It has been assumed that the cost of the putative bailout will be born by taxpayers. However, since that the Fed and Treasury will pay for it with debt and by printing money, the people who will pay for it are anyone who holds dollars. Given that the final cost could end up in the trillions, the result will be quite a bit of that hidden tax called “inflation,” as all the debt and new money dilutes the currency. Inflating the currency is actually a very regressive tax, however. Poor people generally have to live month-to-month, and thus aren’t able to save and invest money, holding most of their wealth in cash. They also don’t have access to as high yielding investments as the rich. Most importantly, they occupy jobs which are usually the last to see inflationary wage increases filter down to them (which is as it “should be” or otherwise inflation wouldn’t work so effectively as a hidden tax).
So, this bailout of Wall Street is going to be disproportionately paid for by the working poor. Good job congress.