This is really starting to make my head hurt: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/first100days/2009/02/10/geithner-unveil-...
Our current economic disaster was triggered by excessive debt by people who borrowed more than they should have -- mainly subprime loans.
So now Obama wants to solve the crisis by making billions of dollars in bailouts to banks contingent on those banks taking steps to encourage people to borrow more money.
So we're asking people to borrow money so we can pay off a crisis caused by borrowing money. And the government is borrowing money so that people can borrow money to pay off the borrowed money.
This isn't economics...it's a giant Ponzi scheme.