By REP. MIKE PENCE
The American people are tired of the borrowing, spending and bailouts that have been advanced by the administrations of both political parties. It’s time to end the era of bailouts and reaffirm our belief that the freedom to succeed must include the freedom to fail.
Unfortunately, under the guise of financial services reform, congressional Democrats are trying to pass a permanent bailout bill for the financial services industry, ensuring that American taxpayers would be on the hook to bail out reckless Wall Street firms well into the future. Despite claims to the contrary, even some Democrats admit that it would be a permanent bailout.
Don’t just take my word for it. California Congressman Brad Sherman, a senior member of the House Financial Services Committee, told Politico recently that the financial reform bill proposed by Senate Democrat Chris Dodd “has unlimited executive bailout authority. . .. The bill contains permanent, bailout authority.”
Specifically, the Senate bill provides for a $50 billion resolution fund, created with taxes on financial institutions. Consumers, including families, small businesses and family farms, would pay that $50 billion through higher costs for credit products. Then, regulators would be able to use this fund to pay off the creditors of those failing firms, similar to the backdoor bailout of Goldman Sachs with money the Fed gave to AIG.