Human nature is such an odd thing, how some people act with unquestionable integrity and a solid moral center. Then there are those whose integrity is for sale and whose morality doesn’t even wave at conviction or consistency.
Taking a glance at the source for many things political, C-SPAN, there sat Neil Barofsky being interviewed. Two points if you know who he is (I didn’t know until about ten minutes ago so I’m batting .000). Uncle Neil is the Inspector General of the TARP program, that wonderful, thoughtful solution where we turned all our money over to the likes of AIG and GM. Mr. B was saying that we should in no way expect a dollar for dollar return on the money we gave to these institutions through the bailout.
We shouldn’t??? Oh, so it was a gift? Can we all take a couple million off our taxes for charitable donations? Imagine if, say, Warren Buffet (no relation to Jimmy…I think) made all his investments without expecting a dollar for dollar return. He’d be a frequent diner at the local soup kitchen if that was the case.
I certainly don’t remember ANYONE in the government say we were not going to get our money back. In fact I seem to remember TARP being flogged as an investment that will yield great returns for the country. At the one year anniversary of TARP, the Prez said Americans were making a 17% return on their money. Really?? Should I expect a check any time soon.
Who knows who is telling the truth anymore. Numbers can be cooked to support anything. And while pundits on both sides of the political spectrum spend most of their time in the sandbox thinking up names to call their opposition, the average sucker (re: you and me) continues to get butt-fucked.
Yet where is there a comforting place to turn? With whom can we have even a modicum of faith that these idiots might have a clue what real life is all about. It brings to mind the classic words I have posted before….