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.
I'm all for capitalism, and I'm not a supporter of the Goldman conspiracy stories.
BUT...consider some facts, the primary piece of which was GS was the ONLY bank to get a full repayment from AIG. And they had the most to get back. That, alone, is enough information to say "special treatment" from the government.
Sure, they are smart. But they get special treatment.
GS also happens to be doing quite a bit of front running using their flash trading software. And they've been exposed on this front. They happen to have alot of PR on their side, and they're working that overtime. They also happen to have government support....several people who run blogs which have shared less well known information about GS have been harassed by Homeland Security (what is THAT all about?).
GS is very, very good at what they do. But they also take massive shortcuts and get lots of special treatment. I'd like to have the extras they have. I'd beat the market regularly, too.
I'd pay bonuses, too. Just not as much....there are limits to greed. Not that I want to regulate it.