The classicists argue as to whether Nero really fiddled while Rome burned. Yet the story is seen as apocryphal in the same way biblical parables and myths from Greek Mythology are often so viewed. That is because we all know people who have done just that sort of thing. It happens amongst us now – and on a grand and extravagant scale.
Perhaps the most amusing recent examples of this sort of behavior come to us from both the business world and from our friends, the environmental movement.
We begin with the detestable resort vacation taken by those corporate bums on the plush from AIG. The worst thing about unmitigated corporate failure seems to be that it clogs the pores and causes muscle hypertension. Less than one week after the government loaned the corporation $85B to stave off bankruptcy, it was time for AIG to hit the spa.
Less than a week after the federal government had to bail out American International Group Inc., the company sent executives on a $440,000 retreat to a posh California resort, lawmakers investigating the company’s meltdown said Tuesday.
The tab included $23,380 worth of spa treatments for AIG employees at the coastal St. Regis resort south of Los Angeles even as the company tapped into an $85 billion loan from the government it needed to stave off bankruptcy.
Apparently, the $440K included money Congressman Waxman had thought was earmarked for the coffers of the DCCC. He lit into them like the good faux-populist he truly is.
“Average Americans are suffering economically. They’re losing their jobs, their homes and their health insurance,” House Oversight Committee Chairman Henry Waxman, D-Calif., scolded the company during a lengthy opening statement. “Yet less than one week after the taxpayers rescued AIG, company executives could be found wining and dining at one of the most exclusive resorts in the nation.”
Waxman’s outrage is of course selective and risibly phony. But just because Waxman came from the land of showbiz, doesn’t mean that he didn’t speak the truth. AIG’s customers should be protected. AIG should be dragged forth and made to clean the toilets at rest shelters along the Appalachian Trail with old toothbrushes.
What Congressman Waxman’s selective excoriation of THE EVIL RICH will deliberately overlook, is the behavior of some of his closest ideological allies at the WWF. You see the WWF demands us all to reduce our carbon footprints. According to them, we owe it to the children.
We should reduce our carbon footprints and stop raping Mother Gaia, unless we’re drunk and doing it aboard the WWF’s own fleet of private jets. It seems that carbon footprints are “different” when you drop $65K to party for a month with the WWF. The WWF is currently offering its elite class of wealthy members a soirée aboard private jet to some of the most remote ecosystems in the world. The brochure follows below.
Around the World: A Private Jet Expedition
April 6 – 30, 2009