How Wall Street Can Bail Itself out without Destroying the Dollar by Thom Hartmann
Instead of a taxpayer funded bailout, Thom Hartmann suggests taxing the people who created the mess in a way that will promote investment as opposed to speculation. What do you think? Let your Representative know: votesmart.org
For Grover "Drown Government in the Bathtub" Norquist, this bailout deal will work out very well. At a proposed cost of $4,780 per taxpayer, it'll further the David Stockman strategy of so indebting us that the next president won't have the luxury of even thinking of new social spending (expanding health care, social security, education, infrastructure, etc.); taxes will even have to be raised just to pay for the bailout. It'll debase our currency, driving up commodity prices and interest rates, which will benefit the Investor Class while further impoverishing the pesky Middle Class, rendering them less prone to protest (because they're so busy working trying to pay off their debt). It'll create stagflation for at least the next half decade, which can be blamed on Democrats who currently control Congress and, should Obama be elected, be blamed on him.
But there's another way: Create an agency to fund the bailout, loan that agency the money from the Treasury, and then have that agency tax Wall Street to pay us (the Treasury) back.
It's been done before, and has several benefits.
Also see this related article by George Washington on an alternative Republican proposal: