Apologise – or commit suicide ?

grassleyIowa senator Charles Grassley has ATOW jumped to the top of the “most read” charts with his suggestion that disgraced AIG executives should resign – or kill themselves.

“I would suggest the first thing that would make me feel a little bit better toward them if they’d follow the Japanese example and come before the American people and take that deep bow and say, I’m sorry, and then either do one of two things: resign or go commit suicide.”And in the case of the Japanese, they usually commit suicide before they make any apology.”

His comments came while speaking to a radio station WMT  in Iowa. Does he represent the views of many angry Americans ?

And talking of radio stations, we are very pleased to hear that WFDD in Winston-Salem is taking WHYS from today. We welcome them to the fold and look forward to their listeners contributing to the debate.

Why not start with this one ?

21 Responses to “Apologise – or commit suicide ?”

  1. 1 steve/oregon
    March 17, 2009 at 14:47

    Hell yes and allow me to “rework” the conditions of the loan i have with a subsidiary of thiers

  2. 2 Ewewale
    March 17, 2009 at 15:02

    I’m Nigerian and don’t know how deep the anger of Americans feel towards these Executives.
    I would apologise and accept one if it helps but suicide is just way too far.
    I think the Senator was literal about the apology and figurative about the suicide.

  3. 3 Rob (UK)
    March 17, 2009 at 15:06

    The person who should resign is Senator Grassley. No democratically elected politician should expect to remain in office after effectively encouraging suicide. His irresponsible comments will only serve to foment anger in a public desperate for a scapegoat.

  4. 4 Tom D Ford
    March 17, 2009 at 15:07

    The US congress ought to immediately pass a law to specifically tax those AIG bonuses at 100 percent!

  5. 5 Mark
    March 17, 2009 at 15:22

    I am amazed that Obama did not make a zero-bonus clause a condition of the bailouts he oversaw. Of course, we could expect no such thing from his crooked predecessor, who prioritised taking care of his cronies throughout his 8 years in office. I think that culpable banking executives should be forced to pay back any bonuses they received for 2007 and 2008 as well. It’s about time the people who manipulate our economies be held accountable (pun intended). Grassley’s comments will do little to increase public anger at the banking sector, as Rob (UK) claims. And his use of the term ‘scapegoat’ – is incorrect – these people ARE responsible, and if they say they are not, then who were they taking orders from?

  6. March 17, 2009 at 16:01

    There is no need for the AIG executives to resign or commit suicide. The best thing to do is to say SORRY. And I urge the Americans to forgive them, as to Err is human and to Forgive is devine. This congress man’s view does not sound like he was in the interest of the American People. Maybe he had some hankypanky with the AIG executives which they failed to commit themselves to.

    Mohammed Kondawa

    Monrovia Liberia

  7. 7 Luci Smith
    March 17, 2009 at 16:14

    Suicide is not an option. Jail is. Also community service to prevent this happening in the future.NO death penalties, ever!

  8. 8 ms_cellaneous
    March 17, 2009 at 16:23

    Iowa senator Charles Grassley comments recommending suicide for AIG executives are outrageous! Resigning and maybe jail would be enough. I think Charles Grassley should apologise and resign for their is no excuse for promoting suicide!

  9. 9 Jessica in NYC
    March 17, 2009 at 17:48

    As I understand it, in these unprecedented times, the contracts predated the government bailout and must be honored, since they are legally binding.
    @ Tom Ford:

    I agree, there should be a tax implemented to recuperate the money. The most troubling thing for me is that the “smart” Senators and Congressmen in Washington, did not think it wise to anticipate such issues, considering many of them are lawyers and they have lawyers on staff! Also, I wonder what this “special” tax will affect us in the future.
    @ Ewewale:

    You are absolutely correct, the Senator was literal about the apology and figurative about the suicide. We are beyond angry. We are pissed off that our tax dollars were given away to idiot fat cats and to save their jobs and now we are rewarding them with bonuses for their monumental incompetence.

    I still recall all the people of the blog who could not “understand” why some Americans like me were adamantly against the Wall Street bailout. Hopefully, they “understand” now.

  10. March 17, 2009 at 18:14

    Simply nationalise AIG.

  11. 11 simeon banda
    March 17, 2009 at 18:18

    Commit suicide.
    I feel it is a moral fault to commit suicide. I strongly disagree with anyone who believes in the suicide solution of solving problems. I am a christian and a consecarted man and l believe in mercy and defence of life at all cost. Suicide business will not help us in development.
    Simeon Banda, Mozambique

  12. 12 Josiah Soap, USA
    March 17, 2009 at 18:28

    Although I do not agree that AIG people should commit suicide I totally agree with the senators comments. Great job, I am sure it was not meant to be taken seriously, but its about time the world stops trying to control our speech.

  13. 13 Mark
    March 17, 2009 at 19:17

    Re: Mohammed Kondawa’s response
    Taking a superficial religious attitude to this issue is nonsensical: ‘to err is human and to forgive is divine’. Do you really believe that these people – even if they profess to be adherents to one faith or another – actually CARE about what other people think or how other people below their income bracket live? They think they are above the rest of society and operate by their own rules. They knew what they were doing at the time and must be held accountable. It’s taxpayers’ money that is paying for their next landed estate or yacht. Forget this outdated Christian ‘forgiveness’ attitude – what has any religion ever really done but sow dissent and war?

  14. 14 Dr Mary Schramm
    March 17, 2009 at 21:28

    They should take jesus’ advice to the Rich Young Ruler, and “sell all they have” and give it to administrators who will
    (a) work pro bono, and
    (b) see that it is distributed to the creditors on the basis of need, ie the stranded pensioners first.
    Then, they can
    (c) Apologise with credibility
    (d) work for a reasonable salary, while liing in rented accomodation of average size etc, turning their talents towards the empowerment of others.
    If they do this, they may deverve to stay out of jail;
    Suicide, no ! Life is a gift, not to be thrown away

  15. 15 Dennis Junior
    March 17, 2009 at 22:20

    Re: Charles Grassley….Shame on your comments, not surprised by the Republican Party attitude towards this…..

    I would have asked: Why doesn’t Mr. Grassley apology or commit suicide for his party’s poor decisions in office….

    ~Dennis Junior~

  16. 16 Archibald in Oregon
    March 17, 2009 at 23:18

    Suicide is the only honorable thing left to do. An apology and crocodile tears are so tedious……..As funerals are for the living, so too are apologies for the offenders. Ultimately restoring nothing, except closure, which, in this case, is the last thing they deserve. Their wealth should be divided amongst those they defrauded, a figurative and painless drawing and quartering compared to what they would have gotten in centuries past.

  17. 17 Roberto
    March 17, 2009 at 23:30

    RE “” AIG executives should resign – or kill themselves. “”

    ————- AIG and corporate execs in general too shameless to voluntarily do either.

    Congress is too shameless to resign for their role in giving corporate America free reign to legally commit fraud and American voters too stupid to understand their vote is worthless as far as political representation goes..

  18. 18 chidi g osuagwu
    March 18, 2009 at 01:49


  19. 19 Jennifer
    March 19, 2009 at 15:58

    I this this anger is very much misdirected. It needs to be dropped right at the feet of where it belongs. Our current administration was fully aware of these bonuses and should be questioned about their sudden concern about them now only after so many citizens are outraged. You don’t question legally binding contracts AFTER they are signed. Where is the common sense in that?

    Last night on the news, AIG employees were receiving letters threatening their lives and the lives of their families and children by using barbed wire to strangle them. So much aggression, it is appalling! There is no excuse for it, but I don’t see it changing anytime soon.

  20. April 15, 2009 at 19:36

    Hey, nice tips. I’ll buy a glass of beer to the man from that chat who told me to visit your blog 🙂

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