Wednesday, October 1, 2008

The Senate Throws a Life Raft to the Economy

As FDR understood, in politics, the metaphor is the thing.
The great ship of state was sailing in the ocean when two men fell overboard, Mr. Wall Street and Mr. Main Street. Their fall was entirely the fault of Mr. Wall Street but both were drowning. You would like to be able to throw a life jacket to Mr. Main Street and let Mr. Wall Street drown, but there are no life jackets. There is only a life raft. So, if you want to save Mr. Main Street you need to throw the raft into the water, knowing that Mr. Wall Street will also be able to climb on board and save himself. What do you do? You throw the life raft and save them both.
That is what the Senate did tonight.
Michael Sean Winters

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