Bruce from Tennessee, a regular commenter at The Big Picture, writes:
"How come Hank always wants to sell me whole life when all I really need is term insurance?"
Winston Munn, another Big Picture regular, adds this gem:
Senator Shelby: And what happens in a recession?
Hank Paulson: Real wrath of God type stuff. Fire and brimstone coming down from the skies! Rivers and seas boiling!
Ben Bernanke: Forty years of darkness! Earthquakes, volcanoes...
Hank Paulson: The dead rising from the grave!
Ben Bernanke: Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together... mass hysteria.
Wally sums it up:
OK, so here are your options: do you want be in a recession or do you want to be in a recession $700 billion poorer?