Then we have another Goldman Sachs guy cancelling a speech because of the protests just like Blankfein did. If they believed in what they are doing, wouldn't they be happy to explain it to others? Of course, Goldman Sachs runs a tight ship and doesn't like any loose ends dangling down (sorry about mixed metaphor).
Then there is the tidbit that Goldman Sachs has lost $428 million, only the second quarterly loss since 1999. We are not unhappy.
Look at this wonderful placard carried by Occupy Wall Street demonstrators that focuses on the real reason that OWS exists. Beautiful! Abacus, we missed you.
But I really like Andy Borowitz's sense of humor in
A Letter from Goldman Sachs Concerning Occupy Wall Street
By Andy Borowitz - YubaNet
NEW YORK (The Borowitz Report) October 17, 2011 – The following is a letter released today by Lloyd Blankfein, the chairman of banking giant Goldman Sachs:
Up until now, Goldman Sachs has been silent on the subject of the protest movement known as Occupy Wall Street. That does not mean, however, that it has not been very much on our minds. As thousands have gathered in Lower Manhattan, passionately expressing their deep discontent with the status quo, we have taken note of these protests. And we have asked ourselves this question:
How can we make money off them?
The answer is the newly launched Goldman Sachs Global Rage Fund, whose investment objective is to monetize the Occupy Wall Street protests as they spread around the world. At Goldman, we recognize that the capitalist system as we know it is circling the drain – but there's plenty of money to be made on the way down.
The Rage Fund will seek out opportunities to invest in products that are poised to benefit from the spreading protests, from police batons and barricades to stun guns and forehead bandages. Furthermore, as clashes between police and protesters turn ever more violent, we are making significant bets on companies that manufacture replacements for broken windows and overturned cars, as well as the raw materials necessary for the construction and incineration of effigies.
It would be tempting, at a time like this, to say "Let them eat cake." But at Goldman, we are actively seeking to corner the market in cake futures. We project that through our aggressive market manipulation, the price of a piece of cake will quadruple by the end of 2011.
Please contact your Goldman representative for a full prospectus. As the world descends into a Darwinian free-for-all, the Goldman Sachs Rage Fund is a great way to tell the protesters, "Occupy this." We haven't felt so good about something we've sold since our souls.
Chairman, Goldman Sachs
See the letter here