Friday, March 20, 2009

AIG Brings to You "Doddge Ball"

When I was in grade school, one of the favorite games we played during recess was "dodge ball". Throw a "not-so-hard" ball at someone and see if they are fast enough to get out of the way.
It seems the same game is going on in Washington with the AIG bonus snafu. One of the main players of this game of Doddge Ball is none other than Senator Chris Dodd (D-Conn) who is also the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs. He has shown some fancy footwork trying to avoid the "smoker" from the sidelines. He and the new Secretary of the Treasury, Timothy Geithner, are in a heated one-on-one throwing contest, fancy footwork coming mainly from Dodd.
I have only one thought on this and it goes back to when I was 18. One of the first things the military teaches you is to be honorable. If you've made a mistake, admit it, and do your best not to do it again. The lives of your buddies may depend on it.
Dodd needs to learn that lesson. Stop trying to Doddge what you obviously did. The American people don't want a lesson on the "convoluted process of how things don't get done", and "who-done-what-to-whom-when" If you are in charge, admit to yourself and to the American people your mistakes and do what you can to fix the problem. Fancy footwork and lawyer-ese/double-speak only make you look worse.

1 comment:

  1. It's OK. Everything will be fixed after they get it almost all back with 90% taxes. There, problem solved ;)