You've heard about the $700 billion Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson is requesting (demanding?) from U.S. taxpayers to bail out the investment banks, right? You may have asked yourself, "How do those guys come up with a figure like $700 billion?" Well, here's your answer, direct from the capitalist tool itself, Forbes magazine:
"It's not based on any particular data point," a Treasury spokeswoman told Forbes.com Tuesday. "We just wanted to choose a really large number."
Forbes's response: "Wow."
Why not ask for a gazillion? ::ahem:: The bailout will cost eleventy gazillion dollars. And sixty-two cents.
By the way, the "Thought of the Day" at Forbes.com was "Health is more important than wealth." So very, very true. And with that great health insurance you've got ... What was that again? Sorry--I can't hear you over the screaming and gnashing of teeth.