Bailout Watch 244: Where's OUR $27b?
The Bush Administration’s decision to release $27b from the Troubled Assets Recovery Program to prop-up Citigroup has pissed-off Motown’s bailout brigade but good. “Financial industry rescue criticized as double standard” the Detroit Free Press‘ headline kvetches. “While the pending bailout of Citigroup is absolutely necessary because they’re too big to fail, it’s the height of hypocrisy of the outgoing administration and the treasury secretary to not make a more robust effort to do the same with Detroit,” said Anthony Sabino, a professor of business and law at St. John’s University in New York (chosen especially for his non-Detroit residency). “One cannot sit here in America and say Citigroup is more important than any one of the Big Three, let alone all of them together.” On the bright side, the funds directed Citi’s way have played straight into the hands of MSM class warriors like MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, who see Congress’ reluctance to spread the national debt to Detroit as a classic triumph of evil champagne-swilling bankers over Bud-drinking blue collar builders. Paper shufflers vs. honest folk who make “stuff.” The meme is picking-up a head of [non-hybrid] steam– despite the fact that the banking system IS more important than Detroit’s stuff makers, and two wrongs don’t make a right, and where do you draw the line and who do you think you’re foolin’ (I got the presidential seal)? Never mind. Hubris will get you every time. Bank on it.