The Three Marketeers

Economist heroes? It sounds silly unless you understand how close we came to economic meltdown last year. This close

The phone rings. You are on vacation in the Virgin Islands. You have been dreaming about the fishing for the better part of two months, and you are about to head out to chase the Christmastime bonefish running offshore and to spend a day on the water, with the sun leaching six months of Washington baloney from your brain. The phone rings, and because you are Secretary of the Treasury, you answer. "This is the Treasury operator," says the voice. "Please stand by for a conference call."

The phone rings. You are at home, but getting ready to head out to...

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