Bail outs are a tough question. In the Depression the goverment got the banks stable then created jobs. It took 10 years but things got back to normal. Not counting how much WW2 had on everything. We have failed to learn from history. In the 20's people lost focus. Wealth was paper wealth and everybody was in party mode. The past 15 years or so has seen alot of the same. Instead of living within our means it has been get what you want don't worry about debt because thats how you get stuff. In the past money did a circle and stayed in the country. Now with alot of countries buying U S business and stable incomes from a manufactory base gone alot of money leaves for other countries. CEO's in the U S make over 500 times the salary CEO's in other countries make while the workers salary has not kept up. But union labor gets 10 times more flack then tip management. Top management makes bad choices in order to return investmentors with huge quick rewards not planning for the future. At one time you invested in a company that was making a profit for the long haul, now its invest today sell tomorrow driving stock prices to over value prices. Most CEO's of companies need to be fired with no golden parachute. If I screw up bad enough all I get is what pay is owed to me for the time I worked they walk away with millons of dollars. If we want to get out of this mess we need to look in the mirror and stop acting like children. A starter home used to be 3 bedrooms and a bath now its a manison with a unreal mortage and tons of debt buying 2 30,000 cars plus boats, etc.