Thursday, July 06, 2006

Ken Lay Kicks the Bucket

I'm glad to see that I am not the only person who finds Ken Lay's sudden death convenient. For those of you in the unknown Ken Lay was convicted of conspiracy to commit securities and wire fraud in the Enron scandal. In other words this bad boy screwed over thousands of his own employees and ran their retirement funds into the ground. He also had a hand in the blackouts in California, which ousted a governor.

President Bush once referred to Ken Lay as "Kenny Boy" for his many great deeds. Enron donated a cool million to Bush's 2000 election campaign, the Republican party, and the Bush inaugural. Bush aides even made use of the Enron corporate jet during the election.

After Bush was elected, Enron executives were brought into write energy legislation, which would line their own pockets. It was a win-win relationship until Enron collapsed, and the stench of corruption and scandal surfaced. Soon the Bush administration were scrambling to erase the Enron link. Ken Lay was no longer considered a close personal friend of the Bush team; he was just some guy who donated some money.

No doubt Ken Lay was being sentenced for the long hall. The rumor has it that he was going to become a poster boy for corporate greed. The question becomes, how tough was Ken Lay? Was he the type who would talk to get a lighter sentence? Was he the type to take his own life?

Unfortunately, we may never know the answers to these questions; yet we should ask them. If the last 6 years have taught us anything, it's not to trust the rich and powerful. They have an agenda, and they don't care how many people die or get hurt over it.

I hope that Ken Lay's death was due to natural causes. As misguided as he was, I wish neither him or his family any will. I just can't help wondering what happened.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Today's front page from the always subtle NY Post screamed:

"Before they put Cheato Lay's coffin in the grave


7/06/2006 07:59:00 PM  
Blogger Mike K said...

Heh. Damn straight. With as much money as he has, it's probably very easy to buy freedom.

7/06/2006 11:04:00 PM  

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