Twenty Three Trillion

Just roll that puppy around your tongue for awhile. Remember how people laughed at Dr. Evil for thinking a million dollars was a lot?

Well now the Inspector General for TARP has tallied the potential cost for all these bailouts of Dubya and Barack

A series of bailouts, bank rescues and other economic lifelines could end up costing the federal government as much as $23 trillion, the U.S. government’s watchdog over the effort says – a staggering amount that is nearly double the nation’s entire economic output for a year.

If the feds end up spending that amount, it could be more than the federal government has spent on any single effort in American history.

For the government to be on the hook for the total amount, worst-case scenarios would have to come to pass in a variety of federal programs, which is unlikely, says Neil Barofsky, the special inspector general for the government’s financial bailout programs, in testimony prepared for delivery to the House oversight committee Tuesday.

This TARP is looking more and more like a funeral shroud for our economy.

2 Responses to “Twenty Three Trillion

  1. JeffS says:

    Funeral shroud? More like an anchor tied to the economy’s neck.

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