When in pain, laugh. Indeed: laughter is the best medicine. And we need medicine.
Through the hurt and the humiliation, the nation is clinging to gallows humour churned out by the late night joke factories that goes beyond the angry banner unfurled on a Wall Street building this week -- aimed at financial advisors -- which simply read: JUMP, YOU FU*KERS!
"The economy is so bad that today, Dick Cheney was waterboarding his stockbroker," jibes CBS’s David Letterman. His rival, NBC’s Jay Leno quips: "The United States has developed a new weapon that destroys people but it leaves buildings standing. It's called the stock market."
It hurts to laugh, but it hurts more not to laugh.
''You think he even understands what's going on?'' Leno asked. ''Like, today, they asked about the credit crunch, he said it was his favorite candy bar.'' And when the rescue bill went up to 450 pages, he joked that ''President Bush's copy is even thicker, because they had to add pictures.''
Making fun of W is too easy. Fun, but too easy.
BULL MARKET -- A random market movement causing an investor to mistake himself for a financial genius.
Ouch! That one really hurts this genius.
P/E RATIO -- The percentage of investors wetting their pants as the market keeps crashing.
BROKER -- What my broker has made me.
STANDARD & POOR -- Your life in a nutshell.
MARKET CORRECTION -- The day after you buy stocks.
CASH FLOW-- The movement your money makes as it disappears down the toilet.
PROFIT -- An archaic word no longer in use.