Chris Dodd: (January 12, 2009) As Friday's dismal job numbers show, the economic crisis continues to cripple millions of American families and businesses. We need to strengthen our fragile financial system so that families can access the credit they need to pay for a home, a car and college tuition for their children, and businesses can stock inventory and meet payroll. Regrettably, the program intended to meet these objectives has been grossly mismanaged by the current Administration and has not achieved these goals. President Bush failed to impose key conditions intended by Congress on the program, to explain to the public why the program was needed, or to be transparent with Americans about how their hard-earned dollars were being spent. As a result, many people are confused, angry, and feel like the wool's been pulled over their eyes.