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Old 10-25-2009, 11:09 PM
 
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Paulson knew this was his financial panic. The night before, chairman of the Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke had agreed it was time for a systemic solution; deciding the fate of each financial firm one at a time wasn’t working. It had been six months between the implosions of Bear Stearns and Lehman, but if Morgan Stanley went down, probably no more than six hours would pass before Goldman did, too. The big banks would follow, and God only knew what might happen after that.

And so Paulson stood in front of his staff in search of a holistic solution, a solution that would require intervention. He still hated the idea of bailouts, but now he knew he needed to succumb to the reality of the moment. “The only way to stop this thing may be to come up with a fiscal response,” he said.
Andrew Ross Sorkin's 'Too Big to Fail' | vanityfair.com (http://www.vanityfair.com/business/features/2009/11/too-big-to-fail-excerpt-200911 - broken link)
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