Madoff Ponzi Scheme Could Cause $17 Billion in Lost Tax Revenue

This title is most amusing, Madoff Scandal May Cost Tax Revenue, where the estimates of lost revenue are as high as $17 Billion dollars.

Considering we have $8 trillion in pledges to the financial industry while Congress and the Bush administration pound on a poor auto workers union and AIG doubles it's executives salaries, doesn't $17 Billion seem trivial?