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24 March 2013
A DEN OF THIEVES
12 And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves,
13 And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.
The Gospel according to St Matthew, Chaper 21, Verses 12 and 13. Authorized King James Version of 1611 AD.
However you look at this passage, JC does not seem to have a very high opinion of the money men.
But then JC never had the chance to work for a Wall Street investment bank.
You see, they see things differently in Lower Manhattan.
Take the view expressed by Goldman Sachs chairman and chief executive officer Lloyd Blankfein in a newspaper interview in November 2009. As head honcho of a multi-national blue-chip investment house, Blankfein felt confident enough to tell the interviewer than he was “doing God’s work”.
Now what do you say to that, JC?
And, while we’re about it, how many bucks did you make in the preaching business?
Not as much as Lloyd Blankfein, I’d guess. According to Forbes, whose calculation was based on data for the year before, the top gun at Goldman Sachs raked in a tidy $21.74 million compensation in 2012.
By the way, the hitherto clean-shaven Mr Blankfein has been seen about New York lately sporting a beard.
Why the new look?
Could it be that he is trying to look a bit more like that Great Beardie in the sky whose acolyte he claims to be?
You might perhaps care to view some of our earlier posts. For instance:
1. Why? or How? That is the question (3 Jan 2012)
2. Partitocracy v. Democracy (20 July 2012)
3. The shoddiest possible goods at the highest possible prices (2 Feb 2012)
4. Capitalism in practice (4 July 2012)
5.Ladder (21 June 2012)
6. A tale of two cities (1) (6 June 2012)
7. A tale of two cities (2) (7 June 2012)
8. Where’s the beef? Ontology and tinned meat (31 Jan 2012)
Every so often we shall change this sample of previously published posts.