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I lean a little to the left myself, but the idea of the fed bailing out private companies reaches a little too far for me. check out this link to an article in New York magazine about Goldman Sachs and AIG. it will blow your mind.
its a long one but ill try and give you the spark notes version:
Hank Paulson, former Goldman Chairman/CEO, was the treasury secretary in charge of the stimulus funds and bailouts. he decided to direct $85,000,000,000 to AIG so it would not collapse. he also decided to not bailout out Lehman Brothers and Bear Stearns, Goldman Sach's biggest competitors. why did he direct all that money to AIG? because Goldman (AIG's largest client) purchased over $20,000,000,000 in financial instruments to hedge its bets against the commercial real esatate market that it would of lost had AIG collapsed. Goldman Sachs received $13,000,000,000 of the bailout funds given to AIG and it received another $10,000,000,000 directly from the fed. and turned it into a $5,000,000,000 profit. thats crazy.
sorry......not trying to threadjack the OP but i figured whoever is reading the original thread might find this interesting too.