You think that YOU have problems?

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Dear Average American,

I’m tired of your whining.  All I ever hear from you is how stressed you are with your low-paying jobs and your over-medicated kids.  I’ve had enough!

You want to know the real meaning of stress?  Try taking a 89-year old business, the 18th-largest company in the world, and making it financially defunct.  That, my friends, is a full-time job!

Yes, you complain about your measly retirement funds and the pressure of paying your bills on time.  Oblige me for one moment, and imagine living the life of an AIG executive, who was “forced” last month to accept $85 billion from the US government in order to save their company. 

You talk about the “pain at the pump,” when gas rises a few cents.  Put your efforts into something memorable, like taking a stock worth $70.13, at its 52-week high, to $1.25.  Take one of the most admired insurance companies in the world, with operations in 130 countries and 92,000 employees, and run it into the ground.  Yes, my friends, only then can you really know the meaning of doing something impactful on a global scale.

So, no, it came as no surprise when the executives at AIG decided they needed a little R&R.  Days after being approved for a $85 billion loan to save their company, stressed AIG executives headed to the ultra-posh St. Regis resort for a retreat, worth $440,000.

Amid Tomato Basil Nourishing Wraps and Dermal Quenches, these brave leaders forgot about the hours they spent avoiding internal and external auditors.  Between golfing on the bay and dining at Stonehill Tavern, they washed away the guilt of hiding risky financial decisions and the pain of carpal tunnel brought upon by feverishly shredding documents.

How dare you judge them!?  I, for one, agree with Eric Dinallo, superintendent of New York State Insurance Department, who said he “could see the value of such a retreat under the circumstances.”  Mr. Dinallo sees the retreat as a retention effort to hold onto such upstanding leaders.  Mr. Dinallo went on to say, “the concept of bringing all the major exmployees together…would not have been a crazy corporate decision.” Crazy! Who dare say such a thing! 

So, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Sixpack, I urge you to put your problems aside and look at the broader picture.  Sure, your house may be reposessed and your job in jeopardy, but these are our nation’s corporate leaders that are just looking for your sympathy and a hand up in life.

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  1. Pingback: Taking the Brunt of the Bailout « 11th Hour Brilliance

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