Egregious Moderation: Ministry of Treasury PaulsonBrilliant. Unsigned, but I think by Brad DeLong.
... I need to ask you to support an urgent secret business relationship with a transfer of funds of great magnitude.
I am Ministry of the Treasury of the Republic of America. My country has had crisis that has caused the need for large transfer of funds of 800 billion dollars US. If you would assist me in this transfer, it would be most profitable to you.
I am working with Mr. Phil Gram, lobbyist for UBS, who will be my replacement as Ministry of the Treasury in January. As a Senator, you may know him as the leader of the American banking deregulation movement in the 1990s. This transactin is 100% safe.
This is a matter of great urgency. We need a blank check. ...
... After I receive that information, I will respond with detailed information about safeguards that will be used to protect the funds."
Trust the Bush administration?
I'd sooner sign with a 419 scam. At least my money might find its way into an impoverished nation ...