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Ben Stein on “what’s new and hot

posted by Jason Kottke   Mar 15, 2007

Ben Stein on “what’s new and hot and exciting” in the world on money: “The most sought after jobs in the United States now are jobs in finance in which basically almost no money is raised for new steel mills or coal mines, but immense sums are raised to buy companies, recapitalize them — which means pay the new owners immense special dividends and other payments for going to the trouble of taking over the company. This process results in fantastically well-paid investment bankers and private equity ‘financial engineers’ and has no measurably beneficial effect on the economy generally. It does facilitate the making of ever younger millionaires and an ever more leveraged American corporate structure.”