Rep. Barney Frank: "$25b Not Enough"
Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee Barney Frank (D-MA) spoke with NPR earlier today, and within a single question the bailout’s biggest backer was already undercutting his $25b pet project. “We don’t think it would be enough,” admits Frank, “If, on March 31, the president does not believe that this is going to get them the viability with energy efficiency cars, they have to repay the loan; they get no more money. If they can show by March 31 a plausible way to go forward, then we would consider giving more money, again, under equally stringent conditions.” NPR’s Steve Inskeep spends the rest of the interview trying to get Frank to make some sense… in vain. The best Frank ever offers is the cold comfort that his bailout plan is not as bad as the AIG bailout or the Iraq War. So, the bar’s clearly set pretty high.
Barney Frank knows a lot about helping prostitutes sort out their business plans... but helping the auto industry? not so much.
I'd be royally pissed if I was one of Barney's constituents. This man has no moral center. He's taking from those that run businesses well and giving to the incompetents. Unless you diectly represent the auto workers that will be impacted by layoffs, I don't see how you can make a cohesive argument for a bailout of companies that refused to bail themselves out of this mess. Esp, when it's the taxpayers you supposedly represent that will foot the bill.
The U.S. government is nothing more than a well-organized extortion scam, backed up by men in suits with badges, sidearms, and a tax court.