From another forum and another person (not my post): "Okay. I'm convinced that the American People are being fleeced now. Read this, and if you agree, demand answers from your elected representatives. As recently as September 16, 2008, Paulson said the financial system was find (youtube video available). http://www.time.com/time/politics/article/0,8599,1843642,00.html So, for 6 months, Paulson has been working on this bailout plan, while saying the financial system is fine up until about a week ago, and now there is a catastrophic emergency that requires a trillion dollars NOW from Congress via a blank check."