James Saft Great Debate – James Saft is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own –

The U.S. faces a lengthening series of request from industries and interests seeking shelter under the Troubled Asset Relief Program, most of which it should dismiss out of hand.

YRC Worldwide, a large trucking company, told the Wall Street Journal it will seek $1 billion in TARP funds to help relive it of its pension obligations.

YRC said that about half of the $2 billion it will owe in pension payments over the next four years covers the costs of retirees who worked not for it but for other companies, now vanished, that are part of a multi-employer pension plan.

That’s certainly an irony but doesn’t seem to be the basis for a claim on the public purse.