Wednesday, November 19, 2008

It's Surreal to be an American These Days

Can someone please explain the meaningful difference between the following stories?

1987:
Oral Roberts goes on vigil and asks for $8 million, or else God will call him home.

2008:
Chrysler CEO Robert Nardelli, Ford CEO Alan Mulally, and General Motors CEO Rick Wagoner go to Congress and say they will go out of business unless Congress loans them at least $25 BILLION (yes, BILLION).

Okay, I'll give Ford some credit: at least they say they can weather the storm without dying.

These clowns make garbage cars like Hummers and Expeditions for years, knowing full well the long-term consequences for the planet.  Then, when the bottom falls out, they come asking for help.

Go bankrupt, you wussies.  Man up.  Market up.

And it takes the cake that Dubya and his minions want to loan the car clowns money that was previously earmarked to reward companies for building more fuel-efficient cars; but of course Dubya wants to remove that pre-condition and just fork over the money.

Dubya, who fired no one after 9/11 or the federal levee failures.  Dubya, the MBA President.  Dubya.  What a joke.

The only way he could be worse is if he pardons Edwin Edwards.

Oh, that's right.  Apparently, he's gonna do that too.


2 comments:

Michael said...

You know, Mr. Clio, I mostly agree with you. But what I'd really like to see is the Feds offer Detroit the money, on the condition that the average salary of the board of directors be the same as the average salary they pay assembly line workers.

Oh, man. I'd love to see them swallow that. I'd be worth the money to me.

Leigh C. said...

I second Michael...but then we'd just be confirming how far left the right wingnuts think this country's gonna go...and, of course, Time magazine's getting in on the act a little, playing it up:

http://www.time.com/time/covers/0,16641,1101081124,00.html