Between President Barack Obama and Jay Leno, the one who seemed to understand the Congress best was Jay Leno when he said of the 90% tax bill for AIG employees: it “kind of scared me.”
“If the government decides they don’t like a guy, all of the sudden hey we’re going to tax you, and, boom, and it passes, that’s seems a little scary,” he said. “It was frightening to me as an American that Congress or whoever could decide I don’t like that group, let’s pass a law and tax them 90 percent.”
That’s un-American, was the implication.
Un-American and probably unconstitutional.
And certainly a stupid waste of congressional time and effort — and certain proof of congressional stupidity.
Given the opportunity to lead on the economy, the U.S. Congress has given us the stimulus, pork, and earmarks.
Now it gives us doubt without investment at all.
It serves up a legally questionable and faith-in-government damaging self-inflicted wound.
The world is in a crisis of confidence fueled by such brainless U.S. behavior — never mind the global recession that most blame on the U.S.
The world is seeking solutions but has only been sent more doubt and missteps by Americans in the corporate and government sphere.
With Leno, Obama rolled out caution and explained that people should lower their expectations.
Americans were already doing that.
“Look, I understand Congress’ frustrations,” he said on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”
Then he should fire Tim Geithner and hire a leader. Or two.
When the Congress has no leadership to turn to it is stuck with Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Braney Frank and Chris Dodd.
On Jay Leno’s show, only one headliner said anything memorable last night and that came from Leno himself.
President Obama on Jay Leno:
From the Wall Street Journal: