Wednesday, November 19, 2008

So much for "wordless Wednesday"

Today on my way to work, I was listening to NPR coverage of the "Big Three" auto executives who went to Capitol Hill to ask for a government bail-out to save their companies.

I thought to myself "Yeah, and I'm sure they stayed at the Holiday Inn Express while they're in Washington DC, right?"

Well, now the news is that they all flew to DC - to ask for billions of tax-payer money to save the companies that they ran into the ground - on PRIVATE JETS. Of course they did.

"There is a delicious irony in seeing private luxury jets flying into Washington, D.C., and people coming off of them with tin cups in their hand, saying that they're going to be trimming down and streamlining their businesses," Rep. Gary Ackerman, D-New York, told the chief executive officers of Ford, Chrystler and General Motors at a hearing of the House Financial Services Committee.

"It's almost like seeing a guy show up at the soup kitchen in high hat and tuxedo. It kind of makes you a little bit suspicious." He added, "couldn't you all have downgraded to first class or jet-pooled or something to get here? It would have at least sent a message that you do get it."

Jet-pooled. *snort*


Dee said...

They will get the money, AND their golden parachutes ! Will keep their jets, while employees who aren't laid off, will drive to work in old polution emitting junk cars. ( its what they can afford ).

Anonymous said...

ugh. isn't it something...

Linda, aka "Lala" said...

It makes me sick that Lisa and I are sucking pond water while they are sipping champaign,... and I have to bail THEM out!


Fancy Schmancy said...

I agree, they just really have no idea how the rest of us live.

Heidi said...

disgusting. they are disgusting.

Dee said...

Latest: Thursday: They didn't get their bailout ( yet ) and slunk back to their lofty offices in their jets. They all stated that, NO, they would not give up their jets, nor their bonuses or golden parachutes. And it is believed that eventually they will get some help.
(blood pressure RISING ! ! ! ! )

kate said...

It makes me crazy. I agree with David: IF they get their bail-out (which I acutally support because it's the "regular" people who will suffer if the companies go bankrupt), every single one of those executives should be shit-canned with NO "golden parachute" whatsoever.