I think Republican Senator Charles Grassley from Iowa has been watching too many Godfather marathons, especially the one where Tom Hagen visits Frank Pentangeli “Frankie Five Angels,” lights up a cigar, and suggests that his family will always be taken care of, alluding to the criminal code “if he commits suicide.”
Grassley, in a radio interview, came right out and said that the losers in AIG’s financial division, who took the huge payout, should apologize and/or commit Hara-Kiri.
Maybe Grassley has been listening to too many old WWII stories as well, because this tradition is long gone from Japanese culture. It is also a very disturbing attitude and reeks of stupidity, especially when we all know that the government enabled the $165 million in bonus payouts in the first place, when they bailed-out the AIG sinking ship.
Come on guys, spare us the pretense and outrage - set better rules! Go through legal channels to get back our money and rethink your methodology; Hara-Kiri is not a solution.
The AIG executives have probably already stashed much of their money off-shore and should be forced to make restitution – not die with it all still in Swiss bank accounts and/or the Cayman Islands for beneficiary distribution!
The people of Iowa should lay their case before the House Judiciary Committee and recall this flat liner: