Spot On

Columnist Dennis Byrne looks at the numbers and puts the federal government's response to the financial crisis in full, harrowing perspective:

In just eight months, we have made a fundamental change in our financial system and our form of government, without much debate or with, I dare say, no foresight. I'm glad I don't have to make these kinds of decisions, but I can't help think that we have lost something in our national character; we have become so fearful of the present that we are willing to mortgage our future, to risk the kind of calamity that could far surpass the present one.