The only thing more horrifying than not finding enough raisins in my muffin this morning is watching the House Committee interrogate Geithner and Bernanke as if they were raw meat thrown to wolves. Maybe the only benefit is that the whole world gets to see how what bullies those in positions of power can become — salivating rabid dogs is what I see and they should be put to sleep.
While I'm all for coming clean and getting the dirt on AIG and Goldman Sachs, the behavior of the committee members is all about listening to themselves talk, grandstanding and "gotcha" moments. No wonder we can't fill Cabinet positions. Who would possibly be up for a job that involves verbal waterboarding by people who don't allow you to complete a sentence or think through an answer or take a breath? If the positions were reversed, most of these interrogators would crumble. Just because you pause before you answer doesn't mean you're lying — rather, perhaps, that you're thinking before you open your mouth.
Is this what we've become? Is it all about getting someone caught in a lie and the aha moment when you make someone look like a fool? I, for one, am not good when confronted and asked to defend myself or come back with a quick answer and I've suffered from lack of the agile response because my brain doesn't work that way. I can't imagine the thoughts going through Tim's and Ben's brains but imagine them to be something like, "I need a drink" or "Who needs this job?" especially when stared down by these salivating not necessarily squeaky clean folks.
Do you think bullying is the example we want to set for our kids? All I ask is at the end of the sessions someone roll back the tapes and ask these wizards if their behavior is decent and fair, or, in fact, are they as embarrassed by watching themselves, as I am.
There's no gold medal awarded at the end for the best "gotcha" moment and I'd be careful if you're ever in the hot seat because you could be next. Bullies beware!!