Economic woes give plenty of ammunition to economists and lawmakers calling for new regulations and taxes.
Lawmakers are finding it difficult to mount large-scale help for homeowners.
Some expect Fed to cut rates by three-quarters of a point.
Federal rescue efforts could match the $124 billion cleanup of the savings-and-loan crisis in the 1980s.
Some argue government should do more to stop a negative feedback loop in the housing market.
A reader wonders why government is attempting to spend its way out of an apparent recession.