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Thursday, July 06, 2006

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I'm in Michigan right now, working on conservative legal stuff. (I'd get specific, but then I'd have to kill you. And then myself, for letting the world know the minutiae that now consumes me.) Anyway, I just wanted to comment that on a day that Vlad Putin's under a bit of scrutiny for smooching a young boy's stomach (I suppose that's a new way to campaign), and a MAD KILLER WITH A BUZZSAW WENT TO WORK IN A SUBWAY, MORE AT 11, the strangest story concerned Cindy Sheehan, who apparently would rather live under Hugo Chavez than the newly sextugunarian Pres. Bush. But I won't even comment on that (because she's a loonie, and I won't waste my time). What I do want to comment on is the fact that Ken Lay died. I don't understand the deal with Ken Lay. People have yelled and screamed about this man, calling him a monster, economic terrorist, and the like. I'm not defending what he did. He was not a good man. He was a swindler, a cheat, and he stole from a bunch of people, and he deserved to go to jail, probably for the rest of his life. But am I wrong in considering that your common every day rapist/drug dealer/murderer has done and will do much more harm in this world? Those criminals steal lives, not money. I don't know. It's not like I would have wanted to free the man, but in a world that contains Ahminajiad, Bin Laden, Kim Jong Il, and the entire Italian Soccer Team, I'm not sure how Lay makes the "monster" list, or makes it out of the "swindler who deserves hard time" category.


I'm not entirely convinced by this argument, but here's the best one I've heard:

Imagine you're 50. Been working hard, saving up. Your company requires that you put your nest egg (or a significant chunk of it) in their stock to be eligible for matching. You've saved enough to live comfortably into old age.

Then, due to the actions of x and y (in this case, it seems much more due to the actions of Fastow than Lay or Skilling, but I digress) your nest egg is gone, your job is gone, you have to go on public assistance if you're old enough, otherwise it's starting over, your retirement will be Social Security based; anything above the poverty line during retirement wwould be lucky. The government will have to shell out money for you that could have a dozen other uses.

Now multiply that by 400,000 and compare to your every day rapist/drug dealer/murderer. Talk about social harm.
"Life" is more than just being alive.
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