Some Valium With That Omelet Please

A Wall St. sign hangs in front of the New York Stock Exchange Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2008 in New York. Stocks are opening higher but financial markets remained troubled a day after the House voted down a proposed $700 billion rescue plan for the financial sector. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) AP Photo/Mark Lennihan

This column was written by CBS News Early Show Co-Anchor Harry Smith.

I spent the morning at the Tick Tock Diner in Clifton, N.J. There is an interesting mix of folks here; pharmaceutical industry, truck drivers, firefighters, retirees, even a lawyer or two.

Not exactly a scientific sampling, but a cross-section to be sure.

Anger at Congress was palpable.

There were plenty of people who were mad that the bailout bill wasn't passed, and there were plenty of people who are so mad at Wall Street they hope the bailout, especially as it stands now, remains defeated.

Many people said, "Look, the market has survived before, it will survive now. Let the flow, and let the market heal itself."

A retiree said, "Get on with it already. My nerves are shot. My savings are disappearing."

And the firefighter said, "I guess I'll just have to work the rest of my life."

Across the street, a giant drug factory was humming with activity. "It's the place that invented Valium," some smart aleck said.

Maybe they should put that in the omelets -- and make mine a double.
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