Sunday, November 08, 2009

Quote of the Week(end)


"Can you not read how mad people are at you? When most people saw the headline 'Goldman Sachs Gets Swine Flu Vaccine' they were super happy until they read the word 'vaccine.'"

-- Amy Poehler on last night's Saturday Night Live, commenting on the news that Wall Street banks have already secured thousands of doses of the H1N1 vaccine while many at-risk Americans are forced to wait; Goldman Sachs alone has received 200 doses of the Swine Flu vaccine -- as much as New York City's Lenox Hill Hospital

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

I know it's easy to bash a company like GS, but I don't see anything wrong with this. Most large law firms and investment banks are doing the same thing right now. GS has a portfolio of billion dollar deals going at any given time. The absence of one - let alone several - key employees at the wrong time could cost the company severely. Also, this is a nice thing for a company with vast resources to do for its employees and their families.

Chez said...

You could've stopped at "it's easy to bash a company like GS."

The fact that Wall Street got all the doses of the vaccine it wanted -- compliments of both the state and city of New York, the CDC and the federal government that continues to happily coddle the companies that ass-fucked the global economy -- while the average American has to wait is just one more example of the shameless level of entitlement the super rich are afforded in this country.

Sorry, but it's tough to dredge up even the slightest bit of sympathy or understanding for the millionaires at Goldman Sachs. Call it knee-jerk if you'd like -- it's just a stone cold fact of life these days. And it didn't have to be this way. Goldman Sachs and companies like it could've staved off all this antipathy from the people it occasionally refers to as "peasants" simply by behaving kind of morally -- minus the greed-at-all-costs and self-interest above anything and everything else. But that's not what companies like that do -- and they've now been allowed to bilk us all for trillions of dollars and we're expected to just roll over and take it. Sorry, the least I can do is get pissed. Not that it matters. Lloyd Blankfein couldn't care less what me or anyone else who can't do a damn thing about crashing his party thinks about him and Goldman Sachs.

Squidboy said...

I am with you all the way on this one Chez. I might even call that the quote of the decade. If this people are so damn 'important' that we need to give them vaccines ahead of at risk people we have our priorities wrong. Instead of working to keep them healthy we should be working to give them LESS money and LESS responsibility. These scumbags are completely corrupt and it's not much longer until a bi-partisan pitchfork wielding mob burns that institution down along with all the weasels in it.

Chez said...

I'm sure the Echelon satellite Goldman Sachs privately launched into space just recorded your name and location.

(And yes, that's a freaking joke. I'm not Glenn Beck.)

Todd said...

It's time to put a guillotine on a flatbed truck and park it out front of GS...

Janean said...

My husband and I are both considered high risk for various health reasons, and we also just had a baby; Our doctors keep telling us we are both supposed to be in one of the first groups to get the vaccine, but the shipment they keep expecting for patients never seems to come in. Its so wonderful to know that the truly important people are getting them first; if one of us comes down with H1N1 and suffers complications or dies it's a great comfort to know that at least the assholes on Wall Street are safe from missing a few days at work!

Jayne said...

your 15-month old daughter is on the 'wait list' to get the vaccine. Her pediatrician hasn't received the doses that were supposed to have been delivered over a month ago and says it's 'up to the government' if they end up getting them at all. I'm so glad she has to wait so that the nice people at GS can be taken care of first.

Chez said...

This may seem overly simplistic but unfortunately it's also the reality of the situation: You're rich -- not just rich but obscenely rich, and on the backs of the taxpayers who were forced to bail out your asshole folly -- you live. You're poor or middle-class -- you can die. You don't matter one bit. To grab a line from a previous Taibbi column, "Tough, suck on our yachts."

A child living in Queens, New York -- an epicenter of the American swine flu outbreak -- is made to wait for a vaccine until the Masters of the Universe across the river are sufficiently protected. Honestly, if this sort of thing isn't the straw that breaks the back of a very angry public -- I have no idea what will be.

It would be nice if Americans could wake up and realize that most of us will never be one of these people; that dream we were all pitched about how anyone can become a member of the plutocracy and spend their lives drinking champagne out of a Manolo Blahnik or Edward Green while jetting around the globe is in large part a lie. Most of us and our families will spend our lives getting walked on by these people and the unaccountable corporate leviathans they've created in some form or another -- whether we're being hired and fired at their whim, turned down for insurance or health care because we just don't add up to enough on a bank ledger to make us worth saving, or being gambled on and eventually made to pay for the bad, greed-fueled bets that brought the entire global economy to its knees. At some point, the millions and millions of us are going to have to say that we've damn well had enough of the antics of the handful of them. Yes, I realize this is a reductionist-populist way of thinking, but after all we've witnessed over the past couple of years, is there really any way to ignore the truth anymore?

A small group of silver spoon-fed sociopaths take and take and take and amass a staggering volume of wealth -- everyone else ends up on a waiting list to get a flu vaccine.

When did our culture become this immoral -- this inhumane?

Vermillion said...

Now we are seeing why so many folks were afraid of "Robin Hood policies" - because I seriously feel like taking a bow and arrow and doin' some Middle Age-style redistribution of my foot and their assholes.

Jeremy said...

But... But... But... Ayn Rand said it was all ok! I don't understand the outrage?









*please note sarcastic tone

kanye said...

I'm not sure if you and Jayne are aware of this, but Inara will need to get a second vaccination. Because younger children's immune systems respond differently than adults, it's necessary for children under the age of 10 years old to receive a second vaccination one month after receiving the first.

My kids are being vaccinated in school this week and, the school district is apportioning the second vaccination on an age/need basis. My daughter is 5, so she gets the second automatically. My son is nine but, be turns ten in two weeks and nobody seems to be able to tell me if he should be getting a second vaccination or not. Fucking great.