Three major lenders were rescued on Monday as the global credit crisis spread.
Many in Congress, citing secrecy surrounding bailout talks, seek outside counsel.
Readers write about charisma vs. competency, and what Washington should do in response to the crisis on Wall Street
Liberals and conservatives sign online petitions and complain to Congress. Some push alternative plans.
The Treasury's $700 billion rescue would push US into uncharted territory.
Lawmakers are watching the stock market as an indicator of whether to buy Bush's plan.
The GOP candidate wants to concentrate on getting a financial bailout through Congress, but the economy's woes have so far favored Democrats.
Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson warns of measures that could slow the bailout bill, but says, "I share your frustrations" on executive pay.