It's no surprise that U.S. automakers are in trouble. Facing massive costs for health insurance, falling demand for mainstay products like trucks and SUVs, and skittish consumers worried about the economy, the Big Three face an uncertain future.
On October 28, as the Treasury Department announced a series of steps to begin delivering infusions of a $250 billion government bank-recapitalization plan, White House spokeswoman Dana Perino used carrot-and-stick language to convince the nation’s banks to lend more money.
In its latest desperate move to head off the inevitable recession, the Federal Reserve announced Tuesday the creation of another new facility, the Money Market Investor Funding Facility, which will provide up to $540 billion dollars in new funds to back the purchase of short-term debt from money market mutual funds. Much of the debt, all of which will expire in three months or less, will consist of CDs and commercial paper.
In what is unabashedly being called a "partial nationalization" of the U.S. banking industry, the Bush administration announced Tuesday morning that the federal government will be purchasing $250 billion worth of preferred stocks in all of the nation's nine largest banks. Ostensibly to avoid any appearance of bias, healthy and ailing institutions alike are being forced to submit to the program, the first of what will surely be a train of dictatorial moves by Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, who has been granted unconstitutional plenary authority over the entire financial sector as a result of the recent bailout bill.
Triple-digit losses on the Dow are becoming a commonplace, but there are now ominous signs that the financial crisis of 2008 is entering a new and possibly more devastating phase. Thursday, October 9, saw the Dow plummet another 670 points, well below 9000 to a new five-year low. The latest catalyst for market decline is the likelihood that GM and possibly other automakers may soon be facing bankruptcy.
As the financial crisis continues, the Bush administration, led by Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, is moving ahead to enact the unconstitutional and socialistic measures contained in the recently passed and misleadingly nicknamed "bailout bill" — misleading not because it's not a bailout, but because it's much more than that.
"Madame Speaker, only in Washington could a bill demonstrably worse than its predecessor be brought back for another vote and actually expect to gain votes," Congressman Ron Paul lamented on the floor of the House on Friday, October 3, the day the gargantuan financial bailout package was passed by the House, completing congressional action.
In a stunning defeat to the financial powers that be, the U.S. House of Representatives rejected the proposed $700 billion dollar bailout bill in the teeth of formidable media and political pressure. Only such a bailout, President Bush, Treasury Secretary Paulson, and Fed Chairman Bernanke have been insisting for more than a week, can possibly save the United States from an economic apocalypse — never mind that this massive spending bill was cobbled together in haste, in secret, and with little notion of how much taxpayer money might ultimately be required to buy up unknown amounts of bad mortgage-based assets.