The Unbearable Banishment: This might sound just a tad cynical for so early in the morning

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

This might sound just a tad cynical for so early in the morning

According to a Reuters report this morning, the CEOs of the major U.S. investment firms will testify in Washington today about the global financial crisis. The story states that the CEOs and their companies are “swimming in bonuses but sinking fast in public esteem…” and that “…public fury is growing over the crisis.”

I’ve worked for these guys and their ilk for the better part of my career—not as an “earner” but as someone who works in the trenches—and I can assure you that they couldn’t care less what public sentiment is. New York City is awash with people like this. They only speak one language and that’s the language of currency. They have what’s referred to in the industry as “F.U.” money. That means they have amassed such a copious amount of cash that they can’t be touched by the law or anyone else. It’s what they aspire to. Public fury? It's irrelevant.

Sobering, but true.

Money, it's a gas
Grab that cash with both hands

And make a stash


Money, it's a crime

Share it fairly

But don't take a slice of my pie


Pink Floyd


Money don't get everything it's true.
What it don't get I can't use.

Now gimme money (that's what I want)


Berry Gordy and Janie Bradford

14 Comments:

Blogger Cat said...

I love when you are just a tad cynical.

January 13, 2010 at 8:35 AM  
Blogger Poindexter said...

You've got a good point. Not sure why Washington is apt to lend much credence to their well scripted testimony, unless (hmmm) these individuals and their corporations make political contributions... could it be?

January 13, 2010 at 8:51 AM  
Blogger The Unbearable Banishment said...

Cat: I try to rein the cynicism in but sometimes I just can't help myself. I don't want to be a bitter blogger.

Point: I think you and I should start a support group for cynics.

January 13, 2010 at 9:13 AM  
OpenID daisyfae said...

frustrating to hear them defend bonuses with "if you want to keep the people, you have to pay them". as if there is value added by many of these folks... cynics unite! and take up arms... well, as if that would do any good...

January 13, 2010 at 10:52 AM  
Blogger Leah said...

I know some of these folks up close and personal. It ain't pretty, that I can tell you. And they are completely unapologetic. Completely.

January 13, 2010 at 11:07 AM  
OpenID anniegirl1138.com said...

So, do they have enough money to save them from the miserable hordes this summer when everything is predicted to tip over to total shit for the American economy?

But I went to university with people who aspired to this and probably made it, and they were wastes of skin then - so I believe you.

January 13, 2010 at 11:14 AM  
Blogger The Unbearable Banishment said...

Daisy: Cynics Unite! I love it. Can I have it? I'll get it trademarked.

Leah: If you live out here you are bound to cross paths with some of them. And you're right. They have an exaggerated sense of entitlement.

Annie: I hate to say this but having enough $$$, will protect and insulate you from all calamities.

January 13, 2010 at 11:31 AM  
Blogger EmmaK said...

Not sure if I am more annoyed or disillusioned by Obama. He is the president isn't he? then why doesn't he impose the same restrictions on bankers bonuses as they do in Europe?

January 13, 2010 at 2:05 PM  
Blogger JZ said...

Your 'cynicsm' is my realism....the system's done gone broke itself and Obama was always --and continues to be-- the great false hope serving as (yet another) distraction from the fact that Washington is run by Wall Street. Cynicsm is a point of view that can be proved to be distorted or extreme. Go ahead, make my day.

January 13, 2010 at 3:41 PM  
OpenID thegnukid said...

yep, i agree...this is not cynicism. it's telling it like it really is. capitalism at it's worst best.

January 13, 2010 at 10:40 PM  
Blogger The Unbearable Banishment said...

EmmaK: Welcome! I agree with you. Since when did the White House become toothless? It kind of makes you wonder who's running the country.

JZ: I use to think investment banking was a safe, somewhat dignified, industry. Now? Not so much.

Gnu: I don't want to say Marx was right, but this capitalism thing seems to be a raw deal for most of us.

January 14, 2010 at 7:21 AM  
Blogger Sid said...

Everytime some says that our budget has been cut due to the recession I can't help but think, "Fucking Americans." Yes, I know that it's not the ordinary citizens that have caused this. I just can't help being pissed at the fact that we have to suffer cause of your investment bankers.

January 15, 2010 at 6:56 AM  
Blogger The Unbearable Banishment said...

Sid, I've been saying "fucking Americans" since Bush was voted into office that second time.

January 15, 2010 at 9:44 AM  
Blogger Ellie said...

The British bankers are just as much to blame, Sid.

January 16, 2010 at 3:14 PM  

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