The Trick


The Trick Broadcast on The Mike Malloy Show – October 27, 2011.

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When I saw Citizen Kane over 40 years ago, I thought it was a well written line, but not a realistic one. It seemed like a bit of dialogue that a relatively inexperienced 25-year-old Orson Welles might write for effect instead of realism. But I was a relatively inexperienced 20-year-old. Now I know it’s as true as gravity — “It’s no trick to make a lot of money … if all you want … is to make a lot of money.”

Most people aren’t capable of doing whatever it takes to make money. The problem is … some people are.

It takes a unique kind of individual who can dismiss the massive air, water, and land pollution caused by pumping millions of gallons of water and thousands of tons of poisonous chemicals deep underground to get at the trillions of dollars worth of natural gas entombed in the Marcellus Shale.

It takes a keen business mind to knowingly sell mortgage-backed securities filled with loans that were going to fail while simultaneously making side bets that paid off when the toxic time bombs blew up. As soon as the entire house of cards collapsed, taking our economy with it, these geniuses of Wall Street reaped trillions in bailouts from U.S. taxpayers and awarded themselves billions for bonuses on top of that.

Socrates said over two thousand years ago, “All wars are fought for money.” Over the last 60 years the United States has spent well over 27 trillion dollars on the military. With that kind of incentive it still takes a special breed of businessman to line up to get a share from that bloody trough.

Pass the Past please.



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