This blog used to be about debt. Now it's about a few more things. But really, it all comes back to debt. Trust me.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Stop Celebrating

That uneasy feeling I had about the bailout?

Smarter people articulate the reservations with the plan as proposed.

Krugman:
And there’s no quid pro quo here — nothing that gives taxpayers a stake in the upside, nothing that ensures that the money is used to stabilize the system rather than reward the undeserving.

I hope I’m wrong about this. But let me say it again: Treasury needs to explain why this is supposed to work — not try to panic Congress into giving it a blank check. Otherwise, no deal.

Mallaby:

The Treasury plan outlined on Friday involves vast risks to taxpayers, huge complexity and no guarantee of success. There are better ways forward.

Check out the leaked plan here.

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