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Wilbur Ross' $1 Billion Bailout Plan

Thursday, 2 Oct 2008 | 11:39 AM ET

Wilbur Ross is concerned about "wacky" bailout plan provisions. And if the House of Representatives votes down the emergency economic bill, the billionaire investor has an alternative plan — that he'd stake with his own funds.


Ross told CNBC that passing the Paulson Plan is a painful necessity.

Ross Bailout Plan
WL Ross & Company CEO Wilbur Ross is willing to put his own funds behind his version of a plan.

"But it should be renamed the 'Lobbyist Reward Bill,'" he joked. The chairman and CEO of WL Ross & Company pointed to such "wacky" provisions as:

- repealing a 39 cent excise tax on children's wooden arrows
- reducing tarriffs on importing rum from Puerto Rico

"I suppose people whose houses are being foreclosed can drink rum and watch their kids shoot bow-and-arrows," he joked grimly.

"If Congress has any doubts why the American people have lost their confidence in them, this sort of nonsense is a very good reason."

The mega-investor said he'd prefer some of the $700 billion be applied to mortgages, "but there's no linkage" being enforced: "There's no guarantee this will help the mortgage market."

Ross then offered his own ideas for a rescue plan, which could be enacted if the House fails to approve the bill in Friday's vote. He said his funds would stake as much as $1 billion in his alternative plan. (Watch Ross Interview video for details of his plan.)

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- General Electric

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- Playboy Enterprises

- Lehman Bros.

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