Wednesday, January 28, 2009

"You're like the thief who isn't the least bit sorry he stole, but is terribly, terribly sorry he's going to jail." Rhett Butler to Scarlett

Can't help but think that the executives from AIG, Citibank, Leheman Brothers, ect, have a streak of Scarlett O'Hara in them. A streak a mile wide.

I have nothing against people making a load of cash - no problem at all - but when your company is failing while you were at the helm, when people are getting laid off, and taxpayers are footing the bill through bailouts, unemployment, and the market downturn then a $50,000,000 jet seems well excessive. Hell, flying 1st class is excessive.

While these executives are not technically 'criminals' and are not going to jail, they are morally bankrupt. Capitalism does work and the gov't should get out of the way and let these companies fail if that's what they drove it to and are continuing to do even after they get MY money. Then maybe, just maybe, it won't happen again.

Scarlett is one of the most memorable characters in fiction, but has no place in the real world.

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