It's almost as if there's a double standard at work.
... There seems to be a little misunderstanding here. I'm not saying the bailout succeeded or failed or was or wasn't necessary, only that last Monday's stories made it sound like the markets would crash without a bailout! And now they are crashing anyway, but you don't hear that the bailout didn't work. If the story is that the Dow is your metric, be consistent about it. And yes, I heard from members that their constituents were afraid they'd lose their 401k and retirement savings and so flipped on the bailout precisely because of the reporting that connected the two stories.
Last Monday, no bailout, we're DOOMED! One week later, there was a bailout, nothing to see here, we're DOOMED!