... to the bailout problem. This is a capitalist's solution so yes it would work. Instead of bailing out automakers and all the financials that should just go away, here's what I'd do. Issue Visa/Mc/Amex cards back to the taxpayers in the amount of the tax paid last year. The card is good for 1 year only and it gets refilled with last years tax/12 per month (to spread out the cost and spending). Cap it so that the total comes out to whatever you want, say $700B. Simple enough, generates $700B in economic activity, and puts to work all the people who should have jobs. The best part? The people in control of how the money is spent is me and you, not a bunch of lying politicians with greasy palms.