"Free-market capitalism and the constitution are among our noblest concepts and vitally important to the life-blood and character of this nation; they are what made us great, but they are not suicide pacts. And I ask those of my libertarian friends who love no government at all, those who claim they would have let the banks die, to consider the history of fascist states and remember that the rise of dictators and despots is often through the exploitation of major social/economic upheaval. America is not immune to this phenomenon. I was not willing to run the risk should the free marketers have truly underestimated the severity of the crisis and chaos which ensued," - Brad Schaeffer, defending TARP at Frum Forum.
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