Let this be a message to all you short sellers out there!
As I watched the Leader of our great nation discuss the newest bail out plan (and by newest I mean Friday's plan - not the one that was unveiled on Monday, or Tuesday or Wednesday), I was glad I knew nothing about short selling stocks.
Our leader said - in no uncertain terms - anyone short selling stocks will be caught and persecuted. Persecuted!
Apparently prosecution wasn't an option, so they had to come up with a punishment that fit the crime.
I have no idea if this will work as a deterrent to short sellers, but I think its an interesting strategery.