Pelosi also said the cost of the bailout "is a number that is staggering but tells us only the costs of the Bush administration's failed economic policies -- policies built on budgetary recklessness, on an anything-goes mentality, with no regulation, no supervision and no discipline in the system."The top republican, John Boehner, said Pelosi's partisan comments alienated some republicans [not very good leadership on Pelosi's part nor did the republicans handle it well]. Barney Frank then blames the republicans for looking for an excuse for not being able to bring in the vote. When in reality I think this was the issue as mentioned briefly in both articles:
Before the vote, many House Republicans expressed opposition to the bill, saying it departed from free-market principles. Republican congressional aides also said calls from constituents were running 10 to 1 against the legislation.People are angry and they have let their representatives know it.
Money guru Dave Ramsey as an interesting alternative to the bailout; go here.