Peter Morici: The Dow Tanks as Bank Bailout Fails to Restore Confidence
It’s official! The bank bailout has not worked.Dean Baker: The Fed Can Buy Commercial Paper Directly From Corporations: Who Knew?
Global stock prices are in a panic rush to the bottom.
The bank bailout cannot fulfill its primary mission to restore investor confidence, because it does only half the job.
The bank bailout will provide banks with much needed liquidity but it does not address the compensation and management practices on Wall Street that drove irresponsible decisions and gave rise to the crisis. It does not address the void of sound leadership at the top of major financial institutions like Citigroup and Merrill Lynch.
Remember way back to last week when it was going to be the end of the world if Congress didn't pass the bailout package? Remember the Washington Post's account in which Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson told President Bush, "there is no Plan B."Paul Krugman: The International Finance Multiplier
Well, it looks like the Fed has discovered a Plan B. It turns out that the Fed can buy commercial paper directly from non-financial corporations needing credit to maintain operations. This will keep the credit markets working even if the zombie banks aren't up to the task. In other words, the threat of a complete meltdown in the absence of a bailout was nonsense and the media once again got taken for a ride by the Bush administration.
Finally, if you think Obama is going to be any better, then you really do not understand that our system of government is actually corporatism. See opensecrets.org: