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Strategic behavior: NOW NOW NOW was a complete scam, according to secret Treasury conference call with analysts

Naked Capitalism listened to the call on TARP* and took notes on what the Treasury guys were saying:

1. The tranching is a mere formality, and the Treasury boys as much as said so. They could take the $700 billion max as soon as the bill has passed,

2. However, they do not plan any action immediately, will wait a couple of weeks. They want to focus their efforts on stronger companies but also made noise about protecting the financial system. ...

Later:

1) If even the Treasury is saying tranching is a formality, then it really is nothing. Not sure why Dems fought so hard for a fig leaf.

2) Waiting a couple of weeks because no one has any idea when or where the next bomb will blow up. In other words, all their doomsday scenarios about Black Monday were B.S. They screamed the check had to be written by Monday, but now they're saying they actually have a few weeks before they need to cash it. Plus, this will allow them to "seek guidance" from GS, JPM, and other selfless public servants about where the money should be funneled.

Strategic behavior.....

NOTE * The correct expansion of the acronym, despite Krugman's whimsy, is Taxpayer Anal Rape Program.

NOTE Hat tip, tnjen.

UPDATE There's probably much worse stuff in there that somebody who actually understands money could find. Readers?

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