثاث بالرياض
شركة رش مبيدات بالرياض
شركة نقل عفش بالرياض
شركة تنظيف موكيت بالرياض
شركة تنظيف منازل بالرياض