Stranger Fruit

“So be a man and deal with it.”

Matt Taibbi on Jake DeSantis’ narcissism:

Only a person with a habitually overinflated sense of self-worth could think he deserves a $700,000 retention bonus, even if it has to be paid by taxpayers, when in reality no one “deserves” that much money. It may be that some people do get paid that much, but most people who make that much money have enough sense to realize their cushy lifestyles are an accident of fate, of birth, of class, not something that is “supported” by some unwritten natural law of compensation.

Hey Jake, it’s not like you were curing cancer. You were a fucking commodities trader. Thanks to a completely insane, horribly skewed set of societal values that puts a premium on greed and severely undervalues selflessness, communal spirit and intellectualism — values that make millionaires out of people like you and leave teachers and nurses, the people who raise your kids and clean your parents’ bedpans, comparatively penniless — you made a lot of money.

Good for you. Consider yourself lucky. But your company went belly-up and broke, almost certainly thanks in part to you, and now you don’t get your bonus.

So be a man and deal with it. The rest of us do, when we get bad breaks, and we’ve had a lot more of them than you. And stop whining. Jesus Christ.

Read the full piece here.


  1. #1 Comrade PhysioProf
    March 30, 2009

    These people were maximal fuckups. Drunk assholes who spent all day addled in their offices surfing porn and doing nothing would have been a net economic positive compared to these narcissistic fucknozzles.

    Fuck ‘em. Let ‘em quit. Like we should give a flying fuck. What the US goverment ought to do is fire all these assholes and take all the fruit stand and Korean deli and bodega owners in NYC and put them in charge of the banks. Those are people who know how to run a fucking business. Not these compulsive gambler scumbags.

  2. #2 DLC
    March 30, 2009

    None of these guys deserve a bonus.
    Most of them probably don’t even deserve to keep their jobs.
    Some of them probably deserve to join Madoff in prison.
    But, many of them have ironclad contracts guaranteeing them bonuses. Bonuses no self-respecting board of directors should agree to. Literally millions of dollars over and above salary.

    Were it me, I’d be ashamed to accept the money.
    I’d even rebate it back to the company.
    But it’s not me.

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