Matt Taibbi takes on a news item that's so mind-boggling it seems like it has to be a joke: a public push by Goldman Sachs and other investment bank executives to conflate their brand of shameless, insatiable greed with -- sitting down? -- the teachings of Jesus.
A small taste:
"On the other end of the spectrum, not nearly as evil comparably but still pretty bad, are people like this clown from Goldman. They lie to themselves and think up elaborate reasons to do the bad acts they were already hoping to do anyway. Some day, when historians finish peeling back all the different onion-layers of this financial disaster we’re living out right now, they’re going to find at the heart of it all this social Darwinist mantra wherein a very small group of overeducated twerps agreed to believe that stealing every last dime they could get their hands on was something other than what it looks and sounds like to the rest of us. That protective delusion was the first of the many luxuries they bought with all the money they stole, and see if it isn’t the last they agree to give up. What a bunch of assholes!"
True/Slant: Taibblog: Goldman One-Ups Gordon Gekko, Says Jesus Embraced Greed/11.4.09