Gail Collins, who writes for the New York Times editorial pages, has penned a right-on, nail-’em-to-the-wall piece this morning on the AIG/banking/finance clusterf**k of a freakin’ mess.
Collins is way-pissed:
Angry. So very, very angry. Unable to speak due to mega-anger washing over every pore and fiber of my being. Anger is in. (Hopeâ€™s so … January.)
I am extremely angry at Tim Geithner for being such a baby that he couldnâ€™t scare a bunch of American International Group quants into forgoing their bonuses.
We need a Treasury secretary so terrifying that if you were stuck in an elevator alone with him, you would just automatically hand over your wallet and credit cards.
I hate everybody in the world of finance. Also accountants, since itâ€™s tax time.
And Iâ€™m totally angry at everybody in Congress for trying to pretend that theyâ€™re angrier than I am. Like Senator Chuck Grassley saying the A.I.G. execs should follow the Japanese model and â€œresign or go commit suicide.â€
Took him about three seconds to backtrack. â€œInteligent journalist canâ€™t recgnize rhetoric,â€ Grassley twittered.
Letâ€™s complain about Barack Obama. Why doesnâ€™t he sound angrier? Doesnâ€™t he understand that his job right now is to be the Great Venter?
Sure he keeps saying heâ€™s mad. But you can tell that he secretly thinks itâ€™s crazy to obsess about $165 million in bonuses in a company thatâ€™s still got $1.6 trillion in toxic assets to unravel.
â€œI donâ€™t want to quell that anger. I want to channel our anger in a constructive way,â€ he said on Wednesday.
Everybody knows constructively channeled anger doesnâ€™t really count. Itâ€™s like diet pizza.
Read Collins entire venting post here.
Obama tried to keep it moving, taking the ‘buck-stops-here’ routine yesterday in California, however, in “fixing these messes, even if I didn’t make them,” and “Now, I know a lot of you are outraged about this — rightfully so. I’m outraged too.”
Then kick some ass! Mr. President.