GateHouse — $700 billion. Man, that’s a big figure. BILLION. With a B. And TWO L’S. And a DOLLAR SIGN. It’s a massive number, one so large as to be almost mythological, one you can’t quite twist your feeble human brain around, like everlasting life, or Sarah Palin’s non-stump speech quotes. To put it in perspective, if the government decided it had to bail out a number of extremely massive and obscenely wealthy Wall Street banks that you don’t really know exist and have even less of an idea of how they operate, do you know how much it would cost? $700 billion. Yeah, I know. IT ROCKS YOUR FACE OFF.
Thankfully, Balding Desperate People in Suits are meeting frequently to quell this problem as soon as possible, which is a fine idea and almost certainly being done to minimize the disruption of America’s standing in the global economy and not so that people have a few days to stop and think, “Um, you know, I sure could use a little piece of that for juice money this week.”