There's a slow, but sure evolution occurring...
Our Congress voted to give over $700 Billion dollars of our money to bail out poorly, if not illegally, managed finance companies, which by the way, were under direct governmental oversight and review through the U.S. Treasury Department. The bailout was for the purpose of buying bad mortgages to assist the lending agencies and came with assurance to U.S. taxpayers there would be a return on their "investment" as those purchased properties regained value. Good thing the government has such a long standing record of wise investing. Dang.
Then it turns out that much of the $700 Billion is going to be used to buy stock in various banks and financial institutions. Boy, I feel better already- the U.S. Government will have part ownership in various banks. Oh great. Now things will get better for sure.
Here it is today, and I listened to outrageous snippets of the "Big Three" auto execs begging for Congress to bail them out also. Unbelievable! It's sick. It's wrong. It's got to stop, but it won't. The U.S. Government will give a big bailout package to the U.S. Automakers in return for some kind of ownership or stake in the industry. Just wonderful.
So the government, who essentially had all this happen on it's watch, will now be given unprecedented stakes in our financial institutions as well as the auto industry.
This socialistic governmental transformation sort of reminds me of something....
"In order to ensure the security and continuing stability, the Republic will be reorganized into the First Galactic Empire! For a safe, and secure, society." - Emperor Palpatine (Darth Sidious)