|Opinion and Comment: Bob Weaver
"Hey there, boys and girls, it's Howdy Doody time, it's Howdy Doody time." The strings
of the puppets have been pulled and the little people in the "Peanut Gallery" are
stupefied, using phrases from one of American TV's earliest kiddy shows.|
Enron - The world's largest bankruptcy at $61 billion is in progress and the golden
parachutes are afloat. That doesn't count hundreds of smaller companies who had
their eggs in the Enron basket, some of whom will belly-up.
Lots of cash (Republicans received over 70%) and fuzzy money has been sprinkled on
Washington, both parties, campaign finance be dammed. Ken Lay and Enron has
been George Bush's biggest financial supporter for years, but not to fear Bush
announced "I have never discussed the financial problems of the company."
Seems like half the state of Texas have recused themselves, according to the
Houston Chronicle, and now the recusing has begun in Washington and the Justice
Department is circling their wagons to "coordinate" the investigation.
Enron got excused from some government oversight in 2000. Too much oversight
would hinder the companies ability to conduct business, said Congress. Meanwhile,
insiders got rich selling Enron stock, the pension funds are gone and now, thousands
of records have been destroyed.
Clarence Page, writing for The Houston Chronicle, is asking the major news media to
accompany every news story about Enron with a profile of a victim, so we don't forget
what this scandal is about. The attack by this giant corporation and its political allies
should strike as much terror in American hearts as the evil ben Laden.
The Howdy Doody's who did the favors and turned their backs are now empty headed,
pockets filled with cash.
Enron investors and employees can comfort one another in the crying game.
American citizens can openly whine about Washington's morals, ethics or lack of
campaign finance reform, or they may complain about the millions of jobs lost
through NAFTA and world trade, mostly blamed on 9/11. Who has time to think about
such things or constitutional freedoms in the middle of the War on Terror.
Another national travesty begins with its denying, lying and blaming, making Bill
Clinton's sex habits and paltry Whitewater deal pale in comparison. Here the broken
commandment is greed and the losers are the little folks in the "Peanut Gallery," or
average hard-working Americans who gave their trust.
Most Americans support the President in the current troubling crisis. He is telling the
American people to spend, spend, spend; fly, fly, fly; drive, drive, drive - to bolster our
faltering economy. He is also telling us "We must go about our business," just like the
Enron money changers and their political supporters went about theirs.
During World War II, Franklin D. Roosevelt, a statesman, said we must have the
humility to sacrifice in order to defeat the enemy. American people went to work for
the war cause, and gasoline, food and clothing became rationed. The messages and
the times have certainly changed. Homeland vigilance becomes more than protecting
ourselves from terrorist bombs and anthrax.
It is protecting us from ourselves and those who serve us.
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