I think Angie McKaig brings up an excellent point with the whole Martha Stewart circus that’s going on in the news. We are sending the wrong message to the corporate world here. Is it really ok for Kenneth Lay to do what he did and is what Martha did really worthy of jail time? Doesn’t anyone else see something horribly wrong with this picture?
Sure, I hate Martha as much as the next guy. However, if you were in her shoes and you were standing to lose a good chunk of change, wouldn’t you try to do everything in your power to stop it? If I were in her spot, you bet your ass I’d have pulled my moolah out of that company. Yet, if I helped run a massive corporation into the ground essentially ruining the lives of so many people to fatten my wallet, it’s ok. I also believe nothing’s going to happen to Lay, but something tells me it’s his company’s ties to the current government’s administration that’s going to keep him out.
Now I’m not saying that Martha shouldn’t get away scott free. Perhaps a good sized fine and community service would be called for in this instance. Prison?? No way… Lay and his cohorts on the other hand, need to spend a long long time in a “federal pound-me-in-the-ass” prison paying for what they did to all of those families.
It just doesn’t make sense.