...some of the most basic details, including the $700 billion figure Treasury would use to buy up bad debt, are fuzzy.
"It's not based on any particular data point," a Treasury spokeswoman told Forbes.com Tuesday. "We just wanted to choose a really large number."
It's a... striking statement, particularly given the importance that psychology and confidence are supposed to play in this particular crisis. Perhaps it would be better if they confessed where the figure really from: the Dungeons and Dragons Epic Level Handbook:
If a party of adventurers successfully kill an Economy, they may take D100 x 10,000,000,000 gold pieces from its corpse.