Richard Burr's Moral Dilemma

As you've no doubt heard by now, North Carolina's own senior Senator faced a stark moral dilemma last year. I'm trying to figure out whether the actions he chose to take were defensible. The details you need for this discussion can be found online, but here's a quick overview.


Last year as the American banking system skated close to the edge of collapse, Senator Richard Burr talked with Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson about the extreme risks ahead. With that information in hand, Burr called his wife and told her to begin taking money out of their bank. It was Friday night.

I called my wife and I said, ‘Brooke, I am not coming home this weekend. I will call you on Monday. Tonight, I want you to go to the ATM machine, and I want you to draw out everything it will let you take. And I want you to tomorrow, and I want you to go Sunday.’ I was convinced on Friday night that if you put a plastic card in an ATM machine the last thing you were going to get was cash.”

As I see it, Senator Burr had inside knowledge about an imminent collapse in the financial sector. But instead of communicating that information to constituents like you and me, he simply covered his own ass.

If Richard Burr had serious concerns about liquidity in the banking system, did he have an obligation to let all of us in North Carolina know? And if he didn't have that obligation, should he have used his inside information to protect his own personal interests while leaving his constituents to fend for themselves? The problem, of course, is that any warning to We the People might have triggered a run on banks that could have been catastrophic.

No matter how I look at this, Senator Burr appears to have opted for his own self interest over public interest when the chips were down.

What am I missing?


Maybe the good Senator can 'splain himself?

Oh, I forgot. Richard Burr has already jumped on the Liddy Dole Express Track To Irrelevance. Like the empty wig, he doesn't actually bother to rub elbows with leftist critics.

Never mind.

I second that!


I read the HuffPost everyday as do many of us on this site. If it wasn't for the Huffpost I would have never found this blog.

Anthony D. Hall,

Fighting for Truth, Justice, Freedom and the American Way!

Thanks, Amy

Good to see the truth about Senator Burr spreading like wildfire.

Good to see, indeed

We are going to have some fun taking down Burr. I'm looking forward to it.

I hope that.....

Keith, Rachel, Ed, or Chris speak on this story tonight! It would really go along way to further Isolating this CLOWN!

Anthony D. Hall,

Fighting for Truth, Justice, Freedom and the American Way!

nerves of steal

(not steel)

Our own Dan Quayle without the brains

With his Quayle-esque looks and his grasp of economic policy, why wasn't he the GOP VP choice?