Friday, October 07, 2005

A compendium of hypocrisy.

I am fascinated and repulsed by public displays of hypocrisy. Sure, hypocrisy flows around us everywhere, in every corner of our daily life, but it seems that hypocrisy in the public domain has skyrocketed to new highs (in terms of numbers) and new lows (in terms of egregious examples.

Today I present some of my favorites, and I encourage you all to list your most recent favs.

Dennis Kozlowski - Former CEO of Tyco was just put in prison for 8-25 years for embezzlement ($400 million) and stock fraud. It turns out that a few years ago a Tyco employee was convicted of stealing from the company and Dennis sent a letter to the sentencing judge that said "show him no mercy." This letter was read at the big K's sentencing last month.

Bill Bennett - Longtime Republican office holder, activist and moralist. Bennett has given speeches and written books for years about what is moral, and right and religious. Last year it came to light that Blackjack Bill lost over $8 million dollars in casinos over the last few years.

And last week was quoted as saying:

"But I do know that it's true that if you wanted to reduce crime, you could, if that were your sole purpose, you could abort every black baby in this country, and your crime rate would go down," said Bennett, author of "The Book of Virtues."

He went on to call that "an impossible, ridiculous and morally reprehensible thing to do, but your crime rate would go down. So these far-out, these far-reaching, extensive extrapolations are, I think, tricky."

Ahhh sweet hypocrisy.