I'd never heard of Sen. Claire McCaskill, Democrat from Missouri,
before Friday. But who could argue with her hammering of bonus-glutted
Wall Street fat cats on the Senate floor?
"They don't get
it," she said. "These people are idiots. You can't use taxpayer
money to pay out $18 billion in bonuses... What planet are these people
McCaskill proposed legislation to cap executive pay at any
company getting federal bailout money at $400,000, or the U.S.
president's salary. "Right now, they're on the hook to us. And they owe
us something more than a fancy waste basket and a $15-million dollar
jet. They owe us some common sense."
Okay, her language was
refreshingly blunt, but in truth she could have gone further. She
could have capped their salary closer to many of the rest of us, say,
$20,000 or $30,000. And she could have used, not only the "i" word, but
the "c" word. Can you spell c-r-i-m-i-n-a-l?