Top 25 Economic A**holes

As I mentioned in a post in December, a couple of guys stood out Gramm and Cox.

I even made the list, coming in at 15;

TIME’s picks for the top 25 people to blame for the financial crisis includes everyone from former Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan and former President George W. Bush to the former CEO of Merrill Lynch and you — the American consumer.


#1 Ghost of Dude on 02.13.09 at 7:43 am

One of these days, these idiots are going to push the fat, lazy mainstream of America into picking up pitchforks and torches, and chasing down dickheads like them (except for #15, that group seems capable of learning).
Civilization is never more than three days missed meals from anarchy.

#2 l3wis on 02.13.09 at 7:51 am

I have often hoped that the economy would hit rock bottom and spiral into a depression, might be good for Americans to experience REAL PAIN to get serious, I think the past election proved that people are no longer apathetic, wouldn’t take much to push them over the edge. Once you have a 15-20% unemployment rate, lost retirement funds and such eventually the public will turn Wall Street and Washington upside down.

#3 Interloper on 02.13.09 at 8:55 am

Can’t argue with this list, except it is not long enough.

#4 Ghost of Dude on 02.13.09 at 9:11 am

People also don’t understand how close the US really was to violent revolution in the early days of the great depression. Extreme unemployment coupled with no safety net put a lot of people on the street with nothing to lose.
FDR’s New Deal created jobs – even if it was just for make-work projects – and got people working again.

#5 l3wis on 02.13.09 at 9:42 am

“Extreme unemployment coupled with no safety net put a lot of people on the street with nothing to lose.”

And we wonder why Al Queda infiltrated Iraq so easily . . .

#6 Ghost of Dude on 02.13.09 at 1:20 pm

Exactly. Look at Iraq, Iran in 1979, Russia in 1917, Germany after WW1, Romania in 1989-1990, etc…

Idle hands really are the devil’s tools.

#7 redhatterb on 02.13.09 at 8:09 pm

The only WPA jobs that I am aware of in my hometown, were sidewalks, but there probably were more. I know a lot of the sidewalks were stamped in each square “WPA”. I’m sure if it weren’t for that program, it would have been several more years before there were sidewalks in some parts of my home town. I would think that the people that poured the cement for these sidewalks, were learning something about concrete work. I know as a kid when I was walking around my hometown, I thought it was kind of neat to see how many of these squares I could find.

#8 l3wis on 02.13.09 at 8:57 pm

Yeah, it amazes me that people are bagging on infrastructure project spending. But that’s rich Republicans for you – if you want something buy it your damn self.