FROM Doug Elliott
The Obama Financial Bailout: Change or More of the Same? Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner's speech on economic recovery was delayed for a day so President Obama could build support for the stimulus plan . Today, Geithner got what Obama promised would be his “day in the sun.” Conceding that Americans have “lost faith” in government bailouts, he proposed a package worth one and a half trillion dollars of combined taxpayer and private money
Treasury Secretary Unveils Financial Bailout, Obama-style Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner's speech on economic recovery was delayed for a day so President Obama could build support for the stimulus plan. Today, Geithner got what Obama promised would be his “day in the sun.” Conceding that Americans have “lost faith” in government bailouts, he proposed a package worth $1.5 trillion of combined taxpayer and private money to avoid what he called “complete collapse of our financial system.” Conceding that's a big number, especially when Americans have “lost faith” in government action, he promised accountability and transparency, acknowledging "that the cost of a complete collapse of our financial system would be incalculable for families, for businesses and for our nation.” We look at his much-anticipated plan and see what it means for banks, businesses, homeowners and taxpayers.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
Janesville and the American Dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn’t prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. On this Memorial Day rebroadcast of To the Point, we hear what’s happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.