Bob Higgins

Mafia Arrest List Switched With White House Guest List

Posted in Humor, News, Politics, Pop Culture by Bob Higgins on January 20, 2011
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From: Boardwalk Empire by Martin Scorsese and Terence Winter

From: Boardwalk Empire by Martin Scorsese and Terence Winter

The two hundred plus guests at the White House for free chow and entertainment the other night included the heads of Boeing, Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase or as they’re known around here, “the usual suspects.”

The fat cats lined up for a lavish spread, an open bar and a gala evening provided by the American taxpayer who was neither invited, welcome, nor I believe, much considered in the conversation. It was decent of us though to foot the bill for this formal introduction of the crème de la crime of our fading culture to our new landlord.

The theme for the evening was “quintessentially American,” with a menu that featured farm-fresh vegetables, poached Maine lobster, dry-aged rib-eye with buttermilk crisp onions, topped off by old-fashioned apple pie with ice cream. The entertainment, in the White House East Room, was the most quintessential of American music — a parade of jazz greats, including Herbie Hancock. Business Leaders Make Cut at State Dinner With Hu Huffington Post

That may be quintessentially American on Pennsylvania Avenue but down home we’re eating the quintessential bean soup.

Meanwhile the FBI, the NYPD and other assorted crime fighters were putting the final touches on a round up of more than a hundred Mafia members and criminal associates of New York’s five families and we’re not talking Astors and Vanderbilts we’re talking Gambino, Genovese, Lucchese, Bonanno and Colombo, guys with names like Vinny Carwash, Baby Fat Larry and Tony Bagels.

I have a strong feeling that the FBI’s pick up list and part of the White House guest list were somehow accidentally switched.

In any event it would have been cheaper to feed the Goombahs some linguini with a nice clam sauce while locking up the corporate fraction of President Obama’s guest list would have provided greater distress to organized crime.

It could be argued, and has by me and others, that some of the corporations represented at the lavish state dinner for Hu Jintao have done more harm to this country than all the pezzo novante of New York, Jersey and Philly ever dreamed of.

I’m not saying that these colorfully named wise guys don’t belong behind bars, I’m trying to point out that we need a system of judicial triage here, we need to prioritize. When it comes to gambling, protection rackets, bribery, intimidation, large scale shakedowns and a litany of other crimes, the mobsters are small change compared to the banksters and always have been.

A massive and extremely expensive round up of La Cosa Nostra while the usual suspects dine in the White House is akin to tripping over dollars to gather nickles.

Bob Higgins

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