Sedaris, Leno, watch your backs

David Sedaris

KAI RYSSDAL: Here with more on the business community's take on this story is our own Rico Gagliano of the Marketplace Players. Now Rico, you are not a businessman.

RICO GAGLIANO: Well, Kai, I'm a humorist. And if you don't think humor is a business, just look at the grosses for "Borat."

RYSSDAL: All right, what do you think of Secretary Paulson's suggestions?

GAGLIANO: Well, I'd like to focus on one in particular: this idea that legality is less important than doing what's right. Myself — and I think the rest of the business community — couldn't agree more. But we'd like to hear specifics.

RYSSDAL: Like what?

GAGLIANO: Well, for instance, Kai, my business is making people laugh. But lots of other people do that. David Sedaris, Jay Leno to name a few. So it seems right that I should be able to have them . . . deported.

RYSSDAL: Deport David Sedaris and Jay Leno.

GAGLIANO: Among others, yes. I'd start with my immediate competitors here at Marketplace, of course: Cash Peters, Sean Cole. Deport them to an island somewhere. Treat them well, keep them fed, you know, but "No communicating with the outside world, you guys!"

RYSSDAL: But, that's against the law.

GAGLIANO: Exactly, and that's the frustration. This is a brutal regulatory environment! Where I, as a businessman, am unable to do the right thing! Is Paulson willing to move beyond the so-called "legality" of deportation without trial, in order to unleash my earning potential? And by extension this economy's growth potential? That's what I and the business community want to know.

RYSSDAL: And I guess you'll be keeping a pretty close eye on the story?

GAGLIANO: You bet I will — and Sedaris? Watch your back.

RYSSDAL: Rico Gagliano is of course just kidding, but just in case you think he's not we ought to tell you his opinions are his and not ours.

About the author

Rico Gagliano is the host of Dinner Party Download.

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