Kapitolium i Washington
Kongressen har alltså jämkat senatens och representanthusets versioner av det ekonomiska stimulanspaketet på 24 timmar, rekordsnabbt och Obama väntas nu skriva under redan i morgon eller lördag.
Men frågorna hopar sig om vad paketet verkligen innebär och i vilken mån det kommer att hjälpa miljoner amerikanska villägare att kunna behålla sina hem.
Såhär skriver New York Times i en ledare: The Bailout’s Next Chapter
Mr. Geithner offered no sense that bank rescues would be linked in a meaningful way with foreclosure relief. He pledged to use $50 billion to stanch foreclosures “in the coming weeks.” With nearly 10,000 families facing foreclosure each day, that could well fall short.
The disconnected foreclosure aid is all the more disappointing coming a day after President Obama spoke at a town-hall meeting in Indiana and said that he supported allowing bankrupt homeowners to work out their mortgages under court protection, but at some later date. After more than a year of rising defaults and inexorable house-price declines, such relief is as central as direct aid to stabilizing the banks. The further house prices fall, the higher the default rate on banks’ mortgage-backed assets.
John Nichols skriver om paketet i den progressiva The Nation A Better Deal, But Not a New ‘New Deal’
Still, the new $789 billion measure is a disappointing proposal compared with the with the $819 billion House plan.
The price tags are not the issue.
It all comes down to what the money is spent on.
This remains a compromise agreement that is packed with ill-considered Republican tax schemes.
The latest variation on the stimulus — which most Americans imagine as a job-creation measure — includes just $150 billion in spending for infrastructure projects, including transportation initiatives.
That’s less than one-fifth of the overall package.
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