Don't worry. Be happy! It's all Jimmy Carter's fault. What, after all, could the Idiot Child combined with six years of Republican Congress have done? They're certainly blameless. After all, their majority was always slim and for the last two years the Dims have had a huge maj... oh wait, never mind.
Don't forget about the evil liberal media. Why, in fact, there's absolutely NO problem at all. It's all the media trying to win the election for Obama. The economy, after all, is "fundamen tally strong." To hell with all those Doom and Gloomers!
Stocks tumble after government bailout of AIG
Wednesday September 17, 6:14 pm ET
By Tim Paradis, AP Business Writer
Wall Street sinks again after Fed bails out AIG, Barclays buys Lehman businesses; Dow down 450
NEW YORK (AP) -- Wall Street plunged again Wednesday as anxieties about the financial system ran high after the government's bailout of insurer American International Group Inc. and left investors with little confidence in many banking stocks. The Dow Jones industrial average lost about 450 points, giving it a shortfall of more than 800 so far this week.
The market was more unnerved than comforted by news that the Federal Reserve is giving a two-year, $85 billion loan to AIG in exchange for a nearly 80 percent stake in the company, which lost billions in the risky business of insuring against bond defaults. Wall Street had feared that the conglomerate, which has extensive ties to various financial services industries around the world, would follow the investment bank Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. into bankruptcy. However, the ramifications of the world's largest insurer going under likely would have far surpassed the demise of Lehman.
"People are scared to death," said Bill Stone, chief investment strategist for PNC Wealth Management. "Who would have imagined that AIG would have gotten into this position?"