The clock is ticking: Pass the bailout already

Our nation has effectively suffered a fiscal heart attack. As with any patient, emergency technicians must restart the heart quickly before vital organs are irreversibly damaged. If enough time passes, it won’t matter what measures are taken — and our leaders have already waited too long. Everyone involved in this crisis — financial executives, lobbyists, legislators, regulators and irresponsible borrowers — bears some blame. But it is citizens who will suffer the effects of inaction.