This is the first time in the history of the United States that the president has sought to provoke a financial panic to get legislation through Congress. This effort to promote panic is especially striking since the country's dire economic situation is almost entirely the result of the Bush Administration's policy failures. First and foremost, the decision of Secretary Paulson and Chairman Bernanke (and previously Alan Greenspan) to ignore the housing bubble, allowed for the growth of an $8 trillion bubble, which is now collapsing. t r u t h o u t | Bush Provokes Fear to Push for Bailout Did you vote for bush in 2000 and 2004 ? Mission accomplished , we are proud of you guys.