Archive for March, 2009

The True Cost of Government Bailouts

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

The main justification for all the government bailouts seems to be that the economy cannot survive without them and, that if properly handled, the desired result can be achieved with minimal if any cost to the taxpayer.
The Example of the Resolution Trust Corporation (RTC)
Many use the Resolution Trust Corporation as an example and reference that, [...]

Bankruptcy Before Government Bailouts

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

There has been tremendous anger over government money being used to pay bonuses to executives in many of the companies receiving government bailouts. We saw this recently in the cases of American International Group (AIG) and Merrill Lynch. The amounts become massively larger when you consider creditors, such as the Credit Default Swap counter-parties in the [...]

The AIG Bonuses: FreePassers Gone Wild!

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

I have noted before that the FreePasser epidemic has permeated every aspect of our society. However, the recent disclosures of the use of government bailout money for bonuses at American International Group (AIG) astound even me. It turns out that the taxpayer bailout money was used to pay bonuses of about $450 million to a [...]

A Solution to the Financial Crisis: Require Insurance Before the Bailouts

Sunday, March 15th, 2009

There is a passionate discussion going on about the government bailout and its costs. Some say that there should be no bailout, and that the the taxpayer is being unfairly stuck with the cost. Some believe that the financial system should be allowed to operate without interference - that, ultimately, the free market will prevail. On the other [...]