Wednesday, September 17, 2008

If Our Government Were Your Doctor, You'd Be On Life Support 

The Republicans have managed the economy and Wall Street like a doctor giving a diabetic a Coca-Cola I.V. We are in deep trouble. Do you really want this to continue? Let's put the grownups back in charge. One more thing: can you IMAGINE what it would be like if we had allowed Bush and the Republicans to put Social Security in the Stock Market, as McCain wants to do?--Editor


Wall Street plunged again in a crisis of confidence Wednesday as anxieties about the financial system still ran high after the government's bailout of insurer American International Group Inc. The Dow Jones industrial average dropped about 450 points, and investors seeking the safety of hard assets and government debt sent gold, oil and short-term Treasurys soaring.

The market was more unnerved than comforted by news that the Federal Reserve is giving a two-year, $85 billion loan to AIG in exchange for a nearly 80 percent stake in the company, which lost billions in the risky business of insuring against bond defaults. Wall Street had feared that the conglomerate, which has its tentacles in various financial services industries around the world, would follow the investment bank Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. into bankruptcy. The ramifications of the world's largest insurer going under likely would have far surpassed the demise of Lehman.

"People are scared to death," said Bill Stone, chief investment strategist for PNC Wealth Management. "Who would have imagined that AIG would have gotten into this position?"

He said the fear gripping the markets reflects investors' concerns that AIG wasn't able to find a lifeline in the private sector and that Wall Street is now fretting about what other institutions could falter. Over the past year, companies including Lehman and AIG have sought to reassure investors that they weren't in trouble, and now the market isn't sure who can and can't be trusted.

"No one's going to be believing anybody now because AIG said they were OK along with everybody else," Stone said.

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