Mark McHugh

$500K not enough?

In Open Thread on Saturday, February 7, 2009 at 3:22 pm

As if losing 598k jobs in January wasn’t bad enough.  Now, Wall Street’s “best and brightest” are threatening to walk.  For the uninitiated, Wall Street’s best and brightest are probably better known to you as those sleazy jerk-offs who stole half your retirement last year and want your grandkids to bail them out.  You say potato(head), they say best and brightest.  Apparently what exactly makes them better and brighter than you is a closely guarded secret (that you probably wouldn’t understand even if we tried to explain it to you).

Self-appointed spokeswoman for the elite Erin Burnett actually said this out loud on Meet the PressVIDEO (audio is poor)


  • ….The taxpayer money is not being used to pay the bonuses.  I think people could understand, if you work for a company, right?  The three of us work for a company…And I lost ten billion dollars.  Steve, over there he made a billion dollars.  So, overall the company actually loses money, but Steve went and did his very darndest for the company, and he actually made money.  So should he be paid for his work?  That’s essentially what we are talking about here…..

Now, in my little world, after losing 9 billion of other people’s money,  me and Steve both need new identities and plane tickets to South America.  But on Wall St, we get $10B from the government, pay Steve (best and brightest), and start rolling the dice again.  So it’s actually my inability to think outside the balance sheet that’s been keeping me poor all these years.  No wonder capitalism works so well.  When you lose money, other people foot the bill and when you make it, you keep it!  PLEASE NOTE:  These capitalist principles do no apply to Automakers, Steelworkers or anyone else on this side of the rainbow.

Here’s another example of Erin’s  keen insight (from

  • “A lot of people like to say, uh, scaremonger about China, right? A lot of politicians, and I know you talk about that issue all the time. I think people should be careful what they wish for on China. Ya know, if China were to revalue it’s currency or China is to start making say, toys that don’t have lead in them or food that isn’t poisonous, their costs of production are going to go up and that means prices at Wal-Mart here in the United States are going to go up too. So, I would say China is our greatest friend right now, they’re keeping prices low and they’re keeping the prices for mortgages low, too.”

When she’s not busy destroying America, Erin enjoys yoga, travel, and loogies in her food.

Sources say she can rotate her head 360 degrees, but I digress……

The point I’m trying to get at is:  This is not Class warfare.  I think it’s some kind of inter-dimensional warfare.  Inter-dimensional warfare, as you know, can be tricky because the laws of physics (and economics apparently) work differently.  In any sort of reality-based universe, these Wall Street clowns are worthless bumblefucks, but we’re not talking about our universe anymore……

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