Well, he said he was sorry!

Bernie Madoff thinks twelve years would be an appropriate punishment for his transgressions. Or less. I’m going with the “or less” option. The poor old guy has lost the respect of his peers, the friendship of Walt, and that cell he’s in lacks windows. How cruel do we want to be? I mean, aren’t we sending terrorists to Bermuda and tropical Pacific islands? Does Bernie deserve less? Besides, he can fly there on his private jet and save us taxpayers money.


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2 responses to “Well, he said he was sorry!

  1. Old School Grump

    While there are so many things that make the Madoff story riveting — the scale! the cunning! the chutzpah! the longevity! — the one that intrigues me the most is how hard I find it to feel sympathy for most of the victims I have read about. While I do not mean to belittle their suffering, especially that of people in their 70s and 80s who are genuinely broke, I can’t help but notice that the ones who have been trotted out by the press (at least in the NYT) as “les pauvres” seem to have made back their initial investment many, many, many (did I mention many?) times over. Yet they are UTTERLY INDIGNANT that the gravy train has ground to a halt.

    The painful irony, it seems to me, is that so much of the money that was forked over to Bernie was earned the hard way, but once they forked it over, the forkers (sorry to belabor this marginal word) slipped into some world of entitled magical thinking, and willfully shut down the savvy and shrewdness that had enabled them (or their parents) to acquire these funds in the first place. It looks to me like they felt they had earned their way to a special club where a Big Daddy would take care of them forever because they were so special.

    This is the stuff of Greek tragedies, also of Tom Wolfe novels and Vanity Fair articles, and (alas) more than a few cheezy made-for-TV specials.

  2. Peg

    Chris, the man’s poor wife can’t even get her hair done where she’d like.

    Haven’t the Madoffs suffered enough?!?