| GEO Business|
| Bush warns 'entire economy is in danger'|
| Updated at: 0417 PST, Friday, September 26, 2008|
WASHINGTON: President George W. Bush said Wednesday that lawmakers risk a cascade of wiped-out retirement savings, rising home foreclosures, lost jobs and closed businesses if they fail to act on a massive financial rescue plan.
“Our entire economy is in danger,'' he said. “Without immediate action by Congress, American could slip into a financial panic and a distressing scenario would unfold,'' Bush said in a 12-minute prime-time address delivered from the White House East Room that he hoped would help rescue his tough-sell bailout package.
“Ultimately, our country could experience a long and painful recession.'' Said Bush: “We must not let this happen.'' The unprecedented $700 billion bailout, which the Bush administration asked Congress last weekend to approve before it adjourns, is meeting with deep skepticism, especially from conservatives in Bush's own Republican Party who are revolting at the high price tag and massive private-sector intervention by government.
Though there is general agreement that something must be done to address the spiraling economic problems, Bush has been forced to accept changes almost daily, based on demands from the right and left.
Seeking to explain himself to conservatives, Bush stressed he was reluctant to put taxpayer money on the line to help businesses that had made bad decisions and that the rescue is not aimed at saving individual companies but to save entire US nation.