I realize that the hatred for Goldman and Wall Street is still seething but this is getting absurd.
Tony Manfred, a senior at Cornell and Associate Editor of The Cornell Daily Sun, threw a 784 word hissy fit bashing the bank and added:
“The bank, along with the rest of corporate America, pursues Cornell’s best and brightest — tabling at career fairs, holding information sessions and setting up shop in the narrow corridors of Barnes Hall. It vets and interrogates tests and examines, and eventually it leaves campus with a wish list of eager undergrads. A few months later, those same undergrads are paying for a few rounds of drinks at a celebratory Long Island iced tea night. And come summer, these undergrads have transformed into full-fledged Goldmanites — squeezing every drip of profit out of the rag that is America with conscious abandon — under the tragically correct assumption that the rest of us are, above all else, jealous of them.”
Manfred here wants to kick outfrom Cornell’s campus recruiting, saying:
“This must end. A corporation with Goldman’s track record of bubble-building and profiteering has no place on this campus.”
His Long Island iced tea hatred, closet communism, and overall misinformation aside, this wanton acrimony for Wall Street is a major blight for finance in general.
Thousands of people flock to Wall Street year after year, with most being the best and the brightest the top schools around the world. These people have worked hard, got good grades, and some, God forbid, sacrificed enjoying college to get where they are.
How many of them aspire to be the next Madoff? None.
Yet they are vilified and scorned as if they are.
“We need to come to terms with the fact that people who go to work for a greedy, criminal machine that has been consciously inflating economic bubbles and screwing over the public since the 1920s, are, by definition, greedy criminals. These people are our classmates, our sorority sisters, our best friends, but they are also bad people. To put it bluntly, they are assholes. Huge assholes. Assholes who are aware of the social and economic damage they will soon perpetuate, but don’t care.”
Huge assholes, assholes who pay far more taxes than you do, assholes who have donated far more time and money to charities and foundations than you have. Huge fucking assholes. And while we’re at it, can you explain to me how the banks created bubbles?
Unfortunately this populist mentality won’t be going away soon, and to see it in the Ivies isn’t reassuring.
Tomorrow I will probably meet another Tony, and I will not say sorry for my ambitions. I will not say sorry for wanting to work hard, and I will not say sorry for not wanting to be a fireman or a teacher.
What I will be sorry for, is him.
How about you guys? How will you handle a Tony?