The child's fable about the goose that laid the golden egg is apropos today. The farmer wasn't happy with just one golden egg per day, and he squeezed the goose so hard, looking for more eggs, that he killed the goose.
Today, we the taxpayers are the goose; the golden eggs are the taxes the government squeezes out of us; and the government is about to kill us with the squeezing for more golden eggs than we have been able to produce.
Uncle Sam would never have thought of a "bail out" for us, in the sensible form of tax credits ($10,000?) for buying new cars that sit idle on dealers' lots, and houses that sit empty and subject to vandalism in neighborhoods. It's too simple. It could move unsold inventory which in turn produces tax money, and the tax credit would give the golden goose some rest; he might then produce more golden eggs.
It would cost a whole lot less than the bail-out plans they did come up with.
In my state, and in my county, our local golden-goose squeezers have been coming to our properties every few years to re-appraise values and produce more taxes. You're not seeing and WONT be seeing them this time around; they don't want their tax-producing values to go down.
THIS golden goose is tired; are you?
Sincere good wishes---honk!---from R.A.T. (Rose About Town)... "Just another golden goose"