As the US potentially enters a depression, complete with questionable bailout plans that may do little but enrich the people who caused the problem in the first place, it is worth recalling once again Mark Twain:
"Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself."
"It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly native American criminal class except Congress."
Mark Twain, Following the Equator