Rich Galen

I thought it was funny that a public institution could go out and pay a guy $4,375,000 a year to coach 12 teenagers what with public colleges being recipients of federal funds in the form of grants to researchers, tax dollars for teachers, and loans for students and all.

Goes back to Babe Ruth in the 1930's when he was asked what he thought about making more than the President of the United States, Herbert Hoover: "I had a better year than he did," Ruth is reported to have said.

Finally, ending up where we started with the car companies, I watched the press conference by the Obama-appointed Chairman of GM, Fritz Henderson claiming that GM would cover up to nine months of car payments for people who bought a GM vehicle then lost their job.

I thought that had to be an early April Fool's joke. Where would Fritz Henderson get the money to do that? I mean, that would be just about as funny as giving mortgages to people to buy houses who …

Oh. Wait a minute. You mean my tax dollars - already going to people who bought houses they couldn't afford - are now going to go to people who buy cars they can't afford?

Looks like the joke's on me.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at