The judge in the Bernie Madoff trial has dismissed the case against the swindler who bilked clients in a $50 billion Ponzi scheme when his lawyers presented evidence that the entire US economy is based on the same scheme.
"The whole schmiel is a Pyramid scheme!" isisted Jernie Paidoff, defense lawyer. "In every business you have one guy on top who's the dictator, no matter what kind of democracy it is, and the next level down is a bunch of Gestapo-like guys who run roughshod over all the peons at the bottom who do the real hard work. The capitalist ideal in business is to claw your way to the top by screwing anybody you have to. Its the American Way! Are you some sort of traitor? What did Bernie do that was any different?"
The truth of the statement and a promised 12% return interest on an investment made the judge reconsider the crime and dismiss the case. Madoff was allowed to keep the money because the judge didn't want to seem unAmerican.