Don’t Forget: The Bailouts Worked (Newsweek Op-Ed)

Don’t Forget: The Bailouts Worked (Newsweek Op-Ed)

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Dow stocks came back along with banksOne year ago, after the fall of Lehman Brothers, the U.S. government made a series of massive moves to restore stability to the financial system. And it’s clear that those actions saved the American—and thus the global—economy from total collapse (and another Great Depression).

The financial system bounced back so fast that the government will likely recover almost 90 percent of the funds it committed during those months, yet the policy remains very unpopular. Why?

Governance is sometimes about practical realities. Had the financial system gone under, the American economy would have come to a standstill. It very nearly did.

(READ the Op-Ed by Fareed Zakari in Newsweek)

COMMENTS

  1. “The financial system bounced back so fast that the government will likely recover almost 90 percent of the funds it committed during those months, yet the policy remains very unpopular”

    Didn’t they also tell us the economy was fine all along? They are unpopular still because these reports don’t mean squat! Until the “likely” fund recovery becomes recovered, there words mean nothing.

    Failure is part of life….allow it…that’s how we learn and grow.