We need Woody Guthrie. We need Will Rogers. Maybe the song “We’re America” can help save the economy and even Obama along the way, since I fear the current pandemic over A.I.G. and its bonus-spree could actually bring the President down, maybe not tomorrow, but by the end of his first term. Why? Because this has now become an official history-book style scandal, one that may just be worthy of a few paragraphs in the digital tome of some fifth grader circa 2030. Just watch CNN for an hour, any hour; just wade through today’s New York Times, USA Today; name your poison. Consequently, my quotes of the day:
Maureen Dowd really got her Irish up in today’s column in the NY Times. She gave some sage advice on just what Obama should tell A.I.G.:
We stopped the checks. They’re immoral. If you want Americans’ hard-earned cash as a reward for burning up their jobs, homes and savings, sue me.
New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said:
Their (A.I.G.’s) mythology starts with the false premise that these are irreplaceable geniuses.
Yes, I quoted the opportunistic Andy Cuomo (love his dad, though). But maybe what we need now are some tough prosecutor types. How about we recruit the NY AG, Janine Pierro, Nancy Grace and Eliot Spitzer (forget the hooker, we’re talking mercenaries here). How’s that for a goon dream-team. We’ll give ‘em all Louisville sluggers and send them knee-cap hunting over to the London countryside where the A.I.G. execs roam. It’ll only cost us $160 American for the lumber; the chutzbah comes free.