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Yet the urgent problem now isn't TBTF [too big to fail], or even banker bonuses. These are distractions. The urgent problem is the giant riverboat gamble that Washington can save the economy by doing what comes naturally—spending money carelessly, creating massive new entitlements without funding them, dishing out cheap credit to politically favored sectors, telling business people where and how to invest.
Mr. Feinberg is an apt symbol indeed, for this gamble is built on the conceit that Washington can hector the recipients, whether auto companies, banks or homeowners, into behaving in ways that are "responsible." So far, however, human nature is proving a disappointment: Take the outbreak of tax fraud related to the government's emergency home-buyer's credit.
Nor is the larger gamble looking so good either. Banks continue to fail at an alarming rate, the dollar is under assault, and Washington is looking at a future of trillion-dollar deficits. One might have guessed it would take a decade of Obamanomics to produce European welfare state levels of youth unemployment, but at 18.5% we're there.
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Filed under: * Economics, Politics Economy The 2009 Obama Administration Bank Bailout Plan The 2009 Obama Administration Housing Amelioration Plan The Banking System/Sector The Credit Freeze Crisis of Fall 2008/The Recession of 2007-- The Fiscal Stimulus Package of 2009 The Possibility of a Bailout for the U.S. Auto Industry The September 2008 Proposed Henry Paulson 700 Billion Bailout Package The U.S. Government Budget The National Deficit The United States Currency (Dollar etc) Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner Politics in General Office of the President President Barack Obama
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