Paulson Changing TARP Program for the FIFTH TIME

Paulson is changing the purpose and scope of the TARP bailout program for the fifth time.

The New York Times discusses versions 1 through 3:

“First [Paulson’s Treasury Department] says it has to have $700 billion to buy back toxic mortgage-backed securities. Then, as Mr. Paulson divulged to The Times this week, it turns out that even before the bill passed the House, he told his staff to start drawing up a plan for capital injections. [Version 2] Fearing Congress’s reaction, he didn’t tell the Hill about his change of heart.

Now, he’s shifted gears again, and is directing Treasury to use the money to force bank acquisitions. [Version 3]”

Then, Paulson said he’d leave half of the $700 billion TARP bailout funds unused, for Obama to control. That’s number 4.

Now, Paulson is changing his mind again, saying he wants to use the remaining $350 in bailout funds in connection with consumer asset-backed securities.

Paulson – who is acting like a dictator, and not taking input from anyone – is riling the economy with his constant changes as much as anything else.

No wonder Steve Forbes has called him the worst Treasury Secretary in modern times.

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05007812407240946419 c

    This is really sickening to see happen in our country, but the American people continue to listen intently to the sorry excuses given by our elected officials – now, more than ever, it does not surprise me at all that these politicians are much too ignorant to ask for a new investigation into 911… these guys just gave away $700B and hoped for the best without fixing the problem.We have a lot of work to do before we can even start a conversation about change.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07420822342305519724 Johneboy

    president bush and president elect obama pushed for it; congress approved it against the will of we the people; and now paulson is basking in the glow of self glorification. is it too soon or too pessimistic to say that were just about done as the good ‘ol USA?

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