I'm not happy with the management of Merrill. E. Stanley O'Neal has watched whatever stock he had drop in value just like the rest of us, but he made salary and bonus in the tens of millons of dollars for years of profits under his watch that have all but disappeared in a sea of black ink and write-offs.
But here's the thing. You know how many directors of Merrill Lynch showed up at the stockholder meeting where the vote took place? According to this article from Bloomberg news, one. One. Bank of America did a tad better, with two of their directors willing to take any credit for buying Merrill. To me, this says something pretty awful about the state of moral accountibility in America right now, that you can take home a $265K board retainer for a year when the stock of the company you run has lost 80% of its value, and you don't even think for that much money you can show up for the funeral a half hour of lectures from the shareholders. Is there no shame? Any sense of decency or responsibility or accountability? It makes me sick.