As Juan Cole points out, it's a bit ironic that the Republican candidates for president are going on and on about the evils of government at the very moment that the U.S. government has been forced to take over mortgage giants in what will probably be the biggest bale out in history (a bale out made necessary by too little government regulation).
I had to do all I could to suppress a loud guffaw when I heard Palin say at the convention that Americans would have taken care of the people hit by Katrina if the government had simply gotten out of the way. Evidently, the government had stopped all the well-wishing business people from spending billions in rescue funds in order to help the lazy poor get out of New Orleans. (This was a Republican government hiring no-bid contractors to do this? Interesting...)
What can one say? Some people are so dang dense that they wouldn't know a fact if it hit them in the head. And a whole army of facts are waiting to hit all of us in the head if we don't get things right very soon.