Hank Paul, empowered by George Bush and Nancy Pelosi, now present: The Credit Card Bailout.
What is disturbing about our President, and our even worse Congress, is that we are throwing good money after bad in a way that is not only wasteful, but also foolish.
The purpose of the credit card bailout is obviously to increase spending. The credit card bailout does so by socializing the losses that individuals and banks have taken because people bought things they could not afford, while allowing the individuals to keep those toys and the bansk to keep collecting interest payments.
Without the credit card bailout, less bad offers would be made, and more people would forced into bankruptcy by institutions desperate to get whatver cash back is possible, as soon as possible.
However, instead of rewarding bad behavior, this money can be spent on ways that will help our country and our world.
For instance, while the government maintains a large fleet of flex-fuel vehicle, 92% of them consume pure gasoline because they are too far from E85 stations. We could spend money to subsidize nearbye stations putting in E85 pumps, which would immediately create work and then reduce the flow of capital from us to petro-states.
Instead, we do a credit card bailout.
We subsidize men like Hugo Chavez, who recently threatened to send in the tanks if a friend lost an election, in order to bailout credit cards.
The financial crisis is an opportunity: money will have to be spent to limit the pain, and this money can be invested in mediating the destructive influence of oil and natural gas. However, the same forces make alternative energy sources (ethanol, wind, etc) less attractive in the short term.
The Democrats may be ready to do their part.
Unfortunately, with Bush we get more of the same: a credit card bailout.
Update: While I was writing this, the fed announced a $500 billion plan to bailout bad mortgage-backed securities. The quicker we can get the Bush financial team out of office, the better.