Ladies and Gentlemen, Your Bailout Tax Dollars at Work

From Friday’s Times story about the fin de siècle Sunday brunches at New York’s Bagatelle and Merkato 55 restaurants:

A 29-year-old man who works for a large investment management firm and was at Bagatelle’s brunch one recent Saturday and at Merkato 55’s the next, put it another way: “If you’d asked me in October, I’d say it’d be a different situation, and I don’t think I’d be here. Then the government gave us $10 billion.”

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