When the markets take another dive as credit continues to dry up, the pain will continue to spread and increase on Main Street. Small businesses can't get loans. Students forced to drop out of college. Car loans disappear. 401k balances shrink. When the pain gets bad enough for Joe and Jane Smith, there will be a reversal in the tide: people will call their congresspersons and ask them to please vote yes on the bailout. It could be Dow 10,000 or 9,000 .... sooner or later a majority of us will cry "uncle" and Congress will pass the bailout. Which will be a good thing because economically it is the correct course of action.