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Here’s why I think Congress will pass a bailout sooner rather than later, despite all the hype surrounding it. The failure of an investment bank affects more than a few cuff-linked and tie-clipped CEOs. It also affects janitorial companies. When the office building goes dark, there go the hardworking, low-paid janitors, innocent in all likelihood of whatever financial chicanery turned off the lights in the first place.

This is the kind of real-world ripple effect that Congress is going to recognize. They can talk themselves blue in the face about creeping financial socialism, misplaced priorities and the moral hazard of letting “them” get away with it. But ultimately, they won’t be able to turn away from the potential for collateral damage. I just imagine that the final price tag will be a lot higher than $700 billion as lawmakers struggle to convince the American people that they arent’ giving away the store.

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