How must it feel to wake up this morning and be Bernie Madoff? I mean, 150-years, my God! Move over Charles Ponzi for the eponymous future reference to a vicious pyramid scheme will no doubt be pulling a Madoff.
One-hundred-and-fifty years! The mind boggles. No point in banging the tin cup on the bars when you’ve got a sentence like that staring you in the face. Get yourself a decent jailhouse job, like the library or something, because you have a few 24-hour periods to deal with. Maybe try to go Kafka-esque and get a bit existential about your reality. It is what it is.
“Holy Mother of God, I got 150 years!” Wait, Madoff is Jewish. Oh well, I suspect by this point he is calling upon whatever deity he can muster. One of them might work. Well, maybe not. Deities are funny that way. Virtually all of them call for some sort of morality amongst their followers. So, is old Bernie contrite yet? Haven’t seen him indicate convincingly that he is “really-really sorry.” about how he left the lovely old Palm Beach widows he drove into penury, along with thousands of others who were duped by this slick psychopathic bastard.
You would be forgiven in your thinking that Madoff got his draconian sentence due to the fact he bilked already rich people who made some stupid decisions. After all, there is lots of societal crap in the guise of slumlords, userers and other weasels who have been sticking it to po’ folk forever, and nobody seems to care much. It is an argument, but if you look at the sums Madoff acquired via his nefarious schemes you can realize that he got his greasy hands on vast amounts of lucre during his hideous years of activity.
You might also consider that he is only ‘one’ of the people who were pivotal in our economic body-blow of late, and that too is true, and there is no doubt he has been scapegoated. Fair enough, but if you read about the magnitude of funds and his lack of any apparent conscience about the matter, you can see why a spirit of vindictiveness prevailed here.
The punishment is, in essence, a joke. The prick is 71-years-old so the numbers don’t mean much. But, what would have been sufficient punishment for a guy like that who ruined the lives of so many? Since medieval times there hasn’t been much drawing, quartering or disembowling. Stringing him up in Times Square would have been an inviting idea, but we don’t do that any longer.
So, about all there is is slammer time. In this case, a lot of it. I only hope it is ‘hard time’ — really hard time. Yet, he’s a psycho (as I read it). He was always able to sleep nights and was able to carry out the pretense of being a loving family man and much-loved boss. So, don’t expect him to see himself as being anything other than a victim.