GOP in 2008 PanicThere is something about Z stalking the kid, killing him, getting away with it.
It strikes a nerve in folks.
The USA is armed up. It's crazy.
Is the NRA/GOP doing a thing about it? Hellll no!
Why are Americans armed so much: more than any other developed country.
Hey dooofus: we all know: 20,000 gun deaths a year in the USA!
You right wingers could do so much more: YOU ARE THE PROBLEM.
It also came a day after Bush went before the nation to argue for his administration's proposed $700 billion bailout of the financial system, which had been met with skepticism by some in Congress and the American public.
"Our entire economy is in danger," Bush said, urging Congress to take quick action and outlining his rationale for the bailout.
Failing to pass a rescue plan, Bush said, would create the risk of a "long and painful recession" -- meaning more foreclosures, lost jobs, declining home values, business failures, stock losses and difficulty getting loans.
Bush tried to rally support for the negotiations in his address to the nation Wednesday night.
"I'm a strong believer in free enterprise, so my natural instinct is to avoid government intervention," Bush said. "I believe companies that make bad decisions should be allowed to go out of business. Under normal circumstances, I would have followed this course.
"But these are not normal circumstances," he added. "The market is not functioning properly. There has been a widespread loss of confidence, and major sectors of America's financial system are at risk of shutting down. The government's top economic experts warn that without immediate action by Congress, America could slip into a financial panic and a distressing scenario would unfold."
White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said the president decided to make the 12-minute address because he wanted to tell Americans directly about the severity and stakes of the financial emergency, which she described as a "once-in-a-century crisis in our financial markets."
Bush felt the public case had to be made that the financial crisis is about "Main Street, not Wall Street," and the "costs of not acting are far greater than the costs of acting," a senior White House official told ABC News' George Stephanopoulos.
Bush spoke after Secretary of the Treasury Henry Paulson and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke continued to press for the administration's plan today before Congress.