Bailouts, Buy-Ins, and Ballyhoo: Forget K Street, Save Main Street, and You Will Save Wall Street – And Paulson – As Well

Source: Robert C. Hockett, Cornell Legal Studies Research Paper No. 08-029, October 1, 2008

From the abstract:
I propose here a critical amendment to Treasury Secretary Paulson’s proposed “bailout” plan for troubled financial institutions. If we channel the plan through FHA and its recently re-federalized GSE siblings, I argue, we shall neatly avoid all objections currently raised to the plan – those sounding in unconstitutional delegation, moral hazard, and inequity alike. Rather than “rescuing Main Street by rescuing Wall Street” through new Treasury authority, in short, we should employ institutional means already at our disposal by which we shall readily “rescue Wall Street by rescuing Main Street.”

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