Friday, October 3, 2008

Getting Bailed Out: first Ed McMahon, then the USA...by Sybil Adelman Sage

It was stunningly surprising to hear that anyone with Ed McMahon's long-time, considerable earning power could be broke and failing to make payments on his six-bedroom house once valued at $7 million while also defaulting on loans.

How could there be enough hours in a day to deplete the vast fortune garnered by this second banana bellowing, "Heeeeeere's Johnny" and "How hot was it?" If he couldn't get by on that, he was moonlighting making commercials. Even if he spent every free moment shopping on Rodeo Drive and ordering from the Home Shopping Network, it's hard to conceive of going through that amount of money. No one would imagine Ed McMahon applying for food stamps.

Both Donald Trump and Jimmy Kimmel rushed to his rescue, Trump by offering to buy Mc Mahon's home and acting as landlord, Kimmel by getting Ed a gig as pitchman for Pontiac cars.

Though I'd never heard, "As Ed McMahon goes, so goes the nation," our country was next to go into deficit, and we're being asked to kick in $700 billion.

Donald, Jimmy, is the country less deserving than Johnny Carson's sidekick? How about you take care of this?