In various threads I've stated, in round about way's, that I don't believe our system is functioning by the principles our founding fathers had planned/hoped for. I think, truly, that both we as citizens and our government have lost our hold on those principles and 1. our government doesn't trust us to care enough to be informed and make the right decisions and 2. that they have reached the point where they are 'professional politicians' and feel they really don't need the advice/permission of a people not overly concerned with the grander scheme, as long as they have individual comfort. If a such a bill as the bailout, seemingly universally rejected by the people, can be passed, do you think we really have a voice? And if not, how deep does that go? What else about our will is being ignored? Do you think that by voting you are making a difference?