Monday, April 20, 2009

I am altering the deal

Pray I don't alter it any further.

In a significant shift, White House and Treasury Department officials now say they can stretch what is left of the $700 billion financial bailout fund farther than they had expected a few months ago, simply by converting the government’s existing loans to the nation’s 19 biggest banks into common stock.

Converting those loans to common shares would turn the federal aid into available capital for a bank — and give the government a large ownership stake in return.

I have no idea if this is a good thing, a bad deal or people with good intentions doing the best they can. 

I do know that unintended consequences are a bitch.

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