The Savings And Loan Crisis: Finally, the Bill Has Come Due

Finally, the Bill Has Come Due Bush puts forth a thrift-industry bailout plan that could cost $200 billion during the next three decades, but is it enough to solve the problem?

"You know, George, I feel that in a small way we're doing something important, satisfying a fundamental urge. It's deep in the race for a man to want his own roof and walls and fireplace. And we're helping him get these things . . ."

-- Peter Bailey to his son George in It's a Wonderful Life

In the 1946 film, George Bailey took that advice to heart and, despite the requisite dramatic difficulties, made his family's building and loan association a pillar of the community. But in real life, the outcome has been much different. America's failed savings and loans...

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