Do you have bad credit? Get a job, say the corporate bosses! Do you want a job? You can’t have one, because you have bad credit, say the corporate bosses!
It’s as if the bailout money was taken to support the wealth of a very small number of people who already had plenty of money to spend, instead of being used to help the overall system upon which most Americans depend. Yes, I’m getting a very as if feeling about this bailout.
I think that there’s a good argument to be made for the idea that, although the current financial crisis is founded broadly upon problems in credit markets, that the economic stress that provoked the breakdown in credit markets was the rapid inflation in gasoline and other oil-based energy products.