A stimulus by any other name: "The White House and some Democratic leaders have been open to an extension of unemployment benefits including health care benefits, as well as an extension of an expensive tax credit for new homebuyers sought by the hard-hit real estate industry — all the while trying to convince reporters that such spending shouldn't be called a "stimulus." A $500 transportation bill has also been suggested to help unemployed voters, but Democrats are wary of Republicans saying the first package didn't work by pointing to a second attempt.
Regulatory bodies like the Office of Thrift Supervision, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the FDIC are now facing the threat of being condensed into one entity, the Consumer Financial Protection Agency. John Bowman, the acting director of the thrift office, says he and the other regulatory groups "have been unfairly blamed for the economic crisis. 'We have very real concerns. To dismiss it as simply being turf is selling us short,' said Bowman."