So I’m poor like everyone else and when I think about Wall Street CEOs, I think about feeding them to hungry wolves, just like everyone else, and when I heard that they were going to be grilled by congress yesterday my first thought was, “Good!” I’m not naive enough to expect congress to accomplish anything or that anything significant would happen to the CEOs, but I was still comforted by the thought that they’d suffer a little public humiliation on camera. And I know it’s petty of me, but I still am. But on the drive to work this morning I decided to turn on the radio and listen to the news.
This is something I do maybe once a year when I run out of music. I don’t like getting my news from the radio or the television, I prefer Google News or even newspapers (for the next year or two, anyway). I shouldn’t even have to explain why I don’t like television news…so I won’t. The reason I don’t like radio news (and I’d like to clarify that I mean actual news and not the partisan bullshit you hear on KFI or Air America) is that they play sound clips along with their reporting and, well, let’s just say it’s more frustrating for me to hear someone say something stupid than it is for me to read it.
So I turned on the radio and listed to the news on the way in to work this morning and I got to hear various politicians lambaste the Wall Street CEOs. And as I was listening I thought to myself, “Do any of you have the right to be this angry?” And of course they don’t. The whole thing felt like a big show they were putting on to keep taxpayer voter anger directed away from them.
Congressman Barney Frank, a guy I normally find quite likable, told the CEOs they “needed to understand Americans’ anger and frustration”. I just hope Frank understands that we’re just as angry and frustrated with him and his as we are with the fuckholes in the financial world.
But the guy who really pissed me off (and the reason I’m writing all this) was Congressman Michael Capuano, who was more righteously indignant than all the other righteously indignant politicians assembled. This guy totally stole the show: He out-angered, out-judged, and out-drama queened everyone else in the room. Blaming the CEOs for the massive dump the real estate market has taken, this guy actually said, “I can’t believe no one’s prosecuted you on this. It’s my hope that you will be answering for that in court one day.” He also said, “America doesn’t trust you anymore.” And I wondered two things: First, does Capuano also want the congressmen who told the banks to loosen up their lending practices and make home loans more readily available prosecuted? And second, does he actually think America trusts congress?
Of all the people I know, there’s probably an even mix between those who think politicians should be shot dead and those who have a more reasonable opinion and think they should only be wounded. But fucking all of us are unhappy with the way they’ve been running things and we have been for as long as I can remember.
So to Capuano and all the other performers in yesterday’s drama, I say this: Shut your stupid fucking mouth you stupid fucking dick. In all your anger you don’t come off as someone who’s looking out for my best interests, you come off like that fucking pathetic high school teacher who, more than anything else, just wants to be liked by his students. None of us like you, so shut up and get to the business of fixing this country before there’s a goddamn revolution.