A few points. 1. I'm the biggest libertarian on this board. For twenty years I've advocated the virtual dismantling of the Federal government. Taxes should be collected and services provided by the States. It is the States who ideally would fund the tiny Federal government. I'm anti-Fed, anti-interventionist military, anti-welfare, anti-Social Security, I'm even anti-public education. Government equals entitlement and in a world where you enter alone and leave alone the THEFT of wages by a central government is a SIN. 2. The Treasury will fail soon enough. 3. Don't EVER burn an American flag. Be respectful. Instead BOMB a leftest institution. That being said. a. Each one of us is being bailed out. WHO THE FUCK do you think is insuring your bank account? Your brokerage account too. Unless your money is sitting under your bed then YOU TOO are milking the Federally insured banking system and paying ZILCH for the insurance. b. The banking system SERVES THE POOR. Do rich people need to borrow? Do you think Alex Rodriguez needs a car loan? Or a mortgage? He can pay cash. Many of you can't. c. The BEST WAY for poor folk to become rich is through leverage. What can allow your trading account to grow faster, trading stocks at 50% margin or trading futures with a 2% performance bond? I met a FLIPPER here on ET who went from being a humble, broke 25 year old to a millionaire 30 year old because he could borrow from a bank. d. What's the difference between bailing out banks which EVERYBODY uses than "bailing out" Chrysler, UAL and American Airlines which FEW people use and which have ready competition. c. What's the difference between this bailout and the ENRICHMENT of all those "well run" corporations who do BILLIONS of dollars in business with the Federal government. d. What's the difference between this bailout and funding energy or health care? GOVERNMENT FUNDING IS JUST "BAILOUT" WITH ANOTHER NAME. This isn't the BEGINING of American socialism. It's just the 1000th blow (job). In reality though-this is probably the most IMPORTANT bail out. Let's make it the last.