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Secrets and Lies of the Bailout --The federal rescue of Wall Street didn’t fix the economy -- it created a permanent bailout state based on a Ponzi-like confidence scheme. And the worst may be yet to come 04 Jan 2013 It has been four long winters since the federal government, in the hulking, shaven-skulled, Alien Nation-esque form of then-Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, committed $700 billion in taxpayer money to rescue Wall Street from its own chicanery and greed. To listen to the bankers and their allies in Washington tell it, you'd think the bailout was the best thing to hit the American economy since the invention of the assembly line. Not only did it prevent another Great Depression, we've been told, but the money has all been paid back, and the government even made a profit. No harm, no foul -- right? Wrong. It was all a lie -- one of the biggest and most elaborate falsehoods ever sold to the American people.