Where did I leave my pitchfork

by beagooddad on March 19, 2009

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Man, I’m tired of politics…and media…and big businesses.

I remember watching the media and the politician getting everybody riled up to go after Saddam. I specifically remember a lunch with a few coworkers the day the big invasion began. People were cheering and saying “It’s about time we went after him” etc, etc. I actually got argued with because I didn’t think it was such a great idea. It just felt like we were getting involved in something without actually knowing why we were doing it and what we were going to do once we had him. I think I pretty much nailed that one.

Just today, I had a little debate with a roomful of consultants. Congress is threatening to tax the executive bonuses of the employees of the companies that receive TARP money over a certain amount. So if Fat Cat CEO of AIG was given $15,000,000 in exectuive bonuses, that $15 million is going to be taxed if it makes it through both branches of Congress…at 90%.

So here are a my reasons for thinking this sucks (and believe me, none of them have to do with me liking Fat Cat CEOs).

We all knew in advance that there was a risk that the money wouldn’t be used the way that it was intended. The banks certainly knew there would be little pockets to hide money in. Even people in the government knew.

Fine. Rich people can do rich people things that we can’t do.

But then as soon as the story starts to leak around the media, there is huge, instant outrage amongst the politicians who gave the money away to begin with but only because they realize that the public is getting ready to round up the mob to go after somebody…anybody.

That’s our money, right!

If the banks gave the money to the executives inappropriately, than Congress should go get the banks to repay that portion of the money. If they broke the law by giving out the money or if any of the executives broke the law in a way that would void their executive bonus contracts, take them to court and let the judge deal with it.

To just on the spot just randomly decide to tax the money back to themselves without any need of deciding whether any rules or laws were broken is pretty scary in my opinion.

I know I haven’t been talking about “parenting” much recently but this does has a parenting angle.

Geetle frequently has no patience with things not going her way. She gets very pouty, whiny, and sometimes yelly immediately (not always by any stretch of the imagination but when it happens it is immediate). Pookie and even Giggles do it, too. BAGM and, as much as I hate to admit it, I sometimes do it, to0.

In this era of instant and constant connectivity, we need to be careful that we don’t raise our kids to constantly react by yelling and screaming and complaining as they listen to what seem to be authority figures that are always overreacting and shouting at each other on TV, on the radio, and on the Internet.

The bailouts (both before Obama was elected and after) happened too fast with too little attention paid to the details. There were consequences that made the politicians look stupid and made the voters angry. That does not give the politicians the right to grab their pitchforks and point the angry mob at the banks. They all need to slow down, take the time to figure out what is going on and come up with real plans.

Which is a lesson all of us parents need to remember when dealing with our kids, teachers, bosses, baggers at the grocery store, and the idiot in front of us that won’t turn right on red.

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