Posts Tagged ‘bailouts’

Why Feds Won’t Sell GM Stock


Wednesday September 19th, 2012   •   Posted by Lloyd Billingsley at 9:21am PDT   •   8 Comments

The U.S. Treasury Department has invested $50 billion in the General Motors bailout and now owns 26.5 percent of GM stock, about 200 million shares and more than one-fourth of the company. GM was happy to get the taxpayer dough but now wants the government to sell its stock. Trouble is, the government won’t…
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Fiscal Discipline?


Monday March 5th, 2012   •   Posted by Emily Skarbek at 11:50am PST   •   0 Comments

Last week, Moody’s cut Greece’s credit rating to the lowest level on its scale, citing risk of default despite the recent write-off deal. Moody’s said the rating decision was “prompted by the recently announced debt exchange proposals for Greece, which imply expected losses to investors in excess of 70%.” The sovereign debt crisis in…
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The Euro in Retrospect


Wednesday December 28th, 2011   •   Posted by Emily Skarbek at 10:12am PST   •   3 Comments

In a NBER working paper, Martin Feldstein argues that the Euro “should now be recognized as an experiment that has led to the sovereign debt crisis in several countries, the fragile condition of major European banks, the high levels of unemployment, and the large trade deficits that now exist in most Eurozone countries.” The…
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The Fed’s $7.77 Trillion Secret Bailout


Monday December 5th, 2011   •   Posted by Emily Skarbek at 11:45am PST   •   3 Comments

The Daily Show with Jon StewartGet More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,The Daily Show on Facebook As it has come to light, from August 2007 to April of 2010 the Fed loaned out over $7.7 trillion to troubled banks. A Bloomberg report reveals that the U.S. government made these secret bailouts…
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Federal Reserve Gave Big Banks Secret Loans of $7.77 Trillion


Monday November 28th, 2011   •   Posted by David Theroux at 9:34pm PST   •   2 Comments

Brent Budowsky of The Hill has called for Cong. Ron Paul to hold hearings before the subcommittee he chairs on the news of secret Federal Reserve bailouts of the the biggest banks. The news comes from an article by Bob Ivry, Bradley Keoun and Phil Kuntz at Bloomberg Markets Magazine that the Federal Reserve…
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Former Solyndra Employees Now to Receive Even More Federal Aid


Friday November 25th, 2011   •   Posted by David Theroux at 1:43pm PST   •   5 Comments

In “Ex-Solyndra Staff Eligible For TAA Federal Aid; Packages Worth Average $13,000 Each,” Sean Higgins at Investor’s Business Daily reports that after the Obama-acclaimed, model “green energy” firm scammed a half billion dollars from taxpayers through bankruptcy, the White House has now approved even more corporate welfare for those involved: The Labor Department today…
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Do Bailouts Help the Poor?


Monday November 21st, 2011   •   Posted by Emily Skarbek at 8:55am PST   •   2 Comments

Recently, I posted about Adam Smith’s fiscal principle: “What is prudence in the conduct of every private family, can scarce be folly in that of a great kingdom.” In light of this rule, it is important to consider whether or not the state should bail out the heavily indebted poor. Considering hard cases such…
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Regime Uncertainty


Sunday August 14th, 2011   •   Posted by Emily Skarbek at 11:19am PDT   •   1 Comment

The market is a yo-yo following the S&P downgrade – investors are searching for stability amid the policy flux created by the current Congress and Administration. Businesses and investors are struggling to create and sustain stable and accurate expectations as to the rules they are likely to face in the future. Steve Horowitz gives…
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The Dilemma of “Too Big to Fail” Bank Bailouts


Saturday July 16th, 2011   •   Posted by David Theroux at 2:44pm PDT   •   0 Comments

In his article in the Summer 2011 issue of The Independent Review, “The Dilemma of Bailouts,” economist Roy C. Smith (New York University) examines why despite its prohibition of taxpayer-funded bailouts, the Dodd-Frank Act has left the financial system exposed to meltdowns and promotes the shifting of risk from large “systemically important” financial firms…
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The Hidden Cost of the U.S. National Debt


Thursday May 26th, 2011   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 2:40pm PDT   •   1 Comment

What is the hidden cost that Americans are paying to have the U.S. federal government spend so much money? To answer that question, let’s take a closer look at when U.S. federal government spending really went out of control. Here, if we track the U.S. federal government’s spending [1] per U.S. household against median…
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