Not everyone a fan of the ‘Paulson plan’ to mop up toxic debt

September 19, 2008

Wall Street’s cheering the Paulson Plan – a multi-billion-dollar taxpayer-funded effort to contain the credit market crisis. But a backdraft is underway in the blogosphere. Strategist-blogger Barry Ritholtz lays it out here in The Big Picture:

We now see that the grand experiment of deregulation has ended, and ended badly. The deregulation movement is now an historical footnote, just another interest group, and once in power they turned into socialists.

paulson2.JPGComments rolling into Calculated Risk are uniformly negative, with the two presidential candidates coming in for some scorn for supporting the asset relief plan.

A temporary ban on short-selling from the SEC is drawing some arrows as well from Zac Bissonnette in BloggingStocks:

It’s clear why the SEC is now banning it: this isn’t about leveling the playing field or making the market more fair or efficient. This about the SEC using its power to manipulate the market upward.

Some close to the Street were critical of the ramifications too. “Wall Street has discovered a great business where the upside is potentially unlimited, but the downside is ultimately put on the taxpayers’ tab,” Cary Leahey, economist and managing director of Decision Economics told Reuters.


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Im from the UK, its the same over here. No matter how much the Directors and VP’s screw up they always walk away scot-free and with their bonuses and pensions intact, everytime. They should have all assets stripped and be prosecuted. It is said that Government leaders do not like to prosecute corporate heads for financial mismanagement because should the Government in turn mismanage the economy then they should be liable for prosecution, rather like one state arresting world leaders for genocide/war crimes, as soon as one country starts it it becomes a free for all, which is why none of them dare prosecute each other.

Posted by chris | Report as abusive

This plan can work. I believe that over the next 3 to 5 years, taxpayers will be handsomely rewarded for saving the financial system. My guess is – all in – the taxpayers will have gained $100 to $200 billion from this bailout; which is clearly against the conventional wisdom prevailing in the media. But a bet against the short to medium-term viability of the US economy is a sucker’s bet. At least until China takes over the world in 30 to 50 years. See more analsyis at ml

ANYONE..what is this thing pricing out at TODAY… as it seems to be growing each hour…$700 BIL to $1 Tril.. or what. and what is included.. $85 Bil, Fred-fan $200 or $??? bailout, banks bailouts, FDIC bailouts. WHAT IS THE COST OF THIS THING NOW..and what is the COST TO INCLUDE INTEREST on Debt etc.. DOES ANYONE KNOW?????? And our congress is “handling and considering it”.. God help the late great usa! HOW MUCH IS IT today?

Posted by chuck Nashville TN | Report as abusive

The US taxpayer has for years benefited from the great bubble.Now let them pick up the bill.

Posted by roger | Report as abusive

I agree that CONSUMERS, not TAXPAYERS are also responsible here. The bottom line from this standpoint is that it does not pay to be prudent or financially responsible. Period. The corporations that are getting bailed out are having consequences removed from them of their reckless business practices.
From a taxpayer perspective, the irresponsible and financially illiterate and greedy CONSUMERS of this and other nations have now run up the bill for EVERYONE, all TAXPAYERS (they are not necessarily the same).

Bottom line, it apparently is the best thing to follow the crowd and throw intelligent and conservative management of finances and integrity to the wind, you will end up paying for it either way.

Welcome to the new Moral Hazard, socialist society.

Posted by Brandon | Report as abusive

Now when did we hear this one before…
Urging speed, President Bush said the world was watching to see if “we can act quickly to shore up our markets”.

I think it had something to do with “mushroom cloud, WMD’s and “we must act now” etc.. and of course the caveat of “trust me”.. note.. not oddly.. Iraq will,perhaps (if we ever got accurate accounting nrs) cost perhaps a bit less in dollars.. but since neither seems to be able to be cost’d out. lets just say “what the hey, another $700 BIl here and there and there the man said..then and says now..

Urging speed, President Bush said the world was watching to see if “we can act quickly to shore up our markets” Or “authorized use of force”.

And who says history does not repeat.. so why learn it?

Posted by chuck | Report as abusive

WOW again and again when will this all end, not in our life time folks.
it’s suppose to be a free market,and the rich have finally
screwed everyone where can they go from here
oh yea, get 700 billion from the goverment…..! and the bad part is they are thinking of buying it….

Posted by Brian Cornwall | Report as abusive

I just wonder? who are the people telling us this needs to be done? 700 billion bailout
I really don’t know anyone that will lose big money.!
the stocks will fall and you will be able to buy them cheaper, then a few years down the road they will be worth alot more..

Posted by Brian Cornwall | Report as abusive