Rescue plan seeks $700B to buy bad mortgages - Yahoo! News Not really sure what to make of this. What do you all think? $700 billion seems like an outrageous amount of money they we do not have, but it may be necessary. I just worry what kind of control this would give our government over private companies. From what I understand, there was nothing in the proposal that specified what the government would receive in return for the $700 billion. Thoughts?