Bailout brawl

American Prospect founder Robert Kuttner and economist J.D. Foster debate election-year economics and Washington's response to the current financial crisis.

  • Whither President Bush?
    Whither President Bush?

    Robert Kuttner says Bush was out of his depth on the credit crisis. J.D. Foster responds that Bush properly sought to raise public awareness while not meddling in the details of the rescue.

  • Do election politics poison bailout negotiations?
    Do election politics poison bailout negotiations?

    Robert Kuttner says the election has exposed the right's failed economic policies. J.D. Foster says that in the worst possible political environment, government has done its job.

  • McCain or Obama: Who's best for the economy?
    McCain or Obama: Who's best for the economy?

    J.D. Foster says Barack Obama wants too much government control, whereas John McCain focuses on economic growth. Robert Kuttner says the financial crisis ought to be the nail in the coffin for deregulation.

  • How bad is our economy?
    How bad is our economy?

    Robert Kuttner says the failed bailout bill would have helped the wrong people. J.D. Foster says the U.S. faces a fiscal crisis far greater than Wall Street's current malaise.

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