• The current mood on Wall Street falls somewhere between "let's not panic" and "calling Dr. Kevorkian."

• However, they are bravely keeping up appearances. Their soup kitchens will have finger bowls.

• McCain suggests that no corporate mogul should be paid more than the highest salaried government worker. That would be George W. at $400,000 a year, plus a car and a driver who gets to run red lights.

• Hank Paulson warns that cutting CEOs' gazillion-dollar compensation packages would be "punitive." Not to mention the people who make golden parachutes being thrown out of work.