Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Senator Grassley's Daft Remark

Iowa Senator Charles Grassley, the ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, said in a radio interview yesterday that AIG executives should "commit suicide." Grassley said:

The first thing that would make me feel a little better toward them (is) if they'd follow the Japanese example and come before the American people and take that deep bow and say, "I'm sorry, and then do one of two things: resign or go commit suicide....And in the case of the Japanese they usually commit suicide before they make any apology.

How absolutely daft. And here I thought Senator Grassley believed in the sanctity of life. Asking for an apology is one thing but calling upon people to take their own lives is sheer stupidity and contributes nothing to the debate other than draw attention to himself. Senator Grassley can surely do better than this unfortunate outburst.

Once again, in the interest of full disclosure, I am an employee of an AIG subsidiary. No, I am not associated with the unit receiving these bonuses.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

While I agree that the action of AIG execs giving themselves lucrative bonuses with taxpayer money meant to keep them afloat is utterly appalling, I feel that Congress (Barney Frank, in particular) has absolutely no right to take the moral high ground and criticize them.

For one, Frank kept insisting that there was nothing front with Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae as far back as summer of last year, only to have everything explode in his face. I still have not heard of him taking any accountability for the mess.

And for any Congressman who voted FOR the stimulus package, how can they have the audacity to criticize anyone when they essentially decided they were going to take the American people's money and spend a nice chunk in the 9,000 earmarks in the bill.

This whole mess reeks.