No, not Carl Sagan on the Universe, but Henry Paulson on the price to U.S. taxpayers to fix the ailing economy (...so that in another couple decades they can break it all over again).
Also, probably the number of analgesics and antacids to be downed by U.S. citizens before this crisis is passed... hmmm, might be a good time to buy into the pharmaceutical industry, or, with suicides on the rise, the coffin or burial industry.
Meanwhile, in far worse news than the silly American economy, Europe's large hadron collider has been shut down for two months of repairs following a major glitch in its first highly-publicized 48 hours of operation.
==> Republicans: The Party of corporate values, and financial imbecility... of, for, beholden to, and managed by, the obscenely wealthy.
...( motto: "Quagmires 'R Us" )