Obviously no one knows the answer to this, but I'll throw it out there anyway. I understand why the FED would never do this as they are controlled by the interests of the banking elite, but what if the FED had said from the get-go of this whole liquidity crisis "it is not our job to bail out private corporations who took on too much risk and for many years reaped the benefits of it. Our main objective is to be vigilant against inflation. Recession is necessary. The system needs to self cleanse. Actions to dampen the downfall are the types of actions that got us into this situation in the first place. The pain of the cleansing will be less than the pain of inflation combined with the pain of a loss of confidence in the FED. 5.25 remains." Methinks: Oil at $86, Gold at $790, EURUSD at 1.42, and SPX at 1175, while inflation would be much more well contained and the long term outlook for our country and economy, as well as the financial sector, would be significantly improved.