American capitalism has now become rotten to the core. Gone is the American capitalist impulse's unique sense of fair play and adherence to a level playing field, accessible to all.
It is scandalous that those in government vested with the responsibility of financial oversight have permitted a culture of "heads they win, tails we lose" to take hold and to grow into a financial Frankenstein.
Goldman was not assisted by the government to become a voracious and even heftier investment bank. Rather, one can presume that the government's assistance was to prevent systemic failure.
A news item appeared this week that at least seems to offer reasonable hope that Goldman is beginning to use its good fortune to help remedy the foundering fortunes of Main Street America.
It is long past time that our government take seriously and study intensely how oil prices are determined in a world of OPEC, speculation, timid oversight and failing transparency.