“The government fell into the same deeply anti-capitalistic error that plagues contemporary financial theory: it put money before mind. Rather than addressing the intellects of citizens with the information to make prudent decisions, it tried to bribe them with cash to make foolish ones.  It tried to restore confidence, without confiding. It asked people to trust, without allowing them to verify.”

from Panic- The Betrayal of Capitalism by Wall Street and Washington by Andrew Redleaf and Richard Vigilante