There's a lot to learn from the news of the past few days. For instance, perhaps we should consider that just three years ago, John McCain wanted to turn social security over to Wall Street. Small government! Privatization! Those are the answers
. . . except for when they're not, and loans are made for scary, too many zeros, amounts.
Of course, it's also a good moment to reconsider that moment when I mocked my friend JayPay for buying gold. "That's the equivalent of storing your cash under your mattress," I said, and "Do they give you the gold in bars? Do you have a sack of doubloons?" But that mocking was very, very wrong, because you don't see the crumpled dollar bills and grimy coins that linger under my bed appreciating by 11% in one day.