I think the real message on the private jet thing is, rich people bad, the rest of us good. It had nothing to do with the bailout at all, just envy and anti-capitalism.
The larger point is that these cowardly and graceless Congressmen use these sessions to badger and humiliate people with zero accountability. They are basically legally immune defamation sessions with no rules of procedural fairness.
Best response ever to these shows trials was Brendan Sullivan’s “I’m not a potted plant. I’m here as the lawyer. That’s my job.” Too bad there is no video of this, a great moment.7:07 am on November 23, 2008 Email James Ostrowski