How to improve the Geithner plan

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And this is even better: thanks to the power of public-private partnership, the tox... er, legacy assets will be finally removed by the balance sheets of their current holders - to be bought by, wait for this... bailed-out banks! (Which, I guess, in turn will sell them to some other banks leveraging with MORE non-recourse loans guaranteed by taxpayer's money, and so on ad libitum...):

(Reuters) – U.S. banks that have received government aid, including Citigroup Inc, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and JPMorgan Chase & Co, are considering buying toxic assets to be sold by rivals under the Treasury's $1,000 billion plan to revive the financial system, the Financial Times said.

Citigroup was considering whether to take part in the plan as a seller, buyer or manager of the assets, but no decision had yet been taken, the paper said, citing people close to the company.

Goldman and Morgan Stanley have pledged to increase investments in distressed assets, the paper said.

This week, John Mack, Morgan Stanley's chief executive, told staff the bank was considering how to become "one of the firms that can buy these assets and package them where your clients will have access to them," according to the paper.

Spencer Bachus, the top Republican on the House financial services committee, told the paper that he would introduce legislation to stop financial institutions "gaming the system to reap taxpayer-subsidized windfalls."

Bachus added it would mark "a new level of absurdity" if financial institutions were "colluding to swap assets at inflated prices using taxpayers' dollars," according to the paper.

Citigroup, JPMorgan and Goldman declined to comment to the paper.