If you can't see, I'm smiling. This FOX news article is about the fact that the current estimate for what the TARP bailout will cost the American people in the end is $25 billion. The initial payout was $700 billion and the current final tally is half a previous estimate that was itself considered overly optimistic.
So what I'm smiling at is FOX's begrudging wording of the news in the worse way possible. The news is that Bush/Obama's bailouts saved the economy and quickly stabilized the world economy for way, way less than anyone hoped. The news is that Bush and Obama's decision was the right one and that FOX and the Tea Party were wrong on this one.
But I will take the faint praise of the FOX article anyway: "The bailout fund, known as the Troubled Asset Relief Program, became hugely unpopular with the public and in Congress. Advocates and even some critics, however, credit it for stabilizing the financial sector in the wake of Wall Street's meltdown in 2008." Read between the lines: even economists who oppose the TARP bailout recognize that it stabilized the financial sector.
The anger of the American people, at least on this particular subject, was misplaced, based on ignorance, and fanned by conservative rabble rousers who were wrong, at least on this one.