I was reading Krugman today about how Starbucks did a Komen with the “Come Together” campaign to make customers pressure their Congress reps and senators to shred the social insurance programs when I decided to look up the infamous “Fix the Debt” website. It’s run by some shadowy group of rich people called the CEOs Fiscal Leadership Council.
The CFLC is populated by the usual suspects of deadbeat corporate executives that we’ve seen in the past 4 years. The CEO’s of Citigroup, Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase and AT&T are on the list. But so is T. Rowe Price, the 401K specialists. (There couldn’t be a conflict of interest there, could there? Nahhhh) According to the Huffington Post, the CFLC consists of some of the most notorious pension plan underfunders. Isn’t that sweet? They are leading us to give up the only means of surviving in old age after they raid their company pensions to pay those M&A bonuses. Now that’s Leadership.
Then I got to wondering, who commissioned this group? I mean, was there a Congressional decree? Did the President assemble this meetup of malefactors? Because, how else did they get the “Leadership Council” thing in the title? Who do they think they are leading? I don’t remember asking for leadership off the so-called “fiscal cliff”. I’m wracking my brains trying to figure out who appointed these guys, and they are almost all guys. Wait, let me check. There are 4 recognizably female names on a list of approximately 150 members. Good job, guys! Does that mean women can’t be leaders or that they resist being lead? Clarification is needed here.
And then I started to think, why don’t we left of center unpaid pundits (yes, I do flatter myself. If I don’t, no one else will) have a leadership council or many leadership councils?
For example, where is the Senior Research Investigators Leadership Council that will put pressure on Congress to stop listening to whiny pharma CEOs who keep telling our elected officials that they can’t find good help anymore?
How about a New Deal Democrats Leadership Council to tell Congress to stop listening to whiny rich CEOs that robbed us blind in the past four years?
Or a Dirty Fucking Hippy Leadership Council to tell Congress to get its shit together and do the right thing before we get our shit together and run against them? Just an idea.
Or a La-La-La I Can’t HEAR You Leadership Council that will help Americans kick the cable TV news and talk radio habit so they’ll stop being suckered in by self-interested CEOs whose messages clog the airwaves.
Add your Leadership Council titles and purposes in the comments section. I formally commission the best Leadership Council idea. No, no, don’t thank me. I take on this burden of Leadership for You.