Metro State economist Mohammed Akacem adds his voice to those who oppose the bailout in today’s Rocky Mountain News:
… Supporters of the bailout warn us against the systemic risk involved if we do not do anything. Well, of course there is financial pain involved, but we need to decide whom we want to feel the pain. Should those who were responsible for causing this debacle — whether banks or unwise borrowers — pay for this? Or should the innocent taxpayer who had nothing to do with it in the first place pay for it?
Just as the supporters of the bailout warned us about what could happen if we did not go along in order to scare us into submission, it is time to warn them about what could happen if we do. Rewarding risky behavior simply invites more of it. It is called moral hazard. If we decide to remain hostage to the too-big-to-fail doctrine and succumb to the fearmongering that goes along with it, we might as well say goodbye to the market economy as we know it. …
Paul Hsieh also quotes some good commentary opposing the bailout. And the Ayn Rand Center has put up a web page devoted to the matter.
For a couple of more humorous takes on the mess, see recent posts by Diana and Paul. In fact, the last post is so funny — so painfully funny — that I’ll repost it below:
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SO THAT WE MAY TRANSFER YOUR COMMISSION FOR THIS TRANSACTION. AFTER I RECEIVE THAT INFORMATION, I WILL RESPOND WITH DETAILED INFORMATION ABOUT SAFEGUARDS THAT WILL BE USED TO PROTECT THE FUNDS.
YOURS FAITHFULLY MINISTER OF TREASURY PAULSON