Global Research, April 3, 2008
Bear Stearns Rescue Backed Amid Concerns
Thursday April 3, 10:21 pm ET
By Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer
Bernanke, Bush Admin. Defend Decision to Rescue Bear Stearns Amid Questions by Lawmakers
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and the Bush administration on Thursday defended the decision to rescue Bear Stearns amid questions by lawmakers about why the government was helping Wall Street investment houses but not people on Main Street.
Bernanke and Treasury Department Undersecretary Robert Steel said that the consequences to the U.S. economy and financial system would have been far more serious had the government allowed the nation’s fifth largest investment house to go bankrupt.
“Given the exceptional pressures on the global economy and financial system, the damage caused by a default by Bear Stearns could have been severe and extremely difficult to contain,” Bernanke told the Senate Banking Committee.
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