With the nation up in arms about the perversity of pouring billions into the coffers of the banks the symbolism of the three CEO's tone deaf failure to be present in Washington is beyond understanding.
As Goldman Sachs may be discovering, belatedly and to its chagrin, image matters. Perception is reality. Therefore, if we want business and government to do better by us, we need more arts education, not less.
We can call the 2000s the "Worse Than Zero" decade or the "Big Zero," or anything we wish, but what characterized it most for me was the near total control of corporations, especially over our civic institutions.
Not only are we richly rewarding those who wrecked our economy, but also, we have to put up with hundreds of fabrications about how the big banks got us here. Here is my biggest, fattest lies list for 2009.
Rarely has a great power so willfully set itself down the path of self-destruction with so little reason as America has in Afghanistan. This is pathological behavior that cries out for diagnosis and correction.