Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Diogenes...Looking For An Honest Man

He eventually settled in Corinth where he continued to pursue the Cynic ideal of self-sufficiency: a life which was natural and not dependent upon the luxuries of civilization. Believing that virtue was better revealed in action and not theory, his life was a relentless campaign to debunk the social values and institutions of what he saw as a corrupt society. (Thank you Wikipedia.)

Well, that's Diogenes, and I have to confess that I am feeling more like him every day. Are we so corrupt that this is the only way to get along in life? I understand that more than 50 thousand US citizens acquired Swiss bank accounts so as to evade income taxes. Bernie Madoff is a new legend. The financial institutions have ripped us off and are now using their new found prowess to rip us off further. The President is a (well-intentioned) liar. The congress consists of not so well intentioned liars. Any baseball player who has avoided steroids (think Derek Jeter and not much further) won't make it into the Hall of Fame.

My home state, New Jersey boasts not only the most corrupt politicians in history (read the papers) but also, Rabbis who sold body parts. I wish this was confined to New Jersey but I fear that these guys were just stupid enough to get caught.

The Wall Street guys have it right...they get caught over and over again, pocket the dough and continue. They have ample help from Greenspan, Bernanke, Buffet and all their other stooges.

Have fun folks...the next 10 years will shake everyone loose.

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