Political post, feel free to skip.
The CEO’s of the Big 3 automakers went hat in hand before Congress to plead for unearned taxpayer dollars to continue their operations. Apparently their plan was ‘give us 25Bn and we’ll see that it’s spent properly’. As a business proposition that seems lacking, and thy were sent away empty handed. Good.
But there was a bit of hypocritical theater by some goofy congressman, a ‘show of hands of those that came here on a biz jet’ or somesuch. Of course, these CEO’s all make a heck of a lot of money and haven’t flown commercial since they were Senior VP’s. This is common in the world of the Big Money CEO’s, and was a spectacularly tone-deaf thing to do when pleading for other peoples’ money as a handout.
Yet, the hypocrisy award goes to a congress which yearly racks up Trillion dollar deficits hectoring business owners for flying corporate jets. I’d have given a lot of money to have one of the Big 3 CEOs ask “Congressmen, I’d like to see a show of hands of those who rode the bus to work, given the terrific job you’ve done of generating massive budget deficits”.
I can dream.