[QUOTE=XingDaorong;2914940]Who cares about whether this c*cksucker was a Democrat or a Republican or what is to blame for this "wave of immorality"? Reagan's ghost wasn't possessing Maddoff or Ken Lay to swindle people out of their retirement plans, life savings, and jobs; this type of greed has been around forever, we just notice it now because of technology and the speed information gets passed around. In the 1700s the East India Company exploited the riches of India while 3 million people starved to death, in the 1800s there were captains of industry who quite literally ran entire economic sectors, in the 1900s the United Fruit Company (now Chiquita foods) kept brutal dictators in power in Latin America to retain their monopolies over the fruit trade there (hence the term "Banana Republic").
What Maddoff did shattered the confidence Americans had in "financial experts" and revealed him to be yet another crooked con artist; it didn't put a verdict on any political ideology because this corruption happens no matter what system is put in place. There are no safeguards against powerful figures who turn crooked, it's just life, but if anything can be learned from this it should be to trust no man in power to do the right thing. As the old saying goes "Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely."[/QUOTE]
Good point, I hope people are more vigilant about actually checking the truth of certain assertions (especially ones that seem to good to be true) before believing uncritically. That will make a better world.
Do you not believe that weakening regulation has made it easier over the last thirty years to get a way with being a crooked con-artist for a longer period of time?