Bailout Bingo

20 November 2008 at 9:37 am 10 comments

| Peter Klein |

You’re probably familiar with Buzzword Bingo. Let’s create a version to accompany news reports, editorials, and political speeches on the financial-market and other bailouts. Keep a card with you as you read the newspaper, watch or listen to broadcast news, visit with Barney Frank, or follow the conversation at your next hoity-toity dinner party. Check off each term as you hear or read it and shout “Bingo!” when you have five in a row, vertically, horizontally, or diagonally. Here’s a sample card. Please add suggestions for additional words and phrases in the comments.

Protecting jobs Ripple effect Necessary intervention Can’t afford to
do nothing
Life blood of the economy
Corporate greed Market failure Temporary relief Decisive action Frozen markets
Nonpartisan solution Maintain competitiveness F R E E
Sit idly by Domino effect
No fault of their own Stability Public investment Congressional authority Too big to fail
Head in the sand Conservatorship Critical industry Creative solutions Public-private partnership


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10 Comments Add your own

  • 1. The Melting Pot Project  |  20 November 2008 at 10:12 am

    Bailout Bingo…

    Remember Buzzword Bingo? Well, here’s a new version made especially for the bailout:……

  • 2. jacobchristensen  |  20 November 2008 at 1:23 pm

    Strategic something-something?

    But then again, strategic is one of those magical words used in all kinds of contexts.

  • 3. Greg  |  20 November 2008 at 2:33 pm

    Regulatory oversight

  • 4. Greg  |  20 November 2008 at 2:34 pm

    Also: moral hazard, systemic risk

  • 5. Rafe  |  20 November 2008 at 5:19 pm

    extreme capitalism, market fundamentalism, maintain effective demand, show leadership, the process of healing, visionary, job creation, wooden headed laissez faire, nothing to fear but fear itself

  • 6. Ryan  |  20 November 2008 at 6:18 pm

    Liquidity, injection

  • 7. Stanway  |  20 November 2008 at 9:53 pm

    Executive salaries, bonuses, remuneration.

    Critical industries, Part of America, changing nature of the crisis, rethinking TARP.

    Against – almost as buzzword laden, although correct:
    down the rat hole, corporate state, socialist quagmire, congressional pork, redistributionist.

  • 8. Art Carden  |  21 November 2008 at 4:15 pm

    Here’s my entry:

  • 9. Leslie Jones  |  21 November 2008 at 10:26 pm

    Using this for the “drinking game” would be much more fun!

  • 10. Ivan  |  2 December 2008 at 7:04 pm

    bankruptcy is not an option

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