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Whatever Happened To Righteous Indignation?

Topics: Politics | 3 CommentsBy admin | March 28, 2009

AIG stands for Avarice, Insolence, Greed.


Go ahead. Think about butterflies.

As I shopped at a resale clothes shop yesterday, I was mostly thinking about how cool it was that I spent less than twenty bucks and managed to buy 4 shirts and 2 jackets. It wasn’t until this morning – when I was assembling some tax documents – that it came back. There it was, welling up inside me. Righteous Indignation. I’m not going to try to sound intelligent here (something many of my friends would say is a lost cause), because as far as I’m concerned this series of images explains the TARP program well enough. It’s so incredibly obvious that in simple terms, the American public is directly paying for the outrageous speculative wealth-building of a very small group of people. Even the beneficiaries of the current bailout plans know they’re creeps; see this internal AIG memo that advises employees on how not to fall victim to the populist horde calling for their heads. In America, the protests have been a little feeble. Small groups have protested at AIG executives’ homes, and there have been under-reported and isolated Tea Parties across the country. In the UK, things have been a little edgier, with acts of vandalism against bankers’ homes. And although millions protested in the streets in France about a week ago, you have to go to sites like AlJazeera.net to find images and reporting. So tell me. Where’s your indignation? I really want to know what you think. If you want to leave an anonymous comment, use the name “Guest” and the email “dissociatedguest@gmail.com”.

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  1. Posted by John Minock on 03.28.09 9:12 am

    It takes time to sort out fault in this mess; let’s not rush to judgment just by following the headlines, the story is more complex. This indignation should have a chance to simmer and age, not go off like an m-80. We’ve had several examples of the mob mentality recently, like the rude but probably undeserved treatment Liddy got at the hands of congresspeople playing to the cameras.

  2. Posted by kristin on 03.29.09 8:33 am

    I’m not surprised to hear about protest and vandalism at AIG executives’ homes. I don’t support the vandalism, but the taking of government rescue funds and using them for “bounuses” is so insane that I’d be ready to protest in front of an executive’s home if there was one in the area! I’m glad they’re not my insurance company (were for a couple of years for car insurance back in the day).
    It’s going to take a long time for the country to shift it’s thinking from greed to growth, as these terms have been synonymous for so long. Hell, who am I to talk – I just bought a new car a month ago using earned government money.

  3. Posted by John Minock on 03.30.09 5:46 am

    Check out this Fresh Air segment from 3/25/09

    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=102325715&ps=cprs

    and then go protest outside Phil Gramm and Alan Greenspan’s houses.