Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Bernie Madoff Was Only a Petty Crook Compared with Uncle Sam (Bob Higgs)

Bob Higgs on how Bernie Madoff is a piker compared to the real criminals who purport to "serve" us in government:

Robert HiggsBernard Madoff was in the news again today. I quote here from a CNBC report, adding my own commentary to put the report into perspective.

Disgraced financier Bernard Madoff has arrived at federal prison in Butner, North Carolina, CNBC has learned, though it is still not clear if that will be his permanent home.

President Barack Obama and the sitting members of Congress have not been charged, much less convicted and sentenced, for crimes that make Bernie Madoff’s look like child’s play. Note well: I am referring here not to the assorted murders, assaults, and batteries for which these men and women are manifestly guilty—I say guilty because they not only admit these crimes, but proudly take public credit for them—but to certain of their strictly financial crimes.

Madoff, 71, was sentenced last month to 150 years in prison after pleading guilty in March to charges that his investment advisory business was a multibillion-dollar scheme that wiped out thousands of investors and ruined charities.

Madoff caused people to lose billions of dollars. The U.S. government has caused people to lose trillions of dollars, and it’s not finished yet.

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