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Geithner "Burned Billions," Shafted Taxpayers on CIT Loan

November 4th, 2009 at 02:53 am

"William Black, professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law is dumbfounded. 'We put ourselves on the hook in a completely inept way where we lose first. We lose entirely as the taxpayers.'

Black, a former top federal banking regulator, blames Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner for negotiating such a bad deal on behalf of the American public.

His argument goes as follows:

The government was in no way obligated to lend the struggling CIT money and, in fact, initially refused to provide it bailout funds. More importantly, being the lender of last resort, the government should have guaranteed we'd be the first to get paid if CIT eventually filed Chapter 11. By failing to do so, 'it's like he [Geithner] burned billions of dollars again in government money, our money, gratuitously,' says Black."

http://finance.yahoo.com/tech-ticker/article/364593/Geithner...

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