Tuesday, March 24, 2009

More Getting It Wrong

Of course Wall Street loves the latest financial recovery plan. If you had something that was worth probably thirty cents and the government offered a chance to sell it for sixty cents, wouldn't you love that idea? If the government offered you a loan that you only had to repay if you made a profit on it, would you not take it in a heartbeat?

The real joy, though, is that this assures Wall Street that the Administration is going to make no fundamental rearrangement of the financial power structure; it's going to try to repair the existing one, not attempt to create a new one. That means that, at least for now, those who have held the reins will continue to hold them.

It also means that the stock traders who made a fortune getting us into this mess get to make another fortune getting us, supposedly, out of it. So buy, buy, buy.

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