Bush authorized less than 20 billion. Unemployment in Dec. 2007 was 5 point something---look it up. Obama pushed the bailout up to over 80 billion. Paulson is a GoldmanSachs Democrat. Bernanke is a.....? The entire fiasco of the meltdown was orchestrated starting with Clinton's and Carter's "everyone should be able to own a home" scam which forced banks to lower lending standards or be sued for discrimination, let Fannie and Freddie buy out the useless paper from the banks who then distributed the sub-value paper around the world, causing the burst bubble and leaving taxpayers with the bill. When are democrats going to get out of Denial and start living in reality. Sheesh!