Although Pelosi, Reed and other members of Congress announced with much fanfare that the legislation would include "relief" for homeowners and cap corporate salaries, the proposed legislation only moderately delivers those promises. For example, the limit on executive salary only applies if the government purchases $300 million or more in assets from the company. Although the bill would prohibit "golden parachutes," it would exempt existing employment agreements from this provision. The proposed legislation would only impose additional tax burdens on companies that pay extremely high salaries; it would not explicitly limit those salaries.
As for homeowners struggling to pay their mortgages, the proposed legislation would only help those persons whose mortgages the government purchases. Also, the legislation only requires the Secretary of the Treasury to write a plan to "mitigate" foreclosures and to help funnel distressed borrowers through existing assistance programs. The bill does not provide any money at all for foreclosure prevention.
I heard Dennis Kucinich rail against the bill today on C-Span. It was a great speech. Also, true conservatives in the House (i.e., those who hate "big government") seem bothered as well. But the Senate seems bent on getting the bill passed. After all, it probably will help the economy somewhat, but most importantly, two members of the Senate are running for president. Their colleagues do not want voters to view their respective parties as responsible for blocking a bill designed to save banks (or was it "the" economy?). Tune in for more updates.