A modest proposal for sentencing Bernard Ebbers
AP reports a little happy news as former WorldCom boss Bernard Ebbers was sentenced to 25 years in prison. Ebbers wept as the sentence was handed down. He won’t be eligible for parole. A decision is yet to be made if he can stay out of prison during his inevitable appeal.
One of his Ebbers’ victims was present at the sentencing and said; “The man is 63. He’s going to die in jail. How much sterner could you get?”
I have a modest proposal: Ebbers should share the fate of many of his victims.
He should be stripped of all personal wealth so he can’t leave any inheritance to his children. Instead of living in prison and receiving free state medical care for his heart condition, he should have to keep working long after it is physically comfortable for him. Able to get only low-wage jobs, he should have to choose between health insurance and rent, or a car repair and a car payment.
He should be supervised by the court to prevent any of his wealthy friends from helping him. As his health deteriorates he can put on a humiliating smock and hat every day, and stand on aching legs as he greets customers at some superstore, or prepares hamburgers for thousands of hungry customers who neither know or care who he is.
Every friday, he can check the schedule on the wall in the breakroom to see when he has to show up for work the following week. When his health finally gives out, he will be faced with a narrow range of absolutely awful choices.
Cruel? Sadistic? Hey, if it was good enough for his victims…
Next up: a review of the other movie I saw last weekend, Enron – the smartest guys in the room.