The failure of House Republicans today to pass Paulson's $700B economic stimulus package -- which despite all talk to the contrary is not a bailout -- shows a lack of understanding and a lack of leadership. Republicans' abdication of responsibility places their personal interests above the good of the country and will ensure more Democrats win Congressional seats, and likely the presidency, in November. I am not sure I have ever been more disappointed in my party.
P.S. The media should be tarred and feathered for pitting Main Street against Wall Street. They are the same. Who among us has not sought a loan on our car, house, etc? Who among us does not own stock, if not in a personal portfolio, then as part of a 401k, 403b, IRA, pension, etc.? To try to separate the two is ridiculous; akin to lowering the water level on only one side of the tub.