I only think Bush miscalculated when the house of cards was going to collapse. Now that it is collapsing they are being forced to do something. Because they have screwed up every disaster it should not surprise anyone that they went into this disaster thinking the best solution would be another power grab. I really don’t believe this was a planned "October surprise". The economy and the stock market are vastly too complicated for anyone in the Bush administration to be able to control and manipulate in any particular direction. I just don't buy the conspiracy theory anymore. The level of sophistication to pull this off is just too great and too complex. It is light-years more complex than any voting machine conspiracy or even the 9/11 conspiracies floating around the internet. No, the current crisis is real and it has been a long time coming. Now we need some exceptionally bright politicians and "educationally elite" to guide us out of this crisis. Thom Hartmann just posted a wonderful article about this. The days of voting for a politician because you think he or she would be a good person to have a beer with are hopefully forever over.