CNN/Money: New Subprime Bailout on the Table
It appears that Senator Chris Dodd has thrown out an idea to form some sort of government-sponsored entity whose purpose would be to purchase "... mortgage securities that are backed by at-risk, subprime loans from lenders and investors."
Excellent idea! Spend taxpayer money on high-risk, high-default investment vehicles that NOBODY ELSE in the world will touch. Brilliant.
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And our elected officials are never wrong about programs that will "eventually pay for themselves," right?
"You're going to have some people going into default to get into the government program. That's part of the cost you have to reckon with," he said.
Oh well. It all seems pretty clear to me at this point: Taxpayers and savers are gonna get to foot the bill for this mortgage mess ... one way or another.
Say it with me again, kids:
Privatize the profits; socialize the risks.