"What we're seeing right now is a correction toward the appropriate valuation of the collected assets. By ignoring the reason for this correction, were simply prolonging the correction," Delavar said.
The first draft of Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson's bill (see regional and party break downs of the vote here) included a few deliberately bad provisions like not capping CEO pay or blanket immunity for Paulson, Delavar said. Those became distractions.
"That was not the 800-pound gorilla in the room. Congress does not have the authority or the wisdom to indebt American families, workers and children," he said, opposing any purchase of bad securities.
He argued it was the federal policy of "easy money" and low interest rates that led to over-lending, and raising federal interest rates would encourage banks to do the same for customers. That would mean more money was left in bank accounts, easing the credit crunch, he said.
You can read Baird's view of events here. In a nutshell, he felt better after helping to add a provision that ensured taxpayers would share in any profits of bailed-out firms, or impose fees on the financial system to make up any losses: