Do University of Louisville fans have a stake in the financial rescue legislation being considered by Congress? This observer doesnâ€™t claim to be a financial analyst, but the answer is a resounding yes â€“ for us as individuals and family members and, collectively, as a fan base.
Wall Street is us.
You, me, our kids, our kin, our friends, our employers, our co-workers, our customers, and our university.
The companies that make up the Dow Jones and Nasdaq indexes are the source of our salaries and pensions, not some disconnected hypothetical entities. Their success or failure directly impacts our paychecks, our savings, our investments and our U of L donations and ticket purchases.
Last time the observer checked, the price tags for the basketball arena construction and football stadium expansion were in the neighborhoods of $238 million and $73 million, respectively. No one connected with the projects has said anything but you can bet there are some furrowed brows at U of L as Washington debates this issue.
Yes, the money for those projects is in a bank somewhere. But thereâ€™s a huge demand for those funds. No bank has that much money just sitting around, and the FDIC only insures bank balances up to $100,000. The strain on bond-insurer, Assured Guaranty, would be enormous if everything else is failing.
Unless those funds are paid directly to the construction managers and their subcontractors, the construction companies must find somewhere to borrow the cash. Good luck finding that money for employees, equipment, seats and scoreboards if the economy is allowed to fail. Good luck finding fans to buy seats if their choice is between season tickets and putting food on the table.
All of the elements between Wall Street, Main Street and the street we live on are interconnected. Remove any of them from the equation and you get economic chaos.
The observer believes in limited government and is active in combating overreaching government on a daily basis. In this situation, however, there is no workable alternative. Socialism? Yeah, maybe, but only if your ox isnâ€™t getting gored.
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U of L Role in DC: Two U of L graduates â€“- Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) — played key roles in helping assure a bi-partisan effort that led to passage of the financial rescue package in the Senate Wednesday evening.
Senator McConnell is the Minority Leader and Senator Dodd is Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee. But it’s only half done and far from done. Now itâ€™s up to the House of Representatives where anything goes and the fate is unpredictable.