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James Quinn is a senior director of strategic planning for a major university. James has held financial positions with a retailer, homebuilder and university in his 25-year career. Those positions included treasurer, controller, and head of strategic planning. He is married with three boys and... More
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  • ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS THE TRUTH 1 comment
    Dec 3, 2012 11:07 AM

    "Eyes blinded by the fog of things
    cannot see truth.
    Ears deafened by the din of things
    cannot hear truth.
    Brains bewildered by the whirl of things
    cannot think truth.
    Hearts deadened by the weight of things
    cannot feel truth.
    Throats choked by the dust of things
    cannot speak truth."
    Harald Bell Wright - The Uncrowned King

    I consider myself a seeker of truth. It isn't easy finding it in todays' world. In an alternate version of the famous scene from A Few Good Men, I picture myself telling Turbo Tax Timmy Geithner that I want the truth and his angry truthful response:

    "Son, we live in a world that has Wall Street banks, and those banks have to be guarded by puppet politicians in Washington D.C. with lobbyist written laws and Madison Avenue PR maggots with media propaganda. Who's gonna do it? You? You, Representative Paul? I have a greater responsibility than you could possibly fathom. You weep for the average middle class American family, and you curse the ruling oligarchs. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know. That the death of the American middle class, while tragic, probably saved the bonuses of thousands of Wall Street bankers. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, increases the wealth of these same bankers who destroyed the worldwide economic system in 2008. You don't want the truth because deep down in places you don't talk about in the food bank line, you want me on Wall Street, you need me on Wall Street. We use words like derivative, fiscal stimulus, quantitative easing. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent syphoning off the wealth of the nation. You use them as a punch line. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very debt that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it. I would rather you just said thank you, and went on your way, Otherwise, I suggest you pick up 1000 shares of Apple, and hope our high frequency trading supercomputers can ramp the market for a while longer. Either way, I don't give a damn what you think you are entitled to."

    I find myself more amazed than ever at the ability of those in power to lie, misinform and obfuscate the truth, while millions of Americans willfully choose to be ignorant of the truth and yearn to be misled. It's a match made in heaven. Acknowledging the truth of our society's descent from a country of hard working, self-reliant, charitable, civic minded citizens into the abyss of entitled, dependent, greedy, materialistic consumers is unacceptable to the slave owners and the slaves. We can't handle the truth because that would require critical thought, hard choices, sacrifice, and dealing with the reality of an unsustainable economic and societal model. It's much easier to believe the big lies that allow us to sleep at night. The concept of lying to the masses and using propaganda techniques to manipulate and form public opinion really took hold in the 1920s and have been perfected by the powerful ruling elite that control the reins of finance, government and mass media.

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    James, Quinn: Greetings. I can't argue with that given that we learned just today that "In an attempt to avoid a bailout during the financial crisis, Deutsche Bank (DB) is alleged to have hidden about $12B in losses on a massive derivatives trade. Deutsche said the allegations are old news and "wholly unfounded." Still, the SEC is reportedly probing the claims. Robert Khuzami, head of enforcement at the agency, has recused himself from the inquiry, as he was general counsel for Deutsche's U.S. operations at the time in question. And current general counsel Dick Walker used to hold Khuzami's job at the SEC." http://on.wsj.com/TFvTIT From WSB 12/6/12 Nothing like a revolving door between regulators and bankers to keep the skids of corruption greased eh James?
    6 Dec 2012, 04:28 PM Reply Like
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