Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Leadership FAIL

Originally uploaded by Noah Kalina

When is it appropriate to suggest someone commit suicide? Is it ever?

"The first thing that would make me feel a little bit better about them is if they follow the Japanese example and come before the American people and take that deep bow and say 'I'm sorry' and do either one of two things, resign or go commit suicide." ~ Senator Chuck Grassley (In response to the recent AIG bonus uproar)

When is it appropriate to suggest someone commit suicide? It never is.

I think it's obvious the country and the world alike needs strong, committed leadership. Too often what were getting is empty, absurd rhetoric.


Chris McDaniel said...

...Especially when the "Honorable" Sen. Grassley HIMSELF accepted $26,250 in contributions from AIG in 2007-08. You first, Senator.

Anytime there's this much hullabaloo in DC, it's there to distract the public from something else (likely worse) going on. Now is the time - more than ever - to be informed, and to be voters... in that order this time, please.

Anonymous said...

Like committing suicide is going to return the money and right things again. I don't think so.

Rich said...

Well said Drew,

I'm still wondering how the constant lambasting of AIG will result in an positive return for taxpayers, given this is one investment that none of us wanted to personally make. The new American policy seems to be: feed the bull some extra hay and then slaughter it when it doesn't give milk.

All my best,

Andrew Weaver said...

@Chris - You know I agree.

@J - Exactly. Instead of coming up with solutions to problems we actually have, we have too many leaders playing to the cameras in my opinion.

@Rich - Thanks. I'm not sure when we decided to revert back to pitchforks and torches when we have a crisis, but that seems to be the order of the day anymore. There has been very little leadership IMHO, and far too much grandstanding. Which of course, leads to no real solutions.