|The Wire's Omar Little|
Omar smiles and shrugs. "Just like you," Omar remarks, unperturbed.
The lawyer, who has turned his back to Omar, to face the jury, whirls around, "What?" he asks.
"I do it with a shotgun. You do it with that briefcase," Omar says, pointing to the lawyer's attache case, open on his desk.
The lawyer looks to the judge and spreads his hands, palms up, in mute protest, tacitly raising the objection, but the judge, (who we know well by now) simply smiles and shrugs and he doesn't even have to say, "You asked the question. He gave you his answer. It's up to the jury who to believe."
It's all over in a flash, but it's a moment which comes back to haunt us as we hear Bernie Sanders talk about a "rigged system."
Of course, Omar's thefts amount to hundreds of dollars, thousands on a big day. The lawyer deals in exponential amounts of that.
But even the slimeball lawyer is a piker compared to the members of corporate boards and leadership in this country.
|Heather Bresch needs no shotgun|
And that person doesn't give a damn about some poor family trying to buy an Epipen for their kid when the family makes $17,000 a year.
Morgenson writes the New York Times financial column and I often start reading her articles which often expose unfathomable avarice on Wall Street but then I get lost in the complexities of these deliberately complicated financial schemes and give up. When she explains Epipen, however, the complexities fall from the bone and you can see the underlying structure.
You are left with an Omar moment: Ms. Bresch and all those who sail with her are thieves, not in the legal sense, but in every other important sense. And they don't carry shotguns. They keep their hands clean. They steal big.
The sad thing is that enough (mostly Republican) Congressmen are complicit. Our Tea Party Congress shackles the SEC and every other regulatory agency our government can bring to bear. When an Elizabeth Warren tries to scream bloody murder about all this, they refuse to confirm her, so she has to run for the Senate, where she is still in the minority. The pigs are in cahoots with the people who run things, as George Orwell noted, and you can look from pig to person to pig and not be able to tell one from the other.