Guess Who the Addict Is?

No, Matt Taibbi hasn’t mellowed since his infamous Rolling Stone article last summer (“Inside the Great American Bubble Machine”).

Here’s an excerpt from the sequel:

Instead of liquidating and prosecuting the insolvent institutions that took us all down with them in a giant Ponzi scheme, we have showered them with money and guarantees and all sorts of other enabling gestures.

Instituting a bailout policy that stressed recapitalizing bad banks was like the addict coming back to the con man to get his lost money back.

–Matt Taibbi, “Wall Street’s Bailout Hustle”; Rolling Stone

Elsewhere in the piece, Taibbi poses a question that I’ve also addressed on this blog (“Dealing with the Devil: Why be a Goldman Sachs Client?“):

Why big institutional investors like pension funds continually come to Wall Street to get raped is the million-dollar question that many experienced observers puzzle over.

I think my explanation is still the most plausible:

Presumably, Goldman Sachs’ clients have decided that it is better to be on the inside of whatever scam(s) Goldman is running — presumably benefiting from them — than being on the outside, victimized like everyone else.

–Ross Kaplan, “Dealing with the Devil“; City Lakes Blog (9/25/2009)

Key word from the above: ‘presumably.’

Even if you don’t like Taibbi, read his piece for his primer on street scams and hustles.

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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