I don't disagree with any of that DS. You basically captured my main point in that it's difficult to conceptualize what would have been done differently. In my original answer to NYJ, I think McCain's team would have hit the ground running more effectively, instead of the false and re-false starts we saw at the beginning of the current administration. But really, there's still no comprehensive economic program in place. And I do agree about the danger of lionizing business figures, but the same can be said for demonizing as well. It's not like the public would go "ewww..Cisco Systems, Microsoft, Federal Express, etc..what a bunch of hacks." As opposed to Enron, AIG, and so on which do have image issues. There is a difference between respected and non-respected business. And TARP is much more complex than "who started it." Ironically, the intitial 2008 Bush-era TARP was pretty successful for what it was supposed to do. It was Geithner and the current administration who modified the use of the famous 300 billion dollars for foreclosures, toxic investments and such, of which there was not a set plan or targeted area of concern. In essence, that 300 billion (which ballooned into 500 billion or so, IIRC) was flushed down the toilet with nothing to show for. That's what I meant when I said it was "shotgunned."