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Grassley Says AIG Execs Should Hari Kari

From the Madams Defarge at the Associated Press:

Senator suggests AIG execs should kill themselves

By NIGEL DUARA, Associated Press Writer

IOWA CITY, Iowa – Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley suggested that AIG executives should take a Japanese approach toward accepting responsibility for the collapse of the insurance giant by resigning or killing themselves.

The Republican lawmaker’s harsh comments came during an interview with Cedar Rapids, Iowa, radio station WMT on Monday. They echo remarks he has made in the past about corporate executives and public apologies, but went further in suggesting suicide.

"I suggest, you know, obviously, maybe they ought to be removed," Grassley said. "But I would suggest the first thing that would make me feel a little bit better toward them if they’d follow the Japanese example and come before the American people and take that deep bow and say, I’m sorry, and then either do one of two things: resign or go commit suicide.

"And in the case of the Japanese, they usually commit suicide before they make any apology."

Grassley spokesman Casey Mills said the senator isn’t calling for AIG executives to kill themselves, but said those who accept tax dollars and spend them on travel and bonuses do so irresponsibly

We can always count on at least one (so-called) Republican to play the fool.

And of course our watchdog media will leap upon his remarks like hyenas on a fresh bone.

(Unlike how they would treat any such untoward comments from a member of the protected class, aka the Democrat Party.)

Meanwhile, Democrats are devising far more real and far more devastating punishments for CEOs everywhere – with our media cheering them on.

"And in the case of the Japanese, they usually commit suicide before they make any apology."

That would be a neat trick.

Grassley spokesman Casey Mills said the senator isn’t calling for AIG executives to kill themselves, but said those who accept tax dollars and spend them on travel and bonuses do so irresponsibly.

Maybe we should apply this standard to our high-flying, junket-addicted Congressmen first.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, March 17th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

13 Responses to “Grassley Says AIG Execs Should Hari Kari”

  1. PC says:

    Two years ago Grassley was harrassing six evangelical ministers over their finances. Interesting thing about that was that he was trying to do it through the Senate and not the IRS. All six ministries were in compliance with the IRS. And the ministries were working off legislation that Grassley himself wrote for religious organizations in the 1980s.

    Such a clASSy guy.

  2. proreason says:

    Whew.

    No more need to bite my nails worrying that my comments on S&L are too extreme.

    (Note to self: try to be less moderate and nuanced in the future.)

  3. proreason says:

    Jake makes a fool of Gibbs over AIG…..again.

    From 2 weeks ago, but published on Tapper’s web-site yesterday:

    “TAPPER: AIG, is the administration confident that it, that it knows what happened to the tens of billions of dollars previously given to AIG?

    GIBBS: Is it confident — I’m sorry?

    TAPPER: That they know — that you guys know what happened to the previous billions before you hand over this next $30 billion.

    GIBBS: Yes — yes, the — I mean, I don’t think it’s a — well, obviously, you’ve got a huge insurance company that is losing money, not the least of which because of its sheer size and sheer size and decrease in the growth in our economy. It experiences a far bigger drop, largely because of its size. But, again, the steps that — that Treasury and — and others took were to ensure a larger systemic problem wasn’t one that we had to deal with here today in letting something just die.

    TAPPER: But in terms of specifically the — I guess it’s like $150 billion before, you guys are confident…

    GIBBS: Yes.”

    http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2009/03/two-weeks-ago-w.html

    It’s like arm-wresling with a 3 year-old girl.

    Related rhetorical question, is Gibbs the dumbest person to ever be press secretary or was it Scott McClellan? Personally, I think the perpetual glazed look gives it to Gibbs by a nose. Really, you have to wonder if Gibbs is capable of wiping himself.

  4. wardmama4 says:

    OK AIG had these retention bonuses in the works since last year. . .Obviously this must be another bill/report/note that our Congresscritters never bothered to read before voting.

    In the Generational Theft Act- Dodd himself put in a stipulation that bonuses prior to Feb. 2009 were exempt . . .so once again our vaulted Klownposse pretending to be leaders in DC are going to act as though they did not have a single thing to do with what is happening around them (or what they themselves have wrought upon us).

    Meanwhile threats against the people in AIG who are attempting to keep that company financially viable are growing. Thanks to the DC crowd and their propaganda machine the msm.

    You know when I will buy the bs from another one of these Congresscritters – when they vote themselves a pay freeze. Alas even that would be too hard for them.

    Lead by example – Something quite impossible from the Do As I Say Not As I Do Crowd.

  5. MinnesotaRush says:

    Well!!! I wonder if the honorable congressman (gawd .. I’m choking on those words – honorable congressman) is gonna fall on his sword. How well have these nitwits done with taxpayer money?!?!? I’m guessin’ the Citizens Against Government Waste and/or the Taxpayer Union could help us with that list!

  6. BillK says:

    Why are we picking on Grassley for joining the political AIG dogpile?

    Remember, it was Mitch McConnell, the Senate Minority Leader, who started it all yesterday by complaining that Democrats hadn’t done enough to stop AIG from paying the bonuses!

    It’s completely ridiculous.

  7. U NO HOO says:

    “is Gibbs the dumbest person to ever be press secretary or was it Scott McClellan?”

    I’ve never seen them together.

  8. VMAN says:

    The lunacy in DC just gets worse and worse.

  9. TwilightZoned says:

    IOWA CITY, Iowa – Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley suggested that AIG executives should take a Japanese approach toward accepting responsibility for the collapse of the insurance giant by resigning or killing themselves.

    As far as I’m concerned, we should clean house in DC with “a Japanese approach” since none of them would resign-EVER. Perhaps GrASSley can offer up some Kool-Aid for those who have no cajones for the sword before taking his own advice.

  10. Mad-Cabbie says:

    “And in the case of the Japanese, they usually commit suicide before they make any apology.”

    That would be a neat trick.

    …..

    What he means is that many Japanese would believe that an apology would not suffice for the dishonor they have brought upon themselves and their families, so they would instead choose to perform hari kari.

  11. canary says:

    Grassley is one of those that inspite of Tim Geithner’s tax invasion, said he would be good for the job. He’s doing the new salute and step dance. Further, when Bush passed the Federal Whistlers Protection Act, Grassley failed to make it work and do anything about Federal bully’s. Everyone can do what they want now, that’s for sure.

  12. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    It wouldn’t work. Sepuku, a.k.a. Hari Kari, involves the use of your best friend to honorably stand over you with an upraised sword to lop you head off after you’ve slashed open your bowels. No politician in D.C. is that brave or devoted to seek the honorable way out of their predicament.


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