With the flurry of recent government bailouts, here is an effort by ProPublica, an independent, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest, to put them in perspective.
The circles below represent the size of US government bailouts, calculated in 2008 dollars. They are also in chronological order. The chart focuses on US government bailouts of US corporations (and one city). Instances where the US government aided other nations have not been included.
Also See US government bailouts of US corporations (Graphic)
For more details, see http://www.propublica.org/special/government-bailouts/