Metaphor of the day, Hank Paulson edition

By Felix Salmon
June 9, 2009

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Hank Paulson has decided that the TARP repayment proves that the program “worked to stabilize our financial system”. Obviously, if you give people a bunch of money they don’t want, and then reluctantly accept that you’ll allow them to repay it, then you must have achieved something substantial, right?

Or else you’ve just achieved a state where even your clichés become tortured: Paulson goes on to inform us (I imagine a deep and sonorous voice ringing out from a cavernous library somewhere) that “the road ahead is not short”. Which is probably just as well, seeing as how short roads have a tendency to come to a rather abrupt halt.

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