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It's money that matters

Like untold millions of Americans, I've been watching the burdgeoning turmoil on Wall Street with a mixture of fascination and dread. The numbers are beyond comprehension, as is much of the financial jargon. Clarity, context and perspective are difficult to come by.

So, journalist that I am, I decided this afternoon to go right to the source for the best info, so I called Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson Jr.'s office. The person who answered the phone asked my name, but I could hardly hear — lots of anxious-sounding, loud voices in the background. But when I repeated my name, my call was put right through.

But Paulson got flustered about 30 second into the conversation and asked my name again. I told him.

"They told me it was Paul Volcker calling!" he said.

When I told him I was just a taxpayer, he hung up.

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nodressrehersal
Sep. 24th, 2008 12:50 am (UTC)
Get OUT! Fer real? No way!
patrick_vecchio
Sep. 24th, 2008 12:58 am (UTC)
Actually, Paulson and I go way back. In fact, you met him — I'm surprised you don't remember. He was at the apartment on Clinton Street when we all got together before the fireworks that one Fourth of July.
nodressrehersal
Sep. 24th, 2008 01:03 am (UTC)
Hahahahaha...whew! I remember a few things from that day; he ain't one of 'em.
thecriz5
Sep. 24th, 2008 12:54 am (UTC)
Dude, you can't possibly be serious.
patrick_vecchio
Sep. 24th, 2008 01:03 am (UTC)
Actually, I think what may have happened was that they put the call through to his cell phone while he was testifying on Capitol Hill. I really can't blame him for hanging up. But we're pretty tight: We used to play on the same flag football team in Olean in the mid-70s. Of course, he was "Hank" then, not Henry. He was a receiver, but he kept dropping the ball. Alan Greenspan was our coach, by the way.

Anyway, I'm pretty sure I'll hear from Hank tomorrow. I'm hoping I can talk him into coming to Olean for the weekend. We'll get a fish fry someplace, then head over to Bradford for some bowling.
cwmackowski
Sep. 24th, 2008 01:09 am (UTC)
He ain't the only one in the administration who's dropped the ball.
patrick_vecchio
Sep. 24th, 2008 01:19 am (UTC)
Truth.
nodressrehersal
Sep. 24th, 2008 01:19 am (UTC)
If the weather's good, you can walk the dikes, too.
Now I know you're just yankin'...
patrick_vecchio
Sep. 24th, 2008 01:23 am (UTC)
Re: If the weather's good, you can walk the dikes, too.
The thing I like about Hank is that if I lose a little money, say, betting on the NFL, he'll always cover my bets. "Don't worry," he says. "There's plenty more where that came from."

I don't really know what he means by that, but lately, I've had this sneaking suspicion that he's a pickpocket.

nodressrehersal
Sep. 24th, 2008 01:31 am (UTC)
Re: If the weather's good, you can walk the dikes, too.
Hey, I'll bet he give you a case of that toilet paper as a wedding gift, right? You're so lucky. All we got was some wooden fruit and a revolving tupperware canister set. *sigh*
cam_1089
Sep. 24th, 2008 02:00 am (UTC)
Re: If the weather's good, you can walk the dikes, too.
He's like a reverse Robin Hood, that Hank.
patrick_vecchio
Sep. 24th, 2008 02:12 am (UTC)
Re: If the weather's good, you can walk the dikes, too.
Hood is right.
punkymonkey107
Sep. 24th, 2008 01:36 am (UTC)
No way! That is a terrible way to treat a tax payer!
patrick_vecchio
Sep. 24th, 2008 01:39 am (UTC)
Yeah, it was as if I didn't even exist.
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