"The point is this is one of the most important irrevokable economic decisions we will ever make. Let's make it in a state of panic."
— Stephen Colbert
"I'm not going to fire you; you can still be called Congress. But you don't have any power."
— Jon Macey, Yale Law School professor and deputy dean, providing an allegory for Secretary Paulson's proposal
"If you think the Bailout of All Bailouts...won't saddle American taxpayers with billions, if not trillions, of risky obligations, you don't know politics... Never before in the history of American capitalism has so much been asked of so many for...so few."
— Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor