Government bailouts total over $8.5 trillion, nearing a rivalry with the U.S. Gross Domestic Product.
2008 saw the greatest financial losses in generations. The worst series of cascading disasters since the Great Depression.
JG: The policies of George W. Bush and the GOP have practically bankrupted this country. The economic downhill spiral is likely to accelerate in 2009. The only ones that have benefited from all this are the crooks and financial speculators of American capitalism.