We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Disappointing that most of the comments in the NYT said basically, "I hear what you argued, but you're rich, and that's a good enough reason for me to resent you and insist that you give up what you earned in favor of people who are hard up." I guess the lesson is, if someone asks you to hang around helping in an orderly liquidation, clear out the instant anyone from the government shows up and promises the deal won't change. Let them figure it out on their own, using whatever civil servants they can scrape up who have the same incredibly specialized expertise you had.
Yeah - those comments make me fear for my country more than anything else I've ever read.
They cannot control what Mr. DeSantis makes, only where. The American Financial industry is never going to recover. Our talent is going to Dubai, Hong Kong, London, Switzerland, the Cayman Islands, etc...
They are leaving the United States of America to live free elsewhere. That is so humbling and depressing.
Here is another rant. http://www.ar15.com/forums/topic.html?b=1&f=5&t=848445
The comments, in part, reflect the readership of the NYT, which is decidedly left. You could see that bias in the "editorial selection" of certain comments.
The class warfare sentiment, the resentment of hard work and success, and the emotions of mob rule came the trough clearly.
What was glaringly missing was the grasp of the real issues at stake.
First and foremost, the inability to see the implications for the rule of law was most disconcerting to me. Contract law is being shredded, not only here but in mortgages. What people don't seem to grasp is that the rule of law is thin line between freedom and the tyranny of government. That is why legislating from the bench is dangerous and undermines the Constitution.
Second, the inability or unwillingness to see the connection between hard work and compensation, the moral right to being compensated and disincentives to work by undermining the right to be paid for hard work performed correctly.
Third, the inability to see the relationship between the cost of paying the folks who are in fact limiting incremental risk to the taxpayer is astounding. As I noted a few days ago and as Mr. DeSantis confirmed in his letter, the people who originated the witches brew of CDSs are long gone. Mr. DeSantis and the other folks there are unwinding the risk, which today is fully borne by the taxpayer. The outrage here is that speculators have been bailed out. The bonus melee is a distraction from the real issue, which includes the failure of government regulators where these trades were done in plain view.
Many of these commenters will not be able to figure out where their freedom went if this continues.
Sure, he got paid a lot of money. So what! Isn't the freedom to work hard and make as much money as you can part of the American dream?