Friday, December 19, 2008

Bob Murphy Is Going to Flip

On Wednesday, Bob Murphy wrote at his blog:

Paulson Flips Again On Whether He Needs the Remaining $350 Billion In TARP

Now I didn't specify in the title of this post whether it means Paulson wants the money or not; do you remember? I know it's a tough question since I think Paulson has literally flipped twice in the past two weeks. But as of right now, Paulson claims he doesn't need to tap into the other half of the TARP. Now what would be funny is if he comes back and says, "Yeah, of course I want to spend another $350 billion. But I meant I wouldn't be spending it on troubled asset relief."

Guess what?

Paulson, in his statement on the automotive bailout, flips again and says he needs the remaining $350 billion of TARP funds for "financial market stability":

As a result of this decision [to bailout the auto industry], Treasury effectively has allocated the first $350 billion from the TARP...In the very short-term, the allocated but not yet disbursed TARP balances, in conjunction with the powers of the Federal Reserve and the FDIC, give me confidence that we have the necessary resources to address a significant financial market event. It is clear, however, that Congress will need to release the remainder of the TARP to support financial market stability. I will discuss that process with the congressional leadership and the President-elect's transition team in the near future.
I think Murph has Paulson figured out.

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