Maureen Dowd's Op-ed piece in the Times yesterday was just great.
As many Americans continue to struggle, Goldman, Morgan Stanley and JPMorgan Chase, banks that took government bailout money after throwing the entire world into crisis, have said they will dish out $30 billion in bonuses -- up 60 percent from last year.
The saying used to be, whatever happens, the lawyers win. Now, it's whatever happens, the bankers win.
This kind of stuff just pisses me off, and it's the kind of stuff that needs to be constantly brought to the surface because, well, because it does. And I was invigorated with a fresh dose of skepticism and hatred for these people, thanks to Ms. Dowd. Dare I say, MoDo is filling the giant void left in my Op Ed life by the sad departure of Molly Ivins.
And then today, I read in the NYT OpEd section a letter from the National Chairman of the Anti-Defamation League, whining about Ms. Dowd's piece. It stems from the final paragraph of her editorial:
And as far as doing God's work, I think the bankers who took government money and then gave out obscene bonuses are the same self-interested sorts Jesus threw out of the temple.
But, oh no!:
However unintentional, Ms. Dowd's invoking the New Testament story to illustrate our current financial mess conjures up old prejudices against Jews.
- Robert G. Sugarman
Jesus christ (invoked here as an expression of grief/disgust/rage, not asking for his help or anything (or trying to piss off any Jews)), this is the kind of shit that makes me crazy. Can we please keep our eyes on the ball, people? I realize Mr. Sugarman is just doing his job, but it irritates me that the Times ran the letter. On second thought, this seems a clear case of the Times' Editorial Board just doing theirs, and, sadly, it's not journalism. What does that say?