john bogle

When a Weasel has Sex with a Vulture

When a weasel has sex with a vulture, they give birth to a mittnewtrick.  This offspring is a prime example of the 1% that has profited from greedy, underhanded and opaque dirty dealings.  Vanguard founder Jack Bogle has said that we used to  invest in stocks that we believed in instead of speculating and profiting from churning trades every milli-second.  Now look where we are.

We just heard yesterday that Mitt pays a tax rate of only 15% on his multi-million income from not working.  His income is deferred compensation from his days as a private equity trader many moons ago with Bain Capital. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bain_Capital As Monk would say, here’s what happened:   In the 1980s when it was incorporated, his business Bain and Co. Consulting counseled w/ companies on how to run their operations more efficiently.  Nothing wrong with that.  Once they were paid for that service–whether the client took their advice of not–Bain’s job was done. 

However, then the firm weaseled and morphed its way into  vulture capitalistism by adding a separate entity to their corporate identity:  Bain Capital.  In the name of “efficiency,” B.C. began buying up bankrupt companies, selling off assets, and stripping away employees to increase that entity’s stock share.  Bain Capital principal partners took 20% off the top before any other stockholders got a penny.  They then designated this income as capital gains and deferred  distribution as future income.  So instead of paying 35% on this money as regular income, they can pay 15% on it as capital gains.   What a phoney rip-off!!  The lobbyists got Congress to get rid of certain financial firewall laws or create handy new enablers to create this loophole (and others) so that the Harvard and Wharton Biz school brainiacs et al. could invent ever more vulture cap vehicles to drain our economy.  All while stating:  We’re just pursuing the free-market capitalist dream.

When Mitt reveals his income tax records, the public will discover that he’s worth 140 to 250 million and making  over a million a year for not working.  A REAL CAPITALIST WELFARE QUEEN.  And don’t think that Newt G. (Mr. Fannie Mae) and Rick S. ( Mr. K Street earmark lobbyist)  are any better than Mitt.  They were in Congress when the deals were going down which helped facilitate the financial scams by making them legal. 

  As we see our savings and jobs dry up,  we were both furious but Deb got tired of us both calling these rip-off artists “assholes"  and suggested using "weasel” instead.  But today since I’m writing this, I’ll call them assholes.

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This is my first post of people who inspire me. John “Jack” Bogle is the founder of Vanguard. He’s the greatest individual investor advocate probably in history. The father of low cost index investing, Jack has aligned his company for the benefits of the shareholders aka his investors. Jack also has great style… Classic IVY-Trad sensibilities, he’s always looking just right.

夠了。

『並不是每一件重要的事情都算得出來,也不是每一件算得出來的事情都重要。』

在以計算分析為業的我看來警世不過的一段話。這句話語出愛因斯坦,他想說的是量化的極限跟思考的極限,而約翰伯格引述這段話用在企業經營跟商業之上,也是同樣適用。

讀了一系列約翰伯格的書,這本「夠了」雖然總帶著些老人的說教感(伯格也80幾歲了),但靜下心來咀嚼著些道理,從中體悟伯格的「夠了」跟那些簡單卻是最好的選擇。

p.s. 關於作者:約翰伯格(John Bogle)指數型基金的發明者,先鋒(Vanguard)集團創辦人。