The boys -- Lloyd Blankfein, Jamie Dimon, John Mack, and Brian Moynihan -- are back in Washington today and the Wall Street CEOs seemed to have tripped over a financial version of Heller's classic Catch 22.
Goldman Sachs is, in the words of Rolling Stone journalist Matt Taibbi, "a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money."
As we had our holiday dinner together, my kids asked me why billions can be spent on an expanding war, bailing out the auto industry and the banks, but when it comes to health care, people are afraid of a "government takeover."
There's a good deal of jolliness on Wall Street this holiday season, thanks to the billions of dollars in bonuses that will be stuffed into the stockings of your favorite bankers. It's safe to assume the final tally will be very big.