tsmith870: "Does this not outrage anyone else? This just can not be how our government actually works!"I am outraged. But I have known that this nonsense is how politicians work for a long time now. (Not all - some still voted "no" for the 2nd time.)You might think our democracy guides our country, but it doesn't. With an election around the corner, they could easily call a plebescite on this issue. They won't. Because they know it'll fail. The decision to hand over $700B was made by the financial institutions. They call the shots, along with the oil companies. When the House rejected the bill, it wasn't "over". It wasn't "Congress spoke, now do something else", it was just an annoying setback - fixed by arm-twisting, bribery, whatever it took to sway the vote - but know this: this bill WILL be passed - there was nothing we could do about it. How dare Congress say "no" to us - ha ha, do you actually think you had a choice?The electorate can't even vote in the next president based on this issue because both candidates are "on-side", like good soldiers.Our politicians are intelligent, don't get me wrong. But their inability to do the right thing should negate any conception you have that a "good" president needs to be intelligent. "Good" politicians are no longer measured by education, background, experience, track-record, NO - even the best of these still screw it up royally. What, then, do you base your vote on? There's only 1 thing left: vote for whomever you think will screw it up the least. Sad, but that's truthfully what it has come to. Save your analysis on education, experience, track-record, background, for times when politicians can demonstrate that these traits actually amount to a hill of beans.