Who would you put on Bill Maher's list?

On his show Friday night, Bill suggested that it was time for the US to treat its Wall Street miscreants in the same fashion that China had its corporate miscreants. He then recounted the fate of the Chinese executives responsible for the milk poisoning that kills so many children.  They were executed.

Maher suggested that, given the damage to the US economy done by the "masters of the universe," isn't it time for us to compile a similar list?

Maher nominated Dick Fuld of Lehman.

I'd add Sandy Weill, Charles Prince, Mizolo, Thain, Nardelli.

Some would say that these guys (and its almost exclusively guys, isn't it) have done more damage to our country and the world than OBL and deserve a comparable consequence for their actions.

Who's on your list?

Tags: bill maher, Charles Prince, Dick Fuld, Lehman, Masters of the Universe, Mizolo, Nardelli, OBL, Sandy Weill, Thain, Wall Street (all tags)

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They were just players in the casino

The guy I wanted Frog-Marched to the Guillotine is Mr "It's all in our minds" Phil Gramm, the man that BUILT the casino they all were gambling in.

Repealing Glass-Stegal was the first step, it was pouring the foundation for the great leveraged Cluster-F....

All roads lead back to Phil, he took conventionall explosives and turned them into Nuclear Weapons of Financial Mass Destruction!

by WashStateBlue 2009-02-22 01:51PM | 0 recs
Re: Who would you put on Bill Maher's list?

I hit for the heights, I'd have to nominate Dick Cheney, even though he's too sick to harvest any organs from.  (Just kidding dick, don't sic your thugs on me).  the minions of darkness can't operate without the dark leader.  

by anna shane 2009-02-22 01:53PM | 0 recs
ahem...

ourselves.

by canadian gal 2009-02-22 02:00PM | 0 recs
Well, I get your point....

But, I have to say, many of us played it straight up.

I didn't buy more house then I could afford, I don't have a single credit card balance.

So, I am certainly in better shape then many.

Yet, my 401K is dust, my company had laid off about 1/4 of the staff, and the rest of us are on salary reduced 32 hour week.

I haven't had a serious raise since the mid 90s, and I have seen corporations turn into goldmines for the executives, no one else.

When possible, I DID NOT vote for a candidate just who would lower my taxes, and I typically make 6 figures (not this year, of course...)

I agree with Warren Buffet, I benefit MORE from all boats rising, then my personal boat adrift in a sea of other boats going underwater.

So, yes, the American public, particularly the middle class that has voted against it's economic self interest, or been distracted by sideshow fearmongering, be it Islamofacism or Gay marriage is part of the problem.

I will admit, maybe I could have done more, but for the most part, I think the crooks are over there, and I have never agreed with any of them.

by WashStateBlue 2009-02-22 02:15PM | 0 recs
Re: Well, I get your point....

I am the same profile as you & I can top it by saying I'm now unemployed to boot.

by jrsygrl 2009-02-23 06:26AM | 0 recs
Re: Well, I get your point....

I could be following you, end of Q1, if sales don't get any better.....

Corporate America sucks, pure and simple.

by WashStateBlue 2009-02-23 01:42PM | 0 recs
Re: Well, I get your point....

The longer you stay employed obviously the better though b/c it means we get closer to the perception changing as to our value in the job market. Now I have to try and still find a job that promotes my resume forward & negotiate equitable pay. This should be interesting, especially since the prospective employer can guess the hand I've been dealt isn't good & is going to try and take advantage of me. And while I see potential future jobs being created, the question remains WHAT jobs are these - an $8/hour blue collar job isn't going to hack it; a $20/hour job isn't going to hack it. I need my a job that supports my SOL which as we've just commiserated is already fairly no frills.

by jrsygrl 2009-02-23 03:54PM | 0 recs
BTW, I have, in a not totally frivilous manne,r,

Asked why don't crimes of theft scale up all the way to execution?

Look, I am NOT in favor of the death penalty, but what is there really THAT much difference between what Bernie Madoff did and murder?

There are probably people who will certainly die sooner, without their ability to afford medical care...

Bernie caused deaths, pure and simple.

And, we talk about deterents?

Seriously, what is the risk when you can make Hundreds of millions versus 5 years in some cushy white collar prision.

You want this crap to stop?

Chop off a few heads.

Besides, we could put it on pay per view, and have a national lottery?

I would pay 5 bucks for the lottery ticket to push the button that lopped off Phil Gramm's head!

by WashStateBlue 2009-02-22 02:05PM | 0 recs
Re: Who would you put on Bill Maher's list?

George W Bush and Dick Cheney

by nikkid 2009-02-22 02:24PM | 0 recs
Re: Who would you put on Bill Maher's list?

Those guys get a direct flight to the Hauge for trial for war crimes, no doubt.

This thread is focused on corporate miscreants though.

by martinlomasney 2009-02-22 03:32PM | 0 recs
Re: Who would you put on Bill Maher's list?

When I saw Senator Sanders the other night, he spoke about bringing those who committed crimes to trial but then he noted in the very next breath that our criminal justice system wasn't capable of it.

by Charles Lemos 2009-02-22 02:28PM | 0 recs
Rich White Men have their own justice system

Odds of you getting the death penality for murder in Texas as a person of Color: More likely then not...

Odds of you getting the penality in Texas for murder if you are a rich white male: You're kidding, right?

by WashStateBlue 2009-02-23 04:46AM | 0 recs
Re: Who would you put on Bill Maher's list?

I was going to nominate Phil Gramm until WSB beat me to it.

I think Alan "The Financial Industry Could Never Do Anything Catastrophic" Greenspan should also go on that list.

by RecoveringRepublican 2009-02-22 07:22PM | 0 recs

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