Bailout Watch 176: Tuesday, Nov. 18th

Robert Farago
by Robert Farago
bailout watch 176 tuesday nov 18th

That’s the day that House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank, D-Mass, will introduce legislation that will change the rules on the previously approved $700b financial rescue package so that America’s ailing automakers can stick their snouts into the federal trough. Yes, that Barney Frank; the same congressman whose oversight of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac lead to the relaxation of lending policies that pushed both quangos to the brink of extinction. (Not to mention Frank’s relationship with Fannie’s policy wonk Herbert Moss or campaign contributions from both organizations to the Congressman’s campaign.) Automotive News [sub] reports that it’s shootout at The OK Give ‘Em 25 Bil Corral.

“Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson today reiterated the Bush administration’s position that car companies are ineligible for the money because it is earmarked for financial institutions. But House Democrats intend to include language in an economic stimulus bill that would give automakers access to the bailout, said Hilarie Chambers, chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Sander Levin, D-Mich. Frank is drafting the measure at the direction of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.” Yes, as the lame duck Congress can’t get the Republicans on board for a new, pre-Obama stimulus packagage, and Bush’s boys are digging their heels in (holding Congress to its original intent), it all comes down to this. And if that’s not enough excitement for you, Frank’s calling the Mayja Playas down to DC to testify the next day: Red Ink Rick (GM), Big Al (Ford), Boot ’em Bob (Chrysler) and Big Ron (UAW). We’ll get you the list of politicos asking questions ASAP.

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  • Jschaef481 Jschaef481 on Nov 13, 2008

    RaysirX: "It’s the so-called “capitalists” (management and BOD) who have their hand out for gov’t dollars..." Shoulder-to-shoulder with the "socialist" unions...from a socialist-leaning Congress. Why is it such a surprise that so-called capitalists would be asking the government for cash? Socialism tends to insulate established businesses from healthy, new competition. The barriers to market entry generally get more difficult to overcome due to compliance with ever-more byzantine governmental regulations and requirements created by such a system. And those in power maintain their position and wealth. Without government intervention, these capitalists are going to fail and lose their wealth and position. Too damned bad! I'm NOT crying for them. That is market economics. Let management and labor both suffer the consequences of their mistakes.

  • Bunter1 Bunter1 on Nov 13, 2008

    Johnny Canada- Thanks, but I think you are MORE aware. Some of the senators that fought hardest to stop this mess (Dole, Sununu) got voted out. America can only see and believe what the "holy tube" tells them. Anything that happened last year is so irrelevant. Bunter

  • Hltguy Hltguy on Nov 13, 2008

    Hey November 18th is my birthday, so what do you say Barney ol' pal, ol' chum, I would consider it so very nice if you sent me a birthday card with a few bucks in it, say a billion or two? You know I will help spread the wealth, promise. Oh that part about me paying my bills on time, not on welfare, and being a business owner, don't let those little technicalities stand in the way. Thank you in advance.

  • Johnster Johnster on Nov 13, 2008
    windswords : This would be so much fun if we could all (virtually) watch this together while eating popcorn and slinging MST3k type comments at the participants (politicians and executives). Maybe someone could record it (if it’s on CSPAN) and put something like that up on You Tube? Or it could be like dinner theater.