It is completely unconscionable how far the Republican leadership has strayed from anything resembling responsible governance. While they thrive on their claim of patriotism, their petulant obstructionism during one of the most serious financial crises in American history betrays a total disregard for this nation, and an absolute disdain for the American people. Their childish behavior is nothing short of political malfeasance.
One of the Republican Party's most enduring talking points is that the Bush administration has kept America safe since 9-11, but what evidence do we have of that? Even as the Bush administration bragged about their security efforts, they left both our front and back doors wide open. The two primary entry points into the United States are all but short of a welcome sign.
The newly released Markets Bill is available in machine readable form (.pdf) @ C-SPAN, top of the fold, front-paged. The fund is called "TARP" - the "Troubled Assets Relief Program". Enjoy.
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The story is all over various news sites, but most are propagating AP's Julie Hirschfield Davis' piece.