Posted by Larry Doyle on March 9th, 2009 3:35 PM |
A great American and loyal reader (thanks FL) shared a report recently produced by not-for-profits Essential Information and The Consumer Education Foundation. This report, Sold Out: How Wall Street and Washington Betrayed America, has gotten little to no attention in the general media. What a shame. I find of particular interest the fact that a number of the currently discussed regulatory changes are directly addressing the points highlighted in this report. I personally view these proposed regulatory changes as substantiating this report and adding credibility to its effort. For the naysayers in the audience, I would ask you to review the report and reconsider your assessment.
I was struck a month ago by the incriminating statements put forth by Senator Chuck Hagel and CIA head Leon Panetta, which I highlighted on February 16th in Legalized Bribery. Those statements bluntly indict our massive system of lobbying, political fundraising, and the quality of those running for elected office! In light of that article, I am more and more convinced that our elected officials have turned their offices into massive for profit machines at the expense of our public well being.
I commend the authors of this report, Roger Weissman and James Donahue, for taking the time and making the extensive effort to expose the truth. The full report, 231 pages in length, spares no detail. In studying it, I found the information and analysis riveting. Let me try to summarize it for you. (more…)
Posted by Larry Doyle on February 21st, 2009 6:43 PM |
Why do I believe we will see a wave of material on this topic? Well, whenever I see it I plan on updating my post Legalized Bribery so that Former Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE) and current CIA head Leon Panetta are continually vindicated.
Who lived rent free for 5 years in the Washington townhouse of a CT Congressman, directed hundreds of thousands of dollars to that Congressman’s husband’s lobbying effort, served on the board of Freddie Mac when it stifled Republican overtures, and now serves one door away from the Oval office?
Did Rahm Emanuel declare that rent-free arrangement as income? Did he pay taxes on it? Did he share that arrangement with the Congressional ethics committee? Rahm’s ‘Rent’ Is Just the Tip of Ethics Iceberg.
Change? No, this Legalized Bribery has been going on for a while.
Posted by Larry Doyle on February 16th, 2009 6:57 PM |
Quality business relationships are always mutually beneficial. If they are not mutually beneficial, then they will not thrive or perhaps even last at all. A strong business relationship, like any personal relationship, needs a foundation of honesty andintegrity. As in any relationship, there will be plenty of instances in which the parties have disagreements and misunderstandings. If the relationship is strong enough, it can not only endure through these times but often grow stronger as a result of them.
The challenge in any relationship is when one party is conflicted and attempts to serve two masters. These conflicted relationships – whether personal, political, social, or business – must change in order to grow or are doomed to languish and underperform if not die completely. On Wall Street, a business that so grossly prioritizes short term profits versus long term customer relationships will not grow. Perhaps for a period of time the excess profits will be addicting and mesmerize management, but over time that model will not work. Bear Stearns is a classic example of this principle. From having worked there for 7 years in the 90s, I evidenced it firsthand. (more…)