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Since there were no real strings attached to the money, the recipients of the bailout aren't forced to lend their money out to the public (who bailed them out), so the economy hasn't seen any real benefit from it. Of course, King George, Paulsen, and Bernanke are saying "have patience, give it time," now that they've got what they wanted, yet there wasn't any time when they were trying to push it through.
Instead of the banks helping us with our money, they're helping themselves, using our handouts to buy out more smaller banks, leaving us with less options, more fees, and worse customer service.
What exactly did we pay for, again?
First there is a mountain then there is no mountain then there is