Random commentary and senseless acts of blogging.
The first Republican president once said, "While the people retain their virtue and their vigilance, no administration by any extreme of wickedness or folly can seriously injure the government in the short space of four years." If Mr. Lincoln could see what's happened in these last three-and-a-half years, he might hedge a little on that statement.
Prisoners of Azkaban
Tuesday, August 20, 2002
For this site to continue what is becoming a tradition of beating on Bill Simon is possibly excessive and almost certainly superfluous, but he makes it so easy. Such as in his defense in this (now rather old) article:
Simon took no further steps Thursday to discuss the suit or further explain his dealings, sticking to two scheduled appearances in Southern California. Speaking with reporters outside a Los Angeles High School, he noted that he was not named as an individual defendant in the case and never took the stand.
"The fact that I wasn't called is indicative of the fact that, frankly, I had very little involvement in this," he said.
Simon is a straight-shooting honest businessman, not a tricky word-chopping spinner like Bill Clinton, so I'm sure that when he made a big point of the true statement that he didn't testify in the trial, he didn't actually mean to neglect mentioning that he was deposed. He probably just forgot about it. After all, the depo was way back in May, and it only lasted 2 days with a transcript that runs 577 pages.
The transcript shows that Mr Simon does have some problems with his memory on quite a few points. My favorite one is this q & a:
Q: Have you, at any time sir, heard of . . . going into an investment where the Simon company has presented itself as being skilled, experienced or successful investors?
A: You know, I would have to scratch my head on that one. We have been involved in a lot of situations over the years, so off the top of my head, I don't remember a precise conversation on that respect.
So Mr Simon was for 12 years a manager and co-owner of an investment firm which never, to his recollection, claimed to have any skills or expertise in its own area of business.