Economics and Investing:

Monday, Feb 16, 2009

Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner's planned "Son of TARP", also dubbed "TARP 2.0" bank bailout is rumored to be more than twice as expensive as the first round that was enacted in late Aught Eight. This is more evidence that the Mother of All Bailouts (MOAB) has no limits, and will not end until the the taxpayers are on the hook for decades of substantially higher taxes and not before the value of the Dollar is reduced to near fire-kindling status.

Thanks to Brandon S. for these two items that he spotted in the Alabama media: "Here is what happens when counties make poor financial decisions. Special Masters Recommend Non-User Fees to Pay Off Sewer Debt, and County commissioners [in a bankrupt county] fear for their safety and ask for off duty police officers to watch over them."

JHB sent this: [US] Federal obligations exceed world GDP: Does $65.5 trillion terrify anyone yet?

G.G. sent us this one from The Financial Times: Eurozone slump worst in 50 years

From D.D.: Ruined financiers committing desperate acts

Items from The Economatrix:

What The Stimulus Bill Means to Us Here is a quote: "For the average Joe Citizen, it doesn't look good: $13 per weekly paycheck (if you have a job) and tax breaks that appear to be for those who still have money for cars, houses and education. There's a few extra dollars for food stamps, some Medicaid prop-up, some jobs...amazingly ineffective and not likely to ease the situation. Whoever said "anything is better than nothing" is totally wrong in this case, considering the bill the taxpayers will end up with." JWR Adds: Lest anyone deceive themselves, any transfer of wealth orchestrated by government requires both a recipient and an individual who's earnings are being expropriated. (See today's Quote of the Day, from Kenneth W. Sollitt.) The money can't come out of thin air. and when you consider the inherent inefficiency of government, this is even more of an insult than direct theft. At least when a robber sticks you up at gunpoint, there is the assurance that Mr. Badguy gets all the money that you are handing over. But when the government gets involved in the "fairness" racket, only about 50% of the tax funds reach the intended recipients. The rest is consumed in overhead.

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S&P Heads to First Ever Quarterly of Negative Earnings

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Chrysler in a Crunch

Some Banks May End Up Nationalized, Analysts Say

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