I’ve been wracking my brain for weeks trying to come up with a scheme to join Citigroup, Morgan Stanley and the thousands of other banks (and auto manufacturers, and maybe commercial real estate developers) who have been feeding at the $700 Billion trough of taxpayer bailout funds. The jolt of inspiration came today, and the legions of Rantcaster loyalists are the first to hear about the launch of Bailout Bank & Trust – the only bank to be capitalized EXCLUSIVELY with US government bailout funds. No angel investors, no pension funds, no widows and orphans, no state or local economic development funds, no venture capitalists. Just plain old US taxpayer money that would otherwise be pissed away on, e.g., Chrysler, General Motors et al. And what kind of loans will Bailout Bank & Trust make? Ya gotta be kiddin! I’m taking free bucks from John Q. Public, with no requirement to disclose its use, and heading to Las Vegas, baby. Don’t hold your breath waiting for your ROI.