Government Bailout Hits $8.5 trillion

Kathleen Pender The San Francisco Chronicle November 26, 2008 The federal government committed an additional $800 billion to two new loan programs on Tuesday, bringing its cumulative commitment to financial rescue initiatives to a staggering $8.5 trillion, according to Bloomberg News. That sum represents almost 60 percent of the nation’s estimated gross domestic product. Given […]


Paul Krugman: “On the Edge”

February 6, 2009 Op-Ed Columnist THE NEW YORK TIMES On the Edge By PAUL KRUGMAN A not-so-funny thing happened on the way to economic recovery. Over the last two weeks, what should have been a deadly serious debate about how to save an economy in desperate straits turned, instead, into hackneyed political theater, with Republicans […]