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An acquaintance ...

An acquaintance has a clip of Gordon Gecko/Michael Douglas soliciting viewers to call the DOJ if they suspect financial hanky-panky on Wall Street. The acquaintance posits: "I don't know whether this makes us laugh or cry" My response: “Laugh or Cry”? I opt to cry. Running to the Government for every problem’s solution is a one-way street: No return. Greed is an emotive code word; semantically crafted to instill guilt, shame, forced altruism, to garner social acceptance of the Politically Correct and self-appointed Annointed and fuel the politics of envy. Greed is impossible to define without unqualified, unjustified judging, subjective imposition of standards and practices that may not be – and usually aren’t - compatible with the principles and ideals of a Free Market. The worst punishment, misdirected legislation, government imposition floats in on the tears of some “victim” who “lost it all” to some scurrilous Gecko. Invariably, it was the “victim’s” failure to

Here's some prose for those of you in broadcasting today - or wish you were - or are happy you're not.

  What Ayn Rand might say about our industry... They ordered us to do the Difficult with nothing but Our Talent -- and we did it. Then they demanded we accomplish the Impossible with nothing but Our Talent -- and we did it. Then they commanded us to do the Irrational with nothing but Our Talent -- and we did that, too. The tragedy of our time, our industry, became the symbiosis between their impossible demands and our naive willingness -- eagerness! -- to rise to the challenge, to demonstrate the magnificent power of Our Talent , led to their conclusion -- their expectation -- that we would continue to work the Miracle of Accomplishment, regardless of the withdrawal -- or refusal -- of the resources necessary to sustain the strength and durability of Our Talent . Eventually, conclusively, they expected more and more from less and less until they demanded we produce Everything out of nothing -- and be grateful for the " opportunity " to pour ourselves out for t