HT to Gregory Mankiw.Update: I repeat a news update from the NYT:
Rescue Plan Seeks $700 Billion to Buy Bad Mortgages
The Bush administration is asking Congress to let the government buy $700 billion in troubled mortgages, according to a draft of the plan. The proposal would raise the statutory limit on the national debt to $11.3 trillion from $10.6 trillion.
A quote from this report by Republican Senator Jim Bunning of Kentucky: “The free market for all intents and purposes is dead in America. The action proposed today by the Treasury Department will take away the free market and institute socialism in America. The American taxpayer has been misled throughout this economic crisis. The government on all fronts has failed the American people miserably.”