- financial knowledge/education
- Retirement savings as of January 1, 2008 (or some other relatively recent date prior to bailout talk)
If I am a young, just starting investor (as I actually am): I now have the opportunity to buy index funds on the cheap and get a great start. In this case I am opposed to the bailout if I think it helps in the short-run and is bad over the long-run. I am in favor of it if it helps over the long-run and hurts the short-run.
If I am at the end of my career with a lifetime of retirement savings: If the bailout helps the short-run but hurts the long, I probably tend to favor it after controlling for impacts on my offspring (the net of my larger bequeath against their lower lifetime savings).