Hey, Stewart! Lay Off AIG, Madoff and Cramer
(Left - Jon Stewart interviews Jim Cramer)
Has America gotten so callous that we no longer appreciate the fine art of securities fraud?
Am I the only one who’s sick and tired of having pundits and holier than thou’s demeaning the missteps of those who did what we all know we would have done if we were in their very expensive shoes?
It seems that everyone is taking some kid of perverted joy from watching these powerful entities fall. Folks, we’re only talking about money here. It’s not like anyone is dying, except maybe for those who are so distraught about losing their jobs, watching their pensions dissolve or their family fall apart, that they’ve swallowed a gun barrel. So what if there are those who have become so depressed that they’ve crawled into a chronic fetal position in bed, covers over their head, thumb tucked neatly in mouth, unable to face friends and family? Since when does being weak deserve our compassion? Isn’t that what Zoloft and funeral directors are for?
So shame on you, Jon Stewart. Shame on your so-called satire. Is everything a joke with you? Jim Cramer looked at you with remorseful baby seal eyes and instead of granting him forgiveness, you chose to club him and use his blubber and glossy white pelt for comedy material.
It seems to be okay when we whine about losing our jobs or medical insurance and in some cases, our homes, but when there are those who fight tooth and nail, sometimes needing to use sleight of hand - and stock - to keep the dollars coming in, it’s a crime. Are we mad that they’ve come up with a few clever manipulations to keep the palatial Park Ave condo and summer Hamton mortgage money coming in? Or are we just plain jealous? When did making millions from other people’s woes become a crime? Isn’t this what America was built on? I’m only glad that George Pullman and Gordon Gekko aren’t around to see this.
Instead of appreciating their ingenuity, we call on them to commit harikari. Isn’t it enough that these Wall Street kamikazes crashed their tumbling businesses into our once booming economy? Of course they’ll use their golden parachutes to escape an actual cash flow problem, Swiss bank accounts unscathed. But that’s because they planned ahead. Yet we want to hold them accountable for our failure to foresee their failures.
What’s next? Shaming politicians for taking thousands from lobbyists and corporations who want laws passed friendly to their causes. Forcing lawyers not to lie for their clients? Having Keith Olbermann bring on someone who disagrees with him?
Take corruption and influence peddling out of politics? Why don’t we just outlaw graft? Why don’t we just not overcharge the sick for prescriptions. We might as well take the nicotine out of cigarettes. It seems like we won’t be happy until the powerful men and women who we envy for their position and vacation homes have to start working for a living. But where would we be without these well-healed thieves and their 1,000 to 1, employer to employee salaries?
Lehman Brothers, Bears Stern, AIG, Madoff, Cramer, they were only trying their best to feed their families…at Philly’s Le Bec Fin or France’s Auberge de l’Eridan…every night. And what’s wrong with that?
This week Rush Limbaugh foretold what would happen if we limited salaries and the bonuses of the rich and richer…
“Without the super wealthy in New York, it’s over. You might as well go get Kurt Russell (Escape From New York) in there, put a fence around the whole country, and turn it into a prison, because that’s what it would be…That’s what it would be if you start limiting the pay of people whose taxes pay the freight in that city.”
And if you believe that I have some air guitar futures you might be interested in.