When I wrote the first installment of BailoutWatch this January, I intended to post occasional updates to keep readers apprised of the ongoing housing bailout efforts. Well, the truth is that I haven’t even been able to keep up.
That column wasn’t even the first on the subject — it had followed hot on the heels of this one. Since the January post, the bailout attempts have been coming fast and furious. They’ve also been getting progressively more irresponsible and transparent in their attempts to reward the very institutions that enabled the housing bubble in the first place.
Let’s go through a selection of recent bailout-related developments.