Bernanke and Paulson have laid it out plainly enough. If Congress doesn't give Paulson $700B, he'll blow up the economy. Um...sorry, that wasn't it.
If Congress doesn't pass the stimulus package, people won't have access to easy credit. In other words, people would have to save money. America would end up being financially prudent. It would be the end of the world!
For Goldman Sachs. Which is what Paulson is trying to save.