Even if it adds up to $8 trillion, the final cost will be lower as US sells the assets it's now buying.
On reflection, the Monitor's language columnist decides that bailout isn't a bad choice after all for 'Word of the Year.'
The lowest rates in more than two generations won't end the recession soon, but analysts see many benefits.
Readers write about retooling the UN Human Rights Council; why auto suppliers need a bailout, too; the Federal Reserve's role in creating the housing bubble; and barring illegal workers from US jobs.
Congress's rescue of financial institutions may prove the exception, as automakers learned last week.
Homes are still overpriced by $8 trillion. Is 'tough love' the answer?