Moving forward, again very different stories are in play. Democrats blame the old policies of President Bush and now seek to spend massive amounts of money to "jump start" the economy again. Republicans point out that Bush's greatest sin was overspending - something the democrats are now outdoing him on. They claim that overspending may lead to sudden inflation, making all of our current problems much worse. Furthermore, by picking winners and losers (not everyone gets a bailout) the free market is not able to eliminate inefficiency, prolonging our malaise. Democrats counter by pointing out the urgent nature of the problem - and like Bush before them - claim to merely be holding off catastrophy so the economy can settle gradually and we can adjust. Democrats accuse Republicans of hypocricy and political expediency (many republicans voted for the first round of bailouts), while Republicans blame Democrats of having a secret agenda to use this crisis as an excuse to socialize everything (this is not really all that secret if you know where to look).
What the American people need to realize before fighting each other is that many of them only know half the story. Discuss things first. Some people are merely uninformed or even misinformed. Don't rely only on party leaders for information; talk to each other. Then you will better understand the problem and we can speak with a unified voice.