Monday, April 04, 2011

Ask Not What Your Country Can Do for You

Sometimes men's actions throw the concept of "goodness" into such relief that it becomes appropriate, even necessary, to resort to capital letters (as is likewise true in the case of exemplars of the bad).  So let's meet   an example of Goodness and of Badness .    

Masatoshi Son (shown above, of course), CEO of Softbank and head of Yahoo! Japan , is The Benefactor.  He announced today (April 4) that he would give more than $115 million of his own money to aid victims of Japan's worst natural disaster, the earthquake and tsunami of March 11.  And as if that weren't enough, this mensch added that he would donate all of his future earnings until retirement to help children orphaned by the earthquake and tsunami. Well done, Mr. Son.   

Now meet a Wall Street Scoundrel, John Thain, The Asshole former CEO of Merril Lynch who spent upwards of $1,000,000 in 2008 redecorating his office suite while his tanking firm was still peddling shit, shedding jobs, and demanding taxpayer bailouts.

A tale of two men, a tale of two countries...