Ex-governor writes his first column for Slate.com


  Former Gov. Eliot Spitzer, who resigned in March amid revelations he had purchased the services of prostitutes, debuts his first financial column today on Slate.com. “Too Big Not To Fail: We need to stop using the bailout to rebuild gigantic financial institutions,” reads the headline on the 1,100-word column.

   Spitzer’s name is referenced in 166 other entries on Slate.com, none of them written by him. Those headlines include “Spitzenfreude,” “Tainted Gov,” “B.S. Eliot,” and “Did the Press Service Spitzer?”

   Spitzer sticks to the economy in his column, which is No. 1 on the site’s “Most Read” and “Most E-mailed” lists. The bailouts “may merely perpetuate a fundamentally flawed status quo,” he writes. “So far, at least, we are simply rebuilding the same edifice that just collapsed.”

   He goes on to say that a better approach “would focus not just on rescuing pre-existing financial institutions but, instead, on creating a structure for more contained and competitive ones.”

   The country would be better off returning to “an era of vibrant competition among multiple, smaller entities — none so essential to the entire structure that it is indispensible,” he writes.

   The trillions of dollars being spent to rescue the institutions might have otherwise been available to educate the next generation, fund research and development efforts, restructure the “bloated” health-care sector, or build infrastructure, according to Spitzer.


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  1. Zyskandar A. Jaimot on

    E – L – I – O – T, E – L – I – O -T still hoping to get the BAILOUT for ‘illegal driving vote’ eh??? E – L – I – O – T the true perv amongst us – but using our tax monies to pay for his PROS-tee-TOOTEEZE!!! GO AHEAD E – L – I – O – T tell us how to handle ‘hand-outs’ to boost the echonotrickxs and be more competitive to even more of your ahem mistresses!!! Ha.